Happy 8th Birthday, TJ!

Dear TJ, Eight years ago, you were born at 12:22 pm. You weighed only 6 lb 2 oz, and you were only 18.5 inches long. Today, you are in the vicinity of 60 pounds, and you can go on the rides where you must be 48 inches tall. (But not the rides for 52 inches […]

My Dad vs Cancer: Round 2

This is the post I hoped I’d never have to write. It’s official as of this past Tuesday, August 13, when my dad went to see his oncologist regarding the results of his recent PET scan. The previous PET scan he’d had was eight months ago. He had an ultrasound done a few weeks ago […]

The Family Forward Retreat at Universal Orlando is Just a Week Away!

Thanks to Mom It Forward and their negotiations with Universal Orlando Resort (and other sponsors), we got a sweet deal on a family vacation like no other. A week from today, we’ll arrive at Loews Royal Pacific Resort to begin the fun at the Family Forward Retreat, “a 3-day family retreat that will help your […]

When Your Child Tells You He’s an Atheist – And You’re Not

I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer. I have no intention of telling TJ’s grandparents about this, because I don’t think they would understand. If they read this, I suppose that’s on them, but I don’t want anyone trying to change his mind about things – good intentions or not. “I don’t believe […]

My Great…Aunt Ann Foster, Convicted Witch of Salem

As I’ve been poking around my family tree, I’ve been mostly focusing on my direct ancestors, but not their siblings. But as I looked into the records of Deacon George Alcock and his wife Anne Hooker Alcock, parents of my 9th great-grandfather Dr. John Alcock, also had a daughter named Ann. Ann Alcock Foster was […]

Stories about Ancestors: Fisher Blakely

I’m on a genealogy kick, and some of the stories I’m finding about my ancestors are really quite amusing. Take, for example, this news story about my great-great-grandfather, Fisher Blakely. From the Ticonderoga Sentinel, Thursday, July 2, 1942 Fisher Blakely An Interesting ‘Rock’ Workman By GEOFFREY WILSON Rogers Rock has had many interesting people work […]

Awkward Questions – Are Balls Part of the Body?

Last night as I was putting TJ to bed, he says to me very innocently, “I have a question, Mommy. Are balls part of the body?” I asked him if someone had said that they were, but he didn’t give me a straight answer. It had to come from somewhere, though, so I suspect kids […]

The Second Graders Are Getting Cultured Today

For the last month and a half, we’ve been getting notes home from school, and TJ has been reminding us, that his class was going to be going on a field trip today. As I type this up, my little man is at Proctor’s Theatre for a stage production of How I Became a Pirate. […]

Redirecting Your Child’s Anger into Action

As soon as TJ opened the front door yesterday afternoon, I could tell something was wrong. He was on the verge of tears. I asked him what was wrong, and it spilled out of him in a torrent as we hunkered down on the couch together. “I know I should have told you this six […]

Hug Your Children

We’re still learning new details about the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. As I type this, 26 people are dead. 18 of them children. They went to Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning, like they always did. Their parents put them on the bus or dropped them off. Maybe they were thinking about Hanukkah […]