All parents learn tricks to survive the years when their children are little… and sometimes it really does take years to get to a place where you don’t feel like you’re in panic mode every second. Or is it that you just get used to panic mode? Regardless, tricks, and not the magic kind, do help. Every parent figures out what works for their family, but sometimes those insights are transferable. Continue reading
Feeling like you should just set up a tent at Target.
Having one child fall on their head while the other pees their pants and the doorbell rings. Continue reading
We just bought a home that was built in 1920. It was dreamy, had character, and was the only one we liked in the time frame available.
We’ve slept in this house a total of three nights and I can’t help but think about how owning an old home is like having children. Here is why: Continue reading
Does your child ever ignore you?
Imagine you ask a question: “do you want milk or orange juice?”
The child, happily playing with her toys, doesn’t answer. Continue reading
When in the ‘window” of opportunity for having children, there is an underlying pressure to know if we’re done or if we should plan for one more. Keep the baby clothes or give them away? Put the crib in storage or Craigslist it? Continue reading
It has been awhile since I’ve posted anything, which makes me sad. My fun uncle called me out on it at a family gathering recently, so hey Uncle Doc, this one’s for you! But, there is reason for my lack of writing. Continue reading
The sippy cup wars rage in my home.
I have purchased SO. MANY. SIPPY. CUPS. and most of them are terrible.
Let me first outline the classic list of problems, so you know what to avoid.
1. Speech Pathologists say that sippy cups can Continue reading
The San Gabriel Valley area has beautiful hikes just minutes away. But, if you have children, hiking can turn from fun, to work. Since we are stubborn (and by that I mean my husband) we kept trying to summit difficult hikes with our kids. But, we are getting old and finally choosing adventures that are more suitable to our children (and becoming more patient with dirt-play every 15 feet). Continue reading
Two and three-year olds have a wide range of emotions that can pull you up and down right along with them. This morning, between my 15-month and three-year-old there may have been five minutes without screaming. It’s a wonder that so many three-year olds make it out alive.
Hike Length: 6 miles round trip; 1900′ elevation gain
San Gabriel Valley hike
This memorial day, we took our one and three-year old on a hike about 30 minutes outside of Pasadena, CA off the Angeles Crest Highway. The route was the Josephine Fire Road to Josephine Peak. We packed PBJ’s with snacks and loaded up the stroller. By the time we finally start driving my husband and I are exhausted from getting everyone and everything out the door and into the car that I wondered if it was worth it.