What the Ocean Feels Like

Last week, we stepped into a new phase of parenting, and it sort of felt like the first time you step foot in the ocean after growing up in and around small Midwestern lakes. Just a few steps in and … Continue reading → ...more

That’s Just a Part of It

I find myself saying these words all throughout my days to an emotional little boy and a toddler girl who is growing in her flair for the dramatic every day. As Owen runs to me, yelling in panic about the … Continue reading → ...more

Dear Owen: a letter at three years

The other day, I was sorting clothes for the season when I came across these tiny elephant footie jammies, stuffed into a random bin. And there, surrounded by piles and piles of clothes, I stopped and looked. You had worn … Continue reading → ...more

Dear Elsa: a letter at fifteen months

You are fifteen months old and acting more the toddler every day. You are full of sweetness and happiness, and we can no longer imagine our days not filled with your actual laughs and your excessive fake laughs and big … Continue reading → ...more

Easter Lice and Other Timely Messes

When I was eight years old, I was rocking some seriously curled bangs. Every morning, my mom would faithfully take a tight curling iron to my bangs, puff them out, and hairspray them, per my request. I thought they were … Continue reading → ...more

When You’re About to Wean Your Baby…

I sense that the end of our breastfeeding relationship is near, my sweet Elsa. You wake up in the morning and nurse for maybe two minutes before you are off and attempting to climb up the couch, up the wall, … Continue reading → ...more

A New Season for Carpé Season: a (partial) farewell to blogging

Reheat your mug of coffee from this morning, maybe grab a cookie, get settled in somewhere comfortable, and brace yourself for the obscene lengthiness of this post. The title of this blog is Carpé Season. Recognize the seasons ....more

That Mom

Two kids and almost three years into motherhood, I’ve broken a lot of my own rules. You know, those things that pre-children I was sure I would...more

All-Natural Texas Queso Tortilla Cups (+ an Academy Awards Party Menu!)

I think I should start this post by telling you that I could probably count on one hand the number of times I went to a movie theater before I was twenty. And that my family didn’t get a VCR … Continue reading → ...more

My Top-10, Kid-Friendly, Winter Indoor Outings in the Twin Cities

First of all, my apologies for that long, terrible title. There was just no getting around it. Second, my apologies to those of you who do not live near the Twin Cities, or to those of you who do and … Continue reading → ...more