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Our Final Anniversary

My husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary at a fancy restaurant. After he ordered an expensive bottle of wine, he reached into his pocket and pulled out his gift to me. It was a handwritten list of treasured memories from our marriage. Memories, he said, that reminded him of how much we belonged together.

It was a long list, maybe twenty or so memories. I glowed…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on May 27, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Mgazi Puts Her Foot Down

Two of my co-workers got married this year. In the first wedding, my girls were flower girls. They got new dresses, little gifts from the bride, a lot of attention, and cake. They were thrilled.

The second wedding was for adult guests only. My kids weren't even invited. Zaffy accepted this fate, content that she would attend the rehearsal dinner (Russell was…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on December 25, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Need a Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea? How About a Deadly but Curable Disease?

Please select the answer that best completes the following phrase:

The conversation below took place in the:

a) Bathroom

B) Bedroom

C) Vatican

D) Car

The correct answer is D, of course. I actually have a tag that links to …

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on December 20, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Harried Mother Style

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave me to me…

  • a Marriage that is Stress-Free

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

  • Two Little Loves –  …
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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on December 19, 2012 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Zaffron's in Love... Again

Zaffron's in love. The boy is in 5th grade. Much too old for her, if you ask me. This is what it's like when your second-grader is in love.

On the school grounds:

Mom! There he is! No, don't look! Mom, I said don't look. He's right there! WHY DO YOU KEEP LOOKING?

In the car:

I'm not using his sister to meet him. I liked her…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on December 19, 2012 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Zaffy's 13 Secrets About Boys

We're moving. Which means I'm packing. On Monday, I packed some of the girls' art supplies. Stuffed between some loose sheets of constructions paper, I found this booklet:

The Secret's About

Boys By: Zaffy

I now present to you my seven-year-old daughter's 13 beliefs about boys. Spelling…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 29, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

I Know a Sucker When I See One... in the Mirror

So, I'm at the store waiting in line to buy my stuff, chatting on the phone with my friend, Toni. (How about that for a shout-out, Toni? You do still read this blog, right?)

So, I'm waiting my turn, minding my own business, regaling Toni with the latest hilarity in my life when a quick movement behind me catches my attention. Something has changed but I'm not sure what. I…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 28, 2012 at 3:14am — 2 Comments

That's Right! I am the Bossity Boss!

Me: Zaffy, go do that incredibly boring thing I told you to do five minutes ago. You know, the same thing you neglected to do ten minutes ago, the first time I asked.

Zaffron: Fine.... bossity boss.

Me: Hey Zaff. For that you get to go to your bed.

Zaffron huffs and stomps off to her bedroom. I can't…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 9, 2012 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Hello Kitty, Is That Your Final Answer?

Mgazi and I were fooling around with the kids' Hello Kitty Magic 8 Ball, asking it dumb questions.

"Will we have cheese with dinner?" I asked.

Hello Kitty answered, "Could be."

Mgazi was tickled so I kept going. "Is Mommy super duper extra good looking?"

I winked at Mgazi and pressed Hello Kitty's red bow. The answer cube went spinning and stopped…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 6, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Zaffron is Leary of Mitt Romney

Russell and I decided to watch the Star Wars series with the kids. We've seen the first two movies (four and five) and we're just about to start the animated series, The Clone Wars, before moving on to the third movie.

It had been a few weeks since the last movie. Zaffy bugs us every day to continue with the series. She's discovered that boys love to talk "Star Wars" and she…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 5, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

A Lazy Parent Explains the Word "Sexy"

Zaffy overheard me say that a guy on television was sexy. Of course, she asked right away, “what’s sexy?” I said, “it means attractive.” She said, “what’s attractive?” I said, “it means cute.” She said, “so babies are…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 5, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Ballet Class Ticks Me Off

Mgazi has ballet class at her school every Wednesday afternoon. Every Tuesday night, I put her leotard and ballet slippers into her backpack in preparation for the next day’s class. To be honest, I’m successful at this only about 50% the time. The other half of the time I forget completely. This results in Mgazi having to take class wearing her school clothes and socks --…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 4, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Granny Panties Go in this Pile

Zaffron was helping me fold laundry the other day. (She didn't even ask to get paid!)

She was diligently going about her task when she asked, "Mommy, can I sort your underwear by fanciness?"

Note:

(There were three sorting piles in the end. 1) Not-so-fancy (left), 2) Somewhat Fancy (right), and 3) Positively Fancy…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 3, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Jesus Loves Me More Than I Will Know

Go ahead, judge me.

When I was in college I loved music.  The more melodramatic the better. My favorite albums? Bat Out of Hell, Phantom of the Opera, and one of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums. Notice I didn’t say I had…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 2, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Zaffy's Strategy for Not Getting Pregnant

So, I'm driving the kids home after school. Mgazi announces that she doesn't want to have babies. (There is no context to this proclamation. The previous discussion had centered around Zaffron's snack bar strategy at school. "Mom, I know I'm only allowed to go to snack bar once a week. That's why I went twice this week. Next week I'm planning to take some time…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on November 1, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

It's Vodka Not Vodika

This conversation took place in the car. Of course.

(Look! I can drive, say cheese, and take a photo of all three of us at the same time! *Smile* Actually, we haven't even pulled away from the house…
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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 31, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Mgazi Thinks Hot People are Friendlier

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Zaffron was telling me about a girl at school. She's been confused, unsure if the girl likes her or not. This conversation, of course, took place in the bathroom. (The second most popular conversation venue next to the car.)

Zaffy: Mom, Mary was mean to me 2 days ago. She was mean to me ysterday. But today she was nice.

Me: Maybe she…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 29, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Did That Wall Just Hit My Car?

I had a bad day. It started first thing. I misjudged while backing my car into a parking spot at work. Actually, to be more accurate,

I slammed my husband's brand-new electric vehicle into a wall.

The day kinda went downhill from there.…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 28, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Yes, Zaffy, You Can Say the S-Word

“Mommy, can I say the ‘s’ word?”

I’m driving. Always when the questions come, I’m driving. “What’s the ‘s’ word again, Zaff?” I sigh. I have a vague recollection of having this discussion dozens of times before. You’d think I’d remember the…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 27, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

True Blood vs. American Idol Part 3: DAWG! There’s a Vampire in the House!

The American Idol winner was announced a month or two ago. The children still talk about it constantly, like every other day. Mostly when we’re in the car.

The week leading up to the finale, I’d tried to prep the kids for the…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 26, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

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