Mostly Luxury Problems

Somehow I didn’t notice that yearbook ads were due today. Since Jane is in the 8th grade it’s customary to take out a full page ad. Alexander and I were walking and talking about finding some pictures of her in the 3rd grade (the year she started school there) and he said, “Wait. How much is this going to cost you?” I answered him truthfully and was met with a lecture from my 11 year old about how buying him a box of Pokemon cards would actually have more value. …

What If You Weren’t a Mom?

During one of the many drives we take around town Jane asked me to buy her something expensive. I don’t recall what it was. It wasn’t totally¬†unnecessary¬†or out of line, it was simply something expensive and I cannot recall if it’s something we could not afford to chose to not afford. I don’t often tell the children which is which, rather I default to choice. We are terrible about teaching our kids the value of a dollar because we have little respect for a dollar. The kids have allowance and …

It Feels Like a Countdown

My kids are good kids. They’re not spectacularly well behaved and they aren’t straight A students. They are smart and funny and I enjoy smart and funny people. They aren’t completely altruistic though they have moments of stupefying goodness where my eyes well with tears and I know I’ve done my job well. They’re just sort of good kids, the kind of people you want to spend time with. I got a new dance game for the Kinect the other day (I’d thank whomever sent it to me if I …

Mo-om They Gave Me Amazing Gifts and We Gave them Food Poisoning

With a birthday in early November Jane starts getting excited about her birthday just before Halloween. She’s a happy child, perhaps the happiest I know and she’s always been convinced that Halloween was a party thrown by the world for her pleasure. She starts smiling around October 25th and doesn’t really stop ever. She just smiles a lot more around this time of year. The birthday party this year was supposed to be a quick weekend trip to Palm Springs with three friends. Last year I took Jane and the …

Full Birthday Mode

I’m cleaning (so dumb to clean for teenagers) and baking a cake. You see Jane and I were looking at Facebook together and saw that Ross Sveback had made a beautiful candy corn cake and Jane asked me to make it for her and then proceeded to dance around the house declaring that she has the best birthday ever and it’s at the perfect time of year and she loves her life. It would have been bad timing for me to say no. I’d planned to make the cake this …