This morning I tucked my too-long bangs into a lovely Sister-Wife swoop, tied up my apron and set about canning a whole bunch of fresh, local peaches. It was the first time I ever canned alone. In previous years, I tried the process under the direction of some experienced canners who did most of … [Read more...]
Should I Get My Kid A Pony?
Anyone who knows my middle daughter, Karenna, knows that she loves horses. The equestrian passion was ignited for her when she was three years old and watched the movie "Spirit" about a wild stallion. She went on to watch it daily for the next few months and whenever we would see a real horse in our … [Read more...]
Last week we spent a lovely time away for our family holiday on Keats Island, a tiny speck of land in the big Pacific Ocean. It was so nice not to have an agenda, to set work stress aside and just be together as a family. (Granted, I am getting old and cranky so the uncomfortable beds in the cabin … [Read more...]
We leave tomorrow for a family vacation to Keats Island. I have never been there before, nor have we taken an actual family holiday since we had kids. Travel FAIL. Call me crazy, but the idea of packing up diapers, playpens, bottles, strollers, pureed bananas and paying, like, $7,000 for our three … [Read more...]
Summer Came Early And I’m Barely Hanging On
I live in BC where the all the teachers in the province went on strike last week, bringing summer holidays a full two weeks earlier than I was emotionally prepared for. Social media is abuzz with photos of kids at the beach, and moms firing out hashtags like #bestdayever, #ilovesummer, and … [Read more...]
Not Your Grandma’s Swimsuit. OK, Maybe It Is. But It’s Cool.
Finding the right bathing suit can be an exercise in frustration and humiliation. Standing under fluorescent lights in a cramped changing room while you try to ram your soft, squishy bits into some unforgiving lycra can really do a number on one's self esteem. That is why I buy my suits … [Read more...]
Adventures In Bra-Fitting
Save for the months when my bosom was filled to bursting with milk for my babies, I have always been a small-chested girl. (This photo blows me away every time. My first baby was a couple weeks old and my boobs hung like anvils from my chest. Those postpartum days were CRAZY.) All through … [Read more...]
Date Night: Urban Legend?
Marriage is wonderful. Marriage is hard. This time of year is extra busy for me and Steve. Actually, it's always busy, but right now we're both pulling lots of overtime (him in the orchard and me showing houses, both often until 9 pm at night). It's so easy to slip into the Survival … [Read more...]
Her, This, That
Something about her gaze, this shot, that moment…makes my heart stop. Wow, this life goes fast. … [Read more...]
Bangs. I Am Over Them.
When I was deliberating about getting bangs cut or not, I figured it was a pretty low-risk change as far as hair goes. "Try bangs for a while, then when you're sick of them, just sweep them to the side of your face, all cute-like, and you're good to go!" After about three months of having bangs, … [Read more...]
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