Trained

I lamented more than once that I doubted Lu would ever be out of diapers. The fits and starts we had! It made me question my ability to be a parent. Before Penny was born Mama Syd scoffed at my claim that I had never dealt with one like Lu before. “You say that...

Tween

When we told the lady at the candy shop that it was Tess’s birthday she asked which birthday it was. “Ten?! Double digits! Wow! Well, that means you’re officially a tween!” My heart leapt straight into my throat and the world pitched because...

So Dak

I used to read in history books about the fighting Italian City States would do and I would be confused. Sure, fighting for over land made sense but over honor? Who’s Saint or town flag was better? I didn’t get it. Now I understand. I love South Dakota. I...

In the Dark

This kid. He is –by far– the pickiest eater we’ve got. He’s gotten to the point where he doesn’t even complain on the nights when he eats only corn. Or rice. Or bread. He also tanks up on the meals he likes so I figure it all evens out....

Smokin’

Birthday talk has become hot and heavy around here. Yes, Tess’s birthday is in a week followed closely by Jac’s, but Gem and Lu are convinced it’s their birthdays that we should be thinking about. Today Lucy assured me that she wanted cake and that...