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

Celebrating Sam

We celebrated 12 years of Sam this summer.  Here’s the annual time capsule summary of this child we love beyond words: He’s pensive.  He soaks in so much of what he hears and observes, and quietly reflects on it for days and weeks. What wit!  What laughter!  His sense of humor is wise beyond his years, yet he still loves potty humor YouTube videos.  Either way, … Continue reading Celebrating Sam

Horse Birthday Party

Another year, another birthday!  Since Maggie cherishes the time she spends at the barn with Rosie, we weren’t surprised when she asked for a horse themed party.  We told her Rosie could be part of the party plan if she kept it small, and she was thrilled.  She invited one friend and the neighbor kids to play on Saturday, and on Sunday morning we stopped at the … Continue reading Horse Birthday Party

Amazing Race 11th Birthday Party

Sam had a hard time picking a party theme for this year’s birthday, and I worried he might be getting too old for that sort of thing.  Luckily a quick Google search for 11-year-old “tween” birthday parties saved the day.  Two ideas came to the top of his list:  Minute-to-Win-It Games or an Amazing Race scavenger hunt.  He picked the Amazing Race (despite never watching … Continue reading Amazing Race 11th Birthday Party

Puppy Dog Birthday: A Perfect Paw-ty Theme!

Maggie asked for a puppy-themed 9th birthday party.  My initial reaction was, “Aren’t you a little old for that?”  But in my quest to be a less-controlling mother, I let it go and agreed that a puppy party was a brilliant idea.  As usual, when I let my children take the lead on things like this (you know, things that matter hugely to them yet … Continue reading Puppy Dog Birthday: A Perfect Paw-ty Theme!

Gratitude Day 3: The Gift of Hatcher Pass

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~John Muir, Alaska Days With John Muir, 1915 A few weeks ago I asked my dear friend Nancy, “If we could do anything to celebrate your birthday, what would it be?” It took her a few days to answer honestly, but … Continue reading Gratitude Day 3: The Gift of Hatcher Pass

Stuffed Animal Birthday Party

Yesterday was Maggie’s 8th birthday, and this year she decided on a stuffed animal party theme.  (Legos were a close second, but in the end stuffed animals won.)  She sleeps with a menagerie of furry friends each night, and spends copious amounts of time rearranging them in her room each day, so we weren’t terribly surprised. For the invitation,we gathered all the kids’ stuffed animals … Continue reading Stuffed Animal Birthday Party

Mother Goose Birthday Party

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that beloved books make great birthday party themes.  At the age of two, our two-year-old Maggie was seriously obsessed with one book:  Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose.  And so it was decided:  a nursery-rhyme birthday party! I had fun with the invitation wording: (If you like this invitation, it is available for $10 in my Etsy store.  I will … Continue reading Mother Goose Birthday Party

An Olympic Birthday Party

Last night’s opening ceremonies in Sochi brought back memories of a favorite birthday theme:  the Olympic party.  When Sam turned six he was passionate about both sports and geography.  He especially loved to draw flags, so an Olympic-themed party was a perfect fit. The invitation was simple and bold: (If you like this invitation, it is available for $10 in my Etsy store.  I will … Continue reading An Olympic Birthday Party