On to 1st Grade

Today marks the last day of Riley’s kindergarten year. She and her classmates celebrated the ending of their first year of school with a class party and show this past Thursday. Watching Riley on stage singing to the audience of parents and family members, it was hard to believe that she was the same girl who clung to me on the first day. It has been quite the journey for her and for me. Here were the highlights of her first year in school. (more…)

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Back to Work I Go

I wish I could say I was cheerfully whistling my way to work each day, but that just isn’t the case. I’ve found it rather difficult getting back into the swing of getting up early, showering in the morning, changing out of my pjs before noon, and wearing a bra practically all day long. Having worked at home for the last three years, going back out into public each day to be pinned to a desk to accommodate someone’s else schedule sucks. (more…)

Mother’s Day According to My Children

It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Unlike most of the holidays on the calendar, including Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, and the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day just isn’t one that I like to celebrate. Sure, I fully understand the important role mothers play and the importance of recognizing them. I just can’t get with the tradition of “letting mom relax for a day.” When does that ever happen? It’s a fallacy.  (more…)

Lemon Dream Pie

When Lesley asked me to make a lemon pie for her birthday I was at a loss. We may agree on a lot of things, but we still have our differences. Birthday desserts is one of them. For me, the more chocolatey you can make a cake, the better. For Lesley, it’s pie. Don’t get me wrong. Pies are delicious, but I discovered long ago that pie crust is next to impossible to make and gave up adding pies to my repertoire. I suppose this is another way Lesley challenges me. Isn’t that what best friends are for? (more…)