• Sherwood Family Nonsense

    We're a diplomatic family traveling the world. Dad represents the US government in Baku, while the rest of us (Mom and four children) stay home living off his largesse.


  • Happy Birthday, William!

    Happy Birthday, William!

    This week we celebrated William's birthday. I find it so strange that my penultimate baby is three years old. This means that I have will only have one more... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Badminton

    When Kathleen reached sixth grade, I added exercising to her daily routine. Exercising is a life skill that everyone can benefit from, so I used my dictatorial... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday to Me

    This year I turned thirty-eight which is starting to sound like a lot of years. I am the same age as my mother in law when she sent her oldest son on a... Read more

    Posted on 26 January 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Amirsoy


    Yesterday we went up to the mountains for the first time this winter. Although I really don't like winter (the only real use of winter is to bring spring), I... Read more

    Posted on 19 January 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • In Defense of Ritalin

    My family has a history of ADD. Brandon's family does too, so it isn't surprising that two of our children suffer from it also. Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • A Return to Our Regular Schedule

    This week I got up every single (weekday) morning and exercised. We had full school every day. Our Russian tutor spent nine hours at our house, dredging up our... Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Seven Children: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Some days I have a hard time believing that I have seven children. Seven children sounds like a lot of children. It's a number that is reserved for crazy... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Christmas 2019

    This year Christmas was cut a little short. Brandon is still bitter about that, as Christmas is his favorite season of the year (did you know that there are... Read more

    Posted on 29 December 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • So We Had a Baby


    I have had a blog post about Elizabeth waiting to be published for the last six weeks, but it's been so busy I never got around to actually posting it. Read more

    Posted on 15 December 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Three Days to Go

    Brandon arrived safely, with all his luggage, and only an hour late Thursday night (which is a sight better than the two and a half days he was late last time). Read more

    Posted on 21 October 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Wait is Almost Over

    This week Brandon will board a plane in Tashkent. That plane will fly to Korea, where he will wait nine hours before boarding a plane to Toronto. Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • When the Weather is Warm

    When Weather Warm

    This past Saturday, the children and I went to the beach. North Carolina hasn't gotten the memo yet that it's past vernal equinox and so that means that it's... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Enjoying the Delights of America

    It's funny how quickly it takes to get settled. I think that I probably have a quicker rate than average, a skill gained by hard experience. We've been here... Read more

    Posted on 30 September 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Crash Landing

    The trip to the US started out well. Not all travel starts out well. I remember one move where the Super Shuttle showed up to our townhouse while I was still... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Dynamics of Change

    We are leaving in four days. Thankfully we're not moving and won't be moving for almost two more years. I like the thought of moving and the excitement of... Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • A Love Letter to My Full-sized Oven

    Dear oven,I love you. You are by no means the most flashy of ovens. I didn't even realize that you could have an oven that required sparking the pilot light... Read more

    Posted on 01 September 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • First Week of School

    This past week was our first week of school. We have been doing this for some time now; I started with Kathleen in Kindergarten nine years ago. I guess I can sa... Read more

    Posted on 25 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Summer Preserving

    I would never call myself a hard-core canner. I don't like canned vegetables and would prefer to just have beans only they're available in the summer instead... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Thirty Weeks (with No Pictures)

    This past week I hit one of the most frustrating milestones of pregnancy: thirty weeks. Thirty, after counting up for so many months, sounds so very close to... Read more

    Posted on 18 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Teenager in the House

    This week Kathleen turned thirteen. To be be honest, I've considered Kathleen a teenager for quite a bit now, as we've all be subjected to the symptoms of... Read more

    Posted on 11 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING