My impression of Alec Baldwin doing Trump wasn’t spot on but enough to make my daughter laugh. She knew that Trump had blamed a broken microphone for his poor debate performance. I’d squint my eyes, puff up my mouth, and point a finger at her. “My microphone is broken. She broke it. She and Obama took my microphone to Kenya and broke it. And now … Continue reading Curbing my Child’s Election Anxiety
One advantage of Mother’s Day is a mom gets to do whatever she wants. Want to visit a botanical garden because you’re a plant nerd? A mom can do that. And that’s exactly what I did with my family last Sunday on Mother’s Day. When I was in horticulture school, I worked for a quarter at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. It was a field practicum … Continue reading Mother’s Day at the Bellevue Botanical Garden
I can’t tell you how many times visiting children have come to our house convinced they hate tomatoes. I encourage them to try our tomatoes since we grow them at home and they’re not store-bought. These kids are skeptical. I’ve seen all sorts of silly dramatic faces when they’re about to try our tomatoes. They cringe and go “ew!” and do ridiculous things like only … Continue reading Juliet Tomatoes: Nature’s Candy for Kids
Whether I like it or not, I’m inundated right now with work and visitors. August is always a month of visitors for us because two of my children were born in August and relatives like to come for their birthdays — which for me means cleaning and guests and cake and touring around the region. Writing is out the window (unless you count a bit of … Continue reading A Hectic Vacation
It’s Spring Break time. My children, I have three, had a week off in late April. We used this break to meet my mother and aunt in Tucson, Arizona. It was a bright, loud, active, social time. We yakked on about everything from politics to the name of my daughter’s new doll. We went swimming. Ate pizza. Drank smoothies. Broke up arguments about who’d done … Continue reading Can You Be a Writer and Still Have Kids?