piñata personalities

Our family doesn’t do giant birthday parties or multiple events (nuclear family party, extended family party, friend party, school party, party-party) for the same birthday, but we do a small bit of decor to recognize the day. Once, we put ribbon curtains in the bedroom doorways. Another year, we put helium balloons all over each […]

Oops

If you forget that the only gift wrap you replaced after the Christmas flood of 2013 was Christmas paper, then you will find yourself hoping for a dimly lit birthday party room to hide the bizarrely wrapped birthday gift. Not unrelated: Kraft paper wrap with red and yellow ribbon looks like a cheeseburger. Get to […]

Christmas 2013

Three days before Christmas, our basement flooded. Since the gifts were sorted into plastic bags instead of wrapped, no gifts were lost in the flood. Our bedroom furniture is probably ruined, but that’s okay since all we really need in our room is a mattress that floats during flood season. Two days before Christmas, I […]

Thanksgiving meh

I know that my role in this family is to make holidays happen. Not because they are holidays, but to create traditions for framing memories and celebrations to avoid getting lost in the mundane. I honestly don’t enjoy Thanksgiving. It’s a meal as a family. We eat meals as a family every day. Some of […]

more trick than treat

The evening before Halloween, Doug attempted to stop a fight between one neighbor’s cat and another neighbor’s dog. It ended tragically for both animals. Tommy and I cried ourselves to sleep. I couldn’t bring myself to tell the two youngest children who didn’t witness the horror. Halloween morning, I awoke with a migraine. The kind […]

Halloween Movies

Ghosts: Ghost Story The Lady in White The Frighteners Poltergeist House Beetlejuice Ghostbusters Zombies: Shaun of the Dead Night of the Comet Vampires: Fright Night – both versions Lost Boys Buffy the Vampire Slayer Love at First Bite Witches: Witches of Eastwick Practical Magic Matilda Bell, Book and Candle Monsters: Tremors Gremlins The Mummy Everything […]