The older child

So Bobo has the chicken pox. It’s not nearly as bad as it sounds, meaning it’s only a very mild case, a side effect from the chicken pox vaccine that only five percent of kids suffer from. Both of my kids were in that five percent. But, OF COURSE THEY WERE. What would this blog [...]

Another conversation about BYU in the car

Leta: Mom, where did you meet Daddy? Me: I met him when I was in college. About thirteen years ago. Leta: Was he in college, too? Me (secretly hoping she doesn’t ask where we went to college): Yes. Leta: Where did you go to college? Me (almost inaudibly): BYU. Leta: Where? Me: BYU. WE WENT [...]

She’s onto us!

This morning as Leta was brushing her teeth before school she glanced up and noticed the artwork above the toilet for the first time. Here’s where I talk about how sad it is that she hasn’t noticed it before, not until she got glasses, and what else has she missed in the last six years? [...]

Baby bird

Last night as I was changing Marlo into her pajamas I found a half-chewed piece of graham cracker, a swath of dried applesauce and two Cheerios tucked right inside the lip of her diaper. And no, I certainly did not experience an inexplicable urge to shove the crumbs into my mouth to avoid having to [...]

Featured community question with accompanying fear of Gorbachev

Today’s featured question comes from user tam4797: Well, definitely this one. I can’t sit with my legs dangling over the side of the bed because surely there is a demon underneath who is going to grab me and drag me to some horrible dark place. Like Chuckarama. Or Reno. Oh no. I’ve upset Reno. Listen, [...]


Several weeks ago Leta’s school conducted eye examinations, and some of our concerns were were confirmed when we found out that she did poorly both times she was given a test. The teacher pulled us aside, gave us the news, and said that Leta has a hard time reading the message board from far away. [...]

Featured community question with accompanying sappy ending

Today’s featured question comes from user kebhome: If ever there was a question with so many possible answers from one person depending on what stage of life she’s in. As a kid: “How many days until Christmas?” As a teenager: “Please let today be a good hair day, please let today be a good hair [...]

No place like home

I pull out of the parking lot at Leta’s school, take a right and settle in behind a line of cars in front of me. Leta calls out from the back seat, “Mom, am I going to live in Salt Lake City when I’m older?” I find it profound and am a little relieved that [...]

Next up, blood-thirsty bunnies

Marlo is officially down to two naps. For those of you who do not have children, that first sentence will mean nothing to you. For those of you who do, you probably just experienced an instinctual pain in your chest at the memory of what it means to plan your life around your baby’s sleep [...]

So far, so good

I’ve recently made friends with a lovely woman up the street who kindly took pity on me when she noticed that I spend my entire day with my husband. Not that Jon is difficult to live or work with. He is my soul mate and best friend. But, come on. Space in a marriage is [...]