What I’ll Tell Sweet E: We are all Broken and Needy

This subject is hard.  Who wants to admit to being needy?  To being broken?  No one, that’s who.  Yet, we are.  Each and every one of us. Sweet E, my lovely little man, how I love you and your brokenness, your neediness.  Don’t be afraid.  Don’t fear what is uncomfortable to face. When I was […]

What I’ve Learned: Two Years Later

Those of you who joined this site in the beginning days will recall that I had my worries about being a Grandmama, Nana, Nonnie, Mimi…Choochie!  Just over two years have passed since those pre-Sweet E butterflies and, baby, I’m all in. You can read about all that I’ve learned HERE, HERE and HERE. I’ve taken […]

What I’ll Tell Sweet E: Feel It All

My sweet little man, each time I sit down to write what I know, I wonder if I’ll be able to do my emotions justice by my words.  Emotions are the best part of being who we were born to be; they’re the colors we use to draw outside all the lines, baby. You’re going […]

What I’ll Tell Sweet E: Honesty Comes With a Cost

Dear Sweet E, you’re still such a small whippersnapper that I have no idea if you’ve inherited my proclivity for plain talk.  This post will serve you well, if you have. “You’re one of the most honest people I know.” That statement, made by others about me, to me, is a familiar refrain.  The first […]

Leslie Patricelli Board Book Love

When I was an itty bitty, I took a book with me everywhere I went.  Still happens with regularity.  I love me my books, y’all. I want Sweet E to love him his books too.  That’s why I try and buy him the fun ones, the silly ones, the rhymey dancey ones. What follows are […]

What I’ll Tell Sweet E: You Are NOT Your Failures, Losses or Tragedies

When you get to be my age you’ve had your share of failures, losses and tragedies. Some of them may leave scars that never fully close.  Some of them are brought back to you by a seemingly innocuous reminder, years after you thought you had firmly dealt with the pain.  Some of them embarrass, torment, […]

Kids Shenanigans

Y’all know how much I love a Klutz book, right?  See HERE and HERE if you’ve forgotten. Klutz was our go-to publisher of fun-time kids books in the summer or whenever we needed something fun to do.  When I find a book with a title and tagline this great, I gotta buy it: Kids Shenanigans: […]

Fun Indoor/Outdoor Activities for Kids

Need something creative to do with the kiddos indoors on a rainy day? Need something fun to do with the kiddos outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air, after you’re done gardening with them? Need something that will entertain you (as you watch the shenanginas) as much as your younger charges? ~ A gentle reminder: […]

What I’ll Tell Sweet E: Find Your Voice

When I learned to read, you could pretty much find me with a book in my hands from there on out.  Especially if that book had been written by Dr. Seuss.  I was entranced by his lyrical use of seemingly normal words and by his imagination when creating others. It’s with his words that I […]

Weather Experiments Using Common Household Materials

Who doesn’t know a child that is fascinated by the whys and hows of weather?  Even I wonder about the mysteries of our complex climates. If you know a kiddo that’s curious, or you’re looking for something to do with your kids/grandkids that’s not only fun, but expands their grey matter a bit, man, have […]