The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

The Space in Between

So yeah, I totally agree with you. The way I anal-retentively carve and lovingly salt-water-bathe apple slices for my children every day is borderline insanity at its finest. But lest … Continue reading

March 31, 2011 · 23 Comments

Our dinner with “The Vaginas.”

I’m having a hard time coming up with a title to fully capture the mirth we experienced last night at our annual St. Patty’s Day dinner party with our friends … Continue reading

March 18, 2011 · 10 Comments

Happy Birthday, Bucket Head!

Four years ago today, my third and final child was born. Bucket Head, you are the greatest surprise party of my life. When you were born, your little face was … Continue reading

March 14, 2011 · 10 Comments

Five Great Books for Toddlers and Tired Parents

So today, the first day of Lent, I asked my two older kids if they understood the significance of the 40 days leading up to Easter. My oldest said: “Yeah … Continue reading

March 9, 2011 · 23 Comments

Overheard

The other day, I was reclined on the couch, “resting my eyes,” while the kids were having a snack in the kitchen. I heard one of them take a few … Continue reading

March 7, 2011 · 9 Comments

Me so horny…

Last night my 11 year old son pulled me aside and asked: “Mom? What does ‘horny’ mean?” Oh Lord. Here we go. First I had to give myself the Heimlich … Continue reading

March 3, 2011 · 4 Comments

It’s about frickin’ time.

Finally, after 4 years and 5 months of waiting, lamenting, begging, hand wringing, and bribing… my first-born child, Nature Boy, has won a Principal Pal Award. Perhaps you’ve heard me … Continue reading

February 6, 2011 · 3 Comments

Seriously, it’s not as bad as it sounds.

My good friend Mama Cloud is pregnant with her first baby and it is an absolute joy to behold! Makes me almost want to get knocked up again. Almost. Anyway, … Continue reading

February 4, 2011 · 3 Comments

One down, fifty-one to go.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a great website and blog called I’m an Organizing Junkie: Living a Life of Simplicity and Order. I’ve been hooked ever since. Specifically, … Continue reading

February 2, 2011 · 24 Comments

… and then my show-and-tell fantasy was shattered.

When I saw the sign on Ms. Evelyn’s preschool door that it was Pet Week, I should have just walked away. But that was when the Mommy Guilt reared its … Continue reading

January 28, 2011 · 7 Comments