Children · Makeup · My Blog · Photography

Tiny Dancer

Taylor always looks so different all dolled up. At 10 years old she doesn't get to wear makeup except for very special occasions and even then it is limited to lipgloss and maybe eyeshadow. After her picture session, for her ballet recital last week, I decided to take a few snaps of her in the… Continue reading Tiny Dancer

Children · My Blog · Parenting · Self-Care

Teaching Consent

Most of Taylor's life I have been sneaking in tiny conversations about consent. This started when she was very young (she is 10 now). The conversations revolved around not being forced to hug friends or family members - for any reason. This was important to me because I wanted to instill that it is okay… Continue reading Teaching Consent

Anxiety · Children · Family · My Blog · Travel

Our Spring

Wowza! The last few months have flown by! So much has happened that I have struggled to keep in touch with everyone. At the end of February I chopped off all of my hair. Taylor has always been very attached to her hair and I wanted to show her that hair not only grows back,… Continue reading Our Spring

Children · Family · My Blog · Self-Care

To be or not to be…

Mother's Day is a very interesting holiday for many. a joyous for those who have mothers who are still living, and they have a good relationship with. a sad reminder that your mother has passed or that you are not in touch with her. a wonderful day that you get to spend with your children… Continue reading To be or not to be…

Anger · Children · My Blog · Parenting

Doing it better than before

This month an interesting parenting situation presented itself. Honestly as a parent we find ourselves in a plethora of situations we would not have anticipated. Taylor keeps us on our toes, constantly challenging us to learn and grow right along with her. This time however, it was someone else who made us consider all sorts… Continue reading Doing it better than before

Camping · Children · Girl Scouts · My Blog

She be campin’

So Taylor is gone this week at Girl Scout 'Ninja Girl' camp. It is her first week-long overnight camp. The day before she left we were looking over her packing list and the camp map. While holding the map she turns and looks at me very straight-faced and says very matter of fact like "You… Continue reading She be campin’

Children · Family · My Blog · Photography · Travel

New England

This August Taylor and I went to New England to visit my folks. It was her first time on an airplane since she was one and a half. Due to how young she was, she really doesn't remember it. Ever since Tay learned that we would be going to visit Papa and Grandma she has… Continue reading New England

Children · Makeup · Travel

Badger Youth Camp 2018

In July Taylor attended her first overnight camp without a family member being a chaperone. She was surrounded by children, away from home and was determined to cause trouble. This is something I always wanted to do when I was a kid. I dreamed of meeting my twin just like in the original Parent Trap… Continue reading Badger Youth Camp 2018

Children · Taylor's Voice

Clouds

You feel as light as air, as free as the waves. A bird flies past, its feathers barely touching your arm. A plane flies above your head, people are watching from down below. As the wind blows you to the city, you feel heavy, though the view is spectacular. You begin to cry, not of… Continue reading Clouds

Children · Complaints · Parenting

Power Struggle

Sometimes I wonder how I will survive this whole parenting 'thing'. Saying it is challenging or difficult is an understatement. While it has more than its fair share of positives, it can be a struggle. Right now my, I mean our, daughter is nine and a half years old. She is smart, kind and creative.… Continue reading Power Struggle