Saturday, November 13, 2004


Some Helpful Advice

Do not have a playdate with two exhausted 5-year olds.

Do not allow same 5-year-olds to make their own chocolate milk while you attempt to untie the knot in your 7-year-old's sneaker.

Do not offer hard Halloween candy to a child with a loose tooth.

Do not let a tiny tooth fall on the floor near your canine vacuum cleaner. According to your mutt, if it lands on the floor, it's fair game.

Do not allow less than thirty minutes to pack three kids into a station wagon, including shoes, socks, coats, and safety belts.

Do not. Repeat. Do not push the garage door button if the door is already open. As you back out of your garage and the door closes on your car, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of shattering glass.

Do not worry. Everyone is fine, except my harried nerves and the car, of course.

Thursday, November 11, 2004



The kids are in bed. The husband's been fed. The dog and the tadpoles, too. Yes, tadpoles. Who decided tadpoles would be a cool birthday gift for kids? Someone who doesn't mind giving a harried mom just one more ridiculous way to fill my already fully-packed day. My kids are out of diapers, the dog is finally house broken, and now I have to clean tadpole poop out of a slimy frog habitat every day, twice a day. Soon, Susan and Ditty (my kids named them) will be frogs. Oh, joy! Frog poop to scoop.

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