Did You Hear? I Had a Birthday

Did You Hear? I Had a Birthday

Dear Kid,

I had a birthday. (You knew that.)

It wasn’t really my choice, but apparently I didn’t get a vote.

Most of my birthday was fabulous (and by “most” I mean 99.76%). Lots of people sent birthday wishes, Grandma found the World’s Best Birthday Card, and there were a couple of fabulous surprises during the day.

Best Birthday Card Ever.

The teeny little problem is that I got older. When you’re your age, getting older isn’t a bad thing. It can even be a good thing. When you’re my age, getting older means wrinkles. And the older you get, the more “presents” the Wrinkle Fairy drops off.

Dang Wrinkle Fairy. And her cousin Gray Hair.

Most of my friends sent lovely wishes. Especially the ones confirming that I was only 29 (and therefore only entitled to a small drop off from the Wrinkle Fairy). A few people sent weirder messages reminding me that I am an Aging Human. One sent a message saying “Only 50 more birthdays until you can retire”. I kid you not. I still haven’t figured out what to think about that one.

Did I tell you that even Google knew it was my birthday? Is that cool or creepy? I’m just not sure.

Is it cool or creepy that Google knows it was my birthday?

On the whole, I think I’ll have another birthday next year.

Love, Mom

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Happy International Moment of Laughter Day

Dear Kid,

Happy International Moment of Laughter Day DearKidLoveMom.comHee-Hee-Hee.


It’s International Moment of Laughter Day.


Which means you should take a moment to laugh, smile, and perhaps even chortle out loud.

My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally I had to take his bike away.

Listen to jokes, tell jokes, just don’t be the subject of jokes.


Optimist: The glass is half full.

Pessimist: The glass is half empty.

Mother: Why didn’t you use a coaster!


I didn’t say they had to be good jokes.

OK, fine. Don’t like the joke idea? Watch a puppy chase his tail. Don’t have a puppy? Why do you think YouTube was invented?

Find something to laugh about today. It’s a holiday. Celebrate.

Love, Mom

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Happy National Sibling Day!

Dear Kid,

Today is National Sibling Day.

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there. ~Amy Li DearKidLoveMom.comWe don’t get to choose our siblings. We just “get” them. Or they get us, depending on how the timing works.

Whether we “get” (as in understand) them or not, depends on the siblings in question. And the questions the siblings ask.

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. ~Marion C. Garretty

Many of us feel very protective of our sibs. We pick on our sibling, pushing every button possible (and a few we’re not entirely sure even exist), but if someone else even looks at our sibling cross-eyed, we slam into protective mode. As in, That’s MY sister—back off or DIE. Painfully. If there is any murdering to be done, I will be the one to do it, thank you very much.

Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life. ~Charles M. Schulz

Sometimes brothers and sisters are best friends. Sometimes they’re best strangers. Most of the time they’re somewhere in between.

But the wonderful thing is that brothers and sisters are family. They’re part of the fabric of your life.

Call Text your sister.

Love, Mom

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You Won’t Believe What Spring and Peeps Have Dreamed Up This Time

You Won’t Believe What Spring and Peeps Have Dreamed Up This Time

Dear Kid,

I love Spring. There are pastel dresses, jelly beans, and Rogue 1 is out on DVD. What’s not to love?

But now Spring has taken things a Step Too Far.

Specifically, Peeps, the perennial Easter treat of sweetness and colors not found in nature, has gone Far Too Far.

Not only are there Oreo Peeps (please, Oreo—enough with the brand extensions already!) which someone was kind enough to share with me (and by “kind” I’m not entirely sure what I mean. It was really nice to offer, and I was intrigued. But then I ate one. I didn’t die, but a small part of my soul keeled over.).

What, exactly, can you say about Oreo Peeps?

Now there is also a Peeps beverage.

I use the word “beverage” carefully, hoping that I can fly under the beverage industry’s radar.

No Peeps were killed in the manufacture of this beverage.

Peeps Orange Crème Flavored Milk is bad enough (at least they didn’t call it a Milk Beverage), but Peeps Egg Nog? Seriously? Isn’t that a case of holiday confusion? Isn’t that just one of those things we do not need in the Universe? And what’s with all the faux ingredients? (Although I must admit, I expected far more faux and far less milk on the ingredient list.)

No Peeps were killed in the manufacture of this beverage.

The worst part is that is sounds delicious.

Love, Mom

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Opening Day!

Opening Day!

Dear Kid,

It’s Opening Day in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball I will never be able to mow my lawn in such great patterns

It’s the day everyone most people many people turn from normal humans into Raving Reds Fans.

Many businesses close in celebration of Opening Day. In companies that don’t close, many people become afflicted with a mysterious 24 hour illness. (The less virulent variety attacks just after lunch. Did I mention that the game starts at 4:10p?)

Pi in the baseball mitt chair

To be prepared for Opening Day, you need to know several things.

First there is the parade. (Translation: The streets downtown are going to be the very definition of awful.) If you’re going to the parade, you should be there already. If you’re not going to the parade or the game, avoid downtown if you possibly can. If you have to go anywhere near downtown, I suggest either parachuting in or teleportation.

Then there’s the Opening Day Game. It’s baseball. I’ll leave it to people who spend more time than I do watching baseball to comment on the game.

Then, because magic sometimes happens, sports enthusiasts get to watch the Final Game of March Madness (even though we’re in April).
Who knew basketball hoops grew on trees?

And because the game starts at 9:20pm (WHO STARTS MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS THAT LATE????), I’m guessing many people will not be early to work on Tuesday.

Love, Mom

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We Finally Made the Decision

Dear Kid,

Well, it’s about time, dontcha think?

It has taken weeks of discussion (and by “discussion” I mean conversation, debate, begging, cajoling, wheedling, sweet talking, tête-à-têtes, and only slightly veiled threats) but Dad and I have finally decided to get another puppy.

We’ll be able to bring him home next week near the end of the week. He’s a little guy right now, but we expect he’ll grow to about 40 pounds. I’m hoping he won’t get any bigger than that—although one never knows, do one?

He’s a pit bull mix of who knows what but a little smaller in the chest that most pits. At least, we think so. We’re not exactly pit bull experts and he’s still a baby, so it’s hard to know.
Isn't he cute?

His coloring is light brown and we’re still working on a name. I was thinking of Coffee or Latte or Caramel, but I’m open to suggestions. Thoughts?


I mean besides saying, “Happy April Fool’s Day, Mom”?

Love, Mom

Happy April Fool's Day.

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