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73 Degrees, Sunny and (apparently) Smelly

Portlanders are currently being teased with a burst of warm sunny days forecasted for this week. Today it's 73 and sunny.

Over the past two years, we've learned that sunny days before July typically mean long sleeves / shorts or short sleeves / pants most of the time. However, today it's legitimately warm, and our kids were poorly dressed for the weather - both were

April 7th, 2014 0 comments our kids in portland

Gavin “Loves Yoga”

My kids go to enrichment classes for after school care. You know, things like Bricks 4 Kidz, art, soccer, etc. that are held at school and bridge the gap between the end of their school day and the end of my work day.

One of the new ones we tried this semester was yoga. Gavin was one of the few boys in class and he

March 18th, 2014 0 comments our kids in portland

Mom Doubts: My First Foray into Bullying

Oh, momming. It's the most awesomely hard, yet amazing job there is. It's this incredible journey that I am finding is full of joy, fun and promise, and yet, can sometimes be an unwelcome trip down memory lane.

When I first became a mom with Gavin, and then again with Grace, I remember holding them as newborns and being so filled with love. I remember

February 27th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Awkward Mom Moment: Asking Moms Out on (Play) Dates

I've never been the friend who sets up the plans or calls the group to get together. Grace, at the age of five, is quite determined to change that.

Last week, she came home, slipped me her friend's mom's number and told me to call her to set up a play date.

Three things were wrong with this:
1 - I don't know the girl

January 21st, 2014 3 Comments our kids in portland

Kindergarten Character

So, here we are...at the end of Grace's second week of Kindergarten.

And it's ending with a note from the teacher to me letting me know what a character she is.


Oh my. She really is the opposite of her brother. At the end of HIS second week of Kindergarten, he came bouncing off the bus with a certificate saying what a good role

September 20th, 2013 0 comments our kids in portland

And, We Survived Another First Day of Kindergarten Drop Off!

Grace and I had a nice first morning of Kindergarten - woo hoo! I think she was ready. We've been talking about it all summer and Gavin has been giving her "tips" for the past two weeks.

We picked out her outfit yesterday. She wanted to wear a dress and two ponytails. Done.

Knowing that the playground where she'd recess had mulch (or bark chips

September 9th, 2013 0 comments our kids in portland

What a Difference a Year Makes: Starting First Grade

This time last year, we sent Gavin off to Kindergarten and we were all nervous. This week, we sent him off to First Grade, and we were all excited.  To put it in blog terms, I wrote four blogs about the two-day week that started Kindergarten. This year, I am writing one - and it's the end of the first week. Hahaha - what a

September 6th, 2013 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Burping Out Loud (It Makes Girls Laugh)

Gavin and I were in Target and he burped out loud in the aisle.


I told him that was impolite, especially in front of the pretty girl at the end of the aisle. (I don't know why that matters - haha. I am trying to work some angles to raise a gentleman here, and figured I'd secretly rope this poor gal into my stellar

August 14th, 2013 0 comments our kids in portland

Earth Day Sacks

Gavin and I just ran to the store to drop a package at the Post Office and pick up a few things for dinner. On the way in, he said, "Wait! We're going to Bales?" I said, "Yes, we're going to Bales." He did a little jump / fist pump action and said, "YES! Maybe you'll get my sack."



No idea what he

April 22nd, 2013 0 comments live, our kids in portland

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