Tumblin’ Teeth and Writin’ Frustrations

Photo: They just got YouTube in the Tooth Fairy realm, and she has discovered that she is hella crafty when presented with the right video. And by “she” I really mean “he” because I totally made The Husband do this last night.   So yeah, Ursa Major lost his second tooth yesterday after a lovely…

[Quiet Thoughts] A Year Intact

Photo: Ideas have consequences. I write it often because it’s true. Minor’s idea was “I’m going to use the hose and see what happens.” There are a lot of pictures before this one that show his surprise and joy. There are others after that do the same. But this photo shows that precise moment of doubt:…

Something is Missing!

Can you spot it? Can you spot the missing thing!? I sent that child to school with a head full of teeth yesterday.  Teeth we both worked so hard for him to get (yes, teething is a team effort, ya’ll. I’m taking partial credit for every one of those chompers. The Husband should as well!). His…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Kids are Alright

Photo: Ursa Major gets off the bus every day and immediately goes to check on the garden. What’s sprouting? What’s taller? How are the strawberries? Well, the strawberries seem to be doing alright. And so are my kids. The kids are alright.   “So, I have to tell you something,” I said from the front…

Big Little Rewards

Photo: Thinking about all of the women in my sons’ lives, I’m the most unique for all of the reasons you can think of. That uniqueness does not go unnoticed, but it often goes without a lot of comment, though we’ve talked about skin color plenty of times. To see how my six year-old sees…

[Quiet Thoughts] on Another Mother’s Day

Photo: My friend brought me a sand dollar from California. Had to put it under the macro lens!   A snow storm was forecast for Ursa Major’s due date, so after my visit to listen to his heart rate (they monitored me closely because of my blood pressure), my doctor made the decision: “go home…

[Quiet Thoughts] Independent Thinker

Photo: Isn’t the snow so pretty!? Isn’t it just the best? Don’t you just love it?   Funny story about the photo above: I refused to put on my Ugly-But-Practical-Snow-Boots and kept my Cute Boots on today because the Equinox happened and it’s officially Spring and dangnabit I deserve to be cute and… well… vanity is a terrible, foolish thing….

[Quiet Thoughts] Little Starts of Somethin’

Photo: The Husband, eager to get the garden started, has planted seeds and put them in the basement. It hasn’t taken long for little sprouts to start shooting up. These little starts of somethin’s will either thrive or fail. Sometimes because of luck. Sometimes because of our decisions. Some of them may not even get…

Broke His Little Heart

Photo: One of these things is not like the others, one of these things is broke!   The new fun thing to do on Saturday mornings is for the three men of the house to break out their instruments and rock out to music together as a “band.” This is really so that Minor will practice…

Economy of Boyhood

Photo: From a Betty Crocker cookbook from 1980. That looks… well, how does that look, Dear Reader? Delicious? Certainly, uh… festive… right?   My in-laws came up to help The Husband with the boys while I was on retreat. My father-in-law brought with him 5 cookbooks from his mother’s home. She no longer needs them and…