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How do you decide?

My first grader was very tired and clingy today following a fun field trip that was also totally overwhelming.
My husband is out of town. She asked if she could snuggle to sleep in my bed. How do I decide- move her or let her stay?


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Music to my ears.

May 11, 2013 1 comment

As a parent there are so many highs and lows. It feels like lately we’ve seen some of the extreme lows. Couple that with a barely functioning sewer line for a few weeks, end of the spring semester stress and a very long winter. But today I’m delighting.

I’m sitting on the couch, drinking coffee, listening to my girls playing in their room. What a sweet sound.
in the background? The sound of the washer humming in the basement.

Life is looking up here at Ice Station Zebra.

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Advice on marriage from a seven year old.

April 23, 2013 Leave a comment

If you marry a guy because he’s rich, well, what if he’s annoying to be around?

You would be spending every day thinking ‘this guy is a jerk’ and not very happy.

Yeah. So maybe that shouldn’t be why you marry him.

This girl is sometimes your great grandma or aunt, in a seven year old’s body.

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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?”


“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.


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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The noise of the quiet pause

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Today is one of those days. Girls were groggy, DrDad got up late, pouring down rain when it was time to leave for the bus. Work email to deal with, new lab to write for tomorrow. Dentist x2 at 11, bank stuff across town at 2, conferences back on this side at 3. And the day goes on. There’s yard stuff to do, costumes to finish, birthday planning to figure out.

But in the meantime I’m sitting listening to rain on my porch, drinking coffee, and enjoying the hum of the fan on the woodstove. Thursday might be my favorite day this week.


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The word of the day is…..

September 19, 2012 4 comments

The word of the day is gratitude.I’ve been taking the bus because our car needs a clutch. Like needed a clutch 2 months ago and will no longer travel faster than 25 miles per hour. So it’s at the shop. The van has been reassigned to DoctorDad and I’m busing it. The bus ride to my work is reasonably easy: 2 second walk to the busline, 20 minute ride downtown, layover downtown and then a 20 minute ride right to the university. But I don’t often do it because it’s not handy: the bus runs once an hour, sometimes less. And there’s the layover downtown. And there’s witnessing drug dealings (maybe) near the bus stop downtown. And of course, all the normal running around I do to/from work can’t happen. So while it is a major drag to be forced to ride the bus this week, each day when I am on that bus I’m so very thankful — my life is really good.

Today I am feeling gratitude:

  • for my lovely family.
  • for a good job.
  • for payday. YAY! Today is payday 1 for one of DoctorDad’s jobs.
  • for a night out with friends last night.
  • for cherry beer. Even if I woke up this morning wondering if 2 cherry beers was too many. And I was dragging all day.
  • for friends calling, emailing and texting me to offer rides. I’m surrounded by people who are willing to help.
  • for a great pediatrician who can work with child 1’s personality and make her feel like she (child #1) has choices and comes out ahead.
  • that child #1 does not have scarlet fever.
  • that our favorite chocolate bars are $1.99 this week at the co-op
  • and most of all that Jimmy’s might be able to install the new clutch before I have to take the bus Monday morning.

How about you? What are you thankful for?

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