Living naturally, most of the time.

A no-travel, just-us Thanksgiving

This is the second year we haven’t traveled or hosted anyone for Thanksgiving. I’ve been offline all day and want to avoid getting too sucked into a screen, so I’ll just recap in brief, and in photos. Despite designs on waking at 4:30, I ignored my alarm and didn’t get up until my son woke at almost 7. Being so used to watching the sun rise while doing yoga in the family room, it was odd to...

Chords and tears

Today was a day of children singing and playing music, and a day of me crying. At the UU church where got married in 2002 and are these days, at best, sometimes-attendees, today was an all-welcome service designed around Sesame Street songs. I thought about going when I saw the email describing the service, and then, when I learned two of the other five-year-olds in our neighborhood were singing in the choir, I...

The art and joy of saying no

Sometimes it’s important to celebrate the fact that we didn’t do something. I don’t mean harmful or negative stuff, though, yes, it’s good to give yourself a pat on the back when you choose the high road. What I mean is the things I chose not to do because I chose calm instead. Long ago, I earned myself the reputation of trying to do too many things. It’s been an issue at least since high school. It’s not like I...

Big kids are better than babies

“But they’re older now,” I thought, hopefully, as I prepared lunches for an outing to the pumpkin patch for which no friends would be joining us and as I thought about our previous trip two years earlier. Even though I know it’s always more fun for them to have buddies and for me to have a friend to talk to, I hoped my two kids, aged 9.5 and 5, might have a good enough time just the two of them. And indeed,...

What life sounds like now

There’s definitely a soundtrack around my house right now that I want to document. That, and today the kids were off school so I’ve had no time to write but am determined not to skip a day of #NaBloPoMo15! So here’s one of the shorter posts I wanted to be sure to write, to peg this time in our lives, because I’m always surprised how much more fluid things are than I give them credit for, and...

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