Christmas Eve of 2014, my mother-in-law, Mary, drove up from central Illinois to celebrate with my husband, daughter, and me. She brought along her daughter, Lida, and the daughter’s new husband, Brent. We did the big meal thing, chatted over mostly coffee—I don’t drink coffee and my daughter, Amelia, was two years old—then settled into … Continue reading Apparently, Some Lessons Stick
Category: Family Happenings
Navigating Family Purchases: TV Edition
A few weeks ago, our television started randomly switching sources. We’d be watching a streaming channel when the TV would blip, and then we’d be looking at broadcast TV or the DVD player. At first we thought the remote had an issue, but after several sets of new batteries and a sternly worded conversation with … Continue reading Navigating Family Purchases: TV Edition
Time to Give Away Some Toys
Amelia has always taken very good care of her toys. She also can’t stand parting with anything. We hit Christmas, her birthday, or any other gift-giving occasion, and our extremely generous family showers her with gifts, yet nothing ever leaves. The result: shelf upon shelf filled with items. This past year, something changed. It started … Continue reading Time to Give Away Some Toys
Cat, Vacuum, or Child? Ten Chances to Match the Scofflaw to the Crime
I wrote something for Motherwell Magazine. Enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/motherwellmag/posts/2667098823588174
Today’s the Day!
I snuck into Amelia’s YouTube channel to post a little birthday video. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/VfO2xBAsW4Q
Today’s post is devoted to Amelia, my awesome daughter, whose ninth birthday is this Friday. While there is nothing I could write that would truly capture Amelia’s wonderful qualities, I will do my best. Anyhow, acrostic poems are fun. Acting, singing, and dancing come naturally to Amelia, and no day goes by without her doing … Continue reading Party Time!
Hector tl; dr
My eight-year-old daughter, Amelia, made a video yesterday for Amelialand, her YouTube channel. It cut through the severe introspection I threw down (or threw up, depending in your viewpoint) last week with “Moving On” following my ridiculously long-surviving plant Hector’s demise. I don’t usually reference direct links to her videos on here, but I thought … Continue reading Hector tl; dr
The Mystery of the Falling Cat
A few weeks ago, I was asleep in the family room, and I heard something that sounded like a sack of potatoes sliding down a Plinko board. Since the sound woke me up in the middle of the night, I wasn’t sure quite what I’d heard, but I was sure I needed to use the … Continue reading The Mystery of the Falling Cat