For something this crazy you bring back the blog

You know that improv maxim “yes, and”? Basically, whatever your fellow improviser says, you have to roll with and add to. This describes Margaret (age 6) and Paul’s (age 4) relationship perfectly. Alone, they sometimes misbehave or talk back, but they’re basically good kids. Together? They’ll ‘yes, and’ each other until your house is a ball of … [Read more...]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thomas and I had formal, dress-up Valentine's plans this year, just...not with eachother. His date was a beautiful blue-eyed blonde: And mine had cool Batman sneakers: Which turned out to be a good choice, because there was a surprise VIP at the Mommy & Me Sweetheart dance: We made crafts, hit the dessert table, and when … [Read more...]

If you had been a…

If I had been a boy, my name would have been Ryan. I have two younger sisters and they had different boy name options. This struck me as odd when I was younger, because if you like a certain name best, won't you always? And, if not, isn't that depressing? Theoretically, it could mean by the time you have your next child, the first child's name is … [Read more...]

My favorite middle child

Our church has Wednesday night youth activities for kids ages 3 and up, so for the past couple of years Margaret has been going and Paul would stay home with mom & dad. The program is wrapping up for the year, plus the new baby will be here any day, so we thought tonight we'd celebrate what might be Paul's last (routine) night of solo attention … [Read more...]

Interview with a 2-year-old

This year was the first time I attempted to get Paul to give his own answers for the get-to-know-me page in our annual Operation Christmas Child boxes instead of doing it for him. It...didn't go so well. Jessica: OK, Paul, what’s your favorite drink? Paul: Milk Jessica: Yes, that’s what Margaret said, but I thought your favorite was … [Read more...]

The princess and the parrot

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