"This hike would have been so fun if only Corbin hadn't been so grumpy!" "Tonight would have been so perfect if only Isen didn't get so upset about the fireworks!" "Today would have been such a nice day if only the...
Do you ever look at your life and wonder how you ever got to the place you're at? Did you ever dream that motherhood had so many different roles? Caretaker, cook, maid, taxi driver, gardener, financial advisor, nurse, counselor,...
After my husband and I experienced our first miscarriage in October 2010, we hoped that, as one nurse put it later, we had "done our duty" to statistics and now wouldn't have to worry. It was devastating to enter...
Multicolor Play Dough and Ripped-Up Books The first time my sons started grabbing different colors of play dough and smashing them together I had no idea what to do. Do I ask them to keep the colors separate? Do I...
You know labyrinths? Those mazes that aren't actually mazes because they lead you to the center and then back out again? Walking a labyrinth is meant to be meditative, but I have found that simply thinking about them in...
I was in a training the other day and the speaker made a statement that made me think. He was talking about how everything we do in life should be measurable. Goals, actions, thoughts, endeavors, etc. It was a...
I like to think that I maintain a calm and cool exterior at all times, but my three-year-old daughter would disagree. When she recognizes that I'm feeling overstimulated and frazzled, she brings me a fist-sized trinket to put inside...
I'm grieving my kids growing up.  "I made my own peanut butter and jelly sandwich, mom!" "Mom, I'll read a book tonight." "I don't need a ride. I'm going to go with my friends." "Mom, can we register for Driver's Ed soon?" "My advisor...
Social Emotional Learning. You've probably heard of it. It's a major buzzword these days and for good reason. SEL includes learning about our feelings: how to recognize them, how to manage them, and how to notice them in others....
   Disclaimer: I cannot claim to be an expert on thriving as a mom. I know there are situations and circumstances that would make parenting littles significantly harder than it was (is) for me. I also know that with each...
"Mami, put me to sleep again, please?" were the last words I wanted to hear after a long 10-hour workday. We had just gone through the whole bedtime routine--bath, play for 20 minutes, brush teeth, read two books in...
I remember exactly where I was that morning on September 11, 2001. I was getting ready for school when my dad called and told us to turn on the news. We watched as chaos and panic hit. I turned to...
Don’t get me wrong. There have been plenty of occasions during my motherhood journey that a fellow mom has saved me from mom-barrassment. Like that one time another mother informed me that my son threw up in the shopping...
We expect so much from our children. Yes, it's our job to teach them and shape them into adults who function in society. But how often do we expect things of our children that we don't do ourselves? It...

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Guide to December in Albuquerque

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For so many, the start of winter means gathering with friends and family, indulging in our favorite foods, and seemingly endless holiday fun. Read...