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Please, Mind Your Own Business

You know those times in motherhood when your children are behaving, they use their manners, entertain themselves, and show you and others respect in every interaction? Those days where you can just sit back and enjoy all the hard parenting work you’ve done? These last two weeks were nowhere near that. Quite the opposite, in fact. The last two weeks were those days in motherhood when you realize that your children are ungrateful, rude, and whiny. Maybe it was too much together time on vacation. Maybe they were readjusting to their routine. Maybe they just watched too many YouTube videos. Whatever the excuse was, I was over it. Way over it.

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A Little Bribery for the Win

Last weekend, we had plans to go bike riding with some friends. The weather didn’t approve of these plans, so we had to find an indoor activity instead. Arine suggested we meet at the mall for lunch and window shopping, arguing that we would still get a bit of exercise walking around–not my favorite pastime, but it would do in a pinch.

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The Best of the Mundane

Life has been pretty mundane lately. Never has it been clearer than while reading through 500 writing prompts trying to figure out what I should write about this weekend. I haven’t had any cool interactions with a stranger, I am not reading anything of note, and I’m not overly worried about anything. Life is going along quickly but as it usually does. So, instead of trying to come up with something Earth shattering, I thought I’d share some pretty cool, and mostly good, mundane things that have happened recently.

  • After some coercion of a sick Lesley, we were able to get Story into a last-minute Girls, Inc. camp for the last few days of winter break. When I dropped Riley off that morning, she clung to Story’s arm and both girls walked back together with huge smiles on their faces. I couldn’t help but remember the first time they joined hands and walked into daycare together.
  • Riley earned enough good behavior points to be appointed Principal of the Day last week — an honor she relished and was very proud of.
  • Maddie has begun tying knots in her hair any time she is sitting still. In turn, brushing her hair in the morning has become quite a chore.
  • I moved into a position that my boss held when I first started six years ago. It’s surreal to think about and has caused a lot of reflection of the ride its been.
  • Riley learned to tie her shoes! She is not perfect yet but has had several successes!
  • We experienced the most perfect snow day this past weekend. First because it wasn’t on a school day and second because the snow was PERFECT for playing in.
  • Riley had her first medical mishap on the year, somehow causing an abrasion in her eye, and spent the same perfect snow day weekend in an eye patch.

And that has been about it so far this year. Pretty mundane, everyday experiences that have made up a good start to this New year.

An Introduction to Theater

It is two days before Christmas, and our traditions are in full swing. The elf has been cleverly hidden each day, our advent calendar has seen treats depart, and many batches of toffee have been made. Yesterday, however, we departed from our tradition and added a first-time experience to our lineup of activities. At Maddie’s request, we attended our first full-length play at an actual theater.

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Sweet Potato Dream Muffins with Maple Butter

This weekend, I found myself with a surplus of potatoes. My parents were leaving for a three-week trip and were offloading their perishable items. I was one of the last to visit their house that weekend and ended up with at least five pounds of potatoes. Added to the ones I already had at home, I had roughly seven pounds of potatoes and one pound of sweet potatoes. What was a girl to do? Cook, of course. (more…)