Looking for the Pause Button

Boys Looking out at yard together

I absolutely love this stage of life that we’re in. My boys are on the verge of turning six and three and this is my most favorite, everything feels right with the world, happy heart stage of motherhood yet and I keep looking for the pause button. The problem is, it’s just not there. How… [Read More]

Tips for traveling without your kids

Mom Traveling with Starbucks

My husband and I are about to leave town for 8 days. EIGHT DAYS! We will be on our own, seeking out adventure and relaxation without our little minions tagging along. Yes, I’m excited. I am counting down the days, pre-packing my stuff, and loading up my Kindle. I am so incredibly grateful we can do… [Read More]

A letter to my daughter on her fifth birthday

E, age 5

Happiest of Birthdays to my sweet little girl, I am sort of in denial that you are now five. Five sounds so very big to me. It’s not a toddler and most certainly, not a baby . But that doesn’t change the fact that you are and always will be MY baby. You’ve grown a… [Read More]

Eliminating “No Fair” from Our Vocabulary

no fair

These days it seems that at least several times a day someone in my household is screaming NO FAIR! It’s happening at a ridiculous pace and I have had it. The straw that broke the camel’s back came last Thursday when Miss E. looked at a photograph of a little girl on a dance poster… [Read More]

I had a mommy meltdown

my almost five year old

I’m constantly amazed by this parenting gig and what these two (not so) small people can make me do. Well up with tears as they sing a song? Check. Cry laughing as they do something hilarious? Check. Scream in anger and frustration…like a juvenile? Oh yeah….check, check, check. I don’t know what happens right before… [Read More]

I’m the Mom With the Crying Kindergartener

-...Have a nice day- I just left my son

I ran and hid.  I was doing absolutely no good by staying with him during this meltdown. It pained so many of my maternal instincts, but I knew I wasn’t helping. He was terrified to go to his classroom. I was confident he needed to. The standoff had gone on for seven minutes now and I… [Read More]

The crushing blow of “I Can’t”

Jumping and Climbing at the Playground

At the park my three kids run, climb, jump and play as most kids do.  I like watching them as they test their own limits and discover new capabilities. My oldest daughter has been practicing the monkey bars and can do them very well now. My son enjoys climbing & jumping off things, which make me nervous at times. He is… [Read More]

Sometimes I Don’t Like My Children

AshleyAndKids

Sometimes I don’t like my children. And I’m learning that it’s okay. I’m not sure if I’m writing this to get some affirmation, or to hand some out. Either way, I’m being honest. It’s not that I don’t love them. Of course I do. It’s not even that I don’t usually like them. It’s just sometimes…. [Read More]

Moving away does not mean moving on

westhartfordsign

West Hartford, CT will always have a special place in my heart. Leaving this town and the community that lives within is way harder than I ever imagined.  The Neal family will be moving back to North Carolina this summer. We will be closer to our family and we will have friends near us that we have known for the majority of… [Read More]