The Daily B

Storytelling and Misadventures

February 19, 2018

the best kind of chain letter {blog train}

Last Monday, the lovely and talented Sarah Buttenwieser of Standing in the Shadows posted about a blog train, which she hopped on via Cleaver Magazine. She invited me to hitch a ride.The rules of the blog train are simple: on Monday, last week’s riders ...

February 19, 2018

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...

February 19, 2018

file under: strange illnesses I never knew existed

Let me start by saying B is fine. We had a tough week, but she is okay. A little recap: She had been fighting a (seemingly) minor cold virus early in the week. Low fever that came and went and a runny nose. It seemed like...

February 19, 2018

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...

February 19, 2018

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...

February 19, 2018

let the record show

...that today, for the first time in 6 years, 6 months and 15 days, the Wagners went an ENTIRE DAY without anyone crying. Each kid has had his/her own tear-free days, but never simultaneously. Disregard what the baby books tell you. THIS is a milestone...