Thursday, February 28, 2013


First slide,
First swing,
And a little father-son bonding.

All in a day's trip to the park!

Essence of Now

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

10 Tiny Things That Bring Me Joy

I am absolutely in love with this idea for a Listicle topic. 

But. It's almost too easy!

These 10 tiny things bring me great joy.

But that would be cheating, wouldn't it?

Okay, okay, here's my real list of tiny things that bring me joy:

1. Using things up.

2. Donating or passing along things our household no longer needs or has outgrown, like clothing and baby items.  I get an extra special thrill out of seeing friends' kids wearing clothes that used to belong to us.  Especially super cute and quality items that my kids only got the chance to wear once or twice.

3. Paying for small purchases with exact change.  Call me old-fashioned.

4. A place for everything and everything in its place.

5. Voting with my dollar and buying local when possible.

6. Remembering to bring change for the parking meter, shopping cart, or locker at the pool.

7. Discovering an inexpensive white wine that I like the taste of.

8.  Having my tweets retweeted.  I know, it's vain in a ridiculously superficial sort of way. But it still brings me a tiny thrill every time.

9.  Glancing over at the alarm clock and realizing it's the weekend and the kid(s) have managed to sleep in.  These days, even an extra 20 minutes makes me extremely happy.

10. Dessert.

What tiny things bring you joy?


Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Upside of Threeness

Well. I haven't exactly kept it a secret that three has been hard on all of us.  I know I am not the only parent to find this age challenging, as I have often heard three described as "two with intent."  And I would add persistence, and frustration, and sass to that mix as well.  But I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge the wonder of three; its thrilling moments and delightful reprieves from the challenging parts.

What is awesome about three?

1.  She still produces adorable mispronunciations like "breppast" for breakfast and "cuptainer" for container.

2.  She has an excellent grasp of language but sometimes can't quite recall a word, so she ballparks it.  She recently asked me, "Are you cereal?" when I told her something she found to be rather outrageous.

3.  Naps are hit or miss, but when we take one together in the big bed and she finally stops wiggling... bliss!

4.  Her attempts at sneakiness are completely transparent.

5.  She tells me she loves me to the moon and back "a frillion frillion times."

6.  She still wants to help and takes great pride in being given a job to do.

7.  When she is comfortable, she has no filter, resulting in some hilarious and outrageous statements.  She recently told a visiting guest that he could use "her" bathroom as long as he was only going pee.  Bathroom habits currently top her list of interesting topics of conversation.

8.  She hasn't quite grasped the art of secret-keeping, surprises, or unexpected hiding spots while playing hide and seek.

9.  Her giggles still contain the high notes of babyhood.

10.  Her independence is blossoming but she still needs her mama more often than not.

I didn't follow the prompt this week,
but go visit the Listmaster for some more listicle fun.


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