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Adventures in Motherhood

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End of summer brings on melancholy thoughts

September is a 30-day spree of perfection, and each new brushstroke of yellow in the trees is a reminder of how fast it’s slipping away. There are the garden tomatoes that quietly turn from orange...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Multifamily mountain getaway magical for kids, rejuvenating for parents

The sun long ago had slipped behind Silver Mountain by the time the assembled parents got our eight collective children zipped into sleeping bags. Drowsy siblings who just an hour ago were...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Mom's Independence Day is both sweet and sour

Last Sunday morning there were no children rippling my calm waters with the skipping stones of their demands. No oneneeded help finding Baby Bear or getting the excruciatingly funky seam of their...

DATE: July 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

The snail pace of spring is a dandy time to dine on weeds

Spring at 6,512 feet is like taking Amtrak rather than an airplane to your destination.It's a slow, pleasing journey with plenty of station stops at which to peer out a window and notice the...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Family climbs out of ordinary, onto edge of cerulean blue

“I've got a great place to take you guys." Dan says over Sunday breakfast. I'm still making out with my coffee, the kids are building indoor fort XVIXII, and surely it's a crime to be...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Mom finds joy in bond between brother, sister

The kids find each other in the dark of the morning.I lift a sleep-startled ear toward the sounds of squeaky voices carrying on an exchange endemic to two small people whoshare everything from...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

A 2-year-old is a very short comedian

Rose is exactly 2½.What's that like, you ask? It's backwards pants, mismatched shoes, “I've fallen and I can't get up" puddles of despair,and then presto change-o: irrepressible glee over a handful...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Preemie survival tale is full of tears, love and luck

At 25 weeks, when most pregnancies press against elastic waistbands, proclaiming "baby growing here" my amniotic sacinexplicably ruptured. Col's formerly slippery, lush home became a desert, and...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Pint-sized housemates hunt for happiness each fall

This year, the kids understand that Dan is out hunting, though whenever anyone asks us how long Dan will be gone, Col looks thoughtful, like he’s doing a little quadratic calculation on the fly,...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

The foraging family that picks together sticks together

The kids are becoming such good little foragers. They are still young enough that they like the idea of working for the family. Col, 4, climbs any tree he can swing a leg up on, plunking juicy...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Kids teach us to press pause and notice shift of seasons

It's not that fall is exactly here, but it's surely creeping in like a high tide, pushing us toward higher ground while we clutch our sand toys, wondering: Where did summer go? Weren't we just...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Sun, sand and water: Ingredients for a charmed summer

In the summer, we belong to the Junction Creek clan.Entrance into the club is easy: Come bearing buckets, shovels and an affinity for the magical mix of sand, water, rocks and sun. The kids gather...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Young siblings learn and teach in a clumsy, lovely waltz

More than two years ago, with a full-sized newborn lodged in my body, we said "Col will love having a sibling. He's so curious, so interested in things."Yeah, like steam engines and leaky faucets,...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Gathering food makes a 'heartful' out of a 'handful'

There comes a time in every parent's life when errands must be done.Some families have systematized methods involving spreadsheets, dry-erase boards and color-coded calendars. In our house, we know...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

An adult's trash is my son's treasure - including dead bugs

I fear one day my son will be a middle-aged man trolling beaches and parking lots with his long-armed metal detector, certain that just below the surface lies the shiny nail of his dreams.His...

DATE: July 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Call of the wild draws kids at camp

We've been cramming the Subaru with gear so we can snooze under aspens while dealing with ticks and gusts of wind over our tent. I believe it's called camping.It's almost like the old days, when...

DATE: July 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Ax-wielding father deserves my thanks

When Col's cronies come over, they grub through the latest selection of toys, crunch handfuls of pillow-shaped cereal, then politely inquire "Where's Dan?"Like most daddies, Col and Rose's father...

DATE: June 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

With comforting 'lovey' in hand, child's life is just ducky

I looked under the bed, dismantled the couch, pawed through the dirty- laundry pile like a dog digging for a scrap of meat.I scoured the unlikely places - the laptop-sized slot behind the...

DATE: May 31, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

No greeting card can say the truth of Mother's Day

A friendly reminder from way across the Hallmark aisle: Next Sunday is Mother's Day.This holiday was originally envisioned by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the horrors of the Civil War.Howe...

DATE: May 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

When Mama gets sick, child-rearing gets creative

 Spring brought daffodils, influenza and strep throat to our house.Like singing a round where different voices chime in choreographed waves, we were knocked down in symmetrical succession. As soon...

DATE: April 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Stars, sunrises reward early morning club

I don't know what devilish little inkling or misfiring urge nudges my children awake well before the sun has made its slanted debut in the eastern sky.This I do know: It is not a phase, it's a...

DATE: April 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Mama-nurse tells of the sick and listless

If you looked inside my children's bellies to see what they've ingested this last week, it would look something like this: three dusty Cheerios, a splinter of toast and one gallon of liquid "Cherry...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Picky, adventurous: A tale of two eaters

My daughter Rose, 21 months, is an adventurous eater.I'm not sure if this is because she is too young to categorize all green food under the label "vegetable," which, for her 4-year-old brother,...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Children are language machines on little legs

Rose at 18 months is a fountain of language, spouting nouns, pronouns and the occasional verb. These words spill forth constantly, bubbling up from this little brain on wobbly legs, which seems...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

You've come a long way, baby

I was all set to dedicate this column to my first baby, who turns 4 this month.I'd be sniffling my way through those photo albums right now, gawking at the snapshots of me looking hospital-pale and...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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