Ode to Oberlin

Wherein a huge parenting win on Mount Oberlin is followed by a huge slap of reality

Memorial Milestones

A mother marks life's changes by the Memorial Day weekend milestone

Our Original Baby

A mother's tribute to her original baby, Ryder the dog

Going to School is Hard!

Skiing is a a luxury, not a life lesson a child needs to survive, a mountain-loving mother admits. But swimming and school? You gotta do both.

Roam

Let me explain the long, wandering road to camperville.

Discovering Your Place

Know the dirt, feel it under your fingernails, get your breath taken away

To Fall or Fly

Smart and stubborn, my daughter held the key to her own ability on two skis this whole time.

A Ski Family— in My Dreams?

In my dreams, we’ll be a ski family four-deep on the quad chair playfully arguing about what run we should ski next.

Not-so-nimble

I have strengths that hopefully overshadow the lack of acute-precision hand movements

New Meanings

If someone were to tell me that they wanted to give me a “ton” of goldfish five years ago, my answer would have been, “Gross. No.” Birds and fish as pets are not my jam.

Why the Pants?

No pants? No problem. That’s how I feel after the never-ending arguments I have with my children

An Ode to Nurses

The Flathead Valley is big, scarcely populated, but still allows for frequent encounters with people I should know, but don’t.

Shared Space

Usually an abrupt change from noise to complete silence is a warning sign

Who Taught You That?

Sugar highs and adrenaline rushes keep the kids awake as we interact with our non-parent friends watching the same scene

Survival of the Fittest

With the introduction of a second child comes the recognition of the changes in parenting.