Putting the experience back in her education. February 28, 2011
As soon as Donald and I made the decision to home-school Charlotte, something enormous changed in our family dynamic.  When we chose our path, one of us said “so we’re really going to do this?” and the other one said “yeah, →MORE...

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Critter Monday: in which it is apparent that there are single-cell organisms larger than Millie. February 28, 2011

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Once a wrap girl, always a wrap girl. February 28, 2011
Why didn’t I know that there were such things as wraps with designs on them when I was pregnant, huh? Lil Peeper Keepers - Etsy Shop | Mod Flowers woven wrap

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Eco-friendly sandwich bags by FairyThread. February 25, 2011
Patchwork Owls print reusable lunch baggies. We all know I love trying to live more sustainably, right?  I also have a lovething for owls. Donald and I actually own a few of Fairy Thread’s reusable sandwich bags - and when they’re →MORE...

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Bedhead! February 25, 2011

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Shutter bug. February 25, 2011
While I finished eating my lunch, Charlotte snatched the camera out of my pocket and began to snap away.  Pictures of the walkway and me reaching down to hug her and her puppy frolicking in the grass.  After she was done, →MORE...

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Daydream Believer Wear shirt that reminds me of a goal worth pursuing. February 24, 2011
I love the Daydream Believer Wear Etsy shop, love love love it.  I love that the prints are all so beautiful, I love that they are for CHILDREN not boys or girls, and I love that you can custom order organic →MORE...

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Grandpa saves the day. And shows the world that I have the brain power of a snail. Maybe less. February 24, 2011
Last night, Charlotte slung one of her father’s long black belts around her neck and tottered toward our bedroom.  I only allow her to play with things around her neck if they are really and truly dangerous, things like boa constrictors, →MORE...

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On the move. February 24, 2011

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Wild child in the making. February 23, 2011
A few weeks ago: splashing in the creek. As I have mentioned before, it is very important to me that Charlotte spend time outdoors every day.  I have found all sorts of fun ways to do this – from daily nature →MORE...

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Letter to my heart: 19 months. February 23, 2011
Dear Charlotte, On Sunday you turned nineteen months old.  For some reason, nineteen months seems so much older, so much BIGGER, than eighteen months. For one thing, you are repeating everything your father and I say.  A few nights ago, one →MORE...

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What a real nap looks like. February 23, 2011

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Summer Sun Risin’ February 22, 2011
Summer Sun Risin’, written by W. Nikola-Lisa and illustrated by Don Tate, is a book that I love a little more every time we read it.  And since lately we have been reading it every day, several times a day (ah, →MORE...

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Um, love much? February 22, 2011
First thing in the morning, giving her puppy a little love. Or possibly trying to choke her puppy to death.  WE MAY NEVER KNOW.

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Critter through the fence. February 22, 2011

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Old and young. February 18, 2011
A couple months ago, an elderly neighbor passed away.  When she died, I was filled with remorse.  I was sorry for her family and friends, of course.  They lost a beautiful soul.  But I especially mourned the loss of the relationship →MORE...

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Daredevils. February 17, 2011
Yesterday, I caught Charlotte and Millie trying to sneak up the ramp to the chicken coop while I was collecting eggs.  I can already tell these two are going to be thick as thieves.

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Children’s Book Giveaway: The Raft. February 17, 2011
If you’ve read this website for any length of time, it probably will come as no surprise to you that Donald and I are very big fans of nature.  And if I had to guess, that is likely the reason that →MORE...

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World Read-Aloud Day: something to think about. February 17, 2011
This year, World Read-Aloud Day falls on March 9.  I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a World Read-Aloud Day, but I think we can safely say that this?  This is right up my alley. I’ve been trying →MORE...

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Sadly, this is me keeping it real. February 16, 2011
I like to think that I’m a pretty reasonable stay-at-home mother.  There was that one time I had a baby and fell off the planet for over a year and people would be like, oh my gosh did you hear about →MORE...

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I heart Homeplace Days. Even if it sounds dorky to say out-loud. February 15, 2011
To make things easier for Charlotte to understand, I tell her in the morning what sort of day we are going to have. On Adventure Days, we go places and do things and explore the world.  We track rabbits at the →MORE...

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Millie meets the chickens. February 14, 2011

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A few handy definitions. February 14, 2011
Babywearer – n. A person who carries their baby in some sort of sling, pouch, wrap, etc. Puppywearer – n. A person who carries their puppy in a sling and lets their toddler walk.  Clearly is desperate to have another child.  →MORE...

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Feminist momma. February 11, 2011
I am the daughter of a feminist.  The daughter of two feminists, really, because I am the daughter of a man and a woman who both very fervently believe in sex equality. And, golly, does it show. Not in the ways →MORE...

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Another day, another carrousel ride. February 11, 2011
I love this child, I really do.  Even when she wants to spend forty minutes ensuring that a tune likely linked somehow to what Donald likes to call THE CRAZY never dislodges itself from my brain.  Even then.

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Good thing she’s cute. February 09, 2011
My daughter has this uncanny ability to only sneeze out giant green boogers when hovering directly over my breakfast cereal.

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A few adorable children’s books: Diary of a Wombat and Diary of a Baby Wombat. February 08, 2011
I selected Diary of a Wombat and Diary of a Baby Wombat, written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley, today because Charlotte usually refuses to set them down.  Of course, you can’t tell this from the photograph below because →MORE...

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Fear and gratitude. February 07, 2011
I blinked my eyes and she was gone.  Charlotte? Charlotte? CHARLOTTE? And then I was screaming it, screaming her name, looking left and looking right, racing across the yard, peering behind the trash cans, checking the bushes, screaming CHARLOTTE! CHARLOTTE! CHARLOTTE! →MORE...

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Look, Momma, it’s the most vile orange I could find! Isn’t it great? February 07, 2011

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This makes me happy. February 04, 2011

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Leroy Fluffernugget. February 04, 2011
Of our three kittens, Leroy is my favorite.  Since we have four cats, at this point it is very clear to me that I have become The Crazy Cat Lady.  That idea used to terrify me, but now I find myself →MORE...

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Introducing Millie Christensen. February 02, 2011
I never thought a puppy would make my ovaries scream, but she totally does.

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Between honking and beeping. February 02, 2011
After their child outgrew this toy, our neighbors brought this over for Charlotte to play with.  And, man, does she love that thing.  She honks and beeps and vrooms and bangs and climbs all over.  It’s pretty freaking cute, if I →MORE...

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Sarah Fartypants strikes again. Kills all within smelling distance. February 02, 2011
When I was ten or eleven years old, my class at school had story-time at the library once a week.  At least, in my memory it’s once a week.  For all I know, it was really once a year.  Seeing as →MORE...

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The monkey and the banana. February 01, 2011
At Turtle Rock Community Park in Irvine, after wading in the creek and before completely melting down. Last week, my friend Erin (the same Erin who made Charlotte the dress she wore for our portraits last fall) was vacationing nearby so →MORE...

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The (sometimes ugly) truth about children’s books. Also the longest post I have ever written. February 01, 2011
“I think,” I told my husband over dinner last night, “that I have encountered my first ethical dilemma with the blog.”  And then I told him what I am about to tell you. As I learn, I change.  When I learn →MORE...

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