Living Out New Urbanism

Since moving last May, my family has been amidst the "New Urbanism" surrounding us in our new community.  We have drugstores, supermarkets, and our local library within minutes of our home.  A walk through the neighborhood delivers us to doctors' offices, churches, and preschools galore.  But is the idea of New Urbanism all its cracked up to be?One of the primary tenants of New Urbanism is "walkability" (living within 10 minutes of necessities), which we lived out fully today.  Big Blue, our belo … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Picking 101

You can pick it, if you can carry it. … [Read more...]

From First Things, on the contradictions of contemporary feminism

"One need look no further than the woman swallowing her artificial contraception pills with organic green tea." … [Read more...]

Survival Mode

When push comes to shove, cut corners!  Here's a glimpse into my world of making life a little easier lately...1) I have not been separating the laundry.  It's amazing how much more smoothly and quickly laundry shenanigans go when one is not so particular!  And guess what?  The clothes are still just as clean!2) I have not created beautiful, from scratch birth announcements for Baby J.  Let's be honest, very few people have time for such embellishment!  (I did this for my first and my second neve … [Read more...]

Tone, Trash Talk, and Thanksgiving Turkey: Part II

As we look ahead to our 8k on November 23rd, I have to admit to feeling a bit uncertain about this whole race scenario, competitors included.  Is JM really serious when she talks about this being a true competition?  Does she kill it on the elliptical each day, dreaming of running the rest of us into the ground?  And how far is Red really running?  Yes, she's talked about completing "only 3 miles", but how fast is she clicking off those miles?  She's definitely known for speed.  Can I hang with t … [Read more...]

For Your Amusement

For those who are unfamiliar, this is the famous Freedom Speech from Braveheart. Charlie is 2.5 ...... and no, we have not let him watch the movie. … [Read more...]

Playdates with Twins

Dear friends, I have a "playdate etiquette" question for you :)C, who is 4 1/2, would like to have a playdate with his friend H (in his Pre-K class) on Friday afternoon. H has a twin sister, also in C's class, and I am wondering if I should also invite her over to play. I think that C would prefer to just have H over without his sister, but I'm sure that they would be fine if she came along. So, my question is two-fold: 1) Parents of twins, particularly twins who are boy-girl, do you usually … [Read more...]


Has anyone seen the new campaign for High Fructose Corn Syrup? I have seen it on TV (Food Network, I think) and in magazines like Bon Appetit and Cooking Light.What is the most fascinating is that it doesn't deny that refined sweeteners contribute to obesity and have little nutritional value. The punch line is basically that corn syrup is equally bad for you as refined sugar, so have at it. (I'm not sure this is true, I still think HFCS is has undergone much more processing than … [Read more...]

A Suitable Job for a Little Lady

Bean, intently watching out the window as a tree crew hacks down a tree near our house bit by bit: "Mom. I want to do it too."Me: "OK Bean, you can help Daddy when it's time to cut down some tree branches or cut back some bushes. That'll be a great job for you men."Bella: "Mom, I'll go out and help Daddy and Bean do their dirty work too, OK?"Me (surprised to hear my forever girly girl volunteering for this task): "OK Bella, that'll be good too."Bella: "Yeah mom, so... you can get me a pink … [Read more...]

The Question

In mid-August, the children and I (sans ET, he had to work) went to the North Carolina shore to celebrate my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary with all of my extended family members. All of us - grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, etc. - stayed in the same house, so there was much opportunity for conversation and fellowship. On the first evening of the vacation, one of my uncles sat me down at the dining room table for a little chat. Innocently, he asked me when I was planning on going … [Read more...]