Is this for Z or for me?

Zoe Ballerina 2014

Recently, I've noticed a disturbing trend anytime we're about to get ready to do something really fun that I've planned for our family. Zoe has been balking just before each activity, saying "I don't want to do this. I am NOT doing this!" and then kicking up quite a fuss when I tell her we have tickets, we've made these plans, this is something you will LOVE once we get there. She insists that she doesn't want to and it often ends in tears on her part and bad feelings on both sides. Often I … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day four

NatureGrrl 2014

Day four of five days of gratitude. Here's what I'm grateful for today: 1. Words. I love writing. I love reading. I love learning new words. I love using old words other people don't use much anymore. I love big words. I love small words that say a lot. I love mellifluous words. I love alliteration. I love a good rhyme. I love song lyrics. I love poetry. I am grateful for glorious, glorious words. 2. Travel. I adore all stages of travel - dreaming about it, planning it, getting ready for … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day two

Z & Autumn 2014

Day two of five days of gratitude... 1. Awesome sitters. Even though our families live out of state and we don't get to rely on the kindness of free babysitters (aka grandparents!), we have a terrific team of Zoe-sitters. Anytime E and I want or need a date night, we can almost always line someone fabulous up quickly - and best of all, Z loves her sitters and really enjoys spending time with them. We've come a long way from the little girl who never wanted her mommy and daddy out of her … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day one

NeighborFriends2014

Have your Facebook feeds been taken over by the "five days of gratitude" meme? I've seen a few people do it, and I liked the thought behind it a lot. Then, I was nominated by my dear cousin Jo to post three things I'm grateful for each day for five days. I've decided to repeat the posts here for posterity, because I put a lot of time and thought into them so I want to keep them. Here goes with day one... 1. Our amazing neighborhood. We are surrounded by incredible people. With Zoe being an … [Read more...]

A purple and yellow Mother’s Day

purple&yellow2014

When Zoe came home from school with faintly purple-stained palms a week or so ago, I smiled knowingly and inquired, "Oh, did you do handprint art in school today?" I was sure it was another awesome, Pinterest-inspired Mother's Day art gift. Her teachers knock them out of the ballpark each year, and I treasure each and every one. "Yep Mommy, I made you a purple flower, your favorite!" Zoe proudly replied. Then more recently, thanks to a sneak preview from another school mom on Facebook, I … [Read more...]

“Flynn Rider with dark skin”

Flynn Rider with dark skin

Last night, as I snuggled Zoe in her big girl bed at bedtime, waiting for her to drift off to sleep, she contentedly murmured, "Mama, I found my prince. I know who I want to marry." Intrigued, I responded softly, "That's great darling, who is your prince?" And she replied, "The Flynn Rider with dark skin."   I lay in the dark, puzzled, trying to figure out who she meant. I didn't really want to keep talking, because I wanted her to go to sleep, but at the same time I was … [Read more...]

A baby always knows

Many faces of Mommy

I love that Zoe is old enough now to have actual conversations that truly let me see inside her amazing mind. One thing that has been boggling mine lately is that she can always recognize and name me in photos - no matter how old or outlandish the photo may be. Me at my fittest ever, during my '96-'97  incredibly motivated yet non-sustainable running days? "That's Mommy!" Me with big '80s hair, frosted "Lawn Guyland" blonde? "That's Mommy." Me in a business suit, looking uber … [Read more...]

Zoe said this, part 2

Zoe has style

It’s time for another edition of Zoe Said This… a rundown of the current fun, wacky and amazing things our little girl comes out with on a regular basis. One of the best parts of having a two year old is hearing how they use language as they grow! Here are some of the latest gems in her regular rotation. “She’s stuck in there!” When we took our beloved Goldendoodle to be spayed, I spent some time talking with Zoe about how Autumn was having surgery and would have an “ouchie … [Read more...]