Why Valentine’s Day can be SOOO Scary!


This is why I pity any guys who like the Tot …. Note the war paint and the hearts dripping blood on her trusty pumpkin. I think she’s waiting for it to turn into a coach to take her to the Prince’s Royal Ball… Could be a while. Her fairy godmother has her [...]

Little Boxes made of ticky tacky

Tot decided the tea boxes needed some rearranging….

And this morning, she proclaimed, ” I’m done with hungry” after having water for breakfast. Makes you wonder what goes on in the mind of a child, though maybe I don’t want to know. Could I be done with hungry too? Sure would save on grocery bills, [...]

Warm Summer memories in the depths of Winter

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert CamusNorth Carolina has been uncharacteristically cold this year. The lows have been about 10° colder than average, and the highs have been about 20° colder than normal. On the eve of a potential snow storm (received pictures [...]


Welcome to Ruffles R Us… The Tot is still wearing size 2 and 3 though the clothes are getting very short. She’ll be 4 in 2 months, but the size 4 items she’s gotten I’ve had to take in considerably since she’s rather skinny, and they just fall down immediately if they’re not the adjustable [...]

Evidence of a Tot

Egads, it’s been two and a half weeks since I last wrote…

So much to do, so little time. There have been so many things I have considered writing about over the last few weeks, but now… when I finally sit down to write about something? Nothing comes to mind. It doesn’t help that I [...]

Evolution of a Hacker

Scavenger Hunt Makeover

So this past Christmas vacation, I decided we needed a little excitement. We invited 5 families to join us for a scavenger hunt, dessert and movies. When we sent the invite e-mails, we hadn’t actually planned the details of the scavenger hunt. I kind of had in mind more of a treasure hunt where you [...]

Learn math, America! and why I’m exhausted…

There’s something that drives me crazy every time I hear it. One of my favorite shows even had one of the characters say it: “You know, pregnancy actually lasts 10 months… ”

Hello? The so-called 40 week duration starts from the first day of a woman’s LAST period, which means for approximately the first 2 [...]

A Different Kind of Gobble


I had to teach Tot’s Honeybee class this week about giving thanks, alone. I did have some help in class, but I had to plan and prepare everything, because my co-leader skipped town on me.

No big deal right? A dozen or so 2 to 3 year olds…. With their parents. For a [...]

Leading the Charge

Tinkerbell was high on pixie dust Sunday night. She had to be. She outlasted her little twin — the black kitty behind her passed out long before Tink even thought about slowing down. She even outlasted her 4, 5, 6 and 7 year old neighbors.

That pixie dust must be strong stuff because [...]