I woke up one morning recently with the sudden realization: E is one year away from being in the double digits. It took me back to when she was negative years old and I counted things by months—that was the last time double digits were mentioned in conjunction with her age. And in so many ways that feels both like yesterday and a decade ago.Read More
He has discovered his love of reading on his own and being read to, preferably by his sister, which basically melts my heart. And the craziest thing happened: I saw him reading more on his own and I got sad.Read More
"Mommy, I better start calling you mom," Elena quietly said to me as she tied her shoe before school one morning.
"Why?" I asked, trying to not let the panic I felt rising show.
"Because I’m getting older."Read More
As a mom, and an adult, I can look back on my childhood and see the stuff that maybe I wasn't aware of. Or the stuff that I chose to ignore. Or the situations that I didn't even consider her feelings about. I can see her perspective now.
So, on the 30th anniversary of my dad's death, I just want to say: I miss you, dad, so much.
And thank you, mom, for everything. Love you.Read More
And in that moment it all changed. I've joked in the past about E growing up so fast and being Miss Independent, but I always had my baby--I always had B. And suddenly--he became Mr. Independent and I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR ALL THE FEELINGS.Read More
It's a mixture of pride and heartache to see her grow up. To be honest, I don't necessarily miss the baby days but I do feel like I'm in this little bubble of time where it's perfect and I want to squeeze and hold onto it forever, but we all know what happens to a bubble that's squeezed.Read More
But here we are, saying good-bye to five. I'm actually kind of sad because it was such a great year. Moving away from three and four were not hard for me--they were hard years and I was ready to get on the next. But five...so many good memories.Read More
Pulling out of Starbucks I felt better than when I arrived. No, I didn't change the world. But I took someone else's example. Someone who was becoming the person they were waiting for and took action, small as it was. She changed my morning. She inspired me.Read More
I'm a big fan of Lil' Kickers and how they teach the fundamentals of soccer in a way that is fun and age-appropriate. But I'm an even bigger fan of the gift the coaches gave to my son. They taught him that trying is the most important part of learning anything.Read More
I am confident with everything about me...with one *minor* exception.
I hate my face.Read More