The Bro-Mantic Mom-Edy: (n) Two couples hanging out together, trying to decide if this four-person-friendship thing is gonna work. Please forgive the combining of words, but this is a thing that needed a name. It’s like dating, only harder in some ways, as there are now two couples and four personalities making sure they can […]
Carrie On Parenting: Worrying WAY TOO EARLY About My Kids’ Spouses?!?
In 2010 at a family reunion, we joyously cut into a “gender reveal” blue cake and officially prepared to welcome our second child into the world. A boy! A little brother for our daughter…nothing could have been more perfect. And then my grandmother looked over at me and said , “You know what they say: […]
Car Line Courtesy: Sadly, Not So Common Anymore
As a mom of three children, ages 7, 4, and almost 2, I sit in a lot of car lines waiting for my kids. I wait to drop them off, I wait to pick them up, I wait. And wait. I attempt to appease those unlucky kids who are in the back seat also waiting […]
Part 2: Dear Targeted Marketing People, Oops, You Did It Again!
The other day, I received a comically-inappropriate-for-my-stage-of-life magazine in the mail, and I proceeded to match the magazine’s outfits with my daily activities as a stay-at-home mom to three young kids. I laughed it off as a marketing mistake and moved on. Well, guess what? Another copy of Mercury (not the magazine’s real title) […]
With Spring Comes Stupidity
Spring has sprung here in Arkansas, and along with the minivans and college kids’ 90’s-model Honda sedans fleeing to the beach, stupidity has also sprung. I am not immune to the stupidity of spring and have concocted a few stupid ways that we now have to spend $200 to prove it. But I’ve also found other […]
Dear Targeted Marketing People, I Think You’ve Made a Mistake.
When I retrieved the mail the other day, it was the usual bills, coupons, and magazines, but one clothing magazine, which I shall call Mercury (not the magazine’s real title), mystified both my husband Jeff and me. Don’t get me wrong. Years ago, my college Visa and I had an uber-blast ordering from Vickie’s Secret’s hottie college girl […]
Carrie On Parenting: A Gyno-Comedy of Errors
We all dread that yearly appointment…you know the one, ladies. So imagine my horror when I discovered that my husband Jeff, who normally is a prince about child care if I ever have an appointment, would be out of town on a business trip when I attended my first gynecological appointment in almost two years. I am normally […]
A Manifesto of Work That’s Never Done…
The need to finish. I’m not a huge list-maker, although I’ve been known to make lists and add random things that I have already completed just to cross them off. Similarly, my husband Jeff is recovering from lifelong OCD…I say “recovering” because one cannot possibly maintain a truly OCD level of cleanliness and order and simultaneously […]
The Importance of Morning Mojo: Thursday-10, Carrie-0
You may not have a term for it, but you know exactly what it is: morning mojo. It’s that sweet spot where you can let your kids sleep just long enough, but then when they get up, they have plenty of time to get dressed, strip the bed someone peed on overnight (oh wait…that’s just my house), eat […]
Some Assembly Required: The Doofus Guide to Trampoline Installation
In our backyard, we have what is tantamount to a crop circle. It is an 18-foot circle where the grass hasn’t yet grown back after the Wal-Mart above-ground pool fiasco of 2014 (a story for another day). I look out at that void and think two things: 1. I am SO, SO glad that the […]