The Official Summer Slurpee

slurpee summer traditions

Traditions start in a lot of different ways. Some of them are passed down to us - like Christmas trees and birthday cakes and making jack o'lanterns on Halloween. Others are started on purpose, like a picture you take of your child every year on … [Read more ...]

The Best Laid Summer Plans

summer vacation

My kids' last day of school was yesterday, which makes today the first official day of summer vacation. We have nothing to look forward to but two months of fun in the sun. Or, at least, we did. But then my seven-year-old son Jacob fell off our … [Read more ...]

Poem for June: 100 Words About Environmental Education

environmental education student teacher mossom creek poetry

Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but others are for sharing. And so, a blog series is born. And now, here is my latest poem. I am finishing up my teacher training and my minor is in … [Read more ...]

Feeling all the Feels

Hannah and me

My daughter Hannah is 11 years old now. She is increasingly responsible, increasingly independent, increasingly smart and increasingly tall. (Seriously! The kid grew a quarter inch in a week.) She is not a little girl anymore. Hannah cooks now, … [Read more ...]

Me + 40

birthday selfie 40

You guys, today I turned 40 years old. 40. Years. Old. It sounds significant to me because I'm entering a new decade of my life. But also because I remember my mom turning 40. I remember my mother-in-law turning 40, for Pete's sake. I had … [Read more ...]

Siblings: The Original Frenemies

siblings

The sibling relationship is something unique and special. I have a younger sister myself, so I understand the dynamic that can evolve, in which you both adore and are highly annoyed by your sibling. I also see it with my own two children. My daughter … [Read more ...]

Poem of the Month: 100 Words

poetry dandelions spring

Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but others are for sharing. And so, a blog series is born. And now, here is this month's poem. I realize it has been more than a month, but you … [Read more ...]