Coyote Territory

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When your six-year-old admits to you she ‘has too much energy’, you know you’ve got problems. With temps in the 30’s today we broke out of the house and felt the sun on our faces for the first time all year! Emerson trudged around finding treasures and following deer and bunny tracks all over Papa and Gaga’s yard. At one point in our adventure she alerted me that we had entered ‘coyote territory’ and that was reason enough for me to lead the expedition back inside. I’m not sure playing in the snow would be quite as fun if there wasn’t hot chocolate to look forward to…...

‘Tis the Season

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The beginning of Advent this year was marked by another particularly special event which set our hearts and heads leaping into the Christmas season. Emerson wasn’t baptized as a baby and although we couldn’t come to a consensus on where that should take place when she was born, we finally agreed to have it done in the church she attends with her dad. It’s difficult as a mother to feel like an outsider when it comes to our children’s milestones but I keep reminding myself that parenting is less about control and more about letting go. As it turned out, this baptism couldn’t have come at a better time. The holidays can easily...

Halloween 2016

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Happy Halloween! I think I’ve put eyeliner on Emerson more times in the last week than I’ve put on myself in the last 6 months… honestly it’s about the only thing she will let me help her with these days. She woke up Halloween morning and decided at the very last-minute to ditch the Cheetah Girl attire she had laid out in favor of a Dancing Skeleton costume that she assembled on the fly.  I don’t think she could have been any more pleased with herself  for finding a way to wear glow-in-the-dark pajamas to school (her favorite). After school we performed yet another costume change that satisfied my need for something Disney; although, it...

Shooting Star 6th Birthday

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Meet my SIX year old, Emerson! As per birthday guidelines, we began the day with donuts and a birthday serenade by yours truly. Is there a better way? There is not. To make her day extra special, Gaga and I joined her for lunch at school and she goofed off in true Kindergarten fashion… Later that day, her dad joined us for pizza, presents, cake and to watch The Jungle Book because we are obsessed! We ended the day exactly where it started — with a plate of sugary treats, lots of laughs and a sleepy birthday girl. I hope all of her wishes come true this year and that her dreams are just...

Kindergarten Kid

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As of last week, Kindergarten is in full swing! What a difference a year makes — Emerson spent her last week as a five-year old full of confidence and total excitement for the start of a new year. While much has changed at Spirit Lake elementary over the past 25 years, some things have not changed at all… such as Mrs. Hegeman. I never in a million years thought I’d be able to say Emerson and I had the same kindergarten teacher! It fills my mom heart to see her skip down those halls and into her classroom every morning and up to this point I still get a big hug before she leaves me to start her...