My 5-year-old son laid back on his starry sheets and looked up at the plastic-starred ceiling, armed for bedtime with matching pj's and a solid layer of picture books. “Mom, how do you know which way is forward?” He threw his arms up and pointed around wildly. “This way could be forward, or this way, … Continue reading Which way is forward?
Kid(s) + inspiration = kidinspo. A couple of times last week my kids SERIOUSLY inspired me by just doing their regular kid-life stuff. But since I'm their mom, naturally I didn't just let it go: I took pictures, overthought it, and put it on the internet to share with you. So, here's some kidinspo for … Continue reading Kidinspo
When you think of the future, what are people wearing? (Hint: not jeans.) *post for Dallas Moms Blog*
We just got back from our first family trip to Walt Disney World, where the term "vacation" is used loosely, just like the phrases "small crowd" or "not too long of a line" or "reasonable price" are there. We had a great time, and largely because of one little secret: we set our expectations fairly … Continue reading Keep it in check, Cinderella
I'm holding a small secret, like a smooth stone in my hand, and I want to show you. Just for a second. But you gotta promise not to go shouting about it. Be cool, OK? Here goes - you know how everyone seems crazy divided and upset about politics right now? Like you either have to (A) ignore … Continue reading Politics: Whispers beneath the yelling
I wore mismatched socks to church last week. The rest of the fam was already in the car, and you know if the four-year-old is already buckled in his carseat then YOU are the holdup. So I grabbed my boots and two socks from our perpetually-snowballing clean sock basket and ran to the car. Turned out one … Continue reading Martina was right, do it anyway
Well, it's been a heck of a week and I'm done. I mean, it hasn't been terrible, but my threshold for being done with a week is admirably low. Even with home stuff, it's nice to have a break from your own version of minivan-uber, avoiding the laundry's judgy gaze, and crushing your children's dreams about their Jump … Continue reading A 7-yr-old’s hymn for the weekend
I realized today that in three weeks I will have to stop reading the news like it's my job and get back to my actual life. Having studied journalism and politics (back in olden days, when I had nary a smart phone nor child), I am often glued to the screen watching the slow-motion, ongoing pile-up of tweets, accusations, and threats … Continue reading Christians: More than your vote
Here's a quick read for you: Chapter 1, late May: Kids want a dog. Parents say "Nope!" Parents hear about stray dog in neighborhood. Parents say "Awww." Family meets dog. Kids say "Pleaseeeee?!" Parents say "Oh....OK." Chapter 2, mid-June: Family and dog are happy. Family goes on vacation. Dog stays with friend. Chapter 3, end of June: Family … Continue reading Oh, Bella!
Well, friends, we are land-locked once again after a fun week at the beach. With the kids ages 8, 6, and 4, we haven't quite reached the mom-can-relax-and-read-a-book years, but we are past the diapers and naps, which is still a pretty sweet spot. I consider this the "mid-range kid age." Sitting under the umbrella like the … Continue reading Beach with “mid-range” kids: Pros and Cons