Rudolph, the Reluctant Reindeer


Last week, the para at Nathan’s preschool hinted broadly that I needed to bring my camera to the preschool Christmas program because Nathan had a key part. I was … concerned. We’re talking public preschool here – neither private nor parochial – so that pretty much meant no Jesus, and the primary secular Christmas character is […]

Why We’re Not Doing Santa Anymore


Mr. Andi and I have decided: it’s time for Santa to go. After nearly twelve years as parents, with one four-year-old and one preteen, you’d think we would have made this decision a lot sooner – or at least that we would feel some pressure to keep the ruse going for a few more years. […]

Seven Snippets: More Christmas Pics!


— 1 — The shopping cart was a big hit. Unfortunately for the rest of the family – especially the dogs – it has been converted into a rally car. — 2 —  Sarah Kate has been so sweet to her brother. I overheard her playing with him on Thursday – she had created a […]

Merry Fish-mas, Miss Grinch!


Apparently I hit my limit on Coordinating All the Things, because Christmas 2013 got away from me. I know the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was shorter this year, but since we celebrated Thanksgiving early that shouldn’t have been a problem. The simple fact is that I dropped the ball … no, lots of balls […]

What I Really Want for Christmas

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A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Andi asked me what I’d like to have for Christmas this year. My brain was blank. For the first time in, um…ever, I honestly couldn’t think of a single thing I wanted. I have everything I need, and most of what I want – at least if you take […]

Santa’s Lost His Mojo: A Christmas Story


Remember when I asked in a Seven Snippets post recently how much longer the Santa gig was going to last? Ten days. This year, Sarah Kate asked for a Zhu Zhu baby, a Kindle, and a NeatDesk (yes, you read that right – one of those fancy schmancy $400 home office scanners). I’ve been throwing […]

Holiday Road: Lessons in Grandparents, Holidays, Toddlers, and Cake Pans


Despite my steadfast declarations that we’ll always stay home for Christmas, some branch of my family tree manages to exploit a loophole every year. This year, my dad and stepmom were the culprits, planning a family reunion at their house this past Sunday. Given that my dad and his sister are the last remaining two […]

Gifts With Heart: Benefiting People With Special Needs


I’m not sure if it’s a function of the economy, my age, or something else altogether, but I’ve been looking for more unique gift ideas this year – “unique” meaning “not from a big-box store” and preferably a gift with purpose. If you’re looking for something similar, check out one of the ideas below. Note: […]