• legos are fun
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    Breakfast and Legos

    The summer heat chased us from the apartment early; we were left wandering, in search of breakfast and air conditioning. What we found were legos. Lots and lots of legos. We discovered a new cafe/kids play area dedicated entirely to legos – big duplos for the littles downstairs, and upstairs massive amounts of regular legos. The lego table is in the center of the room, with tables for the parents around the outside. It’s called Wunderkind, if you’re interested, and in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle. Wifi, coffee, air conditioning, snacks (with many healthy options), beer, wine, sweeping views of the cemetary (hey, its actually quite a serene view) – including…

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    A Note to Mom | Listen to Your Mother

    The day before Mother’s Day, thirteen Seattle area writers came together to share their thoughts and observations on motherhood at Seattle’s inaugural production of the Listen to Your Mother show. I was one of those writers. Today, videos of each segment of the show were released. I appeared first, so my clip is up first, but you can keep watching to see the whole show. What an amazing experience. I’m so honored to be included with this amazing group of writers.

  • What your mom wants for mothers day
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    What your mom wants for Mothers Day

    * She wants the handmade crafts – the pictures, the paintings, the little sculptures, the handprints, the inedible breakfast – But the coffee, she wants the coffee to be good, so if you haven’t mastered that skill yet, step aside * She wants to laugh without peeing her pants * She wants her great aunt’s ring back that you tried on because it was sparkly but then lost somewhere in your bedroom * She wants you to clean your room * She wants some privacy in the bathroom * She wants you to know that loves hearing you say mom, or mama, or mommy, or mumum or whatever it is…

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    How to deal with disappointment

    I know that one of my jobs as a parent is to teach her how to deal with disappointment – but not like this; this isn’t what I had in mind. We should be working on learning how to gracefully accept that she gets what she gets for dinner, and not necessarily a doughnut. We should be working on accepting the fact that she’s not getting a pony for her birthday. We should be working on understanding that all fun activities end eventually, and when the playdate is over, we need to gracefully go home. Instead, we had to cancel our vacation last minute because I came down with influenza. She…

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    Gem’s Gems 2014 Wrapup

    My kid says some funny stuff, and every year I post a round-up of some of her best lines. enjoy.  Ambition G: I can be anything I want when I grow up? Me: Sure, what do you want to be? G: A unicorn Me: wanna watch a movie? G: No. I must rule the world. Me: you talk about being a princess a lot. do you ever think about being an engineer or a teacher? G: Princesses never lie to their mommies thus endeth the career counseling session g: “I’m gonna be a kid for a long time?” me: “yep, you are going to be a kid for a long…

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    Outside looking in: a flash-forward peek at my future in parenting

    My daughter recently competed in her first chess tournament. I was more nervous than she was. She’s only 5, and I worried about sportsmanship, I worried about whether she would have fun. I worried about whether she would get bored, or scared. She was just excited that she would get to play chess: Five games of chess  – with other kids. And trophies! She wanted one of those trophies. So we got up at the butt-crack of too early to get up on a Saturday morning, and still had to run to school to get there in time to check-in, because, of course, late check-in means forfeiting the first game. So,…

  • Gem's first day of Kindergarten | CoffeeJitters
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    First Day of Kindergarten

    Twas the night before Kindergarten, and all through the house, everyone was so nervous and excited (or nervicited as Pinky Pie would say) they couldn’t sleep. Hair was washed and braided so it would be easy to brush in the morning. The outfit was selected and laid out. Backpack was packed, again. Extra stories before bed. Lots of talking about what school would be like. Toes tickled, forehead kissed, little girl all tucked in… but she just couldn’t sleep.  “I’m starting to think morning isn’t ever going to come,” she said after getting up the fourth time to see if it was time to get ready for school yet. I was…