Canning with the Kids

Sep 17, 2014 by

We are pick-your-own fruit junkies in my house. Strawberries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, apples…we love them all. There are so many fantastic farms that offer pick-your-own fruits in CT that it’s hard not to get excited about it. The big questions is always…what to do with all the fruit? We eat a ton of it, freeze some for smoothies, but we always save some for one of my favorite family projects: canning!

Being a Childless Teacher…What I Didn’t Know Then

Sep 10, 2014 by

 

Well, we are in week 3 of the new school year over here, and while we’ve had more than a few tears, things seem to be settling down a bit. Being the mother of kids in school is making me think back a lot on my time as a teacher of kids in school, and I’m realizing there are dimensions of teaching that I didn’t totally understand as a childless teacher. Now, don’t get me wrong– I am absolutely not saying teachers aren’t as good at their jobs if they aren’t also parents, but I am saying I feel different about the job now that I’ve seen it from both sides.

First Day of School…For Younger Siblings

Sep 3, 2014 by

During the past week, my older son started kindergarten, and my younger son had his first day of preschool. I work part-time, and I’m extremely fortunate to have my mom and husband care for the boys while I’m working. While this is great, it also means I’ve never really been “childless” while not at work before. I have 2.5 hours this week where I have no plans and no children to care for, and it happens to fall on a day when I’m not at work. I guess now I can catch up on the nearly 6 years of household cleaning and organizing I’ve been ignoring, perhaps!

Having done the “first day of preschool” now two times, I can safely say it’s different with the second kid. I still haven’t decided who has it “better”, the first born or the second born, but I’ve definitively determined it’s not the same show both times. Let’s discuss:

Why You Should Love Fall (or at least consider it)

Aug 27, 2014 by

It has come to my attention recently (ahem, Mom) that not everyone loves fall as much as I do. Apparently, many people prefer summer to fall. Having lived all of my life in New England, which I consider to be the Queen of All Things Fall, this perplexes me. Summer on a Connecticut beach is a wonderful thing, but in general, fall wins every time. Why? Here are a few things to look forward to in the glorious time of autumn in New England:

  • Local apples. Nothing is tastier than a fresh, locally grown apple. My whole family loves apples, and it’s so nice to have a reprieve from the somewhat mushy, sort of flavorless ones shipped in to us during the rest of the year.

    Macouns are a favorite here!

    Macouns are a favorite here!

Back-to-School Gratitude

Aug 20, 2014 by

Summer’s end is clearly in sight. We have been living it up during the last week over here with a fantastic trip to see the grandparents and extended family, complete with a day at the zoo, so many root beer floats, and playtime with cousins. Summer always flies by, but at least this year, we feel like we got as much out of it as is humanly possible. But, inevitably, fall looms ahead.

I’ve seen so much on the internet this summer about how moms feel about their kids going back to school. This blog post, in particular, had me doubled over laughing as I related to many of the author’s sentiments. Then there’s this mom, who brings her own music and dances a good bye to her kiddos every year on the first day of school:

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