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sticks and stones, notes from my kids

sticks and stones, notes from my kids
This note speaks for itself. It’s possibly my favorite note I’ve ever read (secretly, of course) from one of my kids. Q- once again reminding me in writing to take a chill pill, calm down, don’t freak out, regroup, take a timeout, read some parenting help books. Remember, sticks and stones… notes from my kids.

sticks and stones, notes from my kidsWhen it comes to the Tooth Fairy, some bit of correspondence must be included. Most of the time the kids want personal information like: what is your name? are you married? or how tall are you? This time F was going along with the rumor that a friend’s friend had gotten an RC car from the Tooth Fairy. Urban legend, my son. He did get three dollars though because it took that darn tooth fairy 3 night to pay up- sheesh! I mean what does a kid have to do to get some good service around here?

sticks and stones, notes from my kids
This is a self portrait of M (at age 6). She doesn’t have bangs, but as you can see- she really wants them really bad.

sticks and stones, notes from my kidsM is not shy about who she has a crush on. She let’s the whole world know, she loves to shout it out- literally. This was found in her backpack, apparently, she has a new muse and his name is Clay… working on getting his number. Kindergarten romance…

See more good parenting moments and kid notes here.

a late valentine


or in other words- Dear mom, You are the best mom ever. You should have an award and this award represents your happiness.

If you’re a parent you know there are some good days- and then plenty not so good days. This little note from my daughter M (6 years old at the time) was left under my pillow… it made my whole day. She worked very hard and carefully on this whole Valentine, making the bracelet, drawing and writing, and packaging it all together, with just a little tying-things-together help from her dad.

Many times over the years I’ve found myself wondering, “who put me in charge? What do I know that qualifies me to be a parent?” Notes like this make me feel like you might be on the right track, succeeding in some respects. So thank you M for the vote of confidence every mother need every now and again.

For some reason, all of my kids are note writers. When the want to express something they write it down and hand in over in the form of a letter. This goes for Santa and the Tooth Fairy as well. Every Christmas and every lost tooth is a chance to correspond with these mysterious characters, and hopefully learn a little bit more about them. Let’s make this ‘letter week’- every day a favorite letter we have found, borrowed or been left behind.

wedding dress- dress up party

Tonight is our 12th annual Book Group Christmas Party. In the past we’ve added a ‘special aspect’ to the December Book Group such as a talent show, most-awesome-$5-gift-you-can-find gift exchange, pot luck dinner (we usually just have host-provided treats every month). Tonight– we wear our wedding dresses. We’ve been laughing about the possibility of such a party for awhile now, but tonight it plays out.

Here we are, October 1991, Los Angeles California, lookin’ so young. I love my mom in this picture, peeking over.
I dug my ‘made-it-myself’ dress out of storage last night to take a look at what has been folded up for 20 years-

BAHAHA! I guess I should still be happy I can still zip it up, or perhaps I’ve always been a bit pudgy- then and now. My kids thought it was hilarious but complimented my sewing skills (thanks ladies for calling it ‘professional’) it did take me months to make.

Then came the daughters turn… Q told me- no offense- but that she would probably not be wearing it when she got married. None taken, it’s a bit yellow and very 1990’s, just wait kids- puffy sleeves will be back sooner than you think. {That black and white dress I have on? A high school Winter Formal dress my mom made for me, I came across it in the same storage bin.}

And all the while, M pulled out her third ‘wiggly’ tooth this week. Pay up Tooth Fairy. Tooth-gap-tooth-gap-tooth-tooth-tooth-gap. Gross, but funny.

All I can say– is time flies. I had a moment while goofing around, when I thought back to the girl I was when I first wore my wedding dress and all of the dreams and aspirations I had of becoming a mother (among other things) and then standing side by side and holding my teenagers, 20 years later, in that same dress, my happy little people- now a reality- all as a result of that wedding day in 1991. Reflecting on life is amazing when moments like these come along.

Check back tomorrow to see how the wedding dress party goes… I can’t wait.