Dedicated Debaters

I know there’s a little dogsled race going on right now, but our weekend was dominated by debate.  It started Friday night, when Sam’s teammates came over for a cram session before the tournament.  I secretly wondered how much time 13-year-old boys would *actually* spend studying on a weekend, but they were focused: writing speeches, strategizing, researching, and (yes) dreaming. I texted this picture to Clark, … Continue reading Dedicated Debaters

Mohs Nose Woes

Yesterday I had another dermatology appointment about my nose, where a patch of skin cancer was removed over two years ago.  My doctor has been trying to erase all evidence of my surgery – at no cost – ever since.  Yesterday he brought up two final options: another surgery, or microdermabrasion.  Neither come with a guarantee, and both come with risk of actually making things … Continue reading Mohs Nose Woes

Pure Magic

This year the kids received invitations to Hogwarts in their Easter baskets.  Visiting a theme park has never topped our list of dream vacations, but our little Harry Potter maniacs made us rethink our priorities.  At ages 13 and 11, the kids are the perfect mix of old enough, young enough, and tall enough. They’ve been feverishly re-reading the series all year.  They pass time … Continue reading Pure Magic

We Have a Teenager in the House!

Sam is so many things:  middle schooler, soccer fanatic, Harry Potter aficionado, and aspiring YouTuber.  And now we add teenager to that list. I refuse to let this freak me out.  I’ve worked with teens long enough to know that they don’t all turn into eye rolling, surly beasts who despise their parents.  I’ve also been a parent long enough to know that sometimes he’s … Continue reading We Have a Teenager in the House!

Golden Girl

Maggie’s tenth year was mighty special.  She learned to ride a horse, blossomed as a soccer goalie, landed her first sockeye salmon, planted a bountiful garden, and mastered Nestle’s chocolate chip cookie recipe.  She snorkeled and skied, hiked and hunted.  She devoured several book series:  Pegasus, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter (again) were the favorites.  Her top TV shows were Supergirl and Little House on the Prairie – … Continue reading Golden Girl