Entries Tagged as 'Texas'

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

She Waits Patiently For The Light

“She waits patiently for the light.” –The Hours It’s been dark lately. No sun in what feels like weeks, cold like we don’t usually have here for any sustained periods of time.┬áIt’s uninviting, dreary. I tell Nora and Miles that if there was a bit of snow, I’d push them out into it. We’d go […]

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Tree Shopping With a Three Year Old

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Ten Things I Learned About Sea World

1. If you leave Austin at 8:30 am you’ll make it to Sea World just in time to see the first One Ocean show. And a trip to Sea World really should start with Shamu. 2. Your toddler might believe that the aerialist divers dressed in green reptile costumes for the Azul show are actually […]

Monday, January 7th, 2013

I’m Afraid of Kindergarten

Long before I had to add guns pointed at six year olds to my list of things to fear about sending Nora off to school next year, I started to dread kindergarten. This dread makes no sense, really. I loved school. LOVED it. I’m a teacher. I love learning above most other things. Yet, sending […]

Monday, October 15th, 2012

New Fall {Part I}

Texas fall is new to me each year – a season spent waiting for changes that refuse to occur, of savoring those few cool moments when they finally arrive. Fall here isn’t the fall of my childhood. But, instead of waiting around and hoping for a season that just won’t be, we make new traditions, […]

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012


It’s fall I miss the most. In our year-long summer – with maybe a few days of colder weather thrown in for good measure – I miss the fall. I miss the leaves changing, the brilliant colors lining the roadsides, climbing skyward. I miss the subtle change of color, the creeping in of red and […]

Monday, October 1st, 2012

They Aren’t Tennis Shoes

“I need tennis shoes, Mom,” Nora announced as we were driving to the grocery store today. She was recounting a fall on the playground at school, supposedly caused because she was wearing sandals. “You mean sneakers?” I said. “I need tennis shoes. Like my friends have,” she said. “Sneakers. You don’t play tennis. I call […]

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Thursday Night Lights

I was so excited to be named Tex-Ann teacher of the week today! And Nora was even more excited that we got to sit with the girls at the game tonight. When I told her we were going, and that she’d get to sit up close and personal to the dancers in the sparkly outfits, […]

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Feeling Young, Feeling Old

Today I walked from my old dorm room to my old English building on the UT campus. I sat in a conference room for four hours discussing rhetoric and the pedagogy supporting the teaching of rhetoric to high school students. I read weighty texts about rhetorical analysis, had deep discussions with the two others in […]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Falling for Austin – Summer Fun That Makes Me Love My City

My summer officially starts next Friday, but it has already unofficially begun with the opening of my favorite water activity with toddlers. Now, I love the pool too and I’ll write about my favorite pools when those open and we have a chance to go explore, but as a mom with two young kids, my […]

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