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I Know Mommy, Motherhood 2.0

It was a big week for us.  Baby number two arrived mid-day on Monday and to say our lives changed is an understatement.  So much was different this time around and when I have the energy and the swelling in my ankles and my headache has subsided I will definitely be writing more about it. One big concern I had as the big arrival approached was how big brother was going to do.  J has been, since he was born, a gentle, sweet and caring …

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Playdates!

Oh playdates, playdates and more playdates.  Through the years playdates have taken on many different versions at my house from working full time, working from home as a consultant and now working full time with some flexibility.  The caliber and expectations from my first to my fourth kid have changed drastically. When Maddi was younger we had playdates at museums, full on tea parties and always had an agenda with a healthy snack and craft options.  I’m serious, an agenda with full blown themes. Fast …

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Letting Go of Mom Guilt

A few weeks ago we had school registration. My youngest asked if we could go to breakfast after his registration. “Great idea!” I replied. This year our school started something new; you could pre-fill out most of the paperwork and drop it off ahead of time. I told my son that if I did this, and we got to school right when registration opened, we could zip through the lines and have time for a quick breakfast before I had to get to a meeting …

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Back to School

There is no hustle like the back to school hustle!  I take full advantage of summer break and extend the fun to the very last possible moment.  Then POW … back to reality (back to life, back to Rita…. ) gearing up for the new school year with finishing up summer homework packets, shopping for supplies, taking inventory of uniforms, backpacks and shoes realizing that nothing fits.  It all gets done it’s just not as fun as a day on the lake! Boo hoo. Summer …

snapchat, social media, teens and social,
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55,000 Snapchats! Oh, you read that right!

Hey Momma’s! How was the summer? What were your kiddie-Os up to? I cannot believe we are starting another school year. My oldest is going to be a sophomore. How did that happen??? My middle is going to be in 8th grade and my baby is going into 5th! Time is flying and I am soaking up as much of them as I can. Some days are easier than others! And I have to admit that the end of the last school year gave me …

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Spiritual Sunday

Spiritual Sunday Just over a year ago, I stopped going to mass.   I went every single Sunday for my entire life (literally every single Sunday).  Mass became an absolute chore as opposed to a blessing. The sermons were meaningless and all that was homilized was that nobody went to church (literally preaching to the choir).  I shed my Irish Catholic guilt and decided that I could tolerate the wrath and shame that my Mom was going to lay on thick. I took a break, and …

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First and Forever Love

With all the recent talk of new and first boyfriends among the moms I know, and probably the sheer amount of Gossip Girl I’ve been watching lately (I have a real problem) I started to reminisce about early love and how it shapes the way we see forever love.  For some people (and penguins), the two are the same. For most of us, finding forever love is a journey, with a course charted by different relationships until we hit our destination. For those of us …

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Laughing out Loud

There are days, or even just moments when the world seems to stop and all that surrounds us is the sound of J’s laughter.  Tonight we had one of those moments.  J was running around the family room, music playing on my phone (he did it without even unlocking it, kid knows my phone better than I do) and laughing.  His laugh.  Its squeaky and contagious and it sucked us in.  Before we knew it the three of us were on the floor giggling. I found …

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Ancestry

I was going to post a quote or keep this lighthearted this week. But it has been an emotional week and I just have too much on my heart to not share what’s happening. My glimpse into my ancestry has only been my mother’s side of the family. My family tree has one full half that has always been a mystery to me. There has been a hole in my story and some things I haven’t been able to answer through the years. When I …

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Finding Your Normal

I vividly remember entering my teen years and wanting so badly to fit in.  To be normal. To wear the same clothes as the ‘popular girls,’ for boys to like me and to belong.  It was really stressful and honestly, my junior high years were full of mean girls and a few bright spots.  You could not pay me to go back. Literally, no amount of money would make me want to. Thankfully, by the time I hit the backside of my high school freshman …