Author Archives: jillo31

About jillo31

I always wanted to write the great American novel. I've come to the realization that that may not happen. Instead, I'm going to write about my life as a working mom to three boys. I figure in ten years, I won't remember what these days are like. I want to record my everyday victories and struggles.

The L’Anse Diaries: Day 3 Mom Was RIGHT

Colin woke us up moaning in the middle of the night our first night in Baraga.  I had noticed, the day before, that he had a couple of red spots on his face, but I assumed they were bug bites. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The L’Anse Diaries: Day 2 Hangry

Three things make me an unbearable travel companion, and I was all three yesterday; hungry, hot, and tired. I stayed up too late Friday night and inexplicably still woke at 5 am on Saturday morning.  I tried to drift back … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Exposed Part Two

Yep.  I did it again.  Actually, this is the third time, but I never wrote about the second time. The end of the story is that I ended up standing outside, chatting with my neighbor for twenty minutes before I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dear Naps, It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear Naps, It’s not me, it’s you. We have had a good, long run.  Almost 9 years now.  And even in those early days, I knew this day would come, but I never wanted to believe it. You have been … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Sudden Loss

I visited my sister Saturday.  It was a great day.  My brother and sister-in-law and parents had all decided to visit the same weekend.  That night, we were sitting around having a couple drinks after the kids went to bed … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Ten Years Down, A Lifetime To Go

I pulled down our wedding photos last night, looking for a group shot with my high school friends.  I could not find one, but I did enjoy looking through the photos from nearly 10 years ago, trying to pick out … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The Last Straw

Today was day 2 in a series of 3 very long days.  And I totally lost it. We had baseball pictures this morning, one at 9:25, one at 10:25, Sullivan’s soccer game at 11:15 am and Brady’s soccer game at … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On the Days When You Just Cannot Do It All

I would like to think that I kick a little ass on a daily basis.  I try to set realistic goals for each day and meet them.  Somedays, though, I cannot do it all. My day started at 4:40 am … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Worst Parenting Job

I have so many jobs; chief financial officer of our household, keeper of the family calendar, head chef, head nurse, housekeeper, and on and on.  I am better at some of those jobs than others, but the absolute most loathed … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I Have Come a Long Way, Baby

The first time I came home from college, a family member told me I had gotten fat.  I had been away at school for 5 or 6 weeks and I had put on 5 pounds or so.  That was when … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment