Tag: Sacramento

  • Practically Five

    Practically Five

    At the zoo, I quickly realized that my family was not going to fit into one car of the train. (File this under “big-family problems.”) After some scrambling, we sorted ourselves into two: Asher and my significant other and I sat in the front car, and Selah took Noah to the second car, where there…

  • Listen to Your Mother Call for Submissions

    Listen to Your Mother Call for Submissions

    Last year, I got to participate in Sacramento’s first Listen to Your Mother live reading. At a Writers Who Wine evening out, Margaret Andrews gave me a little slip of paper saying they were seeking stories about motherhood. I thought, “I could probably bang together something about motherhood.” And I did. On Mother’s Day, 2013,…

  • Rebuttal and Train Museums

    Rebuttal and Train Museums

    In my post entitled, “You Have Your Hands Full,” I said I had had quite a day at the train museum. Let’s back up a bit. Recently, “So You Would Like to Have Three Children” has been widely shared, and the comments have poured in. Many of them are from people sharing their own experiences,…

  • You Have Your Hands Full…

    You Have Your Hands Full…

    Yesterday, I went to the train museum with my children. This really warrants its own blog post, but in the meantime, IT happened. Exhausted (remember, another post is coming), I got to the second-floor area with the toy trains children can play with. I sat down next to another woman, and we watched the kids…

  • Women Gone Wild, Part I

    Women Gone Wild, Part I

    Last weekend,Ā  I took Selah on her first backpacking trip with my dear friend Kelly and her daughter. I’ve always liked backpacking, but this trip was a first for me, too–it was the first time I had been the major planner and carrier of the things, as I had always either been with my parents…

  • Herding Cats

    Herding Cats

    The other night, I had my three kids post in mind. I asked the children if they would like to eat dinner outdoors. I partly did this because the evening weather was beautiful. I mostly did this because it seemed way too hard to convince the three of them to come indoors and clean up…

  • She Needs Groceries: Written Version

    She Needs Groceries: Written Version

    I remember those days clearly. There Iā€™d be, shopping in Target with all of my disposable income, buying something frivolous, like a CD or a new toothbrush when my current one was two and a half months old. And then, bam! My peace would be shattered by a shopping cart full of wailing toddlers. Or…

  • The Fairy Princess Surprise

    The Fairy Princess Surprise

    Dear Noah, I am going to tell you about a certain incident that happened in your babyhood. I want to tell you now, so that we can get proper mileage out of it in years to come. I don’t want your high school graduation or your wedding to be the first time you hear about…

  • She Needs Groceries: Live Reading

    She Needs Groceries: Live Reading

    At long last, they have posted the videos from the 2013 Listen to Your Mother show. Here’s my reading. Enjoy! If you’d rather read the essay yourself or don’t have time for a video, here’s the written version. Thankfully, though the video did not come out in very good quality, Sarah Maren Photographers came through…

  • The Waters Weren’t the Only Ones Raging: Bringing Children to the Water Slide Park

    The Waters Weren’t the Only Ones Raging: Bringing Children to the Water Slide Park

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    I have lived in Sacramento for four years, and never been to Raging Waters Sacramento (or any local theme park, really). There is a reason for this: I hadn’t felt up to dragging a bunch of baby children there. Since my kids are 7, almost 4, and 1, I have had some sort of baby…