Patience

I started running again last week. And it didn’t go well. I typically don’t run over the winter. I don’t like treadmills, I don’t like running in the dark, I don’t like running in the ice and snow. That combination makes it pretty tough to run through a Minnesota winter. But I stay in shape […]

Labor Day Weekend

Well, that’s a wrap folks! Summer is officially over. School is about to start. This weekend I finally pulled out the nice camera and played around a bit. I’m rusty, but nice to play with aperture and depth of field again. We went for a hike at Hyland Park and then took our annual trek […]

Seven

And just like that, today she is seven. Or will be, actually, at 1:55pm this afternoon. She was bummed when she learned she wasn’t technically seven yet. But we let her open her presents this morning anyway. There are no words for how I feel about this kid. We had no idea what we were getting […]

Holding on to Six

In two days my daughter will turn seven. SEVEN. S.E.V.E.N! It sounds so old. It’s so far from preschooler or toddler or infant. She’s a solid grade-schooler if that’s even a term. Just this morning I told a woman, “she’s just six.” Years past I would have said “almost six” or “four in three days.” […]

I’m Over at Blogher

A few weeks ago I saw a comment on a Facebook post looking for mothers who feel strongly about the danger of concussions in youth sports. As a hockey player and mother of a soccer/hockey player, I offered the other side of the conversation. About how Husband and I are not holding Daughter back from sports she loves […]

Blogging for Books: The 13th Gift

I requested this book, the 13th gift by Joanne Huist Smith, nearly a year ago. Right after the holidays. And after all the planning and gift wrap and sequins and bows I really had no interest in reading a book about Christmas. Yet here we are, in early November and I’m starting to plan Thanksgiving […]

43

Today I turn 43. 43? Where the hell did that come from? One day I was in my mid-twenties, the next I was 40. And now this? I am grateful that I can celebrate 43. And I am grateful that I was able to celebrate it by swimming a mile and then playing in the […]

The First Tooth

Daughter lost her first tooth this weekend. And her second. They had been loose for a couple of weeks, but the timing of the actual loss couldn’t have been more exciting. We had just ridden the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago. She had just struggled to eat a hot dog at a Mexican […]

8&9/52

I’m joining Erin for a year of 52 weeks. And I’m behind. Again. These weeks you: • threw multiple parties, including one with “confetti” • went to open skate (twice) and skated faster than I’ve ever seen you skate, laughing the whole time • brought me to the coffee shop where you picked out Peanut Butter Chocolate […]

7/52

I’m joining Erin for a year of 52 weeks. This week you: • are still trying to get rid of the cold… we all are • spent a day at the Mall of America with Grandma & Grandpa – they looked exhausted • made Bubble Valentines for your class and loved it • discovered you like to […]