Life: Throwing a Low-Waste Birthday Party

We are not a zero-waste family but we are always striving to produce less waste. In our daily life I think we are doing okay though there is of course room for improvement. When I started attempting to make changes to reduce our plastic-usage and our general garbage creation, I noticed one major source of… Continue reading Life: Throwing a Low-Waste Birthday Party

Pearl is 5!

This week our Pearl turned 5! She is feisty and goofy, hilarious and serious. She loves to follow (and enforce) rules. She likes clear boundaries and expectations and so, I hope, will thrive in school this coming fall. She likes being in charge (classic oldest sibling) and is quite competitive. She is a true introvert… Continue reading Pearl is 5!

Pearl is 4!

Our Pearl. She is curious and imaginative and very observant. She loves cars (her chosen party theme) and dinosaurs. She loves playing with her cars and has elaborate worlds built up around her car family (as she calls them). She's very relational in her play and everything is always sorted into families. Pearl loves looking… Continue reading Pearl is 4!

Pearl is 3!

Last weekend we celebrated three years of Pearl. Three years of fun and laughter and tears and growth. Pearl chose "raccoons" as the theme for her birthday party. Those are her raccoon friends, Douglas and Bandit. (And her baby sister.) We had a nice, simple party with family and friends and cupcakes. Pearl is not… Continue reading Pearl is 3!

Advice From a 17-Year-Old

While many of you were enjoying a long weekend or shopping Cyber Monday sales or recovering/celebrating from the Grey Cup, I celebrated my birthday and turned twenty-seven. It was Monday and, well, I'm twenty-seven now, so it was pretty low key. The highlight was my incredibly husband who got up at 3:30 in the morning… Continue reading Advice From a 17-Year-Old