The Wild Rumpus

Parenting and family, served with a shot of vodka

EOTW: Yankee Doodle’s Dingaling

It’s been a while since I’ve written up an Embarrassment of the Week. But I had a doozy today, so why not let y’all share in the horror? During the … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Thanks for Letting Me Call You Stinky

This is my Uncle Stinky. He doesn’t stink, though. He just smells like love and bear hugs and family. When I was really little, we used to joke around a … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 6 Comments

The End is Just the Beginning…

I should really be working right now. Or doing laundry, planning my son’s birthday party or one of the scores of other things on my to-do list. But all I … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Never Put on Random, Dirty Undies You Find in Someone Else’s Backpack.”

I actually said that to my kids the other day. It is excellent advice if I do say so myself. My words of wisdom were inspired by a book we … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Superhero.

If you’re a lady of a certain age, you probably recall Judy Blume’s classic 1970 young adult book, “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.” It explores a number of … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Purple Hair, Don’t Care

I don’t even remember what color my hair was when I met my husband 15 years ago. Maybe blonde with chestnut lowlights. Maybe chocolate with a layer of blonde underneath. … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Spot of Sunshine

Things have gotten stressful and hectic behind the scenes at The Wild Rumpus, which has left me with no time, energy or brain waves to romp on the keyboard. About … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Losing a Soulmate is Never Easy

Guess what, y’all? My mom is in town visiting from Washington state. Since she, like, raised me and everything, the least I could do is take a step back from … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Happy Birthday, Sweet Pea!

To my darling Sweet Pea on your birthday, When you wake up today in your new Frozen bed, you will be three. It seems like just yesterday you were figuring … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 10 Comments

Life is a Slam Dunk

My son takes after my husband in so many ways — looks, especially. But lately, it’s his fierce love of basketball that so often makes him a carbon copy of … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 6 Comments


The writer’s block has gotten a hold of me, y’all. During the past week, I’ve abandoned four or five entries because I decided they were A) too stupid, B) not … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 6 Comments

Archie Warren: The Dog That Used Crosswalks

Yesterday, after a family frozen yogurt outing, we took a spin through our old neighborhood in the next town over. As we drove past our former house, I was hit … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

One Lovely Blog Award

Some days, you just need a pick-me-up. I got a much needed one recently when the lovely Lisa at Real Mom of Long Island nominated me for a One Lovely … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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