At the pond with Daddy. September 29, 2010

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The case of the missing children. September 29, 2010
There is a creek that runs near my home.  It twists and turns through hills, dips down a deep ravine, and then idly bubbles behind our suburb until it empties into an ocean drain.  When I was a child, playing in →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales. September 28, 2010
Some of my most vivid memories from my childhood involve fairy tales.  When I met Donald, I knew everything there was to know about trolls under bridges…but had no idea who Homer Simpson was.  Understandably, then, while my husband took it →MORE...

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Love: one day at a time. September 27, 2010
The day that our marriage began, we joined hands before walking in to celebrate with our family and friends.  Are you ready, Mr. Christensen?  I’m ready, Mrs. Christensen.  And we knew: this was going to be good. That first night in →MORE...

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Letter to my Monsteroo: 14 months. September 24, 2010
Dear Charlotte, When I look back at this past month, I am overwhelmed by how much fun we’ve had together.  I never dreamed that parenting could ever be this wonderful.  Sometimes I look at you while we’re playing together, while we’re →MORE...

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This parental lens. September 22, 2010
Lately, I’ve noticed that I take far fewer photographs of Charlotte than I once did.  As she’s grown and become more active, snapping pictures is more difficult, of course.  But more significantly is this: as my daughter grows and interacts more →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Alphabeasties. September 21, 2010
This week’s book is another alphabet book.  I KNOW, I know, I’m sorry.  It’s just that my child is very interested in letters lately. It’s probably my own damned fault for keeping foam letters and letter puzzles around in her playroom.  →MORE...

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A weekend morning. September 20, 2010
It was late when I opened my eyes.  Sunlight was peeking in through the window and the smells of breakfast were wafting into the bedroom.  I closed my eyes and relished the peace.  In the trees outside, the birds were chirping →MORE...

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Thick as thieves. September 17, 2010
For a long time, Charlotte really didn’t give a rat’s ass about Hank.  And Hank, accordingly, didn’t give a rat’s ass about Charlotte. A super cute child and a not-so-cute dog butt.  You’re welcome. Lately, that’s changed. I’m not positive what →MORE...

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Quack quack. September 17, 2010

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My sleeping beauty. September 16, 2010
Three or four times recently, Charlotte has not only fallen asleep in the car, but also been so deeply asleep that I can unbuckle her, carry her inside, and lay her down on the bed without too significantly interrupting her nap.  →MORE...

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Of ankles, photographs, and dresses. September 15, 2010
To celebrate the Labor Day weekend, Donald went out to play basketball with the neighbors.  He hobbled back a couple hours later with an ankle roughly the size of Montana, collapsed into a miserable heap on the bed, and was basically →MORE...

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Mural at Plaza Park. September 15, 2010
Lately, Charlotte and I have been attending a weekly story-time at the nearby Fullerton Museum.  The first time we went, we were the only people who attended.  For an hour, a museum docent not only read books and sang to Charlotte, →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Jeremy Draws a Monster. September 14, 2010
Honestly, I’m not certain what it is about Jeremy Draws a Monster, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty, that I find so alluring.  It’s a short, imaginative tale about a lonesome boy who scribbles up a demanding monster of a friend.  →MORE...

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New words. September 13, 2010
Parenting seems to come with its own vocabulary.  Ever since that one fateful day wherein I peed on four sticks in excited disbelief (what? Just be thankful there weren’t any rabbits around), I have become intimately familiar with – and this →MORE...

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Love love love and love some more. September 13, 2010
Ever since Charlotte discovered that if she brings us a book, we will stop everything and read it to her, she has been obsessed with bringing us books.  There are times when it is exhausting, when all I want in the →MORE...

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Family silhouettes. September 09, 2010

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At least the trying is fun. September 08, 2010
Donald and I want another baby. It’s a fierce desire, this longing for another child.  We look at our family of three at the dinner table and feel that someone is missing.  We see our daughter totter about independently and want →MORE...

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Bathroom mural. September 08, 2010
A couple weeks ago, I met up with a friend at the El Dorado Nature Center.  We walked, we talked, we did the normal set of things that two mothers with young children do when they get together.  Like stop every →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World. September 07, 2010
I was happy there all by myself, alone at the End of the World. M.T. Anderson’s Me, All Alone, at the End of the World is a fascinating book about the joys of solitude.  It has an underlying environmental message as →MORE...

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Carried close. September 07, 2010

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As we really are. September 02, 2010
About two months ago, Charlotte came to me with a book in her hand.  She handed it to me, then held open her arms for me to pluck her up on my lap.  And then she began to flip the pages →MORE...

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January 2nd. September 01, 2010
When I was deleting images last night, I came across this one and was stunned by how much has changed in the past eight months.  WHO IS THAT BALD BABY?

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Reason number 4,732,189 that children should come with instruction manuals. September 01, 2010
My daughter is beginning to throw temper tantrums.  And, wow, between signing NO every time she sees the car-seat and wailing at the top of her lungs whenever life is minutely frustrating, the entire dynamic of parenting seems to have changed.  →MORE...

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