[Quiet Thoughts] It Gets More Complicated As They Grow

Photo: Taking my NaNo challenge very seriously! Printed out Act One and edited it by hand! But seriously, don’t read it… What a week to be a mother. Steps forward and backward in the potty wars, a collapse of napping (again) and much consequences there of, a reminder that my toddlers are “working on” different…

The Next Round of Growth

Photo: There are no longer cribs in my home. Only toddler beds. It’s the end of an age and the start of another.   Negotiations during the Great Nap Boycott of 2014 took a very dramatic turn yesterday afternoon. Protesters were so dedicated to the cause, it would seem, that they were willing to risk…

[Quiet Thoughts] Sleepwalk With Your Eyes Open

Photo: I love how expressive Ursa Major is when he speaks. He’s great at giving you a full narrative of what he is thinking about and why. He’s also happy to explain to you what other people are thinking and why. Three is hard. It’s hard for him, it’s hard for me. But we’re getting it together…  …

[Quiet Thoughts] Seriously. Plan Not to Plan

Photo: The building blocks for my most excellent weekend–heavy cream, large eggs, vanilla extract… add some bread flour, unsalted butter and some brown sugar and muffins are on their way. That’s how excited I was to be up this morning. I took a picture of my mise en place at 6 in the morning… When…

Letters from Camp Mama

Photo: This was a year ago. This picture was taken a year ago… sippy cups, stroller.. old apartment (that we were packing).. and central air, but that’s another story for another time. One year ago, dear reader. So much can change in 365 days… The boys, oh the boys… so exhausting. So full of energy. But…

Plan Not to Plan

Photo: What trickery is this? No tears? No screaming? No misery because the “sand is itchy”?? Oh what a difference a year makes!   It is 3 o’clock in the afternoon and I have just now put the boys down for a nap. I’m also sitting down to my first meal of the day: Two…

“I Don’t Like Kisses, Mommy!”

Photo: These photos used to be of little babies… doing baby things. What… what happened?   This is my baby, the first one I birthed, the one who I started this scary road of motherhood with. “Ew Mommy! I don’t like kisses! I don’t like mommy kisses!” This baby. This baby who just wiped all of…

Seasons Change and So Do Children

Photo: What are those, you’re wondering? Oh, no big deal… just real life raspberries growing in my freaking front lawn!! YEAH!!!!  Hopefully I’ll get some before the birds do! Yesterday, Ursa Major announced right after nap that he wanted to watch me cook dinner “because I’m your sous chef!” I didn’t really believe him but told…

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

Photo: They took the construction dumpster off of our property yesterday! That was the last remnant of the renovation stuff that needed to be taken away. The driver was a salty New Englander and the truck made a mess of my lawn… but it’s gone now. It’s gone. Now, to clean up this mess…  …

Oh… Right… I Hate the Playground

  I done set myself up today, reader. First, let’s talk about the vicious, vicious lie my favorite weatherman told me this week. He was talking all this jive about today possibly being a 60 degree day, and I totally fell for it.  I planned my whole week around today being a glorious day. And…