Category Archives: Parenting

Kate has been bitten…

…with the travel bug that is. And she gets it honest. Craig and I both love to travel and did so fairly frequently before the girls were born. Now that the girls are older, much easier to travel with and truly enjoy what they are seeing and experiencing, we want to take them all sorts…

Why Kids are Second Class Citizens at Restaurants

My kids are well-versed in dining out. Partly because we do it twice a week. And partly because we bring them to all kinds of restaurants and teach them how to properly behave. (“Saving” their Nintendo DSs exclusively for waiting times in restaurants and doctors’ offices may have something to do with it, too.) There…

Mornings with Maddie

We’re now 7 weeks into the school year and have settled in to our new routine. Just like last year, Maddie is home with me 2 days a week. She, being so completely opposite than big sister Kate in every imaginable way, has always been content to play on her own. When she and I…

Cuatro

Today, our Boston Baked Bean turns 4. Our sneaky handful who was impossible to name and – very literally – sent from the Heavens. Your entry into the world was not exactly simple. But you’ve been leaving your mark ever since. The video below was taken just 2 hours after Madelyn was born, and documents Kate’s first…

9 Things Siblings Do

Every parent knows that how a child behaves with other kids is often different than how a child behaves with a sibling. There are days when I’m exhausted before 8 am because of the fights these two have logged. And I’m regularly amazed with their skill at creating a civil war over the tiniest, most…

What 365 Days Will Do to You

There’s something about the end of the school year and the start of summer that signals a simultaneous end, beginning and “Wow, how things have changed!” whirlwind reaction. Any of you who are parents know the tremendous impact a year has on the personalities, abilities and looks of a child. And even pieces of an…

My Sneaky Child

I don’t know what it was about her, but Craig and I knew from very early on that Maddie was the child we’d need to keep our eye on. Call it parental intuition, I suppose, but we were certain our little diva was going to grow up to be our Handful Child. Now approaching the 4…

Baby Names. And Nicknames. And Stuff.

Although I’ve previously written about the challenge of naming Madelyn and how we wish we could go back and give her a different name, there was something about Mama Kat’s 2nd prompt in this week’s Writer’s Workshop that inspired me. Prompt 2.) I almost named my child _______, but chose _______ instead because… Initially, I…

Reflections on my Kindergarten Year

And by “my” Kindergarten year, I mean Kate’s year in Kindergarten and me as her mom. The whole “Starting Kindergarten” thing is actually a pretty big deal for both the child and the parent. And anyone who has been through that transition knows exactly what I mean. Since Kate only ever attended preschool two mornings…

My Loves

This week, I have 4 little creatures to be thankful for. My twin… My “Mommy & Daughter Preschool Time” My first “baby” My learning-to-love-to-cuddle pup What do you have to be thankful for? * * * * * * * * This post is part of #iPPP (iPhone Photo Phun), where we link up photos…