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Wordless Wednesday: spring

Wordless Wednesday: spring

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 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 5: healthcare

Gratitude, Day 5: healthcare

Today, while sitting on Violet after she punched and kicked a nurse, I took a moment to contemplate my gratitude for modern healthcare.   That is how I would like to remember what really happened this afternoon, instead of the feral girl shrieking and cowering in the corner of the CVS Minute Clinic while an […]

Gratitude Day 2: Rain

Gratitude Day 2: Rain

It rained again today.  All.  Day.  Cool and drizzly.  It was wonderful.  We’ve had maybe 3 inches so far this year?  Not enough for this Northwest girl.  The drought has made me feel like I’ve been strapped to The Machine for the past two years.  So I’ll enjoy every little drop we get. This morning […]

thoughts of a 4-year-old boy

thoughts of a 4-year-old boy

Scene:  in the car with the 4-year-old, driving to pick up the 6-year-old GRAHAM: Mommy, I’ve never seen you cry before. CHERIS: Oh, everyone cries sometimes.  I just cried a little on the way to pick you up because I heard a sad song on the radio. G: Why was it sad? C: It was […]

Graham re: Violet

Graham re: Violet

I always hoped Violet and Graham would be as close as I was growing up with my little brother.  We were 18 months apart and inseparable.  Violet and Graham are 26 months apart (which is close enough for me).  These days they are completely crazy about each other… when they’re not making each other crazy. […]

Today's PSA: life-saver or death-trap?

Today’s PSA: life-saver or death-trap?

You know those pool tubes for kids?  The ones that keep them floating?  On TOP of the water?  Well, they don’t work when the kid is upside-down.  Just be aware. Graham decided to illustrate this point on the Fourth of July.  We were having a family BBQ and pool party on Long Island.  The kids […]