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Downhill

November 25, 2012 Leave a comment

“mama. I like the hills where both sides of it are downhill! But if they were all like that then you would never work hard. And sometimes it feels good to work hard, you know?”

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“If they were all like that then the woods wouldn’t be so quiet and then it wouldn’t be as good. ”

I love skiing with my kids because they’ll just talk and talk. Sometimes they are really tuned in to life.

thoughts for a tuesday

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been having and listening to several on-going conversations with friends about relationships that are out of balance in their lives. My dog walks and exercise time this week has been devoted to thinking about, around and through these relationships. As I began to write an email to a friend last night, I decided it was better left until later. I wanted time to pause, reflect and to pull one of my favorite books about parenting off the shelf. My friend introduced me to the book about eight years ago. (Eight years, is that possible?). Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. I’ve never read the book cover to cover. Rather from time to time I pick it up, read 2-3 chapters, put a bookmark in the book and return later, having processed what I read.

As I think through this email I’m about to send to a friend, I’m looking for a passage from the book. Turns out, as I look, that this book about parenting is about teaching too. I just lost myself for about 30 minutes in this book, that I have already read cover to cover, and yet I still haven’t found just the passage I was looking for. Perhaps I should just buy K the book?

We are continually seeking balance in our parenting. To a large degree, it is a very personal matter. What feels balanced to us might feel completely unbalanced to you, and vice versa, and what may feel right to you may feel wrong to someone else. Moreover, what may feel right to us now may not feel that way at some other time. It’s a continual process, since the balance point keeps changing. Each of us has to work at defining what balance means for us, and creating it from moment to moment for ourselves, for our children, and for the family as a whole, as best we can.

Perhaps my favorite part of the parenting routine

November 16, 2012 Leave a comment

There are others, but nothing’s quite as sweet as cuddling with the girls, reading our favorite books, sharing our wishes for snow. What’s not to love that my 10 yr old will still occasionally snuggle and read the books she loved as a toddler?

Grandma if you’re reading this, first on said ten yr old’s Christmas list is a new story grandma and grandpa record for the iPod.

Goodnight moon.

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10.

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

We have a decade old kid now. That means I’ve been a mom for ten years.

Sometimes it is hard to believe its believe its been only ten years.

Erin is a passionate person.  Right from her birthday, it was clear she had strong opinions about how things should go. Here we are about 2 hours after she was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other times it is hard to believe its been ten years already. I mean, has it really been ten years since this?
(admittedly this photo is pregnancy #2, but there are few that show the full belly from pregnancy #1 in digital format).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admittedly some of it has felt as hard as this — juggling the demands of me, my husband, and my two kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes there’s just the simple joys in life. A girl, a tent, and her toothbrush. What more could you ask for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to our sweet, amazing, tough, opinionated girl, Erin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, if you don’t mind, I might head up to bed to catch a few zzzs. Parenting this kid is exhausting sometimes.

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