Archive for the 'family' Category

For the girls

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Everything I do, I do in the hope of creating beautiful memories for them.

Bees, second time around

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I got a bleary call from a post office employee at 6:45 this morning, telling me my new bees had arrived (now that’s the kind of wake up call I don’t mind!). I went and fetched them while Sofía was in preschool. It’s a strange, almost fey thing to be handed a heavy wooden box, […]

Best mother’s day ever

Monday, May 13th, 2013

After a lovely morning involving GF pancakes and lots of sleep, Josh surprised me with a promising new book. Sofía gave me a beautiful painting she’d worked on, and a little book she wrote that said “my mommy is as smart as rain.” (No idea). Lilu gleefully ate the tissue wrapping paper. Then I skeptically […]

Convenience food makeover: Instant Oatmeal packets

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

We ran out of Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal packets – one of Sofía’s regular breakfast staples – the other morning. Little paper packets full of mostly-sugar and fake flavorings that microwave up to an appetizing gray mush. Yum. They really aren’t that high in calories, even given that they are mostly sugar, and I thought […]


Monday, March 25th, 2013

It’s Spring! That was your cue, Spring. Spring? Quit sulking, Spring. Oh well. I guess we’ll just go have some fun by ourselves without you. Just me, the girls, and Old Man Winter. See you you like that, Spring.

Snow Day Fizzy Paint

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

It was supposed to be the midst of a glorious snowstorm. Sofía was supposed to get out and play in the snow, and make snowballs, and get completely tuckered out. Both kids were supposed to finally get a little bit of mileage out of those matching snowsuits I bought them (and neglected to bring to Missouri […]

A mommyrant, for your benefit in case you ever wanted to have kids.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

If you never want to have kids, you might want to skip this one. Because it mostly has to do with poop. If you were considering having kids any time soon, then this is for  your benefit. Because it mostly has to do with poop. Our afternoons lately seem to be falling into the same […]

A home-baked cure for stuffy noses

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Josh was complaining the other day that he can’t remember the last time we’ve all been healthy at once – that it feels like just as we are getting over one cold, another starts to set in. And it’s Josh that’s got it bad this time, clogged sinuses and all. He even stayed home from […]

Ice rocks

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Last week Sofía and I had an adventure with water balloons. We’d seen this a few weeks before: and I’d pinned it to my “Ideas for the Kids” board on Pinterest and forgotten about it. Well, during the cold snap (a high of 20 during the day!) we were bored and it was freezing outside, […]

Operation occupy-the-four-year-old

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Yet another day stuck at home with both of my sick girls, going stir-crazy because of the cold temperatures outside. Thank goodness for Pinterest and the ability to surf for crafts. We’ve been saving broken bits of crayons and restaurant freebies for a while now, intending to remake them into new crayons in fun shapes. […]