Flashback Friday: That one time I was a mermaid

 Circa 1995, California State Fair, "Poor Unfortunate Souls" Li...more

Thankful for Childhood Traditions

Today the excitement to see what the Switch Witch brought them had our girls up early! And with fall back on our clocks it was even earlier ~5:30 AM it’s going to be a long day.But it is this family childhood tradition that I love that woke our girls up at that hour.  I sit here wondering now that they are 8 and 6 years old, how much longer will their beliefs in these childhood traditions be?...more
sharingthanks thanks! I do have to admit I learned of the Switch Witch from a friend who's ...more

Muddy Puddles

Blame Peppa Pig, but my boy loves muddy puddles.I spotted the puddle the minute we walked onto the field. Linus’ eyes lit up, but he didn’t let on that he noticed it. Playing with his siblings, I saw his eyes dart over a few times. I imagine he was concocting a way to maneuver closer....more

Parental Guidance Suggested

I’m extraordinarily thankful for growing up when I did.My two siblings and I—very close in age—played outside like it was our j.o.b. The three of us, along with our neighborhood friends, ran amok nearly every day, until that moment between dusk and dark, when my mom stepped onto the front porch and yelled, “Kids! Time to come in!”...more

Letters To My Younger Self

 I have decided to take a page out of Allie Brosh’s book (no seriously, her literal book) and write letters to my younger self at various stages in my life....more

Not Your Average Kid

My parents must be relieved that I turned out “normal.”  I think early in life I was like most other young girls; I loved all the same things they did…Barbies, anything pink, dressing up, and not playing sports.  Then something changed when I got a little older and my interests starting becoming well…awkward....more

Parenthood is Pricey

No news emerging from under the dome of the US Capitol these days, as Congress is on recess and the men and women you elected are in their home districts.  However, other branches of government continue to churn, and the latest Department of Agriculture numbers on the cost of raising a child are a reminder that becoming a parent is the biggest economic decision many of us will ever make....more

Parenthood is Pricey

No news emerging from under the dome of the US Capitol these days, as Congress is on recess and the men and women you elected are in their home districts.  However, other branches of government continue to churn, and the latest Department of Agriculture numbers on the cost of raising a child are a reminder that becoming a parent is the biggest economic decision many of us will ever make....more

Words Can Hurt Me

I can remember being eight-years-old, having my grandmother tell me "sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you."  It's a mantra that I've heard hundreds ...more