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A list of the sh*# my kids break [Alternate title: This is why we can’t have nice things]

Many years ago, I was helping my dad clean out some portion of his hoarding house when he picked-up a black trash bag and began carefully placing crystal goblets into the bottom of the bag. And I may, or may not, have said, “You shouldn’t have nice things.” O.K. this was a very true disrespectful thing to say, and I probably deserved a time out. I wish I hadn’t said that to my dad. I wish… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on August 17, 2010 at 12:55pm — No Comments

I want to wear this when I meet my kids' new teachers



In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be meeting with Lexi and Whitney’s new teachers. I’ve been trying to figure out what I should wear until I saw this tee shirt at the airport and was all YES, that’s it! ....Continue…

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Added by BuenoBaby on August 13, 2010 at 5:24pm — No Comments

O.K., now the mosquitoes are just being...



Most evenings, Ben and I try to squeeze in a little chunk of time together before preparing dinner. Although, referring to it as a ‘chunk’ of time might be overreaching. Chip, fragment, speck of dust floating in the far reaching, outer corners of the universe amount of time is probably more accurate.

Anyway, in those illicit moments alone…

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Added by BuenoBaby on August 10, 2010 at 1:13pm — No Comments

I'm available to babysit your kids. You have the Spice Channel, right?

We babysat my nephew, Max, and niece, Mia, so that my brother, and his wife, could go out and eat ONE...DAMN...MEAL...sitting together from start to finish. Burp.



I’ll be honest, the first twenty minutes or so alone with all four kids felt like someone released a pillow case of ferrets into my shower while I was shaving the backs of my knees.…

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Added by BuenoBaby on August 9, 2010 at 3:02pm — No Comments

For those of us missing Blogher

As many of you already know, I’m a tweeter. I’m also a bit lactose intolerant, but that’s for another day. I know, I know and now you’re all, “What?! She’s just teasing us with this mention of her lactose intolerance? Elaborate woman!” Talk about stringing you along! Next thing you know, I’ll casually mention I’m pregnant. Oh my God Ben just read that and did a mini-throw up in his mouth. I am not pregnant.



Anyhow, I’m on the Twitter last… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on August 6, 2010 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

I live in a house with a flag pole in the front yard. Yes, people, we’re living the dream...



Yesterday’s wildlife sighting tally: three deer, four wild turkeys and two, TWO owls! I grew up in these here parts, and I never remember seeing more than a field of cows back in my day. Of course those cows are long gone. Their grazing pastures replaced with partially completed subdivisions [fuck yeah, real estate market!], and I presume those cows have moved on to other meals...like my girls’ McDonald’s Happy Meals.…

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Added by BuenoBaby on August 4, 2010 at 3:22pm — No Comments

I don't even know what I'm talking about



Lexi’s been looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses since the snow melted off our deck back in May. [O.K. fine I’m over-exaggerating, it melted way, way back in April.] Anyway, we found these glasses a couple of weeks ago at one of those mall kiosks, although I can’t say I’ve ever purchased anything at one of those kiosks before. Not that there’s anything wrong with those kiosks, just that I haven’t had a need for hair extensions or cell phone… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on August 3, 2010 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Do you need a romantic weekend away? THEN DON'T...

We’re back...less a couple layers of skin off our butts, but we're back! We spent a little time in the Wisconsin Dells this last weekend sloshing and screaming our way down miles of over-sized plumbing. But seriously, I enjoy a good water slide. Also, people watching half-naked-dimple-thighed-dolphin-tattooed-folks is worth a day spent tucking errant hairs back into my bikini bottoms.…

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Added by BuenoBaby on August 2, 2010 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Assault with a deadly IKEA dresser





Whitney and Heidi share a bedroom. And when I say ‘share,’ I mean

occasionally when Whitney’s feeling extra generous, she allows Heidi to

*look* at the toys...the one’s they ‘share.’ So referring to it as

‘sharing’ might be playing it a little fast and loose. However, the one

thing they do ‘share’ in their bedroom is their thirst to destroy it. I

don’t mean burning it to ground kind of…
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Added by BuenoBaby on July 27, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Prescription drugs were not required in the writing of this post



When I first relaunched this site, I told you I’d be transferring posts from that old site over to this new one. So that’s just what I did...I’d open up the old site, choose an old post, read the old post and then lie down next to my desk on the floor until the muscle relaxer I’d taken kicked in. Every word I read was processed in my brain and then sent down into my body where it responded by contorting and contracting in embarrassment.…

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Added by BuenoBaby on July 26, 2010 at 10:40am — No Comments

Our 'Parents Ask' Video: THE SEQUEL

The second Parents Ask episode, featuring a slice of our Groenevelt lunacy, went live yesterday. It’s called ‘Mom of All Ages.’ A title the producer and I didn’t see eye to eye on. I really thought they should have gone with ‘Mom Loses Her Shit,’ but it wasn’t my call to make.



