People love to reflect on the events of the year around this time. Somehow, being a little introspective while trying to connect the dots of how things worked out or didn’t, in the otherwise mundane living of our dailies, seems to make the passing of a year, that much more significant. I have had a good… Read More My Favorite Moments of 2016
Chalk Markers, Chalk Pens, Chalkboard Pens, Chalkboard Markers, or Dry Erase Markers…by any name are just a lot of fun to use and enjoy. I recently had the opportunity to review Chalk Markers by Chalkola and now having used it for a few days, and seeing just how much my little boy and I enjoy using… Read More Liquid Chalk Markers by Chalkola
1:17 a.m. I open my eyes and turn around to check the time. Silence. The house is quiet and dark. I especially try to listen to any kind of sound coming from my daughter’s room or, what used to be the parents’ bedroom. Nothing. I check her video feed. She is asleep. I fall back asleep.
Read Part I here. We held hands. He reached his hand out and said, “Hold hand, Mommy”, he said with all his earnestness. It always pleases me when my little boy asks to hold my hand. I will always hold his hand just like I will always pick him up for as long as I… Read More Just Me and My Son – Part II
My headline reads like the title of a Little Critter book, doesn’t it? On Monday last week, TJ and I got to spend some time together. Just us. Mother and son. Like we used to before Baby E was born. It was the last session of Music Together (MT) for this quarter. Upon my request,… Read More Just Me and My Son – Part 1
Imagine, if you will, that you are sitting in a comfy chair by a glowing fireplace, covered in a cozy blanket, and reading a Christmas story to a child perched lovingly on your lap. This is the story you want to be reading to them in that imagination.
What is it about being a parent that makes us such suckers for toys for our kids? We know our kids have a lot of, no scratch that, a LOT of toys. I know, my kids, or at least my toddler, and therefore, by association, my baby, both, have a TON of toys. This is another… Read More The Affluence of Toys. Recycle. Reuse. Reduce
A few days ago, a former classmate of my husband’s, died in a car accident along with one of his daughters, having fallen victim to a drunk driver. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. This news upset both Aaron and me. It is terrible to know that the life of a little girl was… Read More The Fragility of Lives
There I was in the midst of a Marshalls store going a little toy crazy trying to decide what toys to get for my kids for Christmas. The Caterpillar brand backhoe came with batteries and buttons and hitting one of them instantaneously spewed out the familiar “beep beep” sound of a big vehicle backing up. Push… Read More Toys, Stereotypes, and Christmas Shopping
It’s 6:20 a.m. Late by my new standards because I would ideally like to wake up at 5:30 a.m. But you won’t find me complaining much. Wait…no you might just find me complaining a little. I like this time of the morning when I get to write, when I get to sometimes contort my reluctant… Read More On Being a Mom and Trying to Write
I grew up with the security of unconditional love from extended family members. I want my children to get that same kind of love – the kind that only grandparents can give, the absolutely selfless and unconditional kind, the kind that has the license to spoil grandkids (within reason)…and to have uncles, aunties, and cousins around with… Read More A Week of Memories with Grandparents
It is Thanksgiving week. Just last month, I wrote about celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. This month, America celebrates its own Thanksgiving Day. Celebrated on the 4th Thursday of every November, this year, the date falls on the 24th. While modern day celebrations of Thanksgiving are mostly about being with family, sharing a festive meal till your buttons… Read More A Gratitude Post for Thanksgiving