Yearly Archive: 2013

Get your spectacle on

If you know the personalities in my family, you know that the whole lot of us are quirky. Each of the kids has inherited strange combinations of mine and Matt’s traits… Read more >

The Snow Charm

Though it looks different than home, and it feels different than home, I like it here. There’s a problem, though, and I knew it would be a problem as soon… Read more >

Adventures in Hall Monitoring

This fall Alyssa applied to be a Safety Patrol Officer at her new school. There were two weeks of hoping and great anticipation before she finally received a nice, long… Read more >

Lighting a fire

Exactly one month ago I officially signed up for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is an annual event where hundreds of thousands of people commit to one big goal: completing… Read more >

First impressions

When we moved, I wanted to get the kids involved in something quickly so I found a fall softball league for Alyssa. She was all in. For her to play,… Read more >

Dear Baseball

In 1991, my parents got Mountain Cable and life changed. I had never seen the Addams Family, or Andy Griffith, or the Atlanta Braves. But I became acquainted with all… Read more >


Alyssa has more scars than anyone in our family: 11 to be exact. She keeps count. Each is a trophy for her determination and belief that she can do anything…. Read more >

Get to it, Kate

One of the things that makes me most proud is Alyssa’s love of reading. When school is in session, she usually has two books going at once — one that… Read more >

We’re not in Kansas anymore, and it’s Dog Days to boot

My blog has been strangely silent for the last little while, and I was thinking I should probably make some explanations. There are a couple of reasons for the cobwebs…. Read more >

Trying to look for the helpers

On September 11, 2001, I walked into my obstetrician’s office just before the second plane hit. I had no idea anything had happened until I saw everyone in the room… Read more >

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