Sleepless Snuggles

Nearly 13 years ago my husband and I upgraded from a full-sized to a king-sized bed. When the bed was delivered we couldn’t believe the massive size of it. But over the years the bed has managed to shrink to elfin-size. Mainly due to all the kids (and an occasional dog) that end up in our bed for whatever reason. Our 6 year old being the worst offender. She has good streaks and bad; currently she is in a bad streak. She sleeps soundly, but restlessly; alternating between sticking her feet or head in my back. I always end up pushed over to the very edge of the mattress. Sometimes sleeping on a strip only 10 inches wide. My husband, on the other hand, spreads out on “his” side of the …

Counting Blessings

The past 2 years have been pretty difficult for my family. We have moved 3 times, my kids have attended school in 4 different states and my husband has changed jobs 4 times (twice by force due to layoffs). His last stint of unemployment lasted for nine. very. long. months. During this time I was never more appreciative of being self-employed with a career that is completely portable. I can work anywhere that has wifi. No matter where we moved I was able to set up my computer and get back to work almost immediately. Because of my work we were able to just barely keep our head above water. We had many, many trials and tribulations the past 2 years. It seemed like every time we made a tiny bit …

Random questions

How come when my house is neat and clean and my kids are dressed, no one comes over unannounced, but when we are having a “jammie day”, the house is a disaster and there are dirty dishes everywhere, someone decides to stop by spontaneously? Why is it when my daughters are standing right next to me and I ask them to do something they can’t hear me, but when I open a Hershey’s Kiss three rooms away suddenly they have supersonic hearing? Do dogs have some sort of sixth sense alerting them to the absolute worst time to bark like crazy (e.g., when I’m on a business call, just got the kids to sleep, watching a critical part of a TV show)?!? Why is it that when you need to …