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Juniper Nichols

"Let it go, let it go!" Ever since my daughters saw Disney's Frozen, hardly a day has gone by without the girls treating the household to Queen Elsa's anthem on infinite loop. With no escape from this song in the foreseeable future, I have taken an extreme measure to restore my sanity: "Let it go" has become my mantra. Maybe I've just been brainwashed by the cultic chant of my burgeoning songstress offspring, but I can't help but see a grain of [...]

Mistake number one: feeding the kids first. I had all the stuff out for my leftover tuna salad lunch of healthful goodness, but what kind of mom eats first while the kids wait around for their PBJ? Answer: the one with enough foresight to eat a little earlier, before the kids are starving. I think you see where I'm going with this. The delightful scent of summer in the form of jam, slicing the chewy seed-strewn bread, kids bouncing at my elbow [...]

My daughters would never know how much I like to build LEGOS with them if I never actually do it. I might have the internal experience of liking the idea, I might tell them that it sounds really fun but I have a million things to do right now. Or, I can decide to take 15 minutes and just do it. Note to self, it doesn't have to take all afternoon! The kindergartener actually said to me, "Everything's more fun when there's a grownup!" Write it [...]

It turns out I'm the kind of person who names their cars. Well, the cars I like, anyway. Three years into my minivan experience, and I can scarcely believe how much I resisted the idea. (First world problems, right?) My previous car was dubbed Polly Priuspants, an homage to Cartman's tea party companion. My Honda Odyssey, keeper of toddler souls, bearer of a fleet of five year olds, has earned the name Nausicaa. The reasons are threefold: Na [...]