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Gratitude, Day 20: Christmas vacation!

Gratitude, Day 20: Christmas vacation!

Not just a break for the kids. A break from: packing nightly lunches, dragging the girl out of bed in the morning, watching the clock at breakfast, drop-off, pick-up, homework, bath-brush-books-bed, routine routine routine. No, the routine is not actually going completely out the window; I’m just grateful we’ll have a little room to breathe. […]

Gratitude, Day 19: my pilots

Gratitude, Day 19: my pilots

I’ve mentioned that I’m surrounded by musicians, but I’m also surrounded by pilots.  Growing up, other kids had dads working on old cars in the garage.  Mine was working on old airplanes. Family trip?  Head to the neighborhood airport and pack the 4-seater Cessna.  My stepmom took her first solo flight at 40.  I’m getting […]

Gratitude, Day 18: teeth

Gratitude, Day 18: teeth

I think the way we humans grow teeth is pretty disgusting.  First of all, whoever thought it was a good idea to slice open tender baby gums with sharp pointy bone is really very sick.  Then those hard-earned chompers fall out.  With blood.  And leave gory holes. It’s a horror show. Yet the kids make […]

Gratitude, Day 17: my galley kitchen

Gratitude, Day 17: my galley kitchen

This week, all the lights went out in my kitchen. (Aside from a solitary mini over the sink.)  Graham was sick, it was cold and rainy and I just didn’t have it in me to climb a ladder, take apart the fixture, drag the boy to the store, find the proper bulbs, and do it […]

Gratitude, Day 16: big sister

Gratitude, Day 16: big sister

Remember when Graham was born?  And the first thing barely two-year-old Violet said when she saw him was “I hold him!”  And she would cover him with stickers and crush him with hugs?  Well, she has been crushing him with love ever since.  She is always thinking of him, protecting him, helping him, teaching him, […]

Gratitude, Day 15: sick days

Gratitude, Day 15: sick days

Okay, I don’t mean “Yay! My kid is sick!”  Of course I hate to see them suffer.  And I don’t love the sleepless nights and rivers of snot and feeling like every surface will be covered in germs forever. But there is something sweet about sick days.  No to-do lists, no gym, no errands, no […]

Gratitude, Day 14: Wordless Wednesday

Gratitude, Day 14: Wordless Wednesday

Gratitude, Day 13: food trailers

Gratitude, Day 13: food trailers

From a basic taco truck to a full-on English double decker bus, I am happy to try them all.  How fantastic is it that practically every empty lot in Austin is packed with an amazing variety of mobile eatery?  With names like Bananarchy, Coat & Thai, and Me So Hungry?   Cheap, fast, kid tolerant, […]

Gratitude, Day 12: grocery shopping day

Gratitude, Day 12: grocery shopping day

This is a small gratitude in the scheme of things, but awesome nonetheless: Graham likes going to the grocery store.  Consider the alternative.  You’ve witnessed the mother/child meltdown at the supermarket.  I’ve been that mother on many occasions.  So this phase is a welcome relief.  It surely won’t last, so I’m appreciating it while I […]

Gratitude, Day 11: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Gratitude, Day 11: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

For those of you not in Texas, you may be only vaguely aware of First Lady “Ladybird” Johnson. But in Austin, her presence is everywhere. Whatever you may think about LBJ, it’s hard not to like his wife. Not only was she instrumental in launching Headstart, she was an environmentalist, conservationist, and the reason our […]