A Finger-Food Christmas

Because the girls aren’t big fans of traditional dinners, I decided to have a finger-food Christmas dinner this past year. For the first time, I think all five of us were full after. There were enough items to choose from that each of us found a favorite or two and was satisfied. I consider that a huge success! In the line-up, we had: bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, deviled eggs, spinach artichoke bites, cranberry and brie crostini, cocktail wieners, and apple pie. Oh yeah, I won that one! (more…)

At a Loss for Words

I had a lot of uncertainty when Riley was born. How would I know what she needed? How would I know that she didn’t die when I thought she was sleeping? How little sleep can I get before my body shuts down? One thing I was always certain of though was that she was advanced. Yes, I was absolutely sure that every milestone she hit was early and was perfectly executed. Disappointment struck each time I took her to a well visit and the doctor didn’t automatically refer her to some specialized doctor for geniuses. They may not have realized her extraordinary presence when they held her, but I sure did. I imagine it is the same way every new mom feels about her firstborn. I knew Riley was amazing and could do anything. (more…)

Locks of Love

If you know Story, you know that her hair is part of her identity — fine, curly, wild, combed only a couple times a week, beautiful, and stubborn. I’ve been at a loss most of the time as to what to do with it (thank goodness messy buns have been in style), but sometimes I got it right. And when I did, boy, did I want to show it off. So did Story. She had perfected her head toss, making those curls catch the sunlight, especially when she wanted something. She loved her hair. Until one day.

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Rosemary and Balsamic Steak

The week after Christmas each year, the girls’ daycare is closed for a solid week. Including the actual holidays, this gives us ten days together. Sounds amazing, right? It is, but we also go a little stir crazy and by the mid-point suffer from a bit too much togetherness. I also start suffering from a little too many meals including mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. So, on an unseasonably warm day (about 40 degrees), I decided to break out the charcoal and fire up the grill. Not only were we going to diverge from chicken nuggets for dinner, but I would also get to step out of the house of togetherness for a blissful few minutes. (more…)

Age-Appropriate Chores – A New Start to the New Year

The year 2016 has now come and gone, and we are well into the new year. The past year certainly was not a great year. As I complained to a friend this past week about the tragedies (some real, some in my own mind) of the year, I was reminded that it was not all bad. No, of course it was not all bad. There were many highlights. We experienced great times with friends and family, a handful of family adventures, and I continued to have the good fortune of being able to watch the girls reach more exciting milestones. One of those highlights and milestones was Riley turning five. (more…)