Grocery Shopping with Kids: A Tale of Two Ladies

The other day, I took my 2 boys grocery shopping at Aldi. The second we got in the car, R announced, "I don't want to go to Aldi!" "Sorry, Bud," I said. "We have to." "Nooooo!" he wailed from the back seat. I simply drove. When we arrived at Aldi, I grabbed my purse and my shopping bags, pulled the baby from his car seat, and stood by the open van door waiting on R. "Come on, Buddy. Let's go." "I'm not going!" "You have to," I said. "No I don't!" "Fine. Come on in when you're ready." A power struggle with a 5-year-old isn't really my thing, so I walked off toward the store. And just like I knew he would, R followed me. (At a distance. He had to save face, obvs.)

The No Fail Gift Guide for a Potter-Obsessed Child

It is possible that my consummate, unadulterated, and downright child-like passion for all things Christmas and magical may be coming back to bite me. You see, I have a bit of a--let's say "feverish obsession" with convincing my kids of the existence of magic. As you may recall, I am a bit infatuated with Christmas and Santa Clause. In my house, Santa brings the presents on Christmas. He has magical elves who watch over my children all year and report to Santa on their behavior. Sometimes the elves leave letters for the kids, or inadvertently tip something over, leaving evidence that they've been there.

13 Things Only 90’s Kids Remember

Folding actual paper notes and passing them in class. This was so much fun! I mean, I love texting as much as the next iPhone addicted mom, but I really miss my 80's style note folding days.

This is the fanciest my nails have ever been. Any bets on how long till I mess it up?

Hey Strangers!

Sorry I've been away for a few weeks, but look where I went:   In case you can't tell, that's me and Gianni with Goofy in DISNEY WORLD! The whole Roder clan had a blast, especially the kids. (Though Sophia will eat slugs for lunch before she goes on the Tower of Terror again. What … Continue reading Hey Strangers!

I May Have to Start Shopping at Safeway!

They've always had a soda fountain, but this is the first time I've seen a Freestyle machine in any grocery store (besides Wegman's, but that's a long drive!). Half the reason I go grocery shopping is to get a fountain diet coke!

Snow Diary

This is a record of the Roder Family's experience with the epic storm of January 2016, dubbed "Snowzilla" by the Washington Post. (For the purposes of posterity, this writer will document all trials, difficulties, and opinions associated with the storm, including the fact that I think the name "Snowzilla" is a little lame.)   Wednesday, … Continue reading Snow Diary

The 10 Best Books I Read in 2015

I've been lucky enough to get in quite a bit of reading time this year. Many of the books I've read were good, but here are my ten favorites. These are in no particular order: Big Little Lies, by Lianne Moriarty. If you haven't read any of Lianne's novels yet, do yourself a favor and … Continue reading The 10 Best Books I Read in 2015

You Want a Piece of Our MARYLAND Crabs???

You might have heard that Virginia's Governor, Terry McAuliffe, has been talking smack about our Maryland crabs. “You know, Maryland talks about its crabs. If anyone from Maryland is listening, I want to make this perfectly clear. All the crabs are born here in Virginia and they end up, because of the current, being taken [to … Continue reading You Want a Piece of Our MARYLAND Crabs???

We Met Author Elin Hilderbrand!

This week you get two photos for the price of one. My kids and I met author Elin Hilderbrand on our beach trip this summer. She signed her book, "The Island" for me. I just started reading it last night! She thought Gianni was good enough to eat!

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