Halloween Badasses

Halloween is a total throw-away holiday in our house.  Meaning, if we do something like trick-or-treating that’s cool but, if not, it’s no biggie.  I can buy my kids a bag of candy and, for the most part, they are just as happy.  Not that I do that.  Ok, I totally do that.  In fact, one year I really was […]

Color-Coded OCD

I have a touch of OCD and I am happy for it!  It serves me well in keeping our family’s schedule lined out and making sure we get everyone everywhere they need to be.  “How?” you may ask?  I know your asking it, it’s ok.  Hang on, ’cause I’m going to tell you…with the “Family Calendar” (cue angels singing).   […]

Fairness is overrated.

So…long time to talk, peeps.  I, and I’m sure most you, have been crazy busy with the start of the school year and all the schedules and sports and chauffeuring and crap that goes along with this time of year.  Plus, I have taken on another job!  Technically, that makes four now…but, hey…who’s counting?   So, yeah…busy times.  And not […]

A Week of Firsts & Lasts

This week we had several “firsts” and a few “lasts” in the Patrick household.   Kate had some of the most significant event this week.  On Tuesday she graduated from 8th grade…which I guess is both a first and a last…her last days at little Victor Point Elementary and preparation for her first days at Silverton High School.  I still […]

Soundbites from the Car

Soundbites from our car this evening:   Want a jellybean?   She threw a jellybean at me!   HA! I bounced a jellybean right off her tooth!   I’m taking off my cleats!   Oh.  My.  God.  I’m dying!   If you put lemon and cabbage juice together you get acid.  AAAcccciiiidddd! Acid!   I will hurt you!   GGGAAAHHH! […]

My Book Girl

I just read this amazing article on NPR and I must share it.  Must.     This article, The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit the Earth, pretty much just described, in scarily accurate detail, our youngest daughter.  She is a Book Girl, through and through.  And so are her friends.  In fact, they just took a trip to Powell’s […]

Do as I say, Not as I do.

Teaching your offspring to drive is the ultimate “Do as I say, not as I do” experience.  This is becoming more and more apparent as we draw closer and closer to Wyatt testing for his license.   Let me just say that I am a crappy teacher.  No, really.  There are times that I look at my kids and think, […]

Paintball Birthday

This weekend we took 9 kids up to Camp Dakota for our middle child’s 14th birthday.  Yes, she chose to paintball for her birthday…that’s just one reason I love that kid.  So, we had five 14 year old girls, three 12 year old girls, and one 16 year old boy (when you’re the older brother, you get drug along to […]

The Sweet Spot

For a lot of my years as a mom, actually most of them if I’m being honest, I have always been looking forward to the next thing, the next phase, of our lives.   When the kids were little I couldn’t wait for them to all sleep through the night.  Then it was wanting them to all be potty trained. […]

Junior Varsity

Why I think JV sports are good for kids:   Playing JV is not a bad thing.  I feel the need to say this because it feels like every parent out there is prepping their kids to play Varsity all 4 years of their high school careers.  Even if those kids are only third graders at the moment.   Honestly, […]