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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…)

What Do I Do with My Time Now?

This blog is entirely about growing up. Here we capture the ups, downs, twists, and turns of parenting that all relate to the same topic – our kids growing up. We, as parents, are very aware that our kids are growing and changing. Some days, it feels like they haven’t aged a day since toddlerhood with their meltdowns and demands, but, from year to year, we can see and feel the difference. It’s a journey that feels slow but can creep up on you. This past week, my daughter growing up didn’t creep up on me. It smacked me in the face. (more…)

What My Girls Are Bringing Home From Daycare

Choosing a daycare is an important decision. A lot goes into it. You have to be comfortable with the teachers, the food, the space, and the curriculum. When it comes to the girls’ daycare, I am happy. I feel confident that they will be safe and engaged with activities and learning. In fact, I am given evidence of their engagement and learning on a daily basis. They are sent home with multiple pages of artwork each day, most of which are haphazardly discarded on the floor of the car or torn into tiny pieces before we exit the parking lot. There is one brand of art activity, however, that I cannot discard with the heap. Every so often, daycare will send home a random object cut out of construction paper with my child’s head glued to it in a series I call “What daycare is gluing my kid’s head to today.” (more…)