Smothering Mother

My girls (13 & 13 1/2) are at a new developmental stage.  Womanhood is peeking in and yet they are still kids.   I wish for them to be helpful, kind, independent and assertive young women one day but I often wonder if I’m always the best example.  To circumvent my short-falls I enlist my close friends.  I hope that if the kids don’t feel comfortable about asking Mike or I about something they will go to someone I trust.  It’s just a theory and I’m banking my daughters futures on it.

Many years ago when they wanted to dress like me, and kiss me, and snuggle me.

Many years ago when they wanted to dress like me, and kiss me, and snuggle me.

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Blended House

Mike and I are unique among our friends for a few reasons (and not just cause we build stuff out of papercrete and use baking soda for just about everything).  Most of our friends don’t have a ‘blended’ family.  Most don’t have step-kids.  At our house every other weekend our kids go off to the other parent’s or grandparent’s house.  We have Dumpling 1/2 time and Pistol is with us all the time except for certain holidays.  In the summer Pistol goes off to her Dad’s house in CA for at least 6 weeks and Dumpling is away for 3 weeks between overnight camp and vacationing with her Mom and Step-Dad.  I’m pretty used to being away from the kids for more than a week although it can make still make me weepy 🙁  . » » »