a baby smiles at his reflection in a mirror from his carseat

On Watching Children Fall Asleep

(The Second Installment in an Occational Series on What I Wish Other Parents Had Told Me) Plenty of parents talk about watching their children sleep. Mostly, its in a vaguely creepy context, where the child is already blissfully dreaming and the parents are hovering above the bed, whispering about how adorable their little angel is.…

The Shower Scene

You all remember the shower scene in PSYCHO, right. This is slightly different. When eleven people share a 1 bedroom, 1 loft, 2 bathroom cabin for vacation, showering presents its own set of challenges – especially when everyone is related. My first mistake was the assumption that I could be alone for 8 minutes in…

Grateful for Family Time (Grateful for Alone Time)

“I’m having some alone ti…(door SLAMS)!” This from my younger daughter, coming from the upstairs bedroom she shares with her sister. Both of them do this occasionally, reserve some solo time in their room. Something I enjoy about my kids, and have probably cultivated through nature or nurture is their need and respect for some…

Day 6: Lessons in Love

I have a cousin who is my same age, Danielle. She is beautiful. She is a smart-ass. She is hilarious to be around. She never misses an opportunity to tell you what is on her mind. Never. Danielle loves to dance, cook, and be surrounded by family and friends at every opportunity. She uses the…