Portrait of a grandma

The difference between forgiveness & reconciliation | Such the SpotIn approximately four months my daughter is going to call and tell me that she has been admitted to the hospital. I will not pass go or collect $200 on my way to Southwest.com where I will book myself on the next available flight to Oregon. As I run out the door I will grab my pre-packed suitcase and camera equipment and hope I make it in time to welcome my first grandbaby into this wide and curious world.

Whether I make it or not, one thing is certain: a baby changes everything. My little heart, once removed.

When I was pregnant with my first I was too busy earning the last credits I needed in Economics to worry about what kind of mother I would be. I had a general idea. But now that idea stands like weathered brick, the vines of love and regret and hope all tangled and grown over. This will be different. I suspect that with this baby of the grandest variety, time won’t press but will, instead, pass in incremental coos and smiles and chocolate milk-mustached kisses.

This is the kind of grandma I hope to be:

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Cheesy chicken, corn & green chile pasta bake

It’s about this time of year that my weekly dinner menu starts to sound a bit like a broken record. It’s because I’m a sucker when it comes to baked and bubbly pasta dishes. And since I tend to cook on a seasonal cycle, we don’t have a whole lot of time to enjoy these types of meals here in the desert southwest. With that limitation in mind, I try to cram in as many … Continue reading Cheesy chicken, corn & green chile pasta bake

Best bets for dining, accommodations & activities in Paso Robles

Weekend getaway :: Paso Robles

Special thanks to TravelPaso for hosting our Paso Robles getaway, including accommodations, dining and activities. All opinions shared here reflect my genuine experience. There are certain destinations that every traveler must visit at least once. For instance, is there anybody who argues that sooner than later you’ve simply got to try a hot dog on the streets of New York? Or drink champagne under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel tower? These are the cities expected … Continue reading Weekend getaway :: Paso Robles

Super simple candy-free classroom valentine gift tutorial with a free printable themed tag!

DIY Classroom Valentine :: washi tape bookmarks w/printable

Last week I shared an idea for a super easy classroom valentine gift with a free printable. I’m back today with a second (equally simple) idea for classroom valentine: a washi tape bookmark! Look how cute it is. And so easy, too. Once you get the holes drilled, your child can do this him or herself. Here’s what you’ll need: jumbo popsicle sticks washi tape thin ribbon a drill or hammer & a nail to make … Continue reading DIY Classroom Valentine :: washi tape bookmarks w/printable

Birthday Bonfire Party Ideas | Such the Spot

Bonfire birthday party ideas

Last weekend we threw a party in celebration of Kennedy’s 17th birthday. Of course, she wanted her own space to hang out with her friends and you all know me better than to think I would vacate the house for such an event. Our solution? A birthday bonfire party held in the backyard. Here in Arizona we can do that sort of thing–even in January. In order to pull off a successful event, I thought … Continue reading Bonfire birthday party ideas

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