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Pam Kocke

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NOLA Summer Problems

It's that time of year again - hurricane's brewing, kids out of school, and it's too hot outside to move. Yeah, that's right, it's summer in NOLA and we have some problems...

Saying Goodbye … To My Minivan

A few weeks after our boys were born, my husband and I, exhausted and bleary-eyed, made a trip to Slidell and bought a used Toyota Sienna. It had low mileage and was fully loaded....

I Don’t Miss Having Babies

Recently, I was chatting with a friend, a mom with two little girls. I was lamenting our busy schedule of soccer and homework while she was expressing her relief at their relatively free schedule. But...

Puberty is Coming … What’s a Mom to Do?

I find myself as the mom of three tween boys. I have no idea how this happened. Fifteen minutes ago they were in diapers. Ten minutes ago they were into Thomas the Tank Engine,...

Slumber Party or Sanity? You Can Only Choose One

I suffered through it two years ago. After swearing I'd never, ever do it again, I endured the agony 365 days later. And a familiar refrain echoes in the halls of our small house as we...

Planet Fitness :: A Fresh New Fitness Option in Gretna

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Planet Fitness but all opinions are my own.  Planet Fitness :: A Fresh New Fitness Option in Gretna I have a confession to make. I belong to three gyms. It's...

Sew Obsessed: Taking up a New Hobby at 43

Right after Mardi Gras (worst timing ever), I was at a local craft store with the boys. They were going through a Pixar phase and were especially obsessed with The Incredibles. We went to...

Help! I’m Turning Into a Soccer Mom!

About three months ago, the words I dreaded ever hearing again were spoken by my sons. "Mom, we want to play soccer again." It's not that I have anything against soccer. It's more that I have...

Five Years On … Things Change and Things Stay the Same

It's been about five years since I started writing for this humble blog, which also is about half my kids' lives. Crazy when I think about it. And as I think back on the...

Winter in NOLA – We Have Some Problems

It turns out that New Orleans might actually have four seasons this year! But with winter in New Orleans also comes some legitimate problems...  

Who Is That (Who Can Watch Football)?

Man, what a game that was Sunday night, right? Totally got my heart rate up. First, the Saints were losing, then they were winning, then they were losing again. What a roller coaster! You...

Lessons Learned From Ten Years of Birthday Parties

I'm about to host my boys' tenth birthday party. I'm big on birthday parties, so they've had one every year, but it's funny to look back through the years and observe how they've changed....

Summer Reading for Grown-Ups

It's been about a year since the last time I posted my book recommendations, and my evenings haven't changed much since then. I still wait until my boys (now nine!) go to bed, and...

Big Whoop! Dealing With Pertussis

Here's how it all began ... I took Oliver with me to a parade on Mardi Gras day. He was the only one who wanted to go. After a few hours, I got a...

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