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Adventures in Mommyhood

A mother of four, on a never-ending quest for five minutes of alone time

Return of the Mommyblog

It’s been a long while since I blogged. My mind swirls with topics and ideas constantly but I’ve lacked the time to sit down and type it all out. Let’s just say it…I’m busy. I don’t do sitting still well. I don’t do slow. I don’t do easy. I don’t do one thing at a time. I have four kids who are now, 8, 6, 4, and 3. And in addition to mothering my girls, I work three jobs, I’m… Read More »

The Darkside of Motherhood

I know I’m not the only one seriously bummed about the death of Robin Williams. I see his face all over the Internet right now and I feel such sadness. I grew up watching his movies and to this day my sister and I quote him each and every time we call each other…invariably one of us starting the call with “Helloooo!” from Mrs. Doubtfire. We have also yelled, “Help is on the way, Dear!” from that same movie, when… Read More »

“Are We There Yet?”

When my husband and I started talking about taking our kids down to Laguna Beach to visit his brother, I envisioned us happily embarking on a somewhat easy one-plus-hour flight into John Wayne Airport. Little did I know that my husband would drop the infamous words on me moments later: “Road Trip” he said. That’s when I realized that I don’t think Brent has spent enough time in the car with these kids. Just this morning it was nearly impossible… Read More »

Combat Nurse

I learned something about myself this past weekend. I learned that I am good in an emergency situation. It isn’t something that I wanted to know, for knowing such a thing would require one to go through and actual emergency. But I guess it was bound to happen with four kids. If you had asked me the odds have always been stacked against Georgia (and I still haven’t ruled her out). With her larger than life energy, she has always… Read More »

The Great Holdout

Our family started 2014 with an adventure: A trip to LA for Brent’s cousin’s son’s bar mitzvah. Oh, how I really wish I could have just typed “a trip to Hawaii just for fun.” But no, Los Angeles is where we headed last weekend. Our destination: a lovely, primarily Jewish, suburb of Beverly Hills. Brent and I had hesitated quite a bit before we decided to take all four kids down to celebrate with his family down south. As I… Read More »

Missing Christmas

Lately, I have felt like you can take the girl out of Christmas but you can’t take Christmas out of the girl. As a woman who was raised by folks who celebrated Christmas it feels weird for me to not celebrate Christmas now. It’s a battle I fight every year especially now that I have kids. I found myself recently thinking about that epic line in Sex and The City when Charlotte, after converting to Judaism, gets in a fight… Read More »


It’s been a crazy few months at Casa de Blaustein. I feel like I barely get a moment to breathe let alone sit down and write a blog. How do I sum it all up to bring you all up to speed? Well, here I go… We have been to the doctor’s office at least once a week for the past 5 weeks. I have been on antibiotics twice in the last month and every kid, except Harper, has too.… Read More »

Petalumans….Mount Up!

One of the things I love about Petaluma, is the way this community rallies to support each other especially during difficult times. I’ve seen that happen on more than one occasion and it always makes me feel so grateful to live here. Tuesday night tragedy hit way too close to home when one of my daughter’s kindergarten buddies was in a car accident with her father while driving home on Highway 121. They were struck by a drunk driver, who… Read More »


For the most part, I was a conformist as a kid. I never wanted to rock the boat and I always wanted to do the right thing and please others. There was that brief moment of stealing I went through in the first grade (sorry Laura McDonald), but after that, I was pretty much back to people pleasing and rule following. As time went on, I began to see life a little differently. I started to experiment with drugs and… Read More »

A New Dawn

Yesterday, I was angry and I wrote a blog about our former au pair that I regret. I regret it because in hindsight it was thoughtless and potentially very hurtful to a young woman who really did try. As I start this new day, I just wanted to clear the air and thank that one friend, who could see my hurt and anger, but still was strong enough to say, “Hey, I know you are better than this” and then… Read More »