Dead Last and Proud

This summer, I did my first triathlon which was 3/4 mile swim, 18 mile bike ride and a 3.2 mile run.  It is something that is completely out of my comfort level and, frankly, scared the hell out of me.  Up until the night before, I was still considering skipping […]

Challenge…Accepted…Sort of

WordPress, the service I am using for this blog, has challenged it’s users to write at least one post a day or one post a week during 2011 and I have been mulling over that for the last 24 hours, debating whether I should take up the daily challenge. I’ve decided to […]

Laundry

Benjamin never ventures into the basement.  The noise of the furnace, which is right next to the stairs going down, scares him, so he rarely goes near the door. So, the other day, Andrea felt pretty confident that she could take off her pajamas and throw them in the wash […]

The Naughty List

Last weekend, the boys had Santa and elf hats on and making naughty and nice lists.  Benjamin had written everyone’s name on the nice list and then started to jump around, landing on Andrea’s bare foot with his sneakers on.  Andrea let out a loud cry in pain, to which […]

Midnight Tempest

Something a little different…A sonnet. From darkness depth a midnight tempest crashed! Senses startled from rest’s peaceful embrace. In my dazed, sleep-soaked mind the lightning flashed, Breath escapes me as heart and mind gives chase. I fall from bed to face the stormy plight, My body braced against the nighttide’s […]

Silent Night in the Brain

At Benjamin’s school each child has a little paper ant that hangs on the wall.  When they don’t listen to the teacher or do something naughty, their ant gets turned upside down.  Apparently, Ben’s ant spends a lot of time on his head…He’s a good kid, but he tends to […]

Fire Engine LEGOs

Every year, without fail, the story gets told about how, when I was five or six, I asked for “fiwa engine wegos,” for Christmas and the inevitable meltdown on Christmas morning when I discovered that Santa had not brought me the little red fire station with two little fire trucks.  I remember vividly, […]

End The Pain

A couple of years ago, Benjamin received a Rudolph doll that turns his head, lights up his nose and sings “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (naturally).  It is one of his favorite toys.  A few days ago, it surfaced from the Christmas boxes and Benjamin immediately started pestering me to put batteries in […]

Enough to Make Mommy Burst

Last week at dinner, Benjamin asked, “Do you know what I like more than anything in the world?” Matthew and I responded at the same time, “Candy?” Ben started laughing, “No…What I CARE about the most?” “Family,” I responded? “Yes!” “Know what I like most?” asked Matthew. “I don’t know,” […]