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Unfortunately, this season didn't bring visions of bowl games dancing in the heads of Hog fans. But if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! ULM (Jeff's alma mater) beat the Razorbacks in Little Rock this year (though we were at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at musings of Mother Hood
We really outdid ourselves this year. 8 days, 3 states, 1850 miles, 2 Christmases, ENDLESS food -- 3 Hoods and 1 car. Add 1 dodged snowstorm, 2 dangerous cows, 1 NBA game, 5 miniature horses, and 1 rewired chainsaw and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
It's been unseasonably warm here for weeks. Months, even. We decorated the tree in shorts, we baked cookies with warm sunshine streaming in the windows -- we've been enjoying weather in the 60s! But winter had to get here eventually.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
The cookies never saw it coming. And Amanda's kitchen will never be the same. But the kiddos made flour and sprinkles into a new art form. The only downside -- deciding halfway through the afternoon that we should have set... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
It's an old Reba song, but I still hear it on the radio sometimes. So what do you say in a moment like this When you can't find the words to tell it like it is Just bite your tongue... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
Though it continues to baffle me, there are companies hell-bent on using costumed characters as roadside advertising. At first, it was the actual costume store, but now it's everything from the pizza place to tax preparation. You really can't drive... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
They say there's a certain level of forgetfulness or, perhaps, denial associated with childbirth and parenting. A mother forgets the pain and discomfort of labor when the baby is placed in her arms and the memories fade even further as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
We haven't baked cookies, wrapped presents, seen many Christmas lights, or decorated anything built out of gingerbread. And we have yet to visit Santa. But not because Colt hasn't asked about at least one of those things at least twelve... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
I have talked about it for what seems like years, but I am finally, actually moving from Typepad to Wordpress. Don't worry! Everything here is coming with me and I hope (fingers crossed!) you won't notice any interruption in content... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
Every single night I tiptoe into his room before I go to bed myself. He's been asleep for hours and he's softly snoring. I don't have to be that quiet or careful because he got his sleep-through-anything ability from his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
I thought I might cry a few weeks ago when my friend Abby asked me to be her running buddy in her first 5k. Abby is 9 years old and her school participates in Girls on the Run, a national... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
It would probably only take me a few minutes of digging around in my archives to find enough evidence to drive home this point, but why bother? NOT doing the homework in order to make the point almost seems more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
You take your playtime rather seriously. Whether it's playing football or doctor or fireman or - most recently - worker bee, you insist on dressing the part and staying in character. While we were trick-or-treating last week, you would periodically... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
Typically, I appreciate Halloween as one of the holidays that exists as a single day rather than an entire season, but this year it seemed to stretch out a bit and it was just right. Around these parts, October weather... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
It was the perfect storm. My birthday expectation this year was the same as every year -- Jeff and I would go eat somewhere we like to celebrate our birthdays, which are a week apart. We never make a big... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
You won't believe this, but I've had a post titled "30" in draft since August. I remember, as my birthday was approaching this year, that I needed to start gathering my thoughts. I just dug out the post, hoping it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
This is the final post from our week with my parents, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to post it! I hope it is worth the wait. The density of pumpkin patches in Northwest Arkansas continues to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
I'm a sucker for a Fayetteville race. And I'm an even bigger sucker for the Fayetteville fall weather. So registering for the Chile Pepper 10K was an easy decision. I've known for months I wanted to run a race that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
Charlie Brown's got nothin' on this kid. Football Practice from Sarah Hood on Vimeo. CLICK HERE if you don't see a video. He is a stickler for accuracy when it comes to his uniforms. The gloves (and helmet and pants... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
As I mentioned, my parents were here last week and able to take advantage of some quality kiddo time. Lucky for all of them - they absolutely adore each other. And - as you'll see in a minute - they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
Traditionally, I've written a reflection of Tom, family, and sacrifice this week. This year, it felt natural to do something else, so instead of forcing a post that wasn't heartfelt I focused my attention on what felt right this week.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
I suppose I should have written this before now, seeing as the week is half over. Despite the lull in posting this week, there is much going on. My parents have been in town since Sunday and in the next... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
He turned four back in June, but we've been off schedule with his well-child appointments for a few years now (and it's pretty impossible to get BACK on schedule because of insurance, blahdy blah) so it was September by the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
Honestly, I thought Colt's first Razorback football game was still a few years away, seeing as it would require sitting still in a small, defined space and focusing on one primary event for hours on end. He's four, people. Those... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood
If you haven't read Part 1, start HERE. When we left off, Jeff and I (and Dave, Cathy, and Jerry) had just drifted off to sleep at Phantom Ranch in the bottom of Grand Canyon. | DAY 3 | The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at musings of Mother Hood