child loss / friends / grief / loss / patpatforever / personal crap / progress / sisters

Small Graces in Small Places

  It was about a week after Patrick’s death that I chose to stop taking anti-depressants. What I was taking was wiping my mind clean every few minutes and I still have very few memories of the days immediately surrounding that time. I know I was surrounded by friends and flowers and well-wishes, but I … Continue reading

breastfeeding / family / milestones / NorCal / patpatforever / San Francisco / traditions / wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 1st Birthday & 4 Generations at the Nutcracker

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! This weekend was a big one! On Saturday, we celebrated Patrick’s first birthday. (as well as our first Nursiversary!) Living in California means we were still able to have his party outside at a local park that is AWESOME so the kids could enjoy the sunshine and the the trees, despite … Continue reading

cooking / family / food / kids / parenting / progressive parenting / Zen

Finding the Zen: Messy Pancakes

The recent chilly, week-long school holiday prompted my 9 year old son to ask, “Mom? Can we make Messy Pancakes again?” They are his longstanding favorite breakfast food, based on a recipe I discovered years ago and tweaked into one that has become fully our own family tradition- including the name. I grew up on … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Russian River Rendezvous

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!   Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of escaping to the Russian River, which is just a short drive from home, with my sisters and their daughters. I picked the kids up early from school as a special surprise to help beat the heat. It’s finally raining here- hard to think … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! I’m sorry I missed last week! I am between internet providers (and kind of having a hard time, honestly. It happens.) and utilizing the computer-free time at home to tackle some projects and prepare for the impending entourage of birthdays coming; this Wednesday, my oldest son turns 11, two weeks before my … Continue reading