Candyland

Candyland Posted by CHEZWHAT on MAY 19, 2015 EDIT   When a 6-year old calls out to you, “Let’s play Candyland!” how do you respond?   Perhaps the most important part of my job these days is saying, “Ok, Candyland, not Uno?” and taking off the gardening gloves or putting down whatever I was in…

Graduating.

reposted after editing. Posted by CHEZWHAT on JUNE 9, 2015  If one is graduating, it’s fairly certain that they have: been asked what they are going to do next been given advice been given more advice, typically based on the advice giver’s experiences or observations Only the treacherous among us offer advice that is not…

what it looked like when…

the problem with showing pictures is that to some people it looks like a nauseating display of “perfect family,”  I can assure you I chose not the easy road in marriage, as I am wont to do.  However, perhaps this proclivity to difficulty has made me that much more appreciative of the small things. this…

Oregon Coast 2015

This summer, for the first time ever, we decided to take one 2 week long camping trip.  I didn’t realize what this was, this camping for 2 weeks thing.  Originally we were going to go to Yellowstone, but for uninteresting reasons, we settled on going down the part of the Oregon Coast we had not…

My next trick…

I have been writing here for 10 years.  See…? Places I have lived and the the first on wordpress… Shameless Adeline, yes her, was a mere babe.  So much life here!  And as I go through it, there is so much change. But I have been wanting to move on.  A decade is a good run….

Half of 2015 in pictures

See this face?  The center of my days, the middle of my schedule, the priority of many of my hours are right here.  Today’s activity? Tea Party, of course.  Because when 6 asks you to her tea party, naturally, we are “Delighted!” Because it is no small thing. She even prepared real tea. In Russia my…

Changing directions, getting muddy and redeeming mess

Not so long ago an educational program was started.  The goals were to have conversations about things dear to the heart, to hear other ideas, to meet other people, to read some different books and have some new thoughts. Unfortunately, the educational program was located a tad far from the home, and so the online…

Diversity

This is a repost from about 10 years ago. Writing 121 was a required course for all undergraduates.  In that class we were assigned to write a paper on Diversity. I didn’t really know what was meant by “diversity”. For some people it means many races, for some it means just black and white, for…

What I know and don’t know

There is a rumor out there that it never sunshines in the Pacific Northwest. It is true in Olympia, Washington. But elsewhere, well, I’ll never tell the truth about that.  Today there was a surprising deluge though.  It was in fact magnificent.  It defied all my attempts at appropriate attire.  The boots were in the…

Getting Credit

Credit cards advertisements really are a study in tremendous irony.  They almost ubiquitously vaunt the amount of freedom that their card will give the cardholder. Which is hilarious and ironic to anyone who ever had to swear off credit cards because they were an absolute albatross around ones neck. The thing any 18 year old…

Love and Logic, natural consequences and limitations on each

Like plenty of moms, in the bucket of my tools to work with my kids figures prominently the Love and Logic way of doing things and the concept of natural consequences.  Letting kids experience the consequence of their strong decision to not wear a coat on a 50 degree day.  Or run downhill in flip…