The Sign of a Completely Successful Day

Stella participated in an Art Camp awhile back.  It was basically a days worth of art projects and play. The best part was the paint room, where the children could paint on the wall.  There were balls they could dip in the paint and throw on the wall, or they could paint with brushes or …

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Helping a Child Understand Moving

Our lease is up in June, and we have decided it is time we buy a house.  In our attempt to not impose on family members too much, we have been taking Stella along with us to various open houses. I have been talking to Stella about our move, thinking I was doing a good …

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Climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower (of sorts)

It has been a very mild December, and winter thus far, and Stella and I have taken advantage of every minute of it. Winter here is usually very rainy and dreary, making it hard to go outside and play. Stella is blessed with copious amounts of energy, something that will serve her well in life, …

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Preparing for Christmas and Decorating the Tree

Tree decorating time! One of my favorite Christmas traditions. We have a fake tree, which allows us to skip the tree lots and get straight to decorating.  I admit, I do miss the smell of a real tree (the smell of Christmas), but at this point in our life, the fake tree works. We seem …

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Kicking-off the Holiday Season right: Giving Thanks and having a Cookie Party

The holiday season has started and it is quite enjoyable thus far.  I know the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a bit shorter than average, but I honestly don't mind.  Stella is already super excited for Christmas, so the less time of her wondering and [impatiently] waiting, the better, for all of us. We …

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Climbing the Rope

I enrolled Stella at a new gymnastics school. This school is for the serious gymnast. She is actually starting to do drills, tricks and being tested on her skills. Very serious stuff. One thing they do every week is climb up a rope that goes all the way from the floor to the ceiling. Did …

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Putting Down the Phone and Paying Full Attention

Life is full of distractions, and with the added technology, it is very easy to be pulled in many different directions at one time.  I thought I was doing good, paying attention to where attention was due. Well, until I saw this video: And that is when I saw myself in many of those situations. …

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Soaking Up the Last Days of Summer

We have been blessed - Seattle had a beautiful summer.  Warm weather, lots of sun and very little rain. Stella and I tried to take advantage of every minute of it.  We spent a lot of time outdoors.  I have sandal tan-lines, which to me is a sign of a good summer. Recently, we headed …

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