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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:36

In desperate need of spoons, we are stir crazy

Written by Katy England

There are some weird songs about rain. For instance:

It's raining/ It's pouring/ The old man is snoring/ He bumped his head upon his bed/ And he couldn't get up in the morning.

I mean, is he OK? Is he brain damaged? Has that old man become a vegetable for the rest of his life because of bad weather? This is pretty much my thought process on days when I can't get the kids outside of the house to burn off some steam. Because on days when it's raining (i.e. every day last week), the kids punish me - they have no one else to take their frustrations on. And likewise, I have no one else to take out my frustrations on. So I simply go nuts.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:39

Motherly instinct or enhanced paranoia?

Written by Katy England

The difference between going with your gut and being an oversensitive helicopter mom is a fine, fine line. Almost impossible to see, even to the mom herself.

I learned recently that both of my girls get car sick. Which sucks. A lot. Driving, an activity that previously both zonked the kids out and de-stressed Mom, has turned into a whole lot of misery and company for misery.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:32

Meeting friends

Written by Katy England

I remember thinking how difficult it was to meet new friends after graduating from college. When I first moved to the state from 'away,' I basically knew my husband and his family. That was pretty awesome, because they're great people, but it didn't take me long to realize I kind of missed knowing people outside of work.

There's only so much griping about the job that one can stand before it gets old. It was three years before I met one of my very best friends, which brings me to my point: it was that hard before I had kids.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:35

Sleeping in

Written by Katy England

Anyone who has had kids knows you are basically trading in late mornings for the proper care and raising of the future of humanity. It's not a bad trade-off in the long run, but it may seem like a steep price, especially at 6 a.m. on a Saturday after you stayed up a little too late watching 'The Hobbit' the night before (yes, I'm still catching up on movies that debuted in 2012).

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:18

All right spring, listen up

Written by Katy England

This is an open letter to mother nature: I need you to listen to me, because I will only rail against you futiley this one time (right) stop snowing. I mean it.

That snow storm you gave us in the middle of March was one thing. We could use the sleds in that, and it was good snowman material. This 'wintery mix' crap that you're throwing at us in the middle of April is really pushing it. Cold and wet enough to make going outside a nasty challenge, but not quite nifty enough to make it fun. Even the robins I've seen look pissed off. What's a girl got to do to get some 50 degree weather?

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:23

Holiday dry-runs

Written by Katy England

Having young kids during the holiday season is like getting to play a dry-run of a complicated obstacle course, where nothing is counted against you. You are allowed to see the layout of the field, be it how to get the Christmas Tree, how far in advance should I buy decorations, how many decorations do I actually need, and are costumes going to be involved? Then you celebrate the holiday and the kids barely notice, because they're too young to give a hoot.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:05

Some days are crazy days

Written by Katy England
This is one of those

Impromptu trips can be tricky for anyone. They are almost impossible with triplets, but not entirely. We had one a couple weeks ago. My mom-in-law was making a business trip up to Millinocket to drop off some of her beautifully crafted hand-made wooden hearts. The kiddos' great grandmother also lives in Millinocket, so she had called to see if perhaps she could steal one or two for a visit.

I figured, what the heck, let's bring the whole gang and have a party (it's always a baby party wherever we go). So the next morning, we pack them into the SUV, make a stop at a gas station to pick up some Dunkin Donuts, and I decide to gas up. It is a beautiful, sunny morning.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:06

Edge Mom and husband held captive by feral triplets

Written by Edge Staff

This week's Edge Staff Mom article has been delayed since we learned that the triplets have overthrown their parents and are holding them hostage until their demands are met. Negotiators are trying to communicate with the children, and have not been able to make contact with our writers. 

'We can hear what seems to be intermittent laughing, followed by crying. We aren't sure if that is the parents or the children at this point,' said a source who declined to be named since the investigation is ongoing and he hasn't been cleared to release information.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:31

This, that, or the other thing

Written by Katy England

Life is filled with choices. Everyone makes them every day, some more profound than others. It seems most of the choices I get to make these days are rather mundane but still make a profound impact on day to day life.

The choice between sleeping an extra 20 minutes and showering. The choice between feeding the cats and going to the bathroom (sorry, kitties). Picking up all the toys (again) or going to bed. Getting some work done during naps or making dinner while the kids can't try to climb into the hot oven. You know, choices.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:50

Time after time

Written by Katy England

Ah, daylight savings time. A time when there is just more light to be had, because we can drive home with the sun over our heads instead of sinking into the horizon. Those driving west don't have to squint quite so hard when they drive home at the end of the night, and those driving east don't get to be quite as smug with the sun behind them.

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