Que Pasa, Sam Brownback?

Que Pasa, Sam Brownback?

To get a few things out of the way upfront:  You know we’re from Kansas, right?  And that we live in the Olathe area, right?  And that Kansas is going through a “bit of a tough time, financially”, right?  (That last was not a direct quote–I just needed you to know that it drips, nay reeks,(…)

Sublime Seven: Happy Birthday, Maddie!

Dear Miss Maddie-pants, Well, darling, you did it.  You went and turned seven.  SEVEN.  Now, I think you’re just a “kid”; you’re not even a little kid anymore.  This must be very exciting for you–and it makes me feel old.  Old and somewhat accomplished, as your dad and I have at least helped (I think)(…)

Today, I Was a Bad Parent

Today, I was a bad parent. This morning (or really last night, but I reiterated it this morning, several times), I bribed my children to behave well.  I promised that if they could keep their shit together (except I didn’t say shit because I’m not that terrible of a parent…usually) from 5 p.m. yesterday until 4(…)

The Minnesota Files: Day 2 of Family Vacay 2015

Night two was much smoother, in terms of sleeping and going to sleep, so we all woke Sunday morning feeling more or less refreshed and ready to get going.  Jon, who is always researching other things to see and do (seriously, I feel like I’m lucky he didn’t re-plan the entire trip once we got up there,(…)