I worked with Katie again; she’s the one who produced the other episode I ‘did’ for Parent’s Ask. Both times I’ve sent her a mishmash of video. Hours and hours of footage of my feet mixed in with shaky shots of… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on July 21, 2010 at 11:45am — No Comments

One man’s trash is another man’s new crap





These genuine, mass-produced, machine-cut glasses, with visible seams, can be yours to purchase at our upcoming rummage sale. When potential buyers inquire about these glasses...“Are they real crystal?”... “Are they hand cut?”... “Will they make my butt look smaller?”...I will tell them that I don’t know anything about the glasses other than their matching gravy boat is on the…

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Added by BuenoBaby on July 19, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

I wrote this post so that you could feel better about your life [YOU'RE WELCOME]

I wasn’t entirely sure whether or not to write this post. But then I thought, you guys are adults. You understand that life isn’t just rainbows and squirrels covered in sparkles. I can give it to you straight. And if I’m wrong, well then, I guess a few of you will probably make a mini throw-up in your mouth.



Our weekend started out with projectile vomit. And then it got gross. And no, this will not run amok into a poop post, unless you count that incident with our cat making diarrhea… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on July 14, 2010 at 8:48am — No Comments

A snapshot of our weekend

It goes with the territory, but that doesn't mean the terrain is always smooth.



Whitney and Heidi spent this past weekend hunkered down in our bedroom. They ran fevers into the triple digits and dribbled grape popsicles onto our bedspread. ...Continue Reading…





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Added by BuenoBaby on July 12, 2010 at 5:40pm — No Comments

The division of labor in our house

I'm wondering, what's it like in your house?



Heidi woke up sick this morning. She told us so. “I sick.” And then she projectile vomited and we were like: Oh, you mean you’re sick, sick.



Here’s something to consider if you’re single and looking for that special someone to raise a family with one day: If you’re not ‘O.K.’ with vomit, your special someone had better be. That’s because puke and kids go hand in hand. So the next… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on July 9, 2010 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Back in my day we choked on those seeds, and we LIKED IT!



My daughters are growing up in an age of text messaging and seedless watermelons. I worry they’ll be too soft; won’t be ready for what the real world’s going to hand them. And then, look, seeds in the ‘seedless’ watermelon! That’s right girls, sometimes life throws you curve balls!



Speaking of balls. ...Continue… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on July 8, 2010 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Stupid Dutch [alternate title: I live with my dad and his funicular...obviously the universe hates me]



I realize Memorial Day weekend is actually the ‘official start’ of summer, however it doesn’t really feel like summer, to me, until the Fourth of July. Maybe it’s the unpredictability of our Wisconsin seasons; one Memorial Day weekend will find me hosing off patio furniture and another may find me shoveling off the drive-way. It isn’t until the Fourth of July that we Wisconsinites are…

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Added by BuenoBaby on July 6, 2010 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Shut-up! I am too a good mom!



I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of bath time. I know some parents enjoy bath time, and I suppose they also like getting their sleeves wet up to their elbows and wrestling with slippery toddlers. Bath time reminds me of drinking margaritas...it starts out nice enough but someone always ends up crying. ...Continue… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on July 2, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Bumping Elbows with Gwen Stefani at American Girl Place



Ben had a conference in Chicago this past weekend. The conference ran both days, so we all drove down with him on Sunday so that the girls and I could spend the day shopping [and going to the public restroom every half-hour]. Whereas Ben spent the day sitting in a lecture hall taking notes on building Drupal modules for six hours. Sounds sexy doesn’t it?



On our list of ‘Places to Fritter Away Our Money’ was the American Girl Place… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on July 1, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

A Letter to My 20-Something Self

I discovered a new blog this weekend called CassieBoorn.com. What really grabbed me was the "20-Something Self Letters" category, which includes letters written by women to their younger twenty-something selves. The letters are filled with wisdom and advice only women in the advanced ages of thirty or forty can dispense. Cassie also has another category labeled "56 Things To Do Before I’m 25" where she lists "Buy a pair of Uggs" as her #22 thing to do, but we won't hold that against… Continue

Added by BuenoBaby on June 30, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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