A million years ago I wrote a reflection on the decision to have a second baby. Spoiler alert: I was pregnant about 10 seconds after it was posted. When my husband and I were dating we had a frank discussion...
I have had a long-standing love-hate relationship with social media. There was a practical component where I would quickly learn what was going on around town, a single source of information for kids’ events, as well as tip-offs for cheaper...
Family: Well, there’s me (lofty ideas and ideals central, here), there’s my husband (excellent helper in implementing ideas and ideals), our almost 2-year old daughter (ideas and ideals still developing, seems kind of erratic) as well as our gremlin...
Oof. Here we are, more than 4 months into staying home, staying 6 ft away from everyone, and for me, staying in a near-constant state of anxiety about both the present and the future. To avoid spiraling, I have been...
My fourth daughter is a senior in high school this year. It's different this time around, for sure. She picked up her schedule in a face mask. She doesn't need to pray for a coveted senior parking spot, probably won't...
Sweet baby girl, Your great-grandfather died today. We were rushing around the house this morning trying to get a few things sorted out and quickly packed so that we could take you and the dogs and drive to Tucson. The...
Type Two Fun? Outdoor Adventure lingo... The first time I heard the phrase "Type 2 fun" I had just repelled into a pool of stagnant smelly water at the bottom of a slot canyon. This was years ago, before kids,...
Little distance learning school on the prairie I work four jobs, plus freelancing, for a total workload of 40+ hours a week. I have two boys, one in 1st Grade and one in Kindergarten this school year. One of my...
I've been reading a ton. I'm a pretty avid reader but with quarantine, I'm trying to set better work/life boundaries. I make a strong attempt to stay off my phone during the evenings and weekends and pick up a book...
Working from home since March 18th has been many things. A mess. An opportunity to stay on top of housework (ha). A nice, short commute. Relaxing early mornings (no rush!). Stressful late mornings (hangry toddler). And of course,...
Since school closures in March, my five-year-old daughter and I have been staying home. Although the stay home order was lifted a few months ago in Arizona, we are taking a more cautious approach and tiptoeing back into the...
I am horrified and heartbroken with the death of George Floyd.  Hearing this man in his pain and fear call out for his mama hit the hearts of so many mothers.  His death, the circumstances, the aftershock to the...
I've previously written about some of my quarantine ups and downs, and if the world ever goes back to normalcy there is one thing I definitely will be taking with me. Bread-making. I'm sure you've seen or know someone who...

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