To my child, when I’ve pulled away from you.

You’re in fourth grade now. You’re more than half arms and gangly legs. You are remarkably independent and take-your-breath-away self-sufficient. It’s silly that your dad and I would expect anything else, knowing us. You’ve gotten yourself out the door and walked to school alone since you were six. You mother your little sister more thanRead more

Trapped in my life.

Picture this. It’s Mother’s Day. And I’m sad. Like, really sad. And kind of mad. But I don’t know why. I mean, yes, I’m freaking ravenous (slightly long story) so maybe it’s that but it’s not really. That doesn’t build the tears behind my eyes or the scream in my chest. That didn’t create theRead more

Like Wildflowers…

I don’t think I need many words beyond those above tonight. I’ve had the amazing fortune or sharing my feelings over recent days with a variety of people in amazingly various forms: in person, via text, online message/email, facebook post and/or comments, phone calls or emailed screen shot. I’m in completely dualistic places in thisRead more

Mabel: Our Malshi Puppy

Have you ever, ever seen anything as adorable as the newest member of our little clan? This is Mabel Cutie (middle name picked by the five-year-old, obviously). Mabel is a Maltese-Shih tzu blend (both parents are full breeds) that came to us one week ago, as an eight week old. We got a puppy? Um,Read more

Finding a Fresh Start.

The new year is a curious thing. Many times it has slipped by me as little more than a marker that the return to school is that much closer. Or a reminder that taxes need to be done. 2013 is different. Starting a new calendar year feels like the long-awaited trigger I’ve been caressing forRead more

September

We’re in-between seasons. And it’s the most beautiful mix of the best of the two. The days aren’t too short yet. The afternoons are sunny, warm–even hot! The mornings are crisp and cool. The leaves are so barely changing that a mostly orange tree is cause to stop and stare. And it’s harvest season (we’veRead more

Where the Time Goes (hint: it’s the naps).

Something has been different lately. The last month or so. No, it’s not the job. Or the coursework. Or the weather or the money or….or. It’s the children. And it’s their schedules. Dot and M&M attend two separate daycares. Pre-daycare M napped twice a day, an hour or so in both the morning and afternoon.Read more

Endings and Beginnings (and more change).

Aside from my (likely over-the-top) whole30 coverage, It’s been pretty quiet around here lately. That is not for lack of happenings. Much has been going on behind the scenes and the past week marked a “coming out” of sorts that I’ve been eager to find the time to expand on the blog as well. Re-cap:Read more

Child Development: Equilibrium and Disequilibrium

“Did you ever feel as if parenting your children was like riding a roller coaster?  At one point you are enjoying your offspring and the next you are wondering what ever happened to your sweet little girl or your charming little boy.” About six months ago (maybe more, maybe less) Dot’s daycare provider posted anRead more

A Letter to My Future Self.

In the summer of 2010 I took what my school calls a “capstone course” called Effecting Change. This is a 6-credit course that could be compared to a senior project or a mini field placement. I chose this particular capstone as it allowed me to continue (and count!) volunteer activities that I was currently engagedRead more