Love Was in the Air

Love was in the air this week. After all, it was the week of Valentine’s Day. For us, the activities of caring started the weekend before when the girls both brought home their list of classmates to make valentines for –- all 52 of them. It was a daunting task, but the girls were eager and I was prepared. (more…)

Egg Carton Snowmen

This winter has been cold and snow-filled so far. Looking back on January (so glad to be able to finally say that), it hasn’t been the worst winter on record, but it certainly has done a number on my vacation time. On the bright side, Maddie did get to experience her first actual snowfall. Granted, she was around for the great NHN snow day sleepover of 2015, but she wasn’t old enough to remember, or participate. With 4+ inches on the ground this January, she enjoyed sledding with Grammy and, of course, her favorite of all: snowball fights. The more tightly packed ice- filled snowballs, the better. Riley, experiencing a first of her own, had her first actual day-off-of-school snow day. (more…)

5 Fun, Educational, and Safe Websites for Kids

It’s that time of year — too cold to play outside, too icy to go anywhere, and too long stuck in the house. On such days, Story makes a good argument for playing on the computer. While I allow for some time spent on stupid YouTube videos (you know which ones I’m talking about, moms), I insist that she involve her brain somewhat if she is going to be staring at a screen for a while. Following are our top five favorite educational websites. Check them out. I guarantee you’ll learn something too! (more…)

A New Face

As Lesley mentioned last week, there is a new face in our household and a new member of the NHN pack. Meet Charlie, a perfect little scrunched-faced Rottweiler mix puppy. She came to us, or rather we drove to her, after a search that lasted much longer than I had anticipated. I’ve learned that adopting a puppy from a shelter online is much more difficult than going in — likely because they go so quickly and my own ignorance of not knowing how to do it. Who knew you had to apply through their website and not the Petfinder app! Luckily for me, and I suppose Charlie, I have a good friend who isn’t afraid to role her eyes and correct my misthinking.   (more…)

Making Friends

Making friends is a necessary part of any human’s life; we’re social creatures and need that interaction. But it isn’t always the easiest thing to do. As adults, we often have to contrive ways to find friends: join some group activity, come up with a good but short list of interview questions, and put forth the effort to show our best self. And then there’s always the fear of rejection. Much like dating, making friends can be a daunting experience, especially for those of us who are socially awkward and never say the right thing. Luckily, I have blundered my way into some amazing friendships, but when Story recently said she was lonely and needed a friend, I was terrified she was going to ask me for advice.

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