Big Brother has decided I should enter Masterchef. Do you think Gordon Ramsey likes frozen pizza and mini corn dogs?

June 21, 2013

I put mini corn dogs on the table and Little Brother said, “this looks interesting. You get an apron.”

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June 20, 2013
silly boys

Big Brother: Mom, guess who got out again? Me: The Amazing Escaping Samson? (our cat who likes to run out the front door) Big Brother: The Mad Catter Little Brother does this thing where he just says, "Mommy! XO!" Kinda melts my heart. Little Brother asked me where I was spawned. I assumes he means […]

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Chalk It Up Art Festival

June 12, 2013

We had a lot of fun at the Chalk it Up Art Festival in Broken Arrow, OK this past weekend. The boys even got to draw their own pictures! ​

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Mud Run

June 3, 2013

My boys had a blast running in the Mud Run this weekend!  

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Wordless Wednesday – Warrior Dash

May 22, 2013
Warrior Dash
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Oklahoma is my Home

May 22, 2013

When I was 3 years old my parents moved from Dallas, TX to Tulsa, OK. My mom called it Tulsa, Texas for at least 10 or 15 years because she missed Texas. I grew up in Oklahoma. I have very few memories of living in Texas and I'm not even sure if the ones I […]

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How to Help Oklahoma

May 20, 2013
pray for oklahoma

I have been contacted by several people asking me how they can help Oklahoma after tonight's storms. Shawnee, OK was hit last night killing two people. Moore, OK was hit tonight. Plaza Towers Elementary school is currently conducting a search and recovery mission for 24 missing children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. 37 are confirmed […]

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Sometimes, It’s Worth It

May 17, 2013
big brother and teacher

If you've been here a few months you know that Big Brother was having some bullying problems at school. He was being teased and pushed and called a nerd. Because he likes to read. So we got an emergency transfer to another school then packed up and moved so my kids could stay at the […]

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It’s Time to Bring Back the Word Fat

May 14, 2013

Everywhere you look these days someone is talking about beauty and someone else is also there talking about all of our misconceptions about beauty. Take for example this video Dove put out. I think that almost all women have some body dismorphia. We see flaws that aren't really there. We probably all think this way […]

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The One Where I Moan About My Kids Growing Up…Again

May 6, 2013
starting kindergarden

My kids have three weeks of school left and that means we are on a new precipice. And the final time I will be there. Kindergarden. Back in 2010 I wrote about how my role as a mom would change when Big Brother started kindergarden. I was right. It was like from the moment he […]

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My Take on the Boston Bombings

April 17, 2013
pray for boston

It has taken me a couple of days to really gather my thoughts on what happened in Boston. When I first heard about the bombings I have to admit my first thought was why on earth would someone want to blow the legs off of people who have spent so much time training to run. […]

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April 8, 2013

If you haven't noticed, I've been a little obsessed lately with home decorating. As I was talking to my best friend on the phone last night (you know, one of those nights where you talk until your brain shuts off and you have to go to bed) we realized we are both looking at our […]

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It’s My Birthday

April 7, 2013

I am 36 years old today. Last year I shared with you 20 things I had learned in my 35 years. This year, I'm just going to celebrate. I don't feel 36. Then again, what is 36 supposed to feel like?

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The CEO of Hobby Lobby is an Idiot

March 26, 2013
Hobby Lobby

David Greene is a man of considerable moral value who has done, at least on paper, quite a lot for his employees. He raises wages. He closes on Sunday. However, he is now very publicly fighting the government in the name of the Christian religion. As a Christian, and one who isn't afraid to speak […]

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I don’t like cheese.

March 21, 2013

This week I was super proud of myself because I stayed within the food budget I planned! It's been a uphill battle to get to this point. I'm getting better at planning meals that have (mostly) family appeal and make enough to feed everyone dinner plus my lunch the next day. I have been avoiding […]

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The Next Chapter

March 1, 2013
living room

Today begins a new chapter in our lives – in more ways than one. We got the keys to our new apartment this afternoon. It wasn't easy. The apartment we were originally given wasn't the right one. Luckily they did have one of the right ones that was vacant. Anyway, at least they were really […]

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A Single Working Mom’s Worst Nightmare – Summer

February 26, 2013
summer break

There are a lot of things that single mom's dread. Having two sick kids and being sick yourself. Missing out on important school assemblies. But summer has to be the worst. At the end of May both of my boys will be released for summer vacation. That bright spot in their lives that means no […]

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Top 10 Laws of Moving

February 25, 2013

1. No matter how organized you are, chaos happens. 2. That thing you couldn't find and now don't need anymore, is found. 3. Something WILL get broken. 4. You will always be a couple of boxes short of what you need. 5. If you are ready for the movers, they will be late. If you […]

