Queen of the Moms

Photo: The greatest goodie bag of all time?   Yes, I wrote a whole post bashing goodie bags… then my friend convinced me to let her make them for Major’s birthday party anyway. I realize this makes me look real soft on my convictions. I suppose I would say that I love my friend more…

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[Quiet Thoughts] Of Accountability

Photo: The rock star’s first “boom box” and CD–The Jackson 5, which I think is a very good first CD indeed. He can use it whenever he wants. Just imagine that first time you got to play your music in your room, closing the door and rocking out. My son has now done that three times. It’s just…

What’s the Deal with Goody Bags?

Photo: The boys were given a few Tinker Crates for Christmas. We built one together two weeks ago during the half-day. This was the vacuum chamber kit, and we made marshmallows expand and shrink and that was a lot of fun. I was very skeptical at first, but I have to say that we had…

[Quiet Thoughts] Sharing is Caring

Photo: Wednesday afternoon. Two little boys making pies in the kitchen.   I really have to elaborate on this photo above. Motherhood is lovely and childhood is magic, but I’ll be real with you: when the boys asked to make pies with me, I really dreaded it. The kitchen is, essentially, my last space. It…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Loving All

Photo: I am thinking about Christmas cards and I took photos of the boys with my good camera last weekend. This is a top contender for being the picture this year. I took 789 photos last weekend and only 10 of them are viable for the card! Lordy. Worth it, though. This one is pretty sweet.   My…

[Fail] You Have One Job

Photo: Ursa Major. Home for Day 3 of whatever this is.   Currently, I’m a co-leader, a co-municipal liaison, a book club leader, a writing class teacher, a freelance writer, a fiction writer and a frantic crafter and oh, right, a blogger. But actually and factually, I’m a Mom. “Just” a Mom. Nothing brings you…

Director to Spectator

Photo: I name this photo “doin’ too much” and “stupid mistakes are stupid.”   I ran a meeting on Monday night and I thought that during the general discussion portion of the meeting I could quickly cast on a sock. The ball of yarn above is one of those “unravel from the middle” gigs, and…

Of Bystanders and Participants

  I am raising boys of privilege. Yes, they are of color, too, so they won’t get the full weight of the benefits that entails… but they are boys living as privileged a life as I can give them. They benefit from highly educated parents. They benefit from a safe, well-resourced community. They benefit from…

Missed the Mark

Photo: The shame, Dear Reader… the shame of this right here…   I woke up this morning to a cool, cool house and I declared it, finally, baking season. I was like, the boys have the day off and they are in trouble (I’ll get to that in a second), so I ain’t goin’ nowhere. Today is gonna…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Power of Yes

Photo: The opening moments of a major project.   I confess to a little bit of residual Mom Guilt from last school year. I really didn’t feel good about how the year ended. The summer looming, there was an acceleration to all things in anticipation of “everybody leaving” for summer life. I was… not my…