The Marriage Games

My experiment failed. I tried to give a little tit for tat, and I failed. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Last month, I got very upset at the way my husband was handling Mother’s Day. He asked me what I wanted a few weeks in advance. That was good. I gave him a list. That was good.Then we did not discuss Mother’s day again until the Friday night before. “I need you to watch the kids so I can go shopping for you,” was the gist of our conversation. That was bad.

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Hereditary Insanity? The path of self-destruction

What have I done? I knew that reproducing had some risks, but I never expected this.

Last week, during quiet time in her room, I heard my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter crying. She wasn’t in the greatest of moods so I didn’t go back there right away, especially since we’re trying not to give too much attention to tantrums. Then I heard her sobbing. Her brother was asleep in the next room, so even if this was an attention-getting measure, I had to go back there to quiet her down.

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Happy Mother(s) Day!

I lost my mother ten years ago. I gained a mother three years ago. How many people can say that?

My first mother, who I will call my “real” mother — no offense to my birth mother –raised me through infancy, kissed my boo-boos, dressed me up for school, taught me to play the piano and sewed killer Halloween costumes.

My second mother – my birth mother — gave birth to me when she was too young to keep me, but she thought about me every day, and wished that someday she could see me again.

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Tiptoeing through the tulips

Taken by my 4 1/2-year-old budding photographer

We finally found our weekend groove. We’ve never been able to strike the right balance between doing something and getting something done, until now. We found that a short, fun activity each day makes the weekend enjoyable, but still productive, as we have plenty of time left for weekend projects.

So last week we wanted to go to the Tulip Festival in Skagit County. The tulips grown in Skagit County account for 75 percent of the tulips sold in the U.S., according to Sunset magazine. Basically, you pack the kids in the car, drive up there and traipse through the vast tulip fields, taking pictures and gazing at acres and acres of tulips and daffodils. The farm that we visited has beautiful gardens as well, in bloom for photos, and they sell flowers and food.

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Win a $50 Target gift card from The Cruise Web

I entered this raffle and had a chance to share it with my readers. Please click on “The key to reason” at the top of this page or to the left, for this week’s post.

We love cruises — in fact, most of our vacations, all if you don’t count family visits, are cruises. We’ve found that with two small children, cruises are the way to go. When we wanted to go to Hawaii, the resorts that had kids’ clubs would only take kids that were five years old and older. When we looked at cruises, we found that they took two-year-olds, and better still, when we cruised the Caribbean, our ship took our infant on port days. Please visit read more