A Day in the Life – 2015 Edition

Every few years I try to record a relatively normal day in our life. Usually I make a note to do this in a year where our schedule has changed – for example the year that Juliana started Kindergarten. This was the first year of school of Ruslan and Wyatt so during their last . . . → Read More: A Day in the Life – 2015 Edition

Juliana’s Book of Complaints

Juliana is not allowed to come downstairs after she is in her room for the night (illness, serious injury, etc are obvious exceptions). She was always finding an excuse to leave her room – something that she needs to tell me or she needs something for the morning…

In order to facilitate her need . . . → Read More: Juliana’s Book of Complaints

Time for a New Routine

When we moved last year I had to adjust to driving the kids to preschool/childcare after 3 years of walking. Even though it is a short drive, it still took longer to get everyone in the car and buckled than it had taken to walk. I had to adjust our morning routine to leave . . . → Read More: Time for a New Routine

Mornings Are Not My Favorite


Juliana does not enjoy getting up early for school. She is difficult to drag out of bed, she falls over while I get her dressed, and I never know what the drama will be each morning. On the first day of school she went back to sleep on the couch. This morning I got . . . → Read More: Mornings Are Not My Favorite

Boys Night Out


I am a stickler for bedtime, operating under the theory that routine mkaes a difference when it comes to children falling asleep on their own and sleeping all night.  In my 4.5+ years of mommy experience the consistant bedtime has worked and Juliana has always slept in her own room.  So I see no . . . → Read More: Boys Night Out


Juliana is 4 years old today.

Each morning Juliana wakes up between 7:00 and 8:00 filled with energy.  During the week we walk around the block to the school where Juliana has preschool and the boys are in the infant program.  She walks with me to take the boys to their room and then we walk . . . → Read More: Four