Author: Gina Wagner

31 Oct Banff

To celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, Kris and I traveled to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada -- a destination that's long been on our bucket list for its sheer beauty and mountain culture. It's the first time we've traveled together without the kids. No alarm...

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13 Oct 7

She's suddenly doing seven-year-old things. Dancing to popular music. Rolling her eyes. Saying things that stop me in my tracks for their depth and insight. We're reading chapter books as quickly as we can get our hands on them and enjoying the stories together. Little...

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24 May peach pickers

The tradition: The day after school lets out we make a trip to the peach orchard. This year, I underestimated the kids' reach and ability to pick peaches quickly. The result? In less than 30 minutes, they'd picked 29 pounds. We have a lot of work ahead...

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07 May The Patchwork Mother

I'm re-posting an essay I wrote a few years ago for Mama Moderne. It's as true today as it was then, and some recent face-to-face conversations with friends made me realize how many women have complicated relationships with their mothers, and how many have wrapped...

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05 May IKEA hack art station

Lately, the kids' art projects have been taking over the whole house. Everywhere I step, there's evidence of coloring, cutting, gluing, painting, folding. I love it. And I hate it, because it's EVERYWHERE. Marker scribbles on my desk. Scissors on my favorite vintage dresser. Crayons and...

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08 Apr cousins

The kids are so in love.My brother and sister-in-law had a baby boy, Simon, in November and we had the opportunity to travel to Little Rock and meet him for the first time over spring break. Simon made my kids cousins for the first time,...

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