Work life has been pretty tough over the past month. It has been full of deadlines…and unfortunately work life has spilled over into home life.
After the girls have gone to bed, I’ve sat in bed working on a laptop and even putting in a few hours on the weekend. The deadlines have mostly been met, so tonight I was enjoying getting dinner ready. I was relaxed. I had some music playing, a glass of wine beside me, and the girls were playing contently. Ah….peace.
Suddenly, beside me appeared my youngest. I looked down and said, “What’s up sweetie?” She looked at me, started coughing, and then vomited all over my feet and the surrounding floor. (more…)
When my big girl gets really excited to learn about something, I love to dive right in with her. I find it thrilling to explore with her and watch the learning through her eyes. So a few weeks ago she came home all excited about salmon, I knew I wanted her to understand the life cycle of the salmon, but I also wanted her to learn about the important role of salmon in Native American culture here in the Pacific Northwest, where salmon not only serve as nourishment, but they are also honored. (more…)
You may have heard that Seattle got a bit of snow in mid-January. As forecasts and news reports were made, we started getting calls from our relatives on the east coast wondering how we were surviving the snow storm.
For Seattle, it was a lot of snow – about 4-6 inches. For me, as an east coast native, it did not seem like a lot.
I remember, as a child in the early 80’s, seeing lots of snow in the winter and even walking to school in it. Heck, I was living in Boston for the 1997 April Fool’s Day Blizzard – now that was what I call snow!
I don’t want to poke too much fun at the Seattle snowstorm, because 1) then I wouldn’t be writing this post, and 2) there were people who lost power – some up to a week – during the storm. The issue is that, since these storms are not typical weather out here, the City of Seattle is not equipped to deal with the (more…)
Wild blackberries in Seattle, WA
Now that the girls are asleep, I am sitting at the computer downloading pictures off my camera. I haven’t done this in a while, so there are a lot…and I have found some pictures that have inspired this post. The pictures put a smile on my face as I recalled memories of this summer, but summers passed as well.
This post is about blackberries (not the smartphone, the fruit!) Blackberries grow wild in the summer in so many places in Seattle…in your backyard, on a fence in an alley, along leafy vegetated edges on the Burke Gilman Trail, and even at our neighborhood playground…which brings me to my story. (more…)
We recently made our way back to Dili from Seattle—logging nearly 20 flying hours and two full travel days. It was exhausting, but somehow easier now that the little ones are almost four.
They understand that flying is part of a journey and are usually pretty excited about the destination. They love checking out the airport scene, observing other travellers and befriending just about everyone they meet, from airport security guards to stern-faced business travelers.
Of course, 20 hours is still a very long time to be confined to a small space—with or without kids. But, it’s not as grueling as it once was. (more…)