Christmas in July 2020

One of my favorite family traditions is Christmas in July. My parents did it for us when we were children, and now I do it for my kids. This year was extra sweet because my family had been in strict isolation for four months, and we drove up to see my parents, who had also been extremely isolated. Hugging my … Read More

Christmas Gifts for Children with Special Needs

This is a toughie. It can be downright hard, because there are so many emotions tied up with the holidays. We have expectations. Christmas is supposed to be a time where we express our love and gifts are a way we do that. What if the child, who has special needs, doesn’t like their gift? What if they don’t play … Read More

Christmas Gifts for Children with Special Needs

This is a toughie. It can be downright hard, because there are so many emotions tied up with the holidays. We have expectations. Christmas is supposed to be a time where we express our love and gifts are a way we do that. What if the child, who has special needs, doesn’t like their gift? What if they don’t play … Read More

2017’s More Realistic Holiday Newsletter

After reading a few glowing family newsletters, I am more inspired than ever to continue the tradition of the Yardley’s More Realistic Holiday Newsletter. If you ever wanted to see how we really live, this is the way to do it. And here we go! 2017 started with a bang and ended with a whimper. LUKE travels constantly for work, … Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a small, charming Thanksgiving this year. Just us, some favorite foods, video games, and movies. Thanksgiving carries a lot of baggage for me, but I tried to shrug it off and spent time really focusing on the people and things I’m grateful for. Gratitude really does make everything better. I hope you have a wonderful day, and find … Read More

Win Prizes Tonight!

Tonight I’m getting together with the Awkward Conversations with Geeky Writer’s crew for a special holiday broadcast. We’ll discuss a myriad of things, answer your questions, and the best part? We’ll be giving out prizes! We literally have stockings full of gifts. Join us! It’s an online party, so you can show up in pajamas. Todd Keisling, Anthony Rapino, Eryk … Read More

Letters to Santa

Niko is hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa for some special fun time. So we took the girls to mail their letters to Santa. I also mailed my own letter, thanking him for his hard work last year.   Yes, I’m attributing my recent novels to him. Thank you, Santa! I believe.    

My Hands Are Stained White With Sorrow

No, wait, that’s paint.  My hands are stained white with paint, because I’m trying to painting the kitchen.  Which is difficult with three little ones who need constant attention.  For Valentine’s Day, we’re having a nice dinner and then my hubby is watching the mugwumps while I, yes, paint some MORE of the kitchen.  Needless to say that life is horribly … Read More