Archive | October, 2011

on guilt, gratitude and milkshakes

I could feel guilty that I took the kids through the Chick-fil-A drive-through for lunch (when we had plenty to eat at home), or I could be grateful for the moment when Girl Powers realized we were driving in the opposite direction of home, her eyes growing wider as we made a left toward the […]

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me talk happy some day

Girl Powers: Mommy I love you SO much. Me: Oh, I love you too, sweetie. Girl Powers: And I love Daddy even more. ‘Cause he plays with us a lot. And he can, kinda, do all the stuff that you can’t do. Me: Oh? Like what? Girl Powers: Like talk happy. Me: Do I not […]

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Mommy is a Writer

Show-and-tell sneaks up on us, week after week. She only goes to school Tuesdays and Thursdays, and show-and-tell is every Thursday. So 50% of school days find us scrambling around to find something to bring. I have, not surprisingly, a completely obsessive need for it to be the perfect, educational, handmade or nature-based something – […]

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{Me @ SMB} Early Risers & Halloween Fun

Happy Monday! Here are a couple of recent posts by me over at Scottsdale Moms Blog: :: The Early Bird Stays in His Room – thoughts (from me, a sleep-obsessed non-expert) on keeping early rising toddlers in bed until a semi-acceptable hour :: Baby’s First Halloween Idea – a fun tradition my friends and I […]

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House of Play

We are seriously under-scheduled this fall, and I am loving it. No swim lessons, no Music Together, no dance. I’m not one for scheduling much in the first place, but it’s amazing how opportunities come up, Groupons get purchased, and all of a sudden every day has something in it. I’m liking the days with […]

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Guest Post | Friendfactor

You know that moment when your preschooler asks the MOST inappropriate, politically incorrect question at the LEAST opportune moment (and at FULL volume, naturally)? Of course you do. We all do.  I see that moment as an opportunity, and that’s what I’m talking about today in a guest post on the Friendfactor blog. For those […]

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it’s the mothers in us

SPOILER ALERT! The story I am about to tell you does NOT end with me breast-feeding a pair of newborn baby goats. Yesterday we went to the farmer’s market. Local produce, kick-ass breakfast burritos, and a little bit of the hippie culture that’s generally hard to find in this area (what can I say? I […]

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Swing Song

Swing Song Here I go up in my swing Ever so high. I am the King of the fields, and the King Of the town. I am the King of the earth, and the King of the sky. Here I go up in my swing… Now I go down. A. A. Milne, Now We Are Six

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fortunately / unfortunately

Does anyone else remember this book? I can’t remember my own children’s names sometimes but for some reason I remember this book really well. Here’s the publisher’s overview: Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party. Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away. Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane. Unfortunately, the motor exploded. […]

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Faux Fall

As I write this it’s blustery and overcast outside. This morning I baked banana bread and last night I made Giada’s butternut squash risotto with a squash from the farmer’s market. Our fall and Halloween decorations have been excavated from the garage, thoroughly inspected for scorpions and placed about the house. And right now the temperature […]

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