Archive for tag 'family'

On being a “good enough” mom

It has been 2 years since I wrote this post, and 3 since the death of my mom. There is something about the anniversary of life changing events that brings about reflection. I have tried, each year, to carve out time for myself to really stop and consider how all of this has changed me. […]


What Do you Want to Change?

Before we had a kid, Mr. Gumdrop and I had a recurring discussion (or fight, depending on how you frame it) about how much work around the house we each did. To the point where we eventually rated the value of certain chores and then tracked how much we each did, using a point system. […]

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How Grief Takes a New Shape When You Have Children

May is always a hard month in my family. Each year that passes it stings a little differently, some years harder than others, but this year has a new layer. When I was 19 my older brother was killed in a plane crash. His death forever changed me and shaped the person I am today. His absence in […]

Did you change your name when you got married?

The decision to marry Mr. Ice Cream was an easy one. The idea of getting old together was a natural and comforting thought. So I was a little surprised at how anxious I felt when the conversation came up to change my name. I’ve always loved my independence, but I also love the idea of […]


Work vs Life

I’m in a bit of a weird spot right now career wise. I’m not particularly comfortable with the situation and I feel like this is probably something that a lot of parents struggle with, so I’m going to lay it all out here and see what happens in the coming months. Hopefully, this will all […]


Our Next Steps: We Miss Our Family

The Dolphin family lives in the DC metro area for a number of reasons, primarily the fact that the job opportunities for two attorneys are much better out here. Prior to having kids, despite all of my complaints about DC, I think we would have happily stayed here without giving it a second thought. Sure, […]

Step 2 to Restoring Peace – Write a Family Mission Statement

I’ve been writing about our family’s 4-step plan to restore peace in our house. Last week I dove into Step 1 of our plan and outlined how we created our budget, and this week I am tackling Step 2: writing our family mission statement. I first read about family mission statements on the Art of Simple […]

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