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Being 3, Summed Up In One Sentence
Owen, crying: “Can you figure out what I need?” “You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.” —John J. Plomp
Posted: 1/20/2014 5:45 PM
Mother/Daughter Day
Sophie spent the night with her cousin Colleen at Nini and Pop Pop’s house over Christmas. So tonight, it was James and Owen’s turn to spend the night at Nini and Pop Pop’s. My parents asked the boys if they wanted to spend the night together or separate...
Posted: 1/18/2014 10:36 PM
The Dinner Table
It’s nothing new to say that dinners with toddlers can be frustrating. See this post and this post and this post and this post and this post. But sometimes (dare I say, lately, often) it can be lovely. I grew up eating as a family around the table, and...
Posted: 1/17/2014 6:28 PM
A Time-Out Trick
A couple months ago time-outs became tough. Our rule used to be you had to sit in the time-out corner in the dining room for the number of minutes equivalent to your age—and if you kicked, screamed, or otherwise created drama, time-out started over. There...
Posted: 1/15/2014 4:54 PM
Thawing Winter
Last night ice crystals formed on our single-pane, leaded-glass windows that frame our front door. This morning, I noticed the most beautiful ice formations on the window in our half bath, accentuated by the early morning sun. And then Owen climbed up...
Posted: 1/7/2014 5:23 PM
We Can’t Have Green Beans Every Night
I made Ina Garten’s roasted Brussels sprouts to go with dinner tonight. “The reviews said they’re like candy!” I said. Four (four!) thumbs down. I rather liked them. “We kids feared many things in those days—werewolves, dentists, North Koreans, Sunday...
Posted: 1/6/2014 7:02 PM
Tomorrow, a High of 2
Grateful for heat and a hot gas fireplace and worn-in flannel pajama pants and the draft stopper Sophie made with Nini for the window by her bed and the space heater in the boys’ bedroom and my black kettle and a (mostly) working stove and being able...
Posted: 1/6/2014 1:23 AM
A Window in Her Mouth
Sophie lost her first tooth! She achieved this milestone by chomping on the now rock-hard gingerbread house she helped make a couple weeks ago. However, not realizing she had lost her tooth, she swallowed it (hence the nervous smile). She came to me,...
Posted: 1/3/2014 5:12 PM
New Year’s Resolutions
I make wishy-washy New Year’s resolutions. To write them down would simply be overwhelming. There’s so much I want do do but mostly, I just want to do better. But if I were to write them down, “do better with my blog” would top the list. Gosh I was terrible...
Posted: 1/3/2014 12:10 AM
Sophie’s Version of the Grinch As a 3-Year-Old
We watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tonight and it reminded Andy of this video. He played it for the kids—I forgot how much I love it. So it’s an oldie (December 2011), but one of our family’s favorites. “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice...
Posted: 12/10/2013 8:06 PM
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