A decade 2 whole hands The Big 1-0 Double Digits Anyway you say it, Juliana is ten years old today and she couldn’t be more excited.

The is very little middle ground with Juliana – it is either the best of times or the worst of times – everything is awesome or . . . → Read More: TEN

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

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

April Celebrations


During the awful, never-ending winter, I keep my eyes on the first week of April and our planned vacation. We were promised warmth and a much needed break. But as excited as I was, I was also dreading the craziness that April would bring.

My philosophy on birthday parties for the kids is simple – . . . → Read More: April Celebrations

Minion Cupcakes


The minions go everywhere with us; Wyatt keeps Stuart with him at all times. Ruslan has several minions as well and drags them around the house but isn’t as attached as Wyatt and Stuart.

There was no question what kind of cupcakes they wanted to take to school for their birthday – it had . . . → Read More: Minion Cupcakes

Juliana’s Rainbow-Riffic Birthday Party


Juliana loves having a birthday party – but here’s the thing – she doesn’t care where it is or what happens. She would be perfectly happy with a party in our driveway as long as it included 3 things: her friends, a cake and a piñata.

Initially she asked to have her party at . . . → Read More: Juliana’s Rainbow-Riffic Birthday Party

Juliana 8.0


Her personality fills the room and her voice is difficult to ignore even in a crowd. Her smile and laugh are infectious.

She bounces up and down for the first 10 minutes that she is home each day – the need to release energy is too strong to resist.

Although there are . . . → Read More: Juliana 8.0

If You Make a Construction Cake


I had all sorts of ideas for the boys’ birthday cake and I finally decided on a construction themed cake. I found mini construction vehicles and had plans to destroy a perfectly good chocolate cake. I made a basic cake, ripped a crater in half of it, and frosted the rest. Then I positioned the . . . → Read More: If You Make a Construction Cake

The Quietest Birthday Party Ever

Juliana had lots of ideas for her 7th birthday party – many involved everyone coming to the party dressed like mermaids. I finally came up with a few reasonable options and she chose Color Me Mine where she and her friends would paint pottery. I took her to the party store to look at . . . → Read More: The Quietest Birthday Party Ever