14 (Sigh)

My girl turned 14 today. I may be having a tiny bit of trouble getting my head around that. When she turned 10, I wrote this. When she turned 12, I wrote this. And now for 14, I am just speechless. I can only say: She’s awesome. She’s keeps turning more awesome. She’s a lot […]

Has Anyone Seen My Crystal Ball?

I had an job interview last Friday (yay!) About 95% of it went great – exactly the kind of conversation that rises above the rigid Question and Answer format that makes me cringe as I pretend to have fascinating things to say about “a time when I faced a challenge and overcame it.”  I mean, […]

I Need A Boyfriend

No.  No I really don’t. And no, I’m not going to start dating. Possibly ever. I am really very firmly in the “…like a fish needs a bicycle” mindset at the moment.  And probably for all foreseeable moments. Boys, I love ya, but you just aren’t worth the effort at this moment.  I am SO […]

The Mice Are Away – And the Cat Is Tired of Playing

Remember that saying – When the cat’s away, the mice will play?  But what does the cat do when the mice leave?? My kids are away this week.  They went to their grandparents’ house last Sunday and I am enthusiastically reclaiming them in two more days. Seven days.  That’s the longest I have ever been […]

Rock Star Wardrobe 101 – A Preview

I may have mentioned recently how much I love this kid.  She’s a standard on the “what I am thankful for” list. And one of the best things about her is that she is solidly and completely HER. The very Sprout-ness of her.  She does her own thing, she is her own girl. She was […]

New Territory

The days are long, but the years are short. – Gretchen Rubin Yesterday I took Sprout to the Rite Aid to get stuff to build acrylic nails. Not because she wanted long nails, but because she had cracked a nail on her “fret hand” and was worried about her ability to play guitar in her […]

Ambivalent

My darling son wrote me a lovely letter for Mother’s Day.  I love that kid. (I love his sister, too – she made me a beautiful sculpture of a flower out of a bar of Ivory Soap). The content of his letter was (and I apologize to him in advance if sharing this is inappropriate): […]

Ace of Base, Too-Short Pants, and Finding the Right Fit

My son, Tater, seems to be in a constant growth spurt. It seems that purchasing him new pants really makes those hormones kick into gear and within mere weeks, the pants that fit – or even seemed too long – are suddenly three inches too short. I don’t even see it happening. Every time I […]

12

My eldest child turns 12 today. 12. As in, TWELVE. This is clearly not a surprise…it’s been coming for, well, 12 years.  But still.  Wow. 12 sounds a lot older than 11 doesn’t it?  And don’t even get me started on 13.  I don’t know if I can let her do that. The biggest change […]

Lost?

It is good to feel lost… because it proves you have a navigational sense of where “Home” is. You know that a place that feels like being found exists. And maybe your current location isn’t that place but, Hallelujah, that unsettled, uneasy feeling of lost-ness just brought you closer to it. ~Erika Harris I found […]