Different Perspectives From Our Family Vacation


We took a quick family road trip to Washington, DC at the end of July. I have lots of stories to tell about our trip. As I was downloading and flipping through the pictures some of them caught my attention. Pictures of people taking pictures and pictures where the story changes.

We were walking . . . → Read More: Different Perspectives From Our Family Vacation

Wyatt’s Second Favorite Day


I made a promise to the kids at the beginning of the summer – they would each get one afternoon at Kennywood alone with me. At different heights and with different likes, taking the three of them together means that someone is always unhappy with the ride choice. Taking one at a time means . . . → Read More: Wyatt’s Second Favorite Day

Happy Father’s Day


Happy Father’s Day Scott from Juliana, Ruslan, and Wyatt! The letters aren’t getting any smaller so the children must be getting bigger again. {DAD Series 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014} They are better at standing still and staying in the same space, maybe next year is the year that the stand still and smile.

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The Love of Math is Serious


All three kids love math. The boys have enjoyed numbers and counting for as long as they could talk. Ruslan used to come home from school counting which he had been doing since he left school. The boys quiz each other on math problems and love math assignments at school – they are fun. . . . → Read More: The Love of Math is Serious

The Year That I Forgot How Old I Was and We Ended Up With Twins


It was a few days before my birthday in May 2008 and Scott and I had the following conversation.

J: I can’t believe I am turning 35 this weekend. S: What?!? J: Yeah, 35 is so old. S: Are you kidding? You are already 35. J: No, I am 34…wait I am 35. Oh . . . → Read More: The Year That I Forgot How Old I Was and We Ended Up With Twins

Weeknight Birthday Parties are My New Favorite Thing


The boys sixth birthday party was at Chuck E Cheese on a Tuesday night. Why a Tuesday night? 1 – The boys could not agree on a location for their birthday – they declined every idea that I provided and couldn’t come up with anything that they really wanted. 2 – By the time . . . → Read More: Weeknight Birthday Parties are My New Favorite Thing

How Do You Do It Mom


I was unloading the dishwasher Saturday afternon and Juliana was sitting at the kitchen table eating a snack. She looked up and said, “How do you do it Mom?” How do I do what I replied. “How are you such a good mom? You always give us what we need without asking. You always . . . → Read More: How Do You Do It Mom

6.0 Times Two


I could sit and listen to the two of them talk for hours. They go from idle chatter to fighting to laughing to arguing to happily playing together. There are injuries and hurt feelings every day, but most of all they love each other and would rather be together than apart. These two boys . . . → Read More: 6.0 Times Two

The Long Easter Weekend


Tomorrow will be the final day of the 5-day weekend for the children. Juliana told me that she wishes that there was school tomorrow, so either the last 4 days have been boring or too much fun – let’s go with the later.

Although I wasn’t able to take any time off work, we . . . → Read More: The Long Easter Weekend

Two Thumbs Up for Spring


The last few months can be summarized in two words: cold and snow. That means that I have pictures like this one from a March snow day with the children attached to their kindles because it was too cold to play outside.

And when it was warm enough to play outside, it meant . . . → Read More: Two Thumbs Up for Spring