Passing on the torch… or not…

I love to cook. Our household has its share of dietary challenges, which means a fair amount of time and effort is required for meal planning and prep. I've been a vegetarian for 26 years and recently eliminated dairy. Oldest prefers an "everything plain" diet and actively describes certain foods (grapes for example) as his... Continue Reading →

Happy Camper

I love camping. Fresh air, campfires, afternoon naps in the sun. The blissful escape from routine. Back in the days before kids, hubs and I camped all over the state. We weren’t very adept when we started out—on our first trip we forgot pillows and other essentials and had to drive to a nearby mega... Continue Reading →

Spring book report

What's that they say about best laid plans? I set out to do monthly book reports, which became bimonthly (I totally just googled this term to double check, and it does in fact mean "twice a month or every other month" because that's not confusing at all), which has now become seasonal. Because soccer. Yup,... Continue Reading →

Traditions

'Tis the time of year for traditions, and our little family of four has several. Some new, some passed down from our childhoods. Hubby brought one back this year and I hope it continues for a long time. His father wrote a letter to each of his children every year and hid it in the... Continue Reading →

November book report

I know, I know, it's eighteen days into December. But good news: I finished my yearly reading goal! And I couldn't let a month slip past without giving a shout-out to all the wonderful words that entered my brain in story form. November was a very YA/Middle grade focused month. In fact, I didn't read... Continue Reading →

Thirty days of thanks

In the beginning of November, I came up with a plan: To write and deliver one note for each day of the month, thanking someone who has made a difference in my life. The note must be delivered anonymously (I cannot hand it to them). With a handful of exceptions, the daily recipient will be... Continue Reading →

Letters from my former self

It's that time of year again. When hubby brings up the holiday decorations and we all reach into our stockings for THE LETTER. The one we wrote to our future self back in January with goals and dreams for the upcoming year. My youngest wrote all about roller coasters and getting 100's on his math... Continue Reading →

Momiversary and other thoughts

Today is my anniversary of motherhood. Eleven years ago I drove through a torrential rainstorm, waited for hours in the JFK airport, and at around 11:30 pm I met my son. A happy moment (and also slightly terrifying) and one that we regularly reminisce. But the moments leading up to it were painful. And this... Continue Reading →

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