Symptoms of Home-schooling

We are in our third year of homeschooling. Sometimes it feels like I still have no clue what I’m doing and that I’m just treading water. Other times I feel like I have a complete handle on things and I don’t know what I was ever nervous about. I saw this post  I wrote from […]

The Oilfield Roller Coaster

There are so many ups and downs in life – and even more when you live the oilfield life.  Not everyone understands this lifestyle, and not everyone is cut out for it.  There are a lot of positive things about this lifestyle, along with it’s own unique set of struggles. It’s hard to tell if […]

Back to School?

  If you’ve been reading my past few posts you know that our family has been going through a lot of changes. Now it looks like we may be adding one more change to the mix. We’ve been considering giving up homeschooling and sending our son to the local Waldorf school. I have some mixed […]

8 Things All Kids Need To Know

Kids drive me nuts these days. (Or maybe it’s parents that drive me nuts). Many children spend more time playing on the i-pad than they do playing outside…and it shows. They aren’t learning to communicate or relate to others. Granted, every kid is going to spend some of their time in front of the TV, […]

The Oilfield Parent Balancing Act

I should have known better. My husband is home for the week and I thought that maybe just one day free of a schedule and rules might be okay. I was wrong. And it ended in a colossal meltdown. Lesson learned. For many oilfield wives finding a balance between parenting when our husbands are away […]

What’s for lunch?

As an oilfield mom, time is not my friend when I’m pulling single parent duty while my Hot Oil Man is away. Especially at meal time, the easier and better!  I do quick and simple breakfasts – hot cereal or bagels with fresh fruit – for the kids.  If I’m really on the ball I […]

The back-to-school Funk

It’s that time of year again…..time to get ready for another school year.  As I’ve mentioned before, this is my favorite time of year. I love fall and I LOVE the anticipation of back to school. I like the transition and the excitement. Everything seems “new”.  It’s a change in seasons, change in weather, and […]

Coping Postpartum

In some cultures women spend 40 days postpartum in their bedroom nursing their babies and being waited on by their mothers or other female friends or relatives. In oilfield world you get four days before you husband returns to work and five days before your family has to go back to their own town. At […]

Welcome Oilfield Baby!

I am writing this in one of the first quiet moments I’ve had in several days. It will no doubt soon be interrupted by the stirring of our new baby girl, Litha. If you’ve read my previous posts you know that Litha was expected on June 21st, but it seems she had her own ideas […]

A Birthday Wish

Today is my baby girl’s 9th birthday. Where has the time gone?! In the blink of the eye she has gone from chubby little baby, to tall graceful young lady. She’s silly, sassy, and smart  – and I’m honored to be her mother. I try not to have regrets and I try not to spend […]