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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

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