One year ago (yesterday, in fact), Tonya wrote this post about her journey to Kansas City, to stay-at-home momma-hood, and ultimately, to this blog. One year later, this place – our little corner of the Internet – is even cooler than we could have imagined. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been doing this – […]
“The wealthy do it … and the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers … In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. […]
“Sure, I can do snacks.” The thought was simple enough: I’ll sign up to help coordinate the snack schedule and, perhaps, volunteer to make the run to pick up the t-shirts for my son’s t-ball team. “Not a problem,” I said silently, responding to the email in a flurry of clacking key activity and hitting […]
My son started walking this summer, and what I’ve noticed most in this early toddler phase (besides his ability to place himself in danger every 0.2 seconds) is how happy walking makes him. He’s so delighted to be able to explore the world on his own two feet, discovering everything from fallen tree limbs outside […]
I remember the first time I heard the phrase “Holy Yoga.” I had no idea what to expect. My only thought was that it seemed like a weird, oxymoronic phrase – I mean, isn’t yoga kind of spiritual, anyway? What makes Holy Yoga different? Whenever I think about trying something new, I do my research […]
Every Wednesday, I wake up giddy to start my day knowing that I get to go to my weekly “oasis”: The Overland Park Farmer’s Market! I love supporting and getting to know local farmers, buying fresh produce, meeting up with friends, watching my kids dance to the live music or run through the water fountain and […]
My husband and I have three kids. We love our growing family, but we dread the first six weeks with a newborn every time. We are so thankful for our sweet babes, but the days are still dark. During The Dark Days, there is no difference between day and night; being sleep deprived is an […]
Thanks to the relatively mild summer we’ve had so far, we’ve had the opportunity to visit the Kansas City Zoo several times. My son, Charlie, is almost two and we’ve finally reached the age where he “gets it” — as soon as he sees his first animal, he runs from exhibit to exhibit signing and […]
“Are you crying again?” my husband asks. I reply, “NO!” as I desperately try to stop the sobs and tears rolling down my face. I was simply staring out the sliding glass doors in my kitchen as I washed them – doors I’ve looked out every day for the past 6 years. The images of the many […]
It’s true. Children believe that the world does, in fact, revolve around them. Such innocent self-centeredness stems from this limited period in their lives when they are fully catered to, their needs are met without request or explanation, and virtually all of life’s problems can be solved with a blanket warm from the dryer, some […]
Before I had kids, there were a million things I SWORE I would never do. You know how it goes … “When I have kids, I will never (insert that thing you will never do here).” I said I would never spank. I have spanked. I said I would never give them junk food. They […]
My husband arranged for me to take a much-needed trip to Chicago to visit a girlfriend over the 4th of July weekend. I was beyond excited! I cherish my time with my family more than anything, but I was ecstatic to sleep in, lay out in the sun, shop, eat, etc. without my little “shadows” […]
I just came in from the garden. Meaning, I literally just walked in the door minutes ago, took off my dirt-clad shoes, and came up to my office to write this post (I’ll spare you a photo of the dirt under my nails and the mosquito bites on my legs, but trust me, I’m a […]
When was the last time you took your kids to their favorite water park or indoor play area (complete with inflatables, slides and obstacle courses) and didn’t think to yourself, “man, I wish I could get in on some of that fun?” I don’t know about you, but that kind of fun ALWAYS looks like a […]
Each summer, we try to take at least one road trip to explore life outside of the metro area – preferably far enough away to require a hotel stay because in hotels, people clean for you! This year we loaded up the car, including a screaming six-week-old and traveled three hours north to Omaha, Nebraska. In the four […]
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