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

Movin’ On Up

Another chapter in the book of Time Flies is now complete:  Sam has officially “graduated” from elementary school. His school honored the occasion with two separate ceremonies.  First, there was a program for the Open Optional families, where each 6th grader gave a speech in front of the parents and younger classes.  This was followed by a fun slideshow of students from kindergarten through 6th grade. Two days later we … Continue reading Movin’ On Up

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

St. Paddy Poker Party

This weekend I saw a post on Facebook that went something like this: “When I grew up, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green.  The End.” Luckily I’m able to laugh at myself, because this post is most likely directed at moms like me who like to turn every special occasion into a themed extravaganza. Take our annual St. Paddy Poker Party for example. Perhaps we should rename … Continue reading St. Paddy Poker Party

Tuesdays with Rosie

You know that moment when your daughter kinda sorta thinks she got a horse for Christmas, when in reality she got a JOB helping to care for someone else’s horse?  Yeah. that happened here on Christmas morning: It all started a few months ago when Clark had an epiphany about Maggie:  “She’s a 4-H girl!” he exclaimed.  It’s so true.  How had we not seen it … Continue reading Tuesdays with Rosie

The Aftermath

I’m posting a series articles that I wrote for the Alaska Association of School Librarian’s newsletter about a conference I attended in Minneapolis the week before Thanksgiving. This the last in a three part series about my experience as a first-time attendee at the ALAN Workshop. So now what?  Attending the ALAN workshop was a highlight of my professional career, but how could I ride that … Continue reading The Aftermath