Author: Kriste Stevenson

Marriage on the Sidelines

Soccer season is in full swing.  I didn’t think my daughter would go for it again this year, but she surprised us.  Last year, she was just kind of…vanilla about the whole experience.  She didn’t hate it but she didn’t love it either.  My husband and I were just glad she didn’t ask to quit mid-season.  Color us surprised when she wanted to play again this year. So here we find ourselves, my husband and I, on Monday and Wednesday nights and every Saturday morning: Sitting on the sidelines watching our daughter on the field.  We both lead busy lives.  Most of the time, we’re running in opposite directions.  But soccer has brought us closer.  We’re fortunate that we only have one child so we don’t have to split our time running tons of kids around.  Just our one and only.  It would be easy for one of us to bail while the other stays for the duration.  But we seem to have made a commitment to each other.  We call it our Soccer Dates. We drag a couple of lawn chairs, some sweatshirts and sometimes a blanket and sit and talk to each other.  Neither one of us is on our phones.  We talk about our day and what we have coming up.  We vent about things in our life that are driving us nuts.  We talk about...

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Let’s Go Camping! It Will Be Fun!

Last weekend I spent an overnight at a Girl Scout Camporee with my co-leader and seven 8-year old Brownies. It was our first time together as a troop for the school year and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I had just come off of a vacation week of solid “together time” with my own personal 8-year old.  And by “together time” I mean “up my ass time”.  You know what they say: “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”  I was hoping we were all going to have an awesome time, but I was prepared for...

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Out of My Comfort Zone

Kids have a way of pushing us out of our comfort zones. I found this to be especially true this weekend while on my first visit to an amusement park with my daughter Zoey.  Amusement parks generally aren’t my thing, but summer is halfway over and I felt like we were running short on fun. So when we got a last minute invitation to go to Lake Compounce, I figured we could give it a go. When we got to the park, I realized quickly that this *might* not have been the best idea.  My daughter is not exactly...

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A Musical World

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved going to musicals.  My parents would take me to every single show the local high school drama club put on.  I got to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Hello Dolly!, Mame, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, all before I could really understand what those plays were about.  It didn’t matter. Once the house lights dimmed, it was magic time.  The singing!  The dancing! The costumes! I loved every minute of it.  (It’s probably where I acquired my love of the spotlight.)  Those high school thespians could have been Broadway-level famous for all I knew.  Every once in a while, my parents and I would also go to the Goodspeed Opera House. This led to several trips to the Bushnell and of course to the actual Broadway when I was a little older.  As I’ve grown into adulthood, I still love going to see musicals. For me, the show never ended at curtain call.  There was always a song left in my heart, running through my mind and passing out of my mouth for days after each show.  I can still hear the soundtrack to Les Miserables echoing in my brain (“Master of the House, keeper of the zoo…”).  I even tried my hand at acting in one of the high school musicals when I...

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This is what the truth looks like: Parenting While Clinically Depressed

I have suffered from depression since I was a kid.  I didn’t even know that what I had was an actual “thing”, let alone seek treatment for it, until I was in my late twenties.  Looking back, it all makes sense.  I used to take incredible risks when I was a kid and was never really happy. I never felt satisfied with anything.  Finding help and the right combination of meds has helped immensely. When I became pregnant, my doctor knew enough about my history to “get ahead” of the depression and never took me off my meds for...

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