So-called sick. September 30, 2011
    -  Okay, chickadee.  It’s time for us to get home and make lunch.    -  No!  No, Momma!  Cannot go!    -  Darling, we’ve been here for over two hours.  It’s time for lunch.  We can come back this →MORE...

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Fairy handkerchiefs. September 29, 2011
WHAT?, Charlotte has been asking me as we watch spiders slide across their webs in the morning.  Spider-webs, I keep telling her.  And I explain how they are built and why and whenever I see a spider wrapping its prey I →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: All the Places to Love and How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird. September 29, 2011
Charlotte and I spent a huge chunk of yesterday afternoon perusing the children’s section of the library.  We pulled up a bean bag and I just let her bring books to me as they caught her fancy. This is one of →MORE...

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For all who are curious, THIS is the offending shirt. September 28, 2011
I’m voting that it’s for 3T-sized cutie pies, regardless of their plumbing, no?

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Bring it, sexism. BRING IT ON. September 28, 2011
Four days ago:       Charlotte wore her blue-and-brown striped polo shirt to the park.  A middle-aged woman approached us, all smiles and sweetness, to say hello.  “What’s your son’s name?” she asked me.       “HER name,” I →MORE...

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Our homeschool: Building a wake-up rhythm. September 28, 2011
Charlotte is 26 months old.  I wanted our wake-up routine to encourage her wonder at the natural world and to kick-start a habit of expressing gratitude. The morning light is creeping into the bedroom and at once, I am awake.  I →MORE...

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She has a knack for words. September 26, 2011
On Saturday morning, I took my daughter to the wild. It was foggy here this weekend.  We looked out the window, at the grey mist touching everything we could see.  What would you like to do today?, I asked her.  Go →MORE...

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I’m running out of witty titles for posts about my kid humiliating me. September 23, 2011
A friend I haven’t seen in awhile stopped by the house the other day to show off her new baby.  We immediately went into the backyard to catch up. At some point, I excused myself to use the bathroom.  Charlotte, who →MORE...

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On recovering: six weeks after my miscarriage. September 21, 2011
It took two full weeks for the last of the congratulatory cards to arrive in the mail, and each one was followed very closely by cards filled with condolences.  I opened every envelope and set the cards on the coffee table.  →MORE...

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Nest necklaces. September 21, 2011
Over the past few weeks, I have found a few momma necklaces that I like.  I’ve been torn between finding a necklace where I can engrave the names of my babies – and finding a necklace that is, to me, filled →MORE...

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She is 26 months old today. September 20, 2011
Where does the time go?

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In other news, it only took Charlotte fourteen minutes to put on her t-shirt yesterday. September 19, 2011
In the sweater her aunt wore when she was little. When Charlotte first started talking, I was over the moon.  Even if all she did was point to a dog and say WOOF!, it was astounding to me to witness in →MORE...

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On wimpery and bravery both. September 16, 2011
The day before I lost my first baby, I went to the library.  I checked out Shogun, by James Clavell.  Two months later, I returned Shogun without having ever opened it.  I couldn’t handle the idea of walking inside the library, →MORE...

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Books in our home. September 15, 2011
In spring this year I took a break from reviewing children’s books because my family was trying out a new reading system and I wanted to find the balance in my own home before diverting any attention to writing about books. →MORE...

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Luckily, making a fool of myself happens to be something I am phenomenal at. September 15, 2011
*** Before I get started, we took our family pictures.  Check them out on Julie Campbell’s site: here, yo!  We even snuck a few kick-ass breastfeeding photos in.  Those are the ones from behind, with me sitting in the grass and →MORE...

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Rhythming. September 13, 2011
The more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.  – Henry David Thoreau Charlotte is two years old which means that our home-education journey has officially →MORE...

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Cats in the stroller. September 12, 2011
The other night, we waited up for hours but these two critters never came home after their adventures of the day.  All night, I heard the coyotes singing in the canyon and I worried about them.  The next morning they pranced →MORE...

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Remember, remember, the 11th of September. September 12, 2011
Ten years ago, when planes flew into the World Trade Center, I was a teenager.  I could not drive.  I had never been to a school dance.  I didn’t even have my period yet.  I had braces on my teeth and →MORE...

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A placeholder. September 09, 2011
We’ve all been sick this week, the coughy sneezy snotty sort of sick that happens every so often.  The sort of sick that’s irritating and inconvenient more than anything else. Not too sick to share a few smiles or be amazed →MORE...

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Slither, hiss, rattle, bang. September 07, 2011
Yesterday morning when Charlotte woke up I told her it was a Homeplace Day.  We are going to launder all the dirty clothes, I said. YES!, she exclaimed.  ALL THE DIR-TY CLOTHES!  And off to work we went. All of our →MORE...

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From my front porch. September 05, 2011
These two make my heart go thump thump thump.  Aren’t they so sweet together? Our three-day weekend is all about the small moments.  Watching Charlotte play with her cousins.  Grilling with the family.  Cutting open a 35 pound watermelon from our →MORE...

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Toddler wearing. September 02, 2011
Something tells me that I will never tire of holding my child close, smelling her hair, kissing her forehead.  But I might actually have to give this up before she gets to college.  The kid is starting to get a little →MORE...

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And just like that, there are two thoughts that calm the storm. September 01, 2011
We’re sitting on a park bench, she and I, watching our children play together and letting the silence of an early morning fill the space between us.  We are old friends.  Sometimes the best part of a tried and true friendship →MORE...

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The aquarium. September 01, 2011
This week is my first week of flying solo after the miscarriage.  On Monday, Charlotte and I hosted a playgroup.  We laid out fingerpaints, a five-pound bag of flour on a towel, and had several buckets and pots filled with sidewalk →MORE...

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