In Knots

My stomach has been in knots for weeks. And will remain in knots for at least another week. Until this crazy election is done and gone and we can all take a deep breath. I hope I can take a deep breath. In the meantime, between panic attacks and sips of Pinot Grigio*, I want […]

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.” […]

A New Year…

The last few weeks have been spent shopping and baking and wrapping and celebrating. And we’re not done. We’re having friends over for New Years Eve and then our annual Best Neighborhood Ever Progressive dinner is this weekend. Thankfully, I was able to take some time off to slow down and fill up. I’ve been […]

Monday Monday

It’s Monday morning. The world thawed out this weekend and I’m pretty sure we even hit 40 degrees. There was a lot of hockey this weekend, a bit of sledding, lots of cooking, a rocking game of bowling and a bit too much wine. So between soggy snow pants and a crock pot full of chunky […]

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Wow, 2013 was a rough year. My Dad passed away. We listed our house nearly six months ago and we’re still waiting to close. Our daycare center was turned upside down by outdated laws and greed. But so, so, so many good things happened! We spent nearly two weeks in Paradise. I played hockey with […]

Happy Holidays….

We wandered over to the Minnehaha Falls yesterday. It always takes a while with daughter because there are rocks to climb and snow angels to be made. But it was well worth it to see the frozen walls of ice. The Falls are spectacular when they’re flowing, but I think they’re even more amazing in […]

Hello! (Again)

Welcome to Paper & Clouds.NET! I’ve moved to this new space with this new look and I’m excited to get down to it. Here you’ll find all the old posts I’ve been posting for the last three years. Three years? That’s crazy. And before that, you could find me at thewriteingredients.wordpress.com. My hope with this […]