Seven Relatable Parenthood Moments with Bandit Heeler

“Flowers may bloom again, but a person never has the chance to be young again.” This Chinese proverb reminds us that we won’t have this moment again, and that refusing opportunities to connect with our childlike sense of wonder, imagination, and just plain carefree fun, even for moments, will only become rarer as the yearsContinue reading “Seven Relatable Parenthood Moments with Bandit Heeler”

Customer Service – the Real Superheroes

If you’ve ever watched the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, you’re likely familiar with the buzz created when the real-life Santa Claus (mistaken for an actor playing the role) is put into the throne at Macy’s with the intention to push overstocked toys and instead starts telling parents and children alike where to findContinue reading “Customer Service – the Real Superheroes”

In the dark of the night, sickness fills the air

I write this, lying here in the dark of our room. The red digital numbers on the clock reading 11:13. Meg is asleep next to me, while one of our cats, Jasper nudges his way between us to curl in for a night’s sleep. At the foot of the bed sits the cradle that’s beenContinue reading “In the dark of the night, sickness fills the air”

The shirt struggle gets better

There are some downright awesome shirt designs out there for kids. Our two year old daughter’s shirt with cartoon marshmallows joyously leaping into a mug of hot chocolate, or our five year old son’s red shirt with a timeless/retro shiny metal robot swirling through the air leaving a rainbow behind him. Or the the overlappingContinue reading “The shirt struggle gets better”

When is a door not a door?

That title totally sounds like something out of an episode of the 1966 Batman TV Series, doesn’t it? “…but the Riddler’s clue, Robin. When is a door not a door?” “When it’s ajar! He’s going to strike at the jarred fruit exhibit at the Gotham Pavilion!” “I don’t think so, Robin. That’s too obvious. No,Continue reading “When is a door not a door?”

You tell ’em, Batman

Some sound advice from Gotham City’s own Dark Knight, from 1963’s Batman #159. In a world where so many people sadly look to find their self-worth in online likes, followers, and little blue check marks (or lack thereof), I think it’s still pretty relevant. You tell ’em, Batman.   It’s actually an incredibly timeless messageContinue reading “You tell ’em, Batman”

I love it when a word comes together

I am fascinated with the ways children evolve from their completely dependent forms – making nothing but sounds or cries, but eventually forming words, then sentences, then complete conversations like little adults. From needing to be spoon-fed mushy puree to sitting down to a meal with mommy and daddy like the little human they are.Continue reading “I love it when a word comes together”

Celebrating Father’s Day with some favorite on-screen dads

We’ve all seen that cliche image from times past – a father, back relaxed in an easy chair, legs propped up on a footrest. Perhaps he’s wearing a robe, smoking a pipe, and even wearing slippers. Or at the very least maybe the family dog is bringing the slippers or paper to him. I don’tContinue reading “Celebrating Father’s Day with some favorite on-screen dads”

I slept in the hallway

We haven’t been getting much sleep lately, and it has nothing to do with our six month old. No, we’ve been quite lucky that she has been sleeping, for the most part, through the night. Sometimes a need to nurse arises in the wee hours, but on the whole – she’s been great. One ofContinue reading “I slept in the hallway”

Hopscotching

I played hopscotch today. And it was marvelous. The little guy wanted to play outside and after a roller coaster winter and early spring, it was gorgeous out. Did he want to bring anything with him? Toys, a ball? Nope. Armed simply with a box of chalk he wanted nothing more than to be outContinue reading “Hopscotching”