It’s official: I need a haircut. January 31, 2012
I know because yesterday I asked Charlotte to lean forward and grab my knees so that I could wipe her bottom and I wound up with toddler poop all over the bottom six inches of my hair.  Which means that, OF →MORE...

Filed as Sarah Parenthood Motherhood Parenting choices Toilet training Poop 


Sometimes I wonder what she’s going to grow up and tell people about me. January 26, 2012
Shortly after Donald and I moved in together, we adopted future coyote bait a kitten and bought a digital camera. At the risk of completely destroying every last shred of respect you might have had for me, Sebastian’s kitten-hood was actually →MORE...

Filed as Cats Sarah Donald Photography Family life Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Kid-isms by Charlotte 


At Oak Canyon in Anaheim. January 26, 2012

Filed as Daily photograph Wild child Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months California 


Letter to my punkin: 30 months. January 24, 2012
Dear Charlotte, You are two and a half years old now and as testament to the whirlwind life has become with a two and a half year old child in the house, I didn’t even notice you’d hit the big milestone →MORE...

Filed as Parenthood Fatherhood Motherhood Parenting choices Love letters Dear Charlotte Charlotte Love letters to Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Sleep Sleep sharing Adoption Foster parenting Toilet training Multilingualism Learning French 


Sigh. January 24, 2012
This morning I woke up and SOMETHING, I can’t be sure just what, seemed to tell me that it might possibly be time to fold some laundry.  And maybe tidy up a bit while I’m at it.

Filed as Daily photograph Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months 


I guess I owe the universe an apology. January 23, 2012
Last week, Charlotte and I hit the trails again for the first time since she was diagnosed with whooping cough.  Her endurance and her strength were not what they were before, but I expected that.  What I didn’t expect was how →MORE...

Filed as Wild child Sarah Photographs of Sarah Parenthood Motherhood Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Kid-isms by Charlotte Home-education Toddler and preschool curriculum Nature-base learning Emotion 


It was bound to happen eventually. January 19, 2012
In the morning, Charlotte demanded milk and she bit me. Last week she lost her balance near me while I was bent over and she grabbed my nipple to steady herself.  For a brief painful eternity, my nipple was literally dangling →MORE...

Filed as Sarah Photographs of Sarah Parenthood Motherhood Boobs Breastfeeding Family life Family photographs Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months 


Schooled. January 19, 2012
“This is not, is not HIKING, Momma!  This is WALKING WITH THE TREES!  Yes.“

Filed as Daily photograph Wild child Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Kid-isms by Charlotte 


Yesterday was letter-writing day. January 18, 2012
I recently started setting aside one day a week to write letters with Charlotte.  Good old-fashioned letters.  To her two uncles and her aunt who live abroad, to her grandparents and great-grandparents who live too far away, to her aunt and →MORE...

Filed as Sarah Love letters Family life Family rhythms Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Home-education Toddler and preschool curriculum Arts-base learning Community-base learning Love 


Charlotte’s artwork: 29 months, 3 weeks. January 18, 2012
    -  This one is for Alice, Momma.    -  Oh yeah, baby?    -  Yeah, and that one is for Jude.    -  Okay.    -  And this one is ALL MINE, Momma.  This is mine.  I am going →MORE...

Filed as Conversations Daily photograph Sarah Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Kid-isms by Charlotte Home-education Toddler and preschool curriculum Arts-base learning Play 


Foolproof. January 16, 2012
I have finally found a surefire way to get a nap longer than forty minutes out of Charlotte.  As soon as she starts acting a little tired, I put something on the floor (in this picture it’s a bobby pin) and →MORE...

Filed as Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Sleep Nap wars Play 


Guess where we ended up? January 12, 2012
    -  Okay, kiddo, are you ready?  Let’s roll!    -  Yeah, Momma!  TO THE PARK!    -  Wait, what?  No, we’re going to the train station, darling.  For a picnic, remember?    -  Oh, oh yes.  The train station →MORE...

Filed as Everyday Parenthood Motherhood Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Kid-isms by Charlotte Food Recipes 


The decision. January 11, 2012
Last Tuesday at two o’clock in the afternoon we met with a representative from our foster-adoption agency to discuss the steps we need to take to find and bring home our child, the decisions we need to make, and the choices →MORE...

Filed as Adoption and fostering Conversations Sarah Donald Parenthood Fatherhood Motherhood Parenting choices Natural parenting Attachment parenting Family life Family rhythms Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Sleep Sleep sharing Love 


Naptime. January 09, 2012
We are in my parents’ living room and she is pretending to sleep and I can hear the exhaustion creeping into her voice.  I suggest we go back to a bedroom, take a nap, come back out to play in a →MORE...

Filed as Family life Family rhythms Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Kid-isms by Charlotte Emotion Love 


Last night, 7:14 P.M. January 06, 2012
    -  I just, I just want to color, Momma!    -  Okay, darling.  Why don’t we bring this crayon tin out to the table?    -  Yes, and I NEED PAPER!    -  You certainly do.  Let me go →MORE...

Filed as Conversations Sarah Donald Photographs of Donald Extended family Schlothan Family life Family photographs Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Kid-isms by Charlotte 


Pride. January 06, 2012

Filed as Daily photograph Charlotte Photographs of Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months 


Two thousand twelve. January 04, 2012
Last week, something happened.  And I’m not just referring to the enormo-virus I accidentally downloaded onto our computer that took my lumbering giant of a computer dork husband two full days to un-fuck.  Although, if you ask him, he would probably →MORE...

Filed as Adoption and fostering Beliefs and opinions Celebrations Donald Pregnancy Miscarriage Parenthood Motherhood Family life Charlotte Charlotte's twosies; 24-36 months Emotion Love