Author Archives: Elizabeth Thompson


Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth is a stay-at-home Mom (an oxymoron, really, since she is found in her minivan running errands more than she's at home) and enjoys writing about the trials and tribulations of raising 4 children, an rambunctious lab and killer dust bunnies. She has essays published with Nurturing Magazine, waxes poetic on her blog, This Full House, and newly launched family blog project, This Full House Kids, where the kids are given permission to "talk back." Liz enjoys writing about the stuff she likes, or hasn't managed to break, yet.

Remembering Virginia Tech and How I have NOT Stopped Worrying, Since.

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We each have a special place in our house — small and cramped as it may be — where the children and I like to go and disconnect…from each other. I also think it’s important that each of my children understand that they can NOT expect to do everything together and insist that each of […]

One Mother’s Comfort Is Another Child’s Misfortune

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It’s been a rather warm winter — we fired up the barbecue more in December, than we did all summer, it seems — and now they’re calling for an unusually cold spring, here in Jersey. What is up with the weather, lately? Yeah, you too? I know! It’s taken a toll on my children’s respiratory […]

Our Dirty Little Secret

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My husband and I have been together for a long time (we’ll be married 18 years, this summer) and — though, I refuse to believe that we look anything alike — Garth (not his real name) and I have grown comfortable with each other and often times find ourselves finishing each others sentences. Okay — […]

Achy, Breaky Suburban New Year’s Eve

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It is… was… just another achy, breaky suburban New Year’s Eve, after all! I often times associate songs with certain times in my life — you know, the good and the not so much — and I believe it was Karen Carpenter (yes, I’m old, shuddup!) who sang about holidays being joyful and how there’s […]

The Sanity Clause

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As a stay-at-home-mom — who happens to spend a large portion of the day in the car, just so you know — if you’re a parent…then you know…a vast majority of my time is committed going to (and from) practices, or meetings and paying for teacher gifts, or class parties (seriously, enough already) and then […]

The Autumn Wife

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I lowered my window, breathed in the brisk autumn air and enjoyed the fact that I was sitting on the passenger side of our minivan, for once. I listened to my children happily trying to out-talk each other, behind me, and I leaned my head a little to the right, inhaled deeply and smiled, as […]

Like Sands Through An Hourglass…

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…these are some scary days, my friend! I’ve been going through some photo boxes — in my neverending quest to downsize, organize and exorcize the humungous amount of STUFF I’ve accumulated over the years — when I came across a picture of my grandmother and me. The resemblance is amazing, really. I’m not just talking […]

Skating Through Life, Talking Street and Living with Almost Etnies

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With school having started I’ve had to finally face the fact that my kids have outgrown EVERYTHING and perhaps consider that we may actually have to, you know, get out of the house! Thank goodness the mall is air-conditioned, but — here’s the thing — I hate back-to-school shopping! The Gap, Aeropostale, Limited Too, Abocrombie […]

Waiting room stories: stranger than family.

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I sat in the stuffy room, drank another cup of bad coffee and threw a fleeting look towards the two women sitting at the table across from me as they continued to leaf through about a thousand greeting cards. Strange:  “Um, where do you want me to put this?” Stranger: “Uh, that can go in […]

Remembering “The Old Country” in a whole new way

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My father and mother have been living in the United States for over 50 years — they escaped Hungary during the Revolution of 1956 — but, often times still like to refer to their homeland as “the old country.” You see, on our street, everyone came from somewhere. Though the accents – especially in my […]