You are currently browsing category

Parenting Reflections

30 Jul
Max the Lepidopterist and Theo the Fantasist

Max the Lepidopterist and Theo the Fantasist

On our way from Asheville to the Shenandoah National Park, we broke for lunch at your typical roadside fast food joint. We unloaded the kids and began to walk into the restaurant when Max stopped dead in his tracks. Then he broke free of my mommy-parking-lot-handgrip (no small feat) and went racing back to the car yelling and pointing.Before I could scream at him about parking lot safety, he was pulling a dead butterfly out of the grill of my husband’s truck. Awesome. Of course the adults wanted to toss the thing and head in to wash... Read More
19 Jul
What It’s REALLY All About: Stephanie’s Boots on the Ground

What It’s REALLY All About: Stephanie’s Boots on the Ground

While my husband was pondering the metaphysical during our third family trip to Hatteras, I was thinking about things a bit more concretely.Sitting on the beach this year, holding a sleeping infant and watching my four-year olds play and splash, I realized I was thankful for three things:1. Four-year olds don’t eat sand. 2. Four-year olds don’t steal toys from random kids on the beach. 3. Four-year olds don’t wear swim diapers. Next year we will be back in the thick of it when Wes starts shoveling fistfuls of sand into his... Read More
18 Jul
What is the Journey About? Jeremy’s Feeling a Bit Sentimental…

What is the Journey About? Jeremy’s Feeling a Bit Sentimental…

When I was in the fourth or fifth grade my grandfather brought our whole family to Disney World for a reunion of sorts–there were 18 or 19 of us.  The trip was supposed to be a surprise (my grandfather loved surprises) but somebody accidentally spilled the beans and I found out months in advance (my family loved to spill the beans). I looked forward to that trip every day while I was sitting in class and every night as I was laying in bed.  The wild freedom of my childish imagination had kicked into overdrive.  My mind envisioned the... Read More
23 May
Camper Wesley Raises Camping Mojo: Season 4 Opener, West Chester PA

Camper Wesley Raises Camping Mojo: Season 4 Opener, West Chester PA

In the past, my husband has started torturing me in January about our spring and summer travel plans. Booking those trips keeps him occupied through the cold, dark winter months. I thought it might be a bit different this year, what with a baby on the way and a big move on the horizon. Boy, was I wrong. The camping craziness started even earlier and this year the boys were old enough to join in the frenetic conversation about upcoming trips. I found myself questioning my sanity as I packed for last weekend’s trip while simultaneously... Read More
27 Aug
We’ve Come a Long Way Babies: Buttermilk Falls State Park

We’ve Come a Long Way Babies: Buttermilk Falls State Park

Jeremy and I took the boys on their first road trip when they were 10 weeks old. The prospect of a 12 hour car trip down to North Carolina seemed daunting to us for sure. However, the idea of spending our summer sitting in the house changing diapers and wiping up baby puke got us in the car and on the road pretty quickly. We realized early into this parenting journey that babies are babies and toddlers are toddlers no matter where you take them. Whether we are hiking in the mountains or lounging on a beach, an outbreak of whining or fighting... Read More
11 Aug
Oops. I forgot to plan our trip to the Finger Lakes…

Oops. I forgot to plan our trip to the Finger Lakes…

Keuka Lake State Park Jeremy and I have a well-established division of labor when it comes to our camping trips. He obsesses for months and months over campgrounds and reservations and traveling itineraries while I pointedly ignore any specific questions, offering up irritating shoulder shrugs and grunts in response to his frequent overtures. I’m pretty sure I know why I do this. As a working mom, my life is full of schedules and to-do lists. I have very little daily mental ‘down-time’ and I guard it jealously. I just... Read More

Sign up for our newsletter

Pin It on Pinterest