Category Archives: Beautifulness

The Continued Bloom…

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Things just keep on blossoming around here… This Rose has never done so well, but then it was almost completely killed several years ago by painters (painting right over the whole thing!), and then almost killed again by collateral construction … Continue reading

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It’s Her Birthday, but I’m the Happiest

Here she is. The one and only. The brightest and most beautiful. It’s her birthday today (as well as my own sweet Mama’s birthday — isn’t that cool!?) and we are so glad to celebrate it. She’s a natural wonder with … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful for… These

The flowers have arrived! We got an early start this year with a few weeks of warm weather in April and lots of rain in May. So here’s a brief photo essay of some of the glorious perennial members of … Continue reading

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Sixth Birthday Celebration Part Two

So this girl had a birthday party. What with Spew-fest 2013, and school, and work, I wasn’t able to get to sharing all of the glory with you until now — my apologies, if you were left wondering… The forecast … Continue reading

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Sixth Birthday Celebration Part One

Yesterday was the official day. We woke up with Echo in the morning and Natalie squeezed her and said, “Happy Birthday.” They got up and got dressed before me, and Echo came to my side of the bed and whispered, … Continue reading

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On the Heels of Tomorrow

Here she is, folks, one year ago when she turned 5. Echo saw this photo this morning and said, “What’s wrong with my face?”. It’s funny how little sense of our selves (in our ever-changing flux) we actually have, isn’t … Continue reading

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The Continuing Adventures of the EP Soccer Family

Well, it feels kind of official now — we’re driving the minivan (Syliva Brown McTague), and we actually have a soccer player in it. The consummate icon of modern parenting — the Soccer Mom — has been somehow grafted onto … Continue reading

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This Day… 4.21.13

Yesterday was one of those classic Montana Spring stories, one in which the temperature starts dropping after midmorning, the sun having shone early and the night before having been noticeably mild, a bit of moisture in the air, birds chirped, … Continue reading

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This Day… 4.14.13

It did actually — somehow both finally and instantly – happen. There we were, watching this girl — this little, brand new baby of a girl, suddenly a 3-foot lightning bolt — racing around a field, with other kids she barely … Continue reading

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This Day — 4.10.13

So today, this happened… Note the kid in the middle of the shot, next to the adult with purple jersey in hand… Echo had her very first ever soccer practice. (!) She’s signed up with the local Y league and … Continue reading

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I’m thankful for… this Team

We kicked off another round of our empathy parenting ecourse Parenting on the Same Team yesterday. One of my reactions when the ecourse starts is an up-welling of empathy  for the parents and families with whom we are working. We’re all … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful for… Spring Break!

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Felicitous Spring greetings to all! I just wanted to share with you some of the view from here lately. If what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words is true — then this is going to be … Continue reading

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Spring ON!

We’ve been getting our Missoula Spring on the last couple of weeks. Usually there is a sucker-Spring, which is essentially what this has been, but it has been going on (and off and back on) for much longer and starting … Continue reading

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See Yule Later…

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The New Year has begun, and our 2012 Yule celebrations have come to a gentle end. Natalie and I made it to midnight in more of a warm-ember-and-peppermint-ice-cream mode than a fireworks-and-champagne mode — but both utterly pleased, nonetheless. We … Continue reading

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Yule!

Friday night we officially began our Yule celebrations. In case you missed it — we celebrate our own personal soup of holiday traditions in the McTague/Christensen family. Although it sometimes comes after Yule begins, this year Chanukah was early, so … Continue reading

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