Ali conveniently brought up the concept of “golden birthdays” on the year of Story’s. Story is turning nine on October 9, her golden birthday. Of course, Ali being Ali elaborated and told Story that this should be a grand birthday, a celebration to top all previous celebrations. And Story being Story took her sweet time figuring out just what that celebration would be. I have to say, I think it turned out to be truly golden.
Lesley and I are both very busy women. We are both single moms, hardworking breadwinners, housekeepers, pet owners, and prioritize time for family and friends. Some days it is hard to fit in everything that needs to be done. How we find ourselves in any conversations about wild schemes that will take up even more of our time, I don’t know. Still, we always do. I blame Lesley, of course. After all, if it weren’t for her, NHN wouldn’t be. This weekend, we introduced yet another adventure into our lives. Welcome, Terrari and the Fairy. (more…)
My daughter’s ninth birthday is in a couple of weeks, and for the last several months, one present request has played over and over: a cell phone. “Mom, at least half my class has an iPhone already. If I’m too young for a phone, why do they get to have one?” It has been a difficult decision to make. My first instinct is to say, No way! Story already lives on her computer — not to mention tablet and mp3 player. She certainly doesn’t need yet another device. Add in the social pressures of Twitter, Facebook, and all the other apps kids use to abuse one another, and the kid isn’t going to get a phone until they have gone the way of the dodo. Even so, I have decided to get her a cell phone, and I’ll tell you why. (more…)
The past Monday, Riley turned seven. It’s hard to believe how grown up she is. Last I shared with you, she and I were anxiously awaiting her seventh birthday party. She was excited. I was nervous about the RSVPs. I’m happy to report that the party went well. Really well. (more…)
The girls’ new activities are in full swing. Maddie is on her way to become a world-renowned violinist, and both girls are on their journey to be celebrated dancers. Okay, maybe not. Still, our schedule is full of lessons and practices. And we haven’t even added Riley’s harp lessons yet! (more…)