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It’s Time to Move – Again

February 19, 2013

Big Brother's bullying problems at school just wouldn't go away. He was tough and brave. But it isn't supposed to be a constant battle at 7 years old just to make it through the day. So God took over. We got to move to a new school and get to move to a new apartment. […]

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The Power of Social Media and Community

February 12, 2013
photo by Loren McGhee of

There is a lot of power in social media. A few tweets can start a movement, as it did with #dressNathanout. A Twitter campaign that started in Owasso, OK. Even more important is the power in the love and support of a community that comes together. I am so happy that I got to play […]

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Raising Bully-proof Kids

February 5, 2013

If you've been here before, you know that Big Brother has been having problems dealing with some bullies at school. I have been given advice from every angle and every viewpoint. Some are down right ridiculous like the gentleman on Facebook who told me to teach him to fight back and that by stepping in […]

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You Have to Make the Choice

January 14, 2013
make a choice

"I don't know how you do it." Words I hear all the time. Anytime I tell someone about my life it's their automatic response. Yes, I have had a tough time of things. Still have a tough time of things. Yes, my life is pretty hectic. I work a full time job. I am a […]

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Where in the World Am I?

January 11, 2013
Dr Pepper Cake

You can find me running amuck on the WWW today. I'm on the front page of BlogHer with the Top 10 WordPress Plugins AND When Our Kids Teach Us a Thing or Two. You can also find me over at Oklahoma Women Bloggers with a Dr. Pepper Cake recipe.

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That One Where My Kid Teaches Me How to Deal with Difficult People

January 9, 2013

Big Brother has been having a tough time of it lately. Some kids at school were calling him a nerd. We live in a state that loves football. We have two major college teams and high school football is king of Friday night in the fall. Football is apparently even important in elementary school. At […]

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2012 Favorites

January 8, 2013
Mama’s Losin’ It

1. Favorite 2012 Movie: Rise of the Guardians – Read my review here 2. Favorite album: Koi No Yokan by Deftones 3. Favorite song: Tied between Carry On by Avenged Sevenfold and Chalk Outline by Three Days Grace 4. Favorite App: Facebook, Pinterest, Skylanders Lost Islands 5. Favorite Blog: or 6. Favorite TV […]

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A Year in Review – 2012

December 31, 2012
2012 year in review

2012 was a year of reflection, healing, uncertainty, but also a lot of fun. I wrote some great poems. Shared some delicious recipes. Here are some of my favorite and most defining posts from this past year. JANUARY I started the new year a bit differently. I moved. It made me completely neorotic. I also […]

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The Daniel Fast

December 29, 2012
The Daniel Fast

Last year I talked about how we look at the new year all wrong and immediately set ourselves up for failure by focusing on what's wrong with us and making resolutions to correct all of those things that are wrong. We all know that resolutions don't work. Last year I focused on hope instead of […]

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Intruder Drills and the Bravery of Children

December 20, 2012
my brave boys

The past few days there has been a lot of talk in our community about school safety. My kids' school sent home a note about the safety procedures currently in effect in the school. We have direct communication with two different cities to the police force and all emergency services. We have locking doors. We […]

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Sudden Appearance of a Monster at a Window

December 17, 2012

It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers then with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone. ~Rose Kennedy I have been sitting at random intervals staring at this blank screen trying to put together thoughts, […]

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Music of Spheres by Jean Follain

December 12, 2012

It drives me crazy that people have stopped reading poetry. It is viewed as inaccessible, hard. But it isn't. It isn't much different from song lyrics. Well, good song lyrics anyway. Poetry can do the same thing for you that your favorite song can. I'm going to start sharing with you what a joy that […]

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Mom’s Night Before Christmas

December 11, 2012

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a productive thing moved, except a wireless mouse. The stockings were flung on the floor in despair, because one more blog post had to be there. The children were crying, not staying in bed, While Mama drank whisky and swore in her head. She […]

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Some Days are Just Plain Hard

November 29, 2012

I have become a master of disguise. Some days I'm pretty sure I should win an academy award for my performace. Days like today, for instance, I should win award for best non human portrayal of a human. Today is painful. You know the kind of pain I'm talking about. The squeeze your heart, hard […]

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A Touch of Fall – Wordless Wednesday

November 7, 2012
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I Will Never Be a Real Housewife

November 6, 2012

I will never ever be a very good housewife. Or at least I wouldn't have been a good housewife in the 1950s. Have you ever read this? I would not make it. …from 'Good Housekeeping Magazine', 13th May 1955   THE GOOD WIFE'S GUIDE Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have […]

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