Nurture Her Nature

Time to Take the Reins

Story has been taking horseback riding lessons for a while now and has loved every minute of it. That is, until she got a new instructor. After three lessons with this new horse master, Story decided she is definitely not a fan: “Mom, she’s just mean!” I, on the other hand, am crazy happy with this new instructor.

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Together but Separate

The girls have had some good friends in their short lifespan. Riley made many friends in daycare but always had a few very special ones. Now in elementary school, she has many friends but has had very different friend dynamics. Maddie has just started taking interest in having longstanding friends. She has always been social, but now “best friend” has been added to her vocabulary and it is used selectively.

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Rockin’ This Mom Thing!

Most often I feel as though I’m treading water in the parenting pool. I’ve got my head above water, and that’s about as good as it’s gonna get. And then every once in a great while, I get something right and am able to just float for a while, enjoying the weightlessness of my worries and the sun on my face. This past week I experienced that glorious sensation — twice!

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Polar Vortex Day

This past week, the Midwest suffered a polar vortex, and school was canceled on Wednesday. Ali and I take turns watching the girls on snow days, and I was up. Snow days aren’t bad. Bundle them up and toss them outside for some snowy fun. But a polar vortex day? No one could go outside; even the dogs were limited to five minutes at a time. Three girls and two dogs in the house ALL DAY? That is the stuff nightmares are made of.

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