We have started our garden for 2013. Spring has gotten off to an amazingly slow start. But my spidey senses are telling me we are on the upswing now. As with the previous two years we are planting from seed. … Continue reading
It snowed here in Minnesota. A cold, wet snow in the middle of April. Just when we thought it was all over, the snow came back with icy fury. If I am not entirely to blame for the snow (and … Continue reading
The offspring and I spend quite a bit of time together. I classify all our time together as quality time. It doesn’t matter much what we are doing. As long as we are together. We are pictured here at my nephew’s basketball tournament. We had to sit on the floor since the gym space was that of an overstuffed sardine can. But we are troopers. We enjoyed ourselves.
Tomorrow is supposed to be the first day of Spring. The weather here in Minnesota has made other plans. Are you getting tired of winter, or is it just me? This moment, the one right in between these two seasons, … Continue reading
There is nothing I admire more than a good dance performance, except maybe some good juggling. I was pleased to find a little of both last night. TED Talks are perfect for parents with younger kids. Most of them are … Continue reading
Nothing beats a mid week roast. It’s simplicity makes me so happy. This one involves one tray and a bit of chopping. And that’s it. You may want to accompany it with a fresh salad with some homemade French dressing. … Continue reading
I’m pretty happy. We’re almost 5 months into life with baby number two and for the first time I have managed putting both girls down, at the same time, and they’re sleeping for over an hour.
And I got a snooze. Booyakasha!
What’s more I may even get time to sneak in a magazine article on food in the twin cities!
Today’s trick to happy napping :
– Later bedtime for daughter 1, at 2pm
– Not letting daughter 2 sleep too long in carseat after school pick up
– Reading books in our bed with them both, D1 reading with me, D2 doing tummy time and rolling around and generally burning herself out.
One of the habits I decided to pick for the new year is to bake a cake once a month. This one is just a little 6-incher, but despite my night of baking follies, I managed to make a tasty … Continue reading
The last few months of the year always pass so quickly for me. That could be because of the pile up of holidays beginning in October and not letting up until January. Sometime I feel there’s no time for peaceful … Continue reading
The darkness of this season feels like a continuous tug at my spirit. I straighten my back, lift my head and attempt to shake off the mood of depression that hovers over me. My children wonder why I want to sleep so much and stay inside. It’s such a change from the hustle and bustle of Spring, Summer and early Fall. But I persevere because they need their mama WHOLE.
I miss MY mama. I want her to come and make me soup and give me toasty wool socks and a flannel blanket. I want to curl up under her and just rest a little bit. But I straighten my back, lift my head and attempt to shake off the mood of depression that hovers over me. My children wonder why I don’t laugh so much anymore. I persevere because they need their mama whole. They need their mama happy.
Winter time is when I make a very concious effort to get out of the house with my children and visit family and friends. My first thoughts as I wake in the morning are “I want to go back to sleep, it’s too cold and dark to wake now.”
Perhaps in a former life I was a bear that hibernates and bypasses this dreary, useless season.
For now, in this life I am mama to two Winter loving children. I’m going to straighten my back, lift my head and shake off this mood. I’m going to curl the corners of my mouth into a smile and be WHOLE because they need their mama.