Perhaps we should call this post “Why talking over dinner, and talking in general with your child as they enter the cesspool of school and life is important!” I’ve heard the most interesting story from my fourth grader over dinner this evening. While sitting and listening to my oldest son share his experiences, favorites, and … More Motherhood: The Importance of Talking Over Dinner
Happy Halloween from our family to yours. Xoxo Erica P.S. More pictures on Instagram.
I’ll admit, we’ve been having a hard time sticking to our current chore chart and family contribution and accountability sheet. I took my oldest to exchange two of his birthday presents, and as my youngest son stood their asking if he could buy a toy, I was quickly reminded of my lack of accountability in … More Parenting: Chores and Family Contributions
Singing nursery songs and bedtime lullabies seems synonymous with parenthood. You hold your child for countless hours throughout their first and second years of life, and throughout the rest of their childhood. For the past eight years I’ve sung multiple nursery songs almost every day and at bedtime, with very few exceptions to the infinitive … More Motherhood: Singing Lullabies and Nursery Songs
Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th here in Japan. I took my children, and my oldest son’s friend, to a kids Japanese cooking class. Classes were lead by a talented Japanese mom, Saori, who runs her own business Saori’s Kitchen. Here are a few pictures of my kids helping cook, learn, and enjoy a yummy … More Tanabata: July 7th
It is always heartbreaking to see your spouse’s ship pull away from the pier with the help of tug boats; it is especially heartbreaking to see that same ship continue to sail past you and then out of sight, while you are firmly planted on the shore. I’ve been trying to write this post, I … More Deployments: Gracefully Spending Those Days
It’s amazing how some Mondays are so easy to bounce back from the weekend, and other Mondays are harder. Today was smooth, in most ways cathartic to an emotional and exhausting weekend with the move-in process continually lingering and trying to balance spending time with three young kids. I’d much rather spend time with my … More Motherhood on Mondays: Balance on Mondays
School mornings are quite hectic in our household. We try our best to get to school on time with some grace. Some mornings we have more grace than other mornings. This week has been especially busy; our household goods arrived, we had dentist appointments, my husband’s birthday, a vet appointment and my husband was gone … More Brunch for two, please!
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown I Love Colors by Margaret Miller Animal Sounds by Aurelius Battaglia Snuggle Puppy of Mine by Sandra Boynton Older Preschool and Early School Age High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse Of course, for older children and adults; The Hobbit … More On Our Bookshelf: February Favorites
Six years ago today on an Ash Wednesday, we meet our sweet son G! Happy birthday to our social, inquisitive and kindhearted G. I’m so lucky to be his mother! He is our sunshine! Your Mother loves you!