Snowfall in Atlanta

    December 10, 2017
    Snowfall in Atlanta

    On Friday, a winter storm warning made its promise. A heavy sprinkle of fat snowflakes descended quickly from the sky in the morning, beginning a definitive accumulation on lawns and cars and kids at bus stops in a few minutes. We were transfixed on the possibility that it could actually stick around and create all things magic and havoc. It became the biggest surprise snow day because the storm was building fast.  This kind of precipitation is a rarity in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area. In my recent history, our last major…

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  • Johnny and Papa Meet Mama
    Dance / Music Kids↹Festival

    Johnny and Papa Meet Mama

    There is a toddler song called “Johny Johny Yes Papa” that is often an appendage of a nursery rhyme video cluster that my children watch on YouTube through children’s music provider ChuChu TV. The song lyrics detail a short verbal exchange between a child named…

    December 6, 2017
  • Santa in the House
    Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

    Santa in the House

    This year, as last year, Santa Claus is a fun theory in our house, someone to mention in passing conversation, a symbol of something that mommy references to restore some better behavior. Jrue, only four,…

    December 3, 2017
  • 12 Days of Thanksgiving Break (Part 2)

    12 Days of Thanksgiving Break (Part 2)

    When it came to the week of Thanksgiving Break, I was worried about all the wrong things. Clearly, my life is a comedy, and I should have recognized havoc steadily making its advancing approach the previous days. I thought…

    November 30, 2017
  • I'm Thankful for the Bad Things

    I’m Thankful for the Bad Things

    I have pinpointed this year to be full of both personal and professional challenges. For one, determining a conscious level of work-life balance that is satisfactory continues to charge in the direction of near-impossibility, as I find…

    November 22, 2017
  • Shoppers On a Stage
    Dance / Music Kids↹Festival

    Shoppers On a Stage

    This past week, the hubs and I attended our first holiday lunch occasion with Jrue. I, for one, had moderate expectations; I didn’t expect the food to be postcard-worthy, nor did I look forward to…

    November 19, 2017
  • Pete the Cat and Jrue
    Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

    Pete the Cat and Jrue

    During a recent school book drive, my 4-year-old acquired a copy of Eric Litwin’s “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes,” the first book in an ongoing series of children’s narratives revolving the life of fictional Pete the…

    November 15, 2017
  • Tattle Tales and Lies
    Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

    Tattle Tales and Lies

    I hear a knock against Jrue’s bedroom wall followed by a roar of anger. Short silence follows. Then, Jrue appears in my bedroom door as I am calmly folding laundry. “Mommy?” he questions. I am amused at the conversation to follow, but…

    November 8, 2017