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Popsicle Stick Bird Feeders

Maddie has taken a big interest in birds. She loves to spot them as we drive and has enjoyed watching two nests produce a gaggle of baby birds – one at home and one at my parents’ house. For a little while, we had to stop going to the park because Maddie wanted to take every bird home as a pet and would stage a sit-in in the middle of the park when I said no. Luckily, the intense love has slowed down, and learning about different birds with her has been fun. (more…)

Lesley’s Big Idea

This week Lesley had a great idea. If you have ever experienced Lesley’s great ideas, you understand my trepidation. Usually they straddle the imaginary world and reality and involve a big commitment. How do you think this blog started? The start of her good idea this time was an article she was sent about two best friends in New York who decided to co-mother. (more…)

The Gift of Gift-Giving

Despite what Lesley might tell you, I am not that great at giving gifts. What is the point of giving a gift if it isn’t meaningful, well-thought-out, and specifically geared to that person? I try, but many times, I fall short of that tall order. Story, on the other hand, is a master. Not having monetary means, she can identify the perfect old toy of hers to bring huge smiles to any friend. She has a knack for thinking of others and making them feel special. I’ve seen her do it with the girls (her stepsisters, as she calls them) many times. This past week, though, she gave Riley the greatest gift she’s ever received and inadvertently gave me the greatest gift I’ve ever had. (more…)

On to 1st Grade

Today marks the last day of Riley’s kindergarten year. She and her classmates celebrated the ending of their first year of school with a class party and show this past Thursday. Watching Riley on stage singing to the audience of parents and family members, it was hard to believe that she was the same girl who clung to me on the first day. It has been quite the journey for her and for me. Here were the highlights of her first year in school. (more…)