Parenting is never a steady thing. Babies change by the week, and though the changes are different as they reach toddlerhood and then childhood, they don’t seem to slow down. As this week starts, the girls and I find ourselves confronting yet another change: Riley starting kindergarten. It’s a big one and has caused quite the unrest in our house, an unrest we’ve each contributed to in our own way. (more…)
If you are even a little bit familiar with me, you know I don’t like to cook. I find it to be a very tedious, boring, thankless job that never ends. This is a problem because I do really like to eat, and I don’t particularly care for fast food and there’s only so much pizza one person can take (It’s true! I’ve reached that limit.). So what’s a girl to do? Send her child to cooking camp! Oh yes, I do believe this is one of my top ten best ideas ever. I’m not kidding. I think it’s such a good idea, in fact, that I’m trying to figure out a way to cajole the local cooking school into making it a year-round thing, not just one measly little week in summer.
This year’s Fourth of July celebration looked a lot different for us. In fact, this summer has looked a lot different for us. Earlier this spring, my parents finished building a cottage on a local lake, and our lives haven’t been the same since. Living with two natural born fish who ache for water, we aren’t home much. In the month of June, I grocery-shopped one time and filled in the gaps with quick trips to the store before work. The laundry hasn’t been fully folded since May, and the state of my kitchen is unbearable. It’s been hectic but fun. (more…)
This past week, the girls and I said goodbye to vacation and returned to the real world of work and school. It was hard to leave the beautiful, blue ocean for the familiar surroundings of home. Home greeted us with a heat wave that has made us feel like we are right back in the sweltering Florida summer. Reality greeted us with a much more meaningful goodbye. (more…)