Remember last year when Little Red was learning to speak? Boy was I embarassed that he taught a few of his friends the word truck but couldn’t yet make the “tr-” blend and used an “f” instead. When he grew out of it I thought I was free for a while from hearing foul language. […]Read More Language
There’s something really neat about growing up in nature — you develop a connection with the land. Growing up I always had a really strong sense of where our food originated, the importance of reduce-reuse-recycle, and animal protection. I felt very centered in the world and I fully understood that I was a small speck […]Read More Detached
After church today Andrea pulled me aside in the hall. She just had to tell me about class today. “We were talking about feelings and Little Red said, “sometimes Boy Blue is sad and I help Mummy by making him feel better.” ” *** Lately he has also been replying “of course” to most of […]Read More Could he be any cuter?
For those of you not a part of my day-to-day, I won’t make you go back and read April and May to put things together: Aiden is a little boy we babysit in the day while he’s on the waitlist for daycare. He’s been coming since May 1st and I hope we can continue this […]Read More Quick Update for the Casual Observer
We’ve completed an entire round of Phreeley Fridays (as I like to call them, but they are formally known as pajama parties so the kids don’t feel like we’re ditching them for date night.) It was a total success and we have started the rotation again. We celebrated solstice by hosting the mosh pit at […]Read More Where the Wild Things Are
Little Red stood at the top of the stairs one night after bedtime calling Daddy. When Paul came around the corner he saw that the little man had taken off his nighttime diaper (which was still dry) and put his pjs back on. He stood there ceremoniously holding the diaper and announced that he was […]Read More Thee in Transition
I know I go all over the place with my rants on so many ridiculous things about California. I don’t take back any of those things, but I’m compelled to go on the record as saying that there are a lot of things I really like about living here. I’m still not-so-secretly hoping that we’ll […]Read More A Little Piece of Peace
Families are funny things. You see your family at it’s best, worst, and everything inbetween. You know secrets, pet peeves, and things they don’t think you know. And you think — wow, if this family can work, despite everything, then why do so many people give up? I had a post in my head for […]Read More Thoughts on Families
I’m so glad my boys are friends. Really. I love the way they get giddy when they see each other after naptime. I love how much comfort they give each other when they are being babysat. I even love the WWE all over the living room. And although it drives me crazy, I love how […]Read More Time Out!
Friday morning began as a big battle. Each of the boys was in a bit of a funk and I was tired. Little Red kept pushing Boy Blue around, which is very rare, and Boy Blue on his part would over dramatize how unhappy he was. At some point in the morning Boy Blue got […]Read More and the Force was With Us