The Farleys Did D.C.

Turns out my kids are amazing travelers and seem to have a thing for cities just like their mom. We drove up to D.C. on Tuesday for a twenty-six-hour trip and did as much as their tiny legs(and the parking meters) would let us. We started our trip with a visit to my dad’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery and then we went to some of his favorite haunts which felt really strange…really strange. But isn’t that what you need to do with your memories? Visit them and tease forgotten ones out of the deep folds of your brain? Because … Read more…

Picked

Last week was a big week. I achieved things I didn’t know were possible. A fabulous publishing company, Booktrope, offered me a book deal. And it felt weird. A wise friend asked me why it felt so weird. Was it achieving my lifelong goal or was it the fact that I was picked that felt so odd? And I’ve thought about it for the last few days…over and over and my answer surprised me. It’s the fact that I was picked. The fact that someone picked me before other people. Why is that weird you ask? Because this forty-two-year-old purveyor … Read more…

A picture is worth a thousand missing words

I feel so connected to people. I see their snaps on Facebook and Instagram. The smiling faces of momentous occasions. The pictures of a crowning achievement—a graduation, baby born, race run or a cake baked. Brave souls show the messes. The kids with mismatched clothes throwing a temper tantrum in Target. Piles of laundry unfolded and not sorted. Dinner burned or scorned and replaced with a dreaded Happy Meal. I meet people in Target and they know things about me and in turn, I know things about them. And we assume we know so much more because we’re privy to … Read more…

RVA love

This week I went to one of my favorite events in RVA, the Book and Author Dinner hosted by the Junior League of Richmond. I don’t remember when I started going to this great event but it never disappoints. Each year they have six to seven authors who speak for around ten minutes. Sometimes they share writing tips or how they became inspired to write their books. Other times they share life stories. Each time I leave energized. This year Dan Harris spoke about his book 10% Happier. I loved this book and took practical, life changing tips from it. … Read more…

RVA loves

I’ve decided to start sharing some things I love in my fair city, Richmond, VA. Sure I wax nostalgic for my old cities, New York and Chicago, but in all fairness Richmond has a lot to offer and I’m kind of falling in love with it. I think I’ve mentioned my first love before…bbgb. It’s an independent bookstore specializing in children’s books but has a small selection of adult books and a large selection of my new fav—YA books. The owners curate the selection which simply means they handpick every title. We went in this weekend to buy a birthday … Read more…

A travel diary

As a mom of four, I research our trips…a lot. I look for ideas and read reviews until I have all the details. So, I thought I would put together a little diary of our trip to Asheville, NC in hopes that it could/would help other moms out there planning trips with kids. I also thought my mother-in-law might like to read and see pictures of our trip! We arrived at the Grove Park Inn around 3:30 on Monday. What an impressive resort! I highly recommend staying there. Every person we interacted with was kind and helpful. The property was … Read more…

I thought I knew how to add

I thought I knew how to do simple addition but it appears to have changed in the last few years. I’m no longer capable of teaching my kids how to do math—at least the way they learn how to do it at school. And, boy oh boy, am I ever at odds with the new math curriculum and methodology that my kids are using. Now might be a good time to tell you I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my master’s degree in elementary education. I have taught first and fourth grade, I now teach preschool and have … Read more…

I fell in love

We had two weeks off. Two weeks with all six of us together…24/7. On Sunday night, our last night together, I didn’t want it to end.  I poopoo’d (new word in 2014) all the other mommies on Facebook who were rejoicing in the knowledge that they would have a few moments on their own on Monday. I wanted to get under the covers with my favorite Farleys and pretend the real world didn’t exist…just like we had done for the last two weeks. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Eva had a dreaded appointment with a … Read more…

good-bye 2013

Time’s whizzing by in a fuzzy blur. I swear it was just yesterday that I was celebrating New Year’s Eve 2012 with an early bird dinner and drinks with the ones I adore. The twins turned six and my teeny, tiny Eva was not approaching double digits. Alex was still in middle school and we went on a great Midwestern vacation. Oh, and my books were simply words and thoughts on my computer. I love the number thirteen. I love that something so unlucky and filled with superstition can turn out to be completely magical. And 2013 was filled with … Read more…

Find the Happy

In this season of joy, love and extreme craziness, I find myself needing to repeat a mantra in my head. Whenever I write a post like this I feel as if I need to preface it with the fact that I know I am fortunate. I am the luckiest of the lucky. I have a fabulous life. My problems are first world and twenty-first century for sure. But, to be honest, none of that really matters. I still get caught up in my head. Little things become big things. Trivial, unimportant happenings become monumental disasters of epic proportions. Business trips … Read more…