1. Of Frogs and Family


    December 25, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    This year it’s KitKat who found The Best Christmas Gift Ever for Aida. It’s a challenge that many years has no winner at all…

  2. A teacher for 22 years


    August 30, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    Aida was waiting and excited, when we picked her up this week for her birthday outing. We’d promised her Spiro’s …
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  3. Get out of the way, Mom


    July 12, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    Isn’t it great when parenting becomes simply getting out of their way? And when you forget, they’ll let you know.

  4. Good and bad hair days


    July 4, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    I’ve had the same hair stylist for almost as long as I’ve had my children. Back then when my stretch …
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  5. Let the pizza lead the way: adapting to circumstances


    June 23, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    Stay home stay safe in a skinny townhouse is an exercise in mental gymnastics and physical navigation, with four full-sized …
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  6. Staying healthy in Seattle


    March 8, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    While Seattle is steeped in COVID-19 panic, Aida’s focus remains laser-sharp on what matters most.

  7. Ma’am, I’m a wrestler


    July 6, 2019 by whirlyjoy

    The firefighters drove up in their big red truck. No flashing lights or sirens blaring, but still an impressive entrance. …
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  8. Year of Wonder


    January 7, 2018 by whirlyjoy

    This summer we officially joined our families by moving in together. We adopted the Wonder Dog to fulfill a promise and overcome some understandable teenage mutiny around sharing a smallish townhouse between four full-sized people.

  9. A Really Excellent Fantasy


    December 1, 2017 by whirlyjoy

    My role then is simply to take awe and delight in watching these gorgeous people grow.

  10. Writing her own life

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    November 10, 2017 by whirlyjoy

    My Dragon Lover and I were sitting up in bed, watching the election results on Tuesday evening, when my iPhone …
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