Enchantment. October 31, 2011
Last week, Donald and I saw the photographs of a set of siblings who need a home. There are three of them, when we originally planned to only consider two children for adoption.  The oldest child is school-age, when we originally →MORE...

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Please, someone, tell me your laundry pile looks like this too. October 28, 2011
SIGH.

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This post pretty much opens me up to foot fetish jokes for the rest of my life. October 26, 2011
When it was just me, I took pictures of my feet in meaningful places.  At the entryway to my first apartment.  On the steps of the Eiffel Tower.  On the brick path outside the building where my best friend graduated. When →MORE...

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Letter to my Goldilocks: 26 and 27 months. October 25, 2011
Hey Sweetheart, The past two months with you have been golden, in large part because you have undergone an enormous intellectual growth spurt.  Your personality, your communication skills, your ability to reason through problems, your comprehension of the world around you, →MORE...

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Two things to think about. October 21, 2011
We’re still spending a lot of time thinking about and talking with family.  Until things settle down, I just wanted to share two videos that caught my eye recently. A couple weeks ago, Charlotte and I were at the library when →MORE...

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Darkness and light. October 20, 2011
Today is a dark day for our family.  People we love are living through something that no human being should ever have to experience. I don’t know what your plans are today, but if you have a chance please take a →MORE...

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Teething. October 19, 2011
A couple weeks ago, Charlotte began cutting her two-year molars.  And if this experience has taught me anything it’s that I should have kept my trap shut about how tough those first baby teeth were. It turns out that those suckers →MORE...

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Milk. October 19, 2011

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This is the definition of innocence. October 17, 2011
Seemingly overnight, Charlotte sorted out the difference between the questions “How are you?” and “How old are you?”  She still marches up to people to introduce herself.  “Hi,” she says, “my name is Charlotte.  I am two!  I have blondie hair.” →MORE...

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DIY baby-carrier for a toddler: a happy accident. October 14, 2011
After purging their closet recently, someone passed a bunch of hand-downs to me.  There were a few bikinis in the lot so yesterday I went through and tried them on and picked one to replace my ten-year-old pink sparkly thing.  Finally. →MORE...

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Our homeschool: October sneak-peek. October 12, 2011
*** If you have any suggestions or ideas, I’d love to hear them.  As well, several people have mentioned an interest in following along with what our family does with Charlotte.  If this is the case, don’t hesitate to tell me →MORE...

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I guess we’re going spider-hunting today. October 12, 2011
One of my very favorite parts of motherhood is watching Charlotte’s budding fascination with the natural world.  Over the course of four days, our family watched this spider (some sort of orb weaver, I think) spin and re-spin it’s web, catch →MORE...

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In other words, please give me all the tantrum advice you’ve got. October 10, 2011
Goodness help me, we have entered the Phase of Endless Frustrated Tantruming Over Seemingly Nothing.  Yesterday my child exploded into an incontrollable heap of blubbering tears because I wiped a crumb off her face. A CRUMB! Last week, I rushed Charlotte →MORE...

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Mantis at the playground. October 10, 2011
I’ve been using the story of Kaggen and the Moon to introduce the concept of moon phases to Charlotte.  Since we have Melvin at home and since one of Charlotte’s favorite things to do is feed him crickets and watch him →MORE...

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Her books, my books. October 07, 2011
This is how it goes: We go to the library and Charlotte comes home with a book or two.  And I used to come home with a book or two as well, and that would be that.  But now I come →MORE...

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Nature’s treasures. October 07, 2011
Things she collected on our walk a few days ago.  I really need to get back on top of photographing her nature treasures.  It always makes me so happy to see what catches her eye.  Like that stick.  She pointed at →MORE...

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Rain, rain, why don’t you stay? October 06, 2011
*** If you don’t mind, they reset the count today and I’d appreciate a vote: click here.  You can vote once each day.  Thanks!  (Click the owl on the left). Those dark, heavy rains that drench southern California every autumn arrived →MORE...

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Why I love breastfeeding a two-year-old who can speak. October 05, 2011
*** I feel like I should include a disclaimer that I don’t think that mothers who do not breastfeed for as long as I do or at all love their children any less than a mother who does.  I tell Charlotte →MORE...

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Ten cool things about my daughter right now: October 03, 2011
    1.  Whenever people ask “How are you?” she thinks they’re asking “How old are you?” so she always answers “TWO!”    2.  It is apparent to her by how often people ask her “How are you?” that the answer →MORE...

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