Tag Archives: childhood

I’ve changed my mind about our Elf on the Shelf.

Cole the Elf

Holiday traditions.  Every family has them.  Many are universally celebrated, and some are as unique as the people who celebrate them.  I grew up in a family that cherished our traditions and the holidays took on a certain rhythm of shopping, cooking, travelling, and then ultimately celebrating together. Fast forward to parenthood. The pressure is […]

I’m trying to survive puberty again. This time as a parent.

Surviving puberty the second time.

It all began on a mundane weeknight. She had just played in her first ballgame of the season. Supper was over and she had settled in at the dining room table for a game of chess with her daddy. I was in another room entertaining a puppy and a boy when I heard the drama […]

Ahh the smells of Spring. And manure.

Adams-Briscoe Seed Company

Spring is without a doubt my favorite season of the year.  I love watching the earth come back to life as the snow finally melts away and the grass begins to get green again.  I don’t think that there is a more amazing green than when the trees are budding out and the grass is […]

The biggest lie we tell our children (without saying a word)

Things I learned in 2nd Grade

It has been awhile since I read the book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum.  It was in my pre-parenthood days.  It was so insightful, so refreshing, so inspiring when I read it. Then I had children, and now I have an entirely different perspective as I’m living […]

Thanksgiving Traditions: Dressing vs. Stuffing

Holiday Traditions: Part 1

I love Thanksgiving.   I love everything about Thanksgiving.   I love reflecting on all that we are thankful for.  I love how the house smells.  I love traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation; not just in my family, but all across our wonderful country.   But there is one tradition […]

Buy local. Our sense of community depends on it.

Adams-Briscoe Seed Company

I may not be from Maine, but I did grow up in a small rural town.  One that is not too different from the one that we are raising our children in here in “The County”.  So for those of you that still label me as “from away” – I’m OK with that.  But still […]

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.


Ahh Halloween. Trick-or-treating.  Costumes.  Piles of candy. For some, this is a favorite holiday.  For others, terrifying. When I was a child, I loved coming up with costume ideas and dressing up.  We always had a great time dreaming up our costumes and making them from what we had around the house.  Every now and […]