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12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 6

30 Dec

Christmas Thankful Shanon LyonMy birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday.

In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness.

Day 1: Cathy Taylor
Day 2: Sue LaGow
Day 3: Ryan Hylland
Day 4: Jackie Phillips

Day 5: Szaba and Von
Day 6: Shanon Lyon
Day 7: Kerry Colburn
Day 8: Debbie Reber
Day 9: Peter Orullian

Day 10: Christa Charter
Day 11: Steam Crow
Day 12: 1986 State Fair Judging Panel

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Being a Big Sister

10 Apr

Hawaii Hylland ThreeAny parent-to-be can’t help but worry (at least a little) about the great unknown of transitioning from one child to two.

In addition to logistics like sleeping arrangements, meltdown management, and nap juggling, there are the uncertainties of adding another person into the family dynamic.

As one parent explained it, you’re not just adding one child, you’re adding three relationships (mom-kid, dad-kid, and kid-kid). Mind you, that’s in addition to shaking up the three relationships you’ve already established…

But even with all that uncertainty hanging in the ether, my heart sings with the promise of two magical little words:
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2013: An Ode to Friendship

30 Dec

Friends DinnerWhat has the year 2013 meant to you?

For me, it’s been a year of trial and error, acceptance and surprises, joy and friendship.

For my daughter, who turned three, it’s been a flagship year, too.

Who knows what the future will hold...

Who knows what the future will hold…

She began to experiment with being her own person, complete with her own goals and opinions. (Oh, the opinions!) And throughout all these confusing leaps of personhood, it’s heartwarming to see the security she gains from friendship, particularly with her buddy since birth, Noa.

In celebration of the year behind us—and the friends with us through every thrill, challenge, and accomplishment along the way—I give you…

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Make Someone Happy

26 Dec

My Favorite ThingsSure, gifts are nice and all, but how do you really make someone happy?

The GNH formula is a great place to start. That’s “gross national happiness,” as developed by Bhutan King Jigme Singye Wangchuck back in the ’70s.

It’s rather fascinating (see the video below, if you want to know more), but the gist is that:

More money does not equal more happiness. Social, environmental, and economic wellbeing do.

So, how do you do you go about this realistically in your everyday life? Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Thin explains it like this: Continue reading

Kale-Bean-Meatball Soup

10 Oct

Kale-Meatball-Bean-SoupA couple years ago, I posted this super easy (and healthy!) recipe, and after making it this week, I am compelled to post it again. SO GOOD.

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Louis CK … Zen Master?

7 Oct

Louis_CK_ZenMasterAs I mentioned in my post last week, I’m expecting my second child now, which has brought a vast range of emotions, along with a profound appreciation for both the good and the bad of pregnancy … and life in general.

One day, while crying over, oh I don’t know, the way the morning light played upon the smiling face of a grandma and child in the coffee shop and a certain nostalgic briskness in the air (hormones), I texted my friend: “What the hell is wrong with me?”

She pointed me to the following video. Seeing Louis CK and Conan O’Brien staring back at me, I seriously thought she sent me the wrong URL.

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Tradition

26 Sep

RyanJackoLanternWhat tradition marks the beginning of the holiday season for you?

In our house (and now our friends’) it’s coffee. And surprisingly, this tradition has nothing to do with Seattle, but rather Minnesota… by way of Chicago…

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