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!
My little Valentines! We’ve got snow, and lots of it here in Japan this weekend. School was canceled today, and I’ve enjoyed a much needed day at home with my children. And my husband came home early from work, too! I love all the notes and gifts I get from my kids and husband on … More Happy Valentine’s Day!
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!
This morning my husband was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. A proud day for him, for us! Eighteen-and-a-half years ago James entered the Navy after finishing his first quarter of college, began working on submarines, years later got picked up for Officer Candidate program and went to college (and did quite well), and has continued to … More Promotion Day
On Our Bookshelf: January Favorites Even in the midst of the chaos of an overseas move, we’ve found a lot of time to read together. Perhaps reading books together has been even more comforting in the midst of all this change and the things we can’t control? Although our interpretation and perception of the book … More On Our Bookshelf: January Favorites
For the last eight years I’ve received my share of unsolicited and unwanted parenting advice. When I was pregnant with our first child, my amazing friend’s mother Julie warned me, “From the moment you share you are pregnant or you start showing you will receive a lot of advice. Some advice will be good. Some … More Dealing With Unsolicited Parenting Advice
Report cards come out today in our competitive school district. Everyone should be very proud, loving and supportive of their young child. I’m a huge advocate of “no child bragging” particularly about academics on Facebook, this blog, the playground, at play dates and in general of the community of parenting. Glennon Melton could not have … More On Parenting Bragging
A decade ago I read an article where a Harvard Research Group tried to close the educational gap between children of varying social economic statuses. Despite this groups ability to fund full-day childcare with highly trained childcare workers and low child to teacher ratio, the educational gaps and latter success were never “even” between these … More The Power Of Talking To Your Child