I am a stay-at-home mom to three active boys. I am a referee, housekeeper, counselor, taxi driver, list-maker, and personal chef. The majority of my time is spent in the kitchen trying new recipes and revising old favorites to be as healthy and wholesome as possible. I love good books, strong coffee, and $10 wine. If someone told me a decade ago I would be into potty humor, rely on Facebook for grown-up time, and drive a minivan, I would have sobbed uncontrollably. These days, it’s just part of the job.
The Cast of Clowns
Abe, Age 7: Abe is a rule follower. He has been coloring in the lines since he was 2. He talked early and often. He would be a near-model child if he would stop using corporal punishment to discipline his younger brothers. He can be recognized on the street by his Mr. T-sized necklaces he creates on the Rainbow Loom.
Gus, Age 4: Gus is our daily alarm clock and resident Drama Queen. He is a fast-talker, but still can’t pronounce his “L’s.” He runs. Everywhere. And is responsible for the constantly changing graffiti on our walls, floors, and furniture. He’ll either be a Rhodes Scholar or jailbird. It’s yet to be determined.
Ben, Age 4: Ben is sensitive, kind, and quirky. He is a physically-gifted, gentle giant. He loves books, sports, and trains. He gets along with everyone. And he has a special fondness for processed foods and Japanese stink bugs. I wish I was kidding.
Dad, Age 40ish: Dave is my voice of reason and designated driver. He is the bread winner, basketball coach, trash man, in-house comedian, and OCD-fueled guy who keeps our house organized and rodent-free. I love him for so many reasons, not the least of which is his patience for my Loft and Amazon Prime addictions where I buy everything. Seriously. Everything. Except wine.