Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

We meet again, Mickey

When I tell people what I did over spring break, I get a variety of reactions.

Laughter. Sympathy. And from some fellow parents, knowing smiles.

My vacation involved a trip to Florida with my daughter — and about 100 of her middle-school friends. Four days at the Disney World theme parks, two overnight bus trips there and back.

Outwitted by a thermostat

With all the shoveling, back pain and creative driving we’ve endured in recent days, I thought I’d offer some tried-and-true homeowner advice to help you get through the rest of the winter.

Today’s installment is a step-by-step guide for what (not) to do when your furnace stops working on the coldest day of the year. Just in case, you know, that were to ever happen.

'A beautiful gesture'

Shelby Rowan has had a rough life. No two ways about it.

He lived with his mom in a homeless shelter, on and off, for the first 14 years of his life.

His dad wasn’t in the picture. One brother died at birth. Another spent time in jail.

Dear HGTV: Don't forget the little people

HGTV is an old friend.

The network of home makeovers and remodeling shows debuted in 1994, and I’ve been a faithful fan ever since.

I’ve daydreamed about which show I’d apply for and mentally drafted many a heart-tugging letter to the producers.

Piecing together family history, box by box

Every family has a story, as NPR’s “StoryCorps” project has so poignantly told.

We’ve been revisiting ours in recent weeks box by box, combing through the treasure trove of memories from my parents’ house.

Indecision time: we're Wurthin' it

We have an indecision problem in our family.

At least I think we do. I could be wrong. What do you think?

This malady afflicts us to varying degrees. I fall somewhere short of midrange on the decisiveness-o-meter — not as bad as some but worse than others.

Home for the holidays - one last time

We are celebrating the “Thanksmas” holiday this year with my side of the family.

My niece is getting married Saturday night, and lots of relatives are coming into town who won’t be able to make it back for Christmas a month later. So we’re doing a combo holiday on Thanksgiving.

Toys worth tossing: all the noise, noise noise!

Judging by the Christmas trees I saw at Target on Halloween — or maybe it was Fourth of July? — the holiday shopping season has begun.

I have just one question: What mouth-breathing nonparent invented the toy called “Bop-it”?

Halloween tailgate

We are approaching a Halloween transition.

Our kids are tweens-plus — the oldest doesn’t trick-or-treat anymore, and our daughter will probably go with friends this year.

My sweet girl, who has in past years been a fairy and a princess and a ballerina, is thinking of going as a criminal. Another proud parenting moment.