Elf on the Shelf.
The phrase that strikes dread into the hearts of so many, while eliciting utter glee from others (of a much younger age). You know the type.
Regardless, this past decade transformed December into an elfin pictorial bonanza where weâ€™re either bombarded by daily pics of insane creativity and waiflike mischief or pleas for a Facebook blocker. (The latter of which has become itâ€™s own sport of griping.) Continue reading
Nana brought a bunch of vintage Transformer toys over. (Toys really were cooler when we were kids.)
In any case, Search and Destroy both have full-blown Transformer fever. The symptoms of which are best represented by constant bickering over which is deemed â€œthe coolest toyâ€ of the moment. Continue reading
Curse at whoever came up with the terribad idea of parallel parking. Repeatedly thank deities it wasnâ€™t required on the driving exam or you wouldnâ€™t be able to drive tiny peoples to T-ball practice.
Encourage tiny peeps to RUN RUN RUN across the field to join their team for practice. But not through the middle of the big kids game in progressâ€¦ Continue reading
â€˜Tis the season. And so the muppets explained the story of the Fat Man to me. Continue reading
I was just finishing up a project after spending the wee hours of the morning driving down to Gramma and Papaâ€™s house. I signed off, â€œWithout further adoâ€¦â€
â€œDonâ€™t you mean adieu?â€ inquired Gramma J.
Did I? Ah, mother. â€œWhen you depart from me sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave.â€ (Apparently from Shakespeareâ€™s â€œMuch Adieu About Nothing.â€) Perhaps this called for a song to appropriately end a conversation of such foolish or unnecessary talk. â€œSo long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu. Ado, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yoooâ€¦â€
Weâ€™ve been reading a lot of the â€œIf You Give a Mouse a Cookieâ€ series. A lot. Enough to make me realize that real life is just as circular. Continue reading
Itâ€™s rough out there for the preschool big kids. Thereâ€™s a lot to live up to. But sometimes, there are problems only the pre-kâ€™ers can truly understand. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what the heck your preschooler is obsessing over? It may be a Disney Jr. show (and accompanying characters).
Below is a handy reference guide to the current on-demand of shows to watch ad nauseam. For adult clarification and understanding, the house of mouse offerings are categorized according to typical high school stereotypes*. Continue reading
When Iâ€™m aloneâ€¨ I dream on the horizonâ€¨ and words fail;
yes, I know there is no lightâ€¨ in a room where the sun is absent,
if you are not with me, with me.
At the windows â€¨show everyone my heartâ€¨ which you set alight;
enclose within me â€¨the light youâ€¨ encountered on the street.
What was once something taken for granted became something special; a time to look forward to became something needed. Continue reading
Dating is usually pretty stressful. And at this age, things can be even more complicated. There are many pieces to the puzzle â€“ many components to sort before success.
- How do you let someone know youâ€™re interested in spending more time together?
- How do you get to know someoneâ€™s family?
- How do you tell if someone wants to play with you again?
But play dates are a staple of suburban childhood these days. Continue reading