Random bits and pieces

My brain is tired tonight, the good kind of tired where it feels stretched and worked, reaching into corners that haven’t been used in a while. I drafted and drafted and drafted some more yesterday, and while the editing might be brutal, it feels good to see “edit” on my to-do lists instead of scribbled essay ideas. I still haven’t written about my goals for the year, in part because I haven’t really fleshed out how I want them to look ....more

The magical nature of five

Thank you, sweet boy, for not holding it against me that your birthday letter is a week late. Dear Dylan, You asked for frosted sugar cookies, shaped like a bear, and covered in chocolate instead of my go-to vanilla icing. The cookies cooled during bedtime, when you lounged on the rug with your favorite person in the world ....more

Sledding

For days, the temperatures danced...more

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 10

After a too-long, hiatus, you might want to start at the very beginning… and continue with parts 2,...more

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 9

After a too-long, hiatus, you might want to start at the very beginning… and continue with parts 2,...more

Structure returns in 3 … 2 … 1

We’re at the kitchen table, laptop open in front of one of us, winter break worksheets in front of the other. Gingerbread permeates the air between us, the candy-covered houses a final remnant of Christmas. They should be in the refrigerator; they should be in the trash bin ....more

2015 Check-in

I haven’t finished my Christmas story, and our tree is still shining brightly in the living room, so I shouldn’t be surprised that I haven’t set intentions for the upcoming year. With a late Thanksgiving and a whirlwind of Abbey’s first Nutcracker as a teeny dancer, the holidays galloped by in a haze of packed schedules and sickness, LEGO building and the new Annie movie, late nights and lazy mornings that drifted into afternoons. Ryan took a few much-needed vacation days, so we got to plan as a foursome more than usual ....more

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 8

Start at the very beginning… and continue with parts 2,...more

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 7

Start at the very beginning… and continue with parts 2,...more

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 6

Start at the very beginning… and continue with parts 2,...more