Summer Days, Wish You weren’t Driftin’ Away

– Posted in: Chronic Pain, Crazy Tammy, Family, First World Problems, Me Time, Personal Insanity, School, Tammy Thinks, Vacation
Summer Days Wish You Weren't Driftin' Away

Confession time: Not only do I not want school to start and summer to end, I'm actually scared about it. Okay, maybe scared isn't the right word. "Scared" conjures up how I feel on those nights when I'm checking closets, armed with a baseball bat. And I can't say I'm that keyed up. But I [...]

The Bachelorette — Helping Me Teach My Daughter the REAL Facts of Life

– Posted in: Elfie, Growing Up, Mawage, Media, Mouths of Babes, Parenting, Personal Insanity, TV, Unsolicited Advice, Worst Mom Randomness
The Facts of Life from the Bachelorette

"What are you watching?" My 9-year-old daughter has just caught me watching The Bachelorette. Normally this is an activity I'd reserve for after the kids have gone to bed, but it's summer, and "after they've gone to bed" is practically when I go to bed. "It's called The Bachelorette. It's a horrible, horrible show where [...]

Why I Leaned Out and Skipped BlogHer

– Posted in: Blogging, Bright Side of Life, Elfie, Family, Growing Up, Me Time, Parenting, Personal Insanity, Sappy Tammy, Women's Issues, Writing
Why I'm Happy Leaning Out

I've never been to BlogHer. I didn't go this year for numerous reasons. For one, I've lived through two Illinois summers and suffered through multiple visits that always seemed to coincide with a heatwave, and lately I'm against torturing myself if I can help it. For two (I know that's wrong, but does anyone know [...]

If They Could Just Stay Little — How to Make a Memory

– Posted in: Elfie, Getting Older, Growing Up, Mouths of Babes, Parenting, Personal Insanity, Sappy Tammy, Worst Mom Moments
Little girl on beach. Caption: You'll always be my little

"I'm having that feeling again." My 9-year-old daughter has her arms wrapped around my waist. One cheek is pressed against my stomach. I've just spent the last hour reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to her and her brother, and now I'm trying to extricate myself from the area. She's gotten out of bed [...]

Baseball Makes Me Want to Fall Asleep in My Cracker Jacks. But I Still Go Anyway.

– Posted in: Bright Side of Life, Elfie, Family, Mouths of Babes, Personal Insanity, Sports, Things To Do with Kids, This Is Supposed to be Fun, Worst Mom Randomness
Family at Reno Aces Game

The other night, we went to a baseball game. Reno has a Triple-A team called the "Aces" (original, right?), and my friend gave us some really good tickets. One of these days, my kids will go to a game where they have to sit where "normal" people sit. So far, every game they've attended has [...]

How to Throw a Kick-Butt Harry Potter Birthday Party: Part Two

– Posted in: Holidays, Life is Dangerous, Parties, Personal Insanity, Things To Do with Kids, Videos, Worst Mom Randomness
How to Throw a Kick Butt Harry Potter Birthday Party -- Little girl in sorting hat

This is the follow-up post on how to throw a kick-but Harry Potter birthday party (we did this when my daughter, Elfie, turned nine). You can find Part One, which describes all the prep work, here. It's really not as scary as it sounds... So this post is meant to walk you through the actual [...]

Maybe Next Summer My Legs Won’t Look Like I’m a Cage Fighter

– Posted in: Accidents, Injuries, Life is Dangerous, Okay That's Funny, Personal Insanity, Tammy Thinks, This Is Supposed to be Fun, Worst Mom Randomness
bruised thigh

So I know I promised to do my next post on the execution of the Harry Potter party, but I had to show you guys this. Remember how I fell off the broom? Well first, let me back up. Some of you may remember last 4th of July when I was at my dad's cabin [...]

How to Throw a Kick-Butt Harry Potter Birthday Party: Part One

– Posted in: Accidents, Holidays, Life is Dangerous, Mouths of Babes, No Good Deed, Parties, Personal Insanity, Shopping Hell, Things To Do with Kids, Worst Mom Randomness
How to throw a birthday party at Hogwarts

Thanks to my lack of organizational skills, we left my daughter Elfie's 9th birthday party planning until the very last minute. Not a big deal if my husband and I weren't insane. Unfortunately, we've set a precedent of throwing wildly fantastical theme parties for her birthday, complete with treasure hunts that involve multiple adult actors [...]