Archives for August 2008

Take the Gloves Off, Boys

(New York Times photo of Governor Sarah Palin sitting on a bear skin)Last night I had dinner with an old friend who is a very active Democrat. He has worked in politics, both on the Hill and as a volunteer for a number of campaigns, including Obama. He is very enthusiastic about the ticket he will vote for in November. We are friends, and there is an awful lot we can agree on, but I was surprised by two things:First, I was surprised by how quickly my saying I was excited about Palin's nomination … [Read more...]

McCain chooses Palin

I've written about her before, here.A mother of 5 children, pro-life, and pro-family, she seems to be everything Nancy Pelosi isn't. But how can you be the vice-president of the US with a baby in tow?I'd love to hear your thoughts... … [Read more...]

Earning My Stripes–Part II

In the spirit of Juris Mater's post about her afternoon outing to the bank with children, I have another tale to tell; another piece of documentation about motherhood. Will it win me "Mother of the Year"? I highly doubt it. But will it add to the growing layers of my motherly identity? You betcha. :)Just this past week my family has been at the beach, enjoying a final summer getaway before the school year begins. They live hundreds of miles away in the midwest, so this week has been a … [Read more...]

How we handle little Legos…A follow-up to the paper clutter conversation

Well my friends, if you have children that are old enough to play with little Legos, then you have probably experienced a phenomenon of a "Lego explosion" :) This phenomenon involves a central location where most of the little Legos are kept, probably a little boy's room or a playroom, but - and this is the part that has mothers everywhere shaking their heads in confusion - it also involves the entire scope of the rest of the house, including the baby's room, the kitchen, and every little nook … [Read more...]

How we handle Paper

Erin wrote:Our biggest problem area is paper-- mail, bills, cards, owners manuals, newspapers, interesting magazine articles, letters, shopping lists, coupons, receipts we think we might need but really never will... all this paper seems to take over our kitchen and family room and drive me crazy. Any tips for controlling the paper frenzy?My father in law has a saying "you take your mail, and you deal with it" -- what that meant to the young adults who had come back to the nest after college was … [Read more...]

A Middle Ground

One of our readers saw the article, "Strife over shots, should our kids play together?" on the front page of msnbc. This article follows another similar article, "Vaccine-wary parents spark public health worry." According to the first piece, the vaccine issue is now causing such heated emotions and debates that some playgroups are asking unvaccinated children to leave the group. The second article provides a bit more background information and a nice overview of the debate.The vaccine topic … [Read more...]

An Invitation to Participate in the Divine

In survival courses for elite Army Special Forces, soldiers are subjected to a special type of mental torture. These soldiers are dropped off in the middle of the woods with little more than the clothes on their backs and a knife. Yet, such sparse conditions are not what cause soldiers to quit, but rather, the indefinite duration of the course. That's right, every course is a different length -- so soldiers have no idea when the torture will be over, when the proverbial light at the end of their … [Read more...]

What is Texas Mommy doing outside the Great State of Texas?

(1) Speaking at the “Montessori Home Education for your Infant” conference in Lancaster County, PA (2) Introducing newborn Baby J to a gathering of former Navy Seals in the Garden State—because there’s not quite enough testosterone in her home as it is(3) Enjoying a free fourth anniversary trip to New York City with her husband, courtesy of the Medela/La Leche League Credit Card rewards program(4) Interviewing for part-time policy jobs in the prospective Obama Administration in Washington, D.C.(5 … [Read more...]

In the news

U.S. News and World Report thinks so.But I reckon there are at least 7 Builders out there who would sorely disagree! :)How can they really rank colleges anyway?  I will question this as long as we're #2!  lol. … [Read more...]

Earning My Stripes

I have come to believe that a woman with children must undergo a certain number of incidents of public humiliation in order to truly earn the title of “mother”. I’m happy to report that we added one to our record this afternoon. I know you all can appreciate this:We enter the doorway of a new bank, not our usual friendly bank, but foreign territory. To make matters much worse, we arrive only about 15 minutes before the close of the business day.The double stroller containing Bella and Bean slams … [Read more...]