Getting Ready to Retire from Being a Helicopter Mom

I have to be honest, I can be a pretty good helicopter mom, especially when it comes to the playground.  I have probably mentioned before that I come from a long line of female fretters - so it is only natural for me to worry.  When I watch Stella on the playground, I cannot help …

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Taking a Trip to Kansas City to Visit Papa Ronny and Auntie Linda

We recently returned from our annual trip to Kansas City, MO.  My husband is native to Kansas City, so we try to go back once a year to visit Papa Ronny (Michael's father) and Auntie Linda and Uncle John.  We were in Kansas City for 4 days, all of which were jam-packed with fun events …

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Taking the Train to Portland – A First Train Ride

Stella has never taken the train, and since her Bachan (Grandmother) lives in Portland, I figured it was the perfect excuse for a train ride.  I scouted out the schedules, and made the reservation for the Amtrak Cascades all online.  I was pleasantly surprised to find it was very easy to book our trip. We …

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Going For a Ride on Seattle’s New Ferris Wheel – Enter The Great Wheel

Seattle has a new attraction - a big, white, shiny Ferris Wheel.  It is called The Great Wheel.  Stella had been wanting to go for a ride for quite some time, but I had been putting it off.  I had a bad Ferris Wheel experience once (I literally made them stop the ride and let …

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My 4-Year Old is My Personal Trainer

Since I got pregnant many years ago, I have not done much working out.  I have done some walking, and chasing my little one around, but nothing super strenuous or serious.  I also have to admit that lately I have taken the easy way out - watching Stella play while I sit on my bum. …

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A Rainbow Haired Darling – Adding a Little Fun to a Normal Kid’s Cut

Stella was way overdue for a haircut.  Her hair was mid-back and her bangs were in her eyes.  Sometimes I take her to the salon I go to, but other times I take her to a kid's salon not to far from our home (West Seattle Kids Salon), and this time I chose the latter. …

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Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Today Stella is 4 years old! It is hard to believe my little girl is no longer a baby but now a kid.  I love you Stella! Yesterday we had Stella's birthday party.  A handful of kids from her school, along with some of Stella's extended family were there to celebrate her big day. We …

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A Kid in the Kitchen – Helping Mommy Make Breakfast

We had leftover strawberry coulis from the night before, so Stella and I decided to incorporate it into our Sunday breakfast. The menu: whole wheat banana pancakes topped with strawberry sauce. Stella was a terrific help - first she cut the banana and then she made the sauce.  It was a gamble to give a …

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A Trip to the Woodland Park Zoo – Enjoying Some Sun and Warm Weather

Continuing on from our adventure last week, Stella and I also went to the Woodland Park Zoo.  The great part of the Woodland Park Zoo is that we end up seeing something new every time.  I think we have yet to see the whole zoo, so each trip is a new adventure. This trip we …

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