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2012: You took me by surprise

Last night Shrek and I ended the year sitting on the couch reflecting in a round about way. “Quite a year Mama C,” he began. “You moved in with this man, you got engaged, you became a blended family of nine…” And from th...
by Mama C and the Boys on Jan 1, 2013

Parenting Can be Overwhelming

If one makes a list of some of the most difficult jobs to do in the world, then parenting should definitely feature in that list, probably at the top of the list.
by WisieForKids Blog on Dec 19, 2012

The Straight and Narrow

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball. Sometimes it feels like that ball hits us smack in the middle of our forehead. It seems even worse when it happens during the holidays or other special occasions. We can look back … Continue reading →...
by The Joyful Servant on Dec 18, 2012

Mrs. Shrek? Fiona says YES.

We’re engaged. We’re thrilled. The boys were part of the proposal, and were dancing about the house wrapped in each others arms singing; “We’re engaged! We’re engaged!” His family is equally thrilled. More to come,...
by Mama C and the Boys on Nov 29, 2012

Book Review: Raising Great Kids on Your Own

This past weekend, The Ex and I had a miscommunication about where we were meeting on Saturday. Even though I had confirmed it the night before. The end result was no big deal really. It just resulted in a harried 20 minutes and Madeline being a bit...
by Sweetnicks on Oct 23, 2012

Where am I? Where I am.

I’ve been feeling a little unplaced the last few weeks. Journeying between my rich old life and this rich new one. We say old to mean the past, the former, what we no longer have or do: Our old house, our old dog, our old job. My “oldR...
by Mama C and the Boys on Oct 23, 2012

Things in flight, and the boots under the table

It’s been, uh, let’s say rather full around here. Kindergarten is big. It is about as demanding a shift on a little guy as it gets. A thousand new things to learn how to do well. Add a a zillion hundred new names of your new friends. Take...
by Mama C and the Boys on Sep 23, 2012

his vase, my flowers

His vase. Flowers from my garden. His chair. My table. Our new home. Shrek is moving in. My chest seizes. My breath slows. Surrender I’m told. Don’t think I haven’t heard that before. I don’t know how to depend on anyone. Exce...
by Mama C and the Boys on Aug 26, 2012

If I could I would (poem)

If I could I would Turn myself into a barn swallow swooping, diving, and gliding with ease-speed-grace between the highs and lows Unencumbered by words that never appeared on a screen or fears manifested beyond the barnyard cat My fragility then seal...
by Mama C and the Boys on Aug 3, 2012

Gratitude

I was inspired again by Harriet at See Theo Run, with her short, succinct Sunday Gratitude post. So here is mine. 1. This view from my kitchen window. My little urban garden success story that brings me immeasurable joy. That is a lettuce table next...
by Mama C and the Boys on Jul 29, 2012

Online dating – a great way for single parents to start dating again

As a single parent maintaining a home, life can be very hectic. It can be difficult to find any time for yourself, let alone time to meet someone to date. Internet dating is one of the simplest new ways to connect with different people and start dati...
by Parenting Advice Blog on Jul 26, 2012

Creating a good relationship between a new partner and your children

Dating when you are a parent is entirely different from dating when you don’t have children. As a single or divorced parent, the added responsibility of taking your children’s feelings into account can make dating stressful and nerve-wracking. Do...
by Parenting Advice Blog on Jul 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday the Color Splash family edition

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by Mama C and the Boys on Jul 25, 2012

Single Mama gratitude-the larger family edition

When I travel alone, I remember how much I appreciate traveling with Shrek, or a friend. Bringing yourself, and two boys, and your luggage into a crowded public bathroom is challenging. Allowing Sammy to go in a public bathroom alone is still out of...
by Mama C and the Boys on Jul 23, 2012

Vrooooom-Chirp-Splash-You’re it

The calendar says so. My flowers say so. The plan to go strawberry picking today says so. Sammy still asleep, and Marcel playing with his trains and cars on a very weathered looking carpet says so. The extra helmet in the foyer say so. My school cale...
by Mama C and the Boys on Jun 22, 2012

Significant males in our lives day

This morning we Skyped with my father in New Mexico, after making #1 Uncle blueberry pancakes.  Now the boys are off playing ball with him in the park. Bliss. We made a card for Shrek and are working on various messages and drawings for some of the...
by Mama C and the Boys on Jun 17, 2012

A whole lot of good going on around here

Add to the list a very strong finish for Sam in his new school (he transferred in January), a preschool graduation right around the corner, and smooth sailing with Shrek for almost four seasons and you find an awful lot to relish in Mama C ville. We&...
by Mama C and the Boys on Jun 14, 2012

The Cutest DIY Onesie Tutorial EVER

I am a novice sewer. I taught myself how to sew via YouTube, believe it or not. I have been sewing for a living for a year now. I am still struggling to find a full time job but employment in my field of expertise is few and far between, wh...
by The Reverie of Asher Kade on Jun 7, 2012

Here In Texas Everything Is Bigger Even Our Storms (VIDEO)

Texans can brag about many things other states simply can’t hold a candle to. One of those things are fierce, violent thunderstorms. My mom used to call these storms “turd floaters” because we also have a lot of cows in Texas. I cal...
by The Reverie of Asher Kade on Jun 4, 2012

Can Church Help a Single Parent?

The Power of a Community “It takes a village to raise a child.” Although the origin of the proverb is not easily ascertained, the truth it represents is widely accepted. While this blog site primarily focuses on the importance of parents in t...
by Notes on Parenting on May 18, 2012


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