I have a lot of things in my house that serve no purpose.I have them simply because I can. They might have been a good bargain or a well intentioned gift, but they serve no purpose in my life. Bath loofahs are a good example. I probably have 10, am always acquiring more, but never-ever use them.
I can take little credit for the meals which are prepared in our house. My husband is chef. I am cooking-assistant (yes, that’s what he really calls me). I peel potatoes, chop onions, boil…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 18, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments
One of the absolute best moments of my entire life was the moment I saw my son for the first time. Of course it was! My entire life would never be the same.
But months before the birth of our son, an unexpected moment made me realize how my life was about to change.
I was 5 months pregnant before two tests confirmed our family would be growing. It wasn’t a dramatic I-Didn’t-Know-I-Was-Pregnant (on TLC) moment, just a surprise that I had a difficult time accepting. Babies…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 17, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments
Let me preface what follows with two key points:
1. If a child does something interesting once, it’s only interesting. If they do it consistently, then you’ve got something to worry about.
2. My taste in music sucks… as in I have no taste in music.
Having a child in and of itself is full of surprises. Despite expecting unexpected moments, I have noticed an unusual behavior in child that isn’t mentioned in What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The First Year. During…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 14, 2012 at 9:08pm — No Comments
My son doesn’t have a Jack-in-the-box. Excuse me while I pause and breathe a sigh of relief.
But what does alarm me are the toys that play music, light up, or have some other battery operated function… especially at 3 am.
If you’re a mom it’s not hard to imagine that 3 am wake-up call from your child. You hear a small sound coming from the baby monitor and hope it doesn’t become a bigger more upset sound. But the moans and groans become a cry and you accept your fate (if you…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 14, 2012 at 7:10pm — No Comments
I have never been a world traveler. I’ve only ever left the country to go to Canada, didn’t go to Walt Disney World until I was 19 years old, flew once on an airplane when I was 2 years old and not again until I was 24, and I have never been on the West Coast.
I can still remember those random winter days when we would gather for a family meeting to discuss where we wanted to go for our family vacation. Being the ten year old history buff I was, I always suggested colonial…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 12, 2012 at 12:40pm — No Comments
** My son likes to make his penis talk. (Don't ask.)
** The entire household turns into assholes when my husband goes out of town.
** My kids wait to take a dump until it's time to walk out the door.
** This ass isn't gonna run itself off.
** You can never ever hug your kids too much.
** When life hands you…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 31, 2011 at 1:07pm — No Comments
The other day I sent out a tweet that could quite possibly be misconstrued as naughty by nature -- I said something to the effect of "My husband's Jolly Juice is a-flowing". Now many of you may have thought that this was some sort of sexual reference (cause let's be honest, usually it is), but surprisingly, this time, it was actually a very innocent comment referring to a new cocktail recipe that I found recently and somehow persuaded my husband to whip up for our friends and…Continue
Last but most certainly not least is our final Gift Guide for the season: The Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide. For many, stockings are the best part of Christmas. Don’t you love finding those little gems for each member of your family, especially those that do not cost a…
Added by The Succulent Wife on December 20, 2011 at 12:55pm — No Comments
My husband never writes a list for Christmas, or hints about gifts that he would like. Every year, I encourage him to please tell me what he would like and, every year, he says that I always know the right thing to give him (except the one year I gave him a vacuum – if you know my husband it really…
Added by The Succulent Wife on December 17, 2011 at 5:31pm — No Comments
It’s Kindergarten time and we and when I say “we” I say that loosely as I rather mean “I” as Mom! Mom has had to deal with; lice, cold, flu, fevers, pink eye, growing pains, nightmares, teething, etc.
My husband works during the day so, I get it, I…Continue
Added by Tawna Richard on October 21, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
See…I have been having…Continue
Added by Tawna Richard on September 23, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments
Have you seen the movie called Date Night? If not, I would recommend it. It holds a dear place in my heart, as the husbands bad habit in the movie, matches one of my hubby’s habits.…Continue
Added by Tawna Richard on September 21, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
We are all aware of ADHD diagnosis in children. In the United States alone 9% of school aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, with the rate…Continue
Added by The Succulent Wife on September 8, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments
Unlike the back-assward days of the 1950s, I, for one, do not always believe that Father knows best. However, as much as it might pain me, I've gotta give credit where credit is due. And sometimes, every once in a blue moon, my husband actually comes up with a semi-brilliant parenting strategy.
Like many households, getting our kids ready for bed at night…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on August 11, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments
I'm sure most of us have given our cell phones to our kids at some point or another to entertain them (i.e. shut them the hell up) while we run errands, right? And really, the worst that can happen is that we end up with a gazillion kids' game apps or an unexpected alarm going off at 3 AM (I speak from experience, y'all). However, who woulda thunk that the REAL danger…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on August 4, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments
** Kids pick the most awesomely inopportune times to take a dump.
** Summer = an impromptu game of kick-the-can on a random Monday night.
** Goatdog is about to become a street dog.
** I wouldn't do well in that Little House on the Prairie.
** If Tuesday and Wednesday had a Facebook page, I would NOT…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 29, 2011 at 1:11pm — No Comments
** Naked is evidently the way to go this summer.
** As much as I love my husband, I really don't think I'd tackle someone trying to throw a pie in his face.
** Chopsticks actually help get my kids to eat their veggies.
** My son thinks I'm a car and driver expert.
** I am NOT a car and driver…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 22, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments
Husband and MiR (Mom in Rome) in bed right before sleeping.
Husband: " Did you realize that baby Giulia will be born on June 16, the same day as Massimo?"
For those few ladies who haven't been reached by Massimo's fame (weird thing by the way), I must explain that not only he's one of Husband's best friends....but more than that, he's the most active…Continue
Added by mom in rome on June 8, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments
Added by Misadventures in Motherhood on May 20, 2011 at 11:38pm — No Comments
Last weekend, we got invited out of the city.
We went to some friends’ country house right in the middle of Umbria.
Umbria is a lovely region close to Tuscany; only one and a half hour away from Rome.
It was a very difficult decision to make…
Me, Husband, big belly and dogs, made up our minds and went to this awful, disgusting place…
Added by mom in rome on May 16, 2011 at 8:20am — No Comments