Tag Archives: life

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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Parentisms: Time [isn't] In A Bottle *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
“Parentisms” is a little series offering tiny mantras and quick thoughts on the nature of parenting. My hope is that these little perspective framers will be a boon for…

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Boredom Schmoredom (with Toilet Paper Strips)

It’s been a number of months since I’ve posted in this theme. Fortunately, that is not at all because the girls have stopped being creative in their play, but simply because other stuff has gotten in line to be posted … Continue reading

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Your Kid as Johnny 5 *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
“Need input. Need input. Neeeed iinnnpuut!” Your child is an information and experience Hoover. She was born to devour data. He was created in just such a way as to be…

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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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I’m Thankful for… Sister Love

These girls love each other so much that I regularly find it both incredible and inspiring. Aside from the everyday normal-sized skirmishes and other random more intense affects of the absolutely unadulterated state of sisterhood — which we, like every … Continue reading

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F-ing Up the Right Way *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
I am not a perfect parent — just so you know. I do the things I have actually spent time thinking and researching and learning about why not to do them.…

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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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Benefit of the Belief *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
As parents, we’re all pretty used to being the ones most “in the know” in the family, right? We’re “the bosses”, “the head honchos”, “the leaders”, “the responsible parties”.…

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Perfection is a Bullsh*t Goal *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
Take it from a lifelong sufferer of his own particular strain of perfection addiction — we’d be better off putting ourselves out of everyone else’s misery (especially our children’s)…

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