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Children’s love for insects enchanting – just keep them away from mom

You could chronicle our summer in a pin-board display of insects.First, there were the aphid-eating ladybug larvae that appeared mysteriously and voluminously on our aphid-infested fruit trees the...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

It’s hard to say which is harder – hunting or single parenting

The daddy of this family was last seen Wednesday afternoon, driving off to his secret hunting spot with a handmade yew bow, a dozen arrows, 10 bacon sandwiches, five chocolate bars and a picture...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

August goes along predictably, punctuated by glorious milestones

If you weren’t sure what month it was, you could peek in our kitchen and find me hunched over the latest batch of zucchini cranked out of the garden assembly line. Green and yellow cylinders press...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

You can be prepared when taking the family into the wild

Some camping tips for families.Make a list, check it twice. We have a master packing list for camping that lives on our fridge. It keeps us focused in the scramble to launch four people into the...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

The joy of unstructured summer days something to be savored

We have become disciples of the unstructured summer day. Sometimes the day yawns scarily ahead of us like this chasm of sticky boredom that you could fall into and become too bored and hot to ever...

DATE: July 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

At long last, it’s summer vacation – let the games begin!

After the Friday that Col was sprung from kindergarten with stacks of artwork and a baby food jar of mealworms and darkling beetles, I spent the whole weekend announcing ceremoniously to Dan, today...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Nighttime mission for elusive beads illustrates dad’s heroism

It is way past bedtime. Stars are lighting crooked swaths of sky between ponderosa pine canopies. No one seems to be able to pull themselves from the bright orbit of the campfire to start locating...

DATE: June 18, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Enjoying the gooey love of the kids while they’re serving it up

Col has been staggering around the house lately like a drunk on his last legs calling out, “Mama, I love you sooooo much.”He’s so wistful, so heady with sentiment, it’s like we’re reuniting at...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Things are things, but sometimes they’re worth keeping

We did a Complete Overhaul of our house this weekend, or at least that was the snazzy term we used to get the kids excited about purging half their possessions in our semi-annual decluttering.Col...

DATE: May 28, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Happy birthday to my 4-year-old youngest child and trail partner

Happy birthday, darling Rose Raven. Now you are 4. Four years ago, I was still taking stock of my lower half, confirming that you did not in fact shoot out of my body, as it felt you might, when –...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Mother’s Day happens more than just once a year – it’s daily

“Why is that Mama putting her feet in cereal?” Rose asks.“No Rosie, there’s no cereal in there, she’s just putting her feet into milk.” Col explains.“Oh, right.” The kids are paging through a...

DATE: April 30, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Trips to park were tough; now the park is easy and the answers are tough

It was mid-summer, 3½ years ago, and I was taking the kids to the neighborhood park. Col, then 2½, was perched in our rickety stroller, while Rose, 4 months, was bandaged onto my chest by acres of...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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