By the time you read this, I’ll be. . . 42. (I’ll essentially be the answer to life, so you should definitely take my advice.) I remember feeling like 42 was a million light years away, and I envisioned a life (and person) so different from the reality I’m living. I’ve learned a lot, shared a lot, … [Read more...]
Things I Hope My Kid Never Grows Out Of
"It goes so fast!" It's such a trite phrase, handed out by moms who know better and grandmas who have been there and done that, and uttered by strangers in checkout lines everywhere. I know it's true, but I'm praying everything slows down a little. I'm just not ready to let everything go. These … [Read more...]
A Time For Endings And New Beginnings
I can hardly believe the school year is over. I think back to my boys' very first day at their new school this past September. I was so nervous I didn't think I'd get through drop off without crying myself. I remember how I stressed when I needed to send in a family photo. Should I send in an old … [Read more...]
When My Inner Mama Bear Surfaces
He didn't get lost in the mall. He didn't slip under the water at a swimming class for a second too long. He didn't dart across the street without looking both ways. It wasn't any of those but over the weekend, I had my first true, real mama bear panic. I like to think I'm relatively chill. … [Read more...]
How Much Have You Grown In A Year?
My kids and I leave soon for Winter Break in Arizona with my parents. I can hardly believe that it's already mid-December. When my kids get to my parents' house in Arizona, we line them up against the wall and measure their height. We've scratched pencil markings onto the wall every year since … [Read more...]
Get Outside Kid!
So the Free Range parenting thing is back in the news today. The same kids in the States got picked up again because their parents let them go to a park alone. A ten-year old and his six-year old sibling. I'm of two minds on this one. I get that the law in that state says you have to be 13. But I … [Read more...]
OMG: My Kid Can Drive Now?
So, a few days ago this happened: Yes, that is my daughter. Yes, that is a learner's permit in her hand. And—because we live in Alberta—yes: she is behind the wheel at fourteen. Legally. And since last Friday (when she passed the test), a day hasn't gone by that she hasn't greeted me as I … [Read more...]
He’s No Bully! Or Is He?
Tomorrow night is a bullying awareness night at Will's school. I wouldn't miss it. I'll be honest...last Tuesday, I skipped pumpkin carving night and sent him with a sitter so I could go to spin class. But this Tuesday? My legs will have to wait an extra week to turn to rubber. I want to learn … [Read more...]
The Last Day Of Kindergarten
I just put Will to bed. He's in kindergarten. He's five. He hugged me and said, 'you're the best mom a boy could have.' This is a marked improvement over two weeks ago when he said, 'I wish I never had a mom.' But I digress. Let's go back to the sentence - He's in kindergarten. After tomorrow, … [Read more...]
Reading Rainbow (Rowell)
Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park was, last year, a phenomenon, and for very good reason. I loved it. Loved it so. hard. So I was super excited to read her new one not long ago. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell St. Martin's Griffin, ISBN: 978 1 250 03095 5 Cath is upset and a bit adrift when her … [Read more...]
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