Rachel Turiel

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: sanjuandrive@frontier.net

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

Mothers’ playgroup bonded friends for life

Five years ago, I shuffled tentatively into Durango’s Family Center to attend the playgroup for parents with children younger than 6 months old. The new mamas sat in a circle, nursing our...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Ex-preemie pedals past 'normal kid' milestone

Last weekend, after a year on his balance bike (genius, European bike with no pedals that teaches balance rather thandependence on training wheels), Col hopped on his two-wheeler and rode down the...

DATE: July 18, 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 shrugs off winter like an outgrown jacket

Dan and I skimmed through some photos from the dark heart of winter recently and found this: Dan knee-deep in powder,carrying a snow-blind, wincing child whose snow pants were riding up, exposing...

DATE: April 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Parenthood a messy, lovely journey not to be traded in

Dan and I - in the divide-and-conquer superhero style that characterizes our nights - get kids to bed and return tofriends swilling drinks at our kitchen table. Beers are refilled, dinner dishes...

DATE: April 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Season's cycle inspires first ride

Winter is melting. It's like a strong, galloping horse that's finally been broken.I spent yesterday morning outside with girlfriends and kids at the skate park, of all places. We're all so starved...

DATE: March 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

An ode to the bulky, funky, 'differentness' of winter

“What do you like about winter?" I asked Dan on our date last weekend.It's easy to contemplate winter when you're crunching through a snowy meadow, icy wind blowing the dust out of your pores.“I...

DATE: March 6, 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

Don't stress over mess: It's proof of gorgeous imaginations

There is a wild party under way on the living room floor.A plastic chicken sits on a wooden grandpa's lap. A polar bear and sled dog play sloppy card games. Two small birdsarrive, one who won't...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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