Christmas in New York such an exciting time. Over the last few years, I’d visited NYC in the Fall and Spring, so I was super excited to visit during December. We started planning for this trip a few years ago, after we returned from a Spring trip (see that post here), but then our travel […]
A few years ago, my great-aunt mailed me a Christmas card with an extra special letter. She wrote memories about my mother as a child, especially her first Christmas spent in a hospital room. My great-aunt spent many hours tending to my mother, still a baby, during that Christmas season, and her wisdom about Santa […]
I recently flew to Idaho to visit family, and on the flight home, I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman from the small town of St. Anthony, Idaho. He worked on the nearby college campus where I had attended school, and he lamented that the students were not very friendly. I was surprised, as […]
Last Thursday I learned a lesson about compassion and anger. Two very different emotions. Two powerful emotions. The morning started off like a typical morning of getting my oldest kiddo out the door for school. Still wearing pajamas, the rest of us climbed in to the car to drop Simon off in the elementary school car […]
Earlier this morning, as I watched two of my girls paint on some leftover cardboard, I had two thoughts. First, I was pleased with my “mom skills.” I was using corner protectors for my new picture frame in the kids’ bathroom. The girls wanted to make tents for their miniature dolls with the cardboard. Creative […]
So far I’m doing good on my goal to have a fun activity each day! As I wrote about in my first summer boredom busters posts here, I’m using ideas from the fabulous Family Fun Boredom Busters book that has been sitting in my bookcase for years. Plus, I’m finally using those great ideas for […]
Looking for summer boredom buster fun that is also slightly educational? Read on! For today’s summer activity, we learned more about the letter “D,” but in a fun way that worked for my school age kid and my little ones. Read about more preschool aged activities or crafty summer boredom busters here. I started by drawing […]
Okay ya’ll, this summer, I want to be that great Mom who plays games, does crafts, and really enjoys summertime with the kids. Since Simon started school last year, I realized that there were so many fun things I anticipated doing that never happened. When I was pregnant the first time, I couldn’t wait to […]
Little Ruby joined her sister in dance class for “bring a friend” day. During the tumbling practice she tried a somersault and flopped on her face! Too funny not to share!
My sister-in-law is due with her first baby at the end of summer. We are SOO excited for them! As I’ve chatted with her about becoming a mom for the first time, I’ve reminisced on all the things I did and felt as a first-time mom. I didn’t know what to expect as a new […]
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