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James working on his F is for Frog page

Summer Theme Weeks: Grimm Brother Fairy Tales

When the summer started, I knew exactly how I wanted to kick off our time together. Since I was young, I have always loved fairy tales. Even as a grownup I adore reading and watching all the different variations of the stories, and I wanted explore them with my kids. I could have spent the [...]

Planning Summer Theme Weeks

In one of my last posts, I said that I would be doing theme weeks again for my kids this summer (last year we did Alaska, The Solar System and Space, and Wizards and Magic).  One of the most common questions I get is how the heck I come up with this stuff.  The simple [...]

Moms give great hugs and snuggles but there is something safe and comnforting about a hug from your dad.

In Praise of Fathers

Around Mother’s Day, I see all kinds of nice little sayings about mothers on Facebook or blog posts about how wonderful mothers are. I don’t know if it is only me, but it seems to not be reciprocated for all the fathers out there.  So I thought I would share the importance of fathers. It [...]

Getting Ready for Summer Vacation

In one short week my boys will be on summer vacation.  This date is coming at me full speed and I feel a bit like a Captain of a sailing vessel screaming at the crew, “Batten down the hatches, secure the rigging, the hurricane is coming!” I am both terrified by the storm clouds on [...]

With my daughter I was over the new mom insecurities and was able to truly enjoy her infancy.

A changing Identity Part Three: To preschool and beyond.

After surviving the “new mom era,” I have felt like I have been in this slow transition to a new me and it comes from changes in our family dynamic.  It’s nothing like the unending feeling of being lost that I felt with infertility. It’s not this overnight colossal change that being a new mom [...]

My nerdy science teacher may have been coming out a bit.  Yes in fact his shirt does say bactieria are our friend.

A Changing Identity Part Two: The New Mom Days

In my last post I talked about my identity before having kids. Those few years before I became a mother were some of the darkest I have known, and I struggled a great deal.  I thought the solution to finding myself would be to become a mother.  I knew once I became a mother that [...]

Before I was a mother, working in my field and loving every minute of it.

A Changing Identity Part one: Before I was a mother

A few weeks back my MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group had a video and discussion about identity and how it changes throughout our lives, especially after becoming a parent.  As we were discussing at our table, I realized just how many of us had struggled or were currently struggling with our changing identities.  We shared [...]

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