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…)
As the holidays approach, we asked our World Moms Blog writers to…
“…tell us about a holiday/cultural tradition that you are excited
about sharing with your child(ren) this year.”
Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…
Kyla P’an of Massachusetts, USA writes:
“There are two things I get really excited about each year:
1. setting out our family creche. We add one piece each night until Christmas Eve, saving the baby. On Christmas morning, baby Jesus magically appears and the kids get excited about discovering him there.
2. Advent calendars, my mom has devotedly given me an advent calendar every year of my life for the past 39 years and now she sends them to my kids too…this year we have a chocolate one and a Playmobile one to look forward to.” (more…)
I remember a long time ago, before my wee lad was born, I would notice mothers or pregnant women, and I seemed to notice that there were two types: the ones that were beautiful, elegant and always poised and the other type, who weren’t.
I would think “why don’t they look after themselves?” I mean, how difficult can it be to put on a pair of nice high heels and some mascara?! Why didn’t these women make a little bit of an effort?
There was never a question in my mind what type of mother I was going to be! ( And just in case you were wondering, I was going to be elegant, always wearing clean and freshly ironed clothes, my handbag matching my shoes and so on) (more…)
When I think about the perfect Xmas I think about waking up in the morning and seeing snow outside my window. (I guess I should mention that I am talking about a Norwegian Xmas, where we celebrate on Xmas Eve, not Xmas day.) As a child I enjoyed getting up really early in the morning and going into the living room to see the decorated Xmas tree with its light, and for the first time seeing all the presents underneath it.
Then, I’d spend the rest of the day looking at the presents, just looking. I never touched them or picked them up. I remember, especially, the afternoons when my mother was busy blow drying her hair, whilst I would watch the traditional Disney cartoons on telly. This was my perfect opportunity to look at all the presents. To this day, my parents do not believe me when I say I didn’t touch them, but honestly I didn’t! (more…)