Angela Amman

Angela

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– Posted in: Guest Posts, Joy

We've been building a lot of LEGO lately. I have two types of LEGO builders, and this smiling little guy is an un-builder and re-builder. He loves his The LEGO Movie sets so much — building, breaking down, and rebuilding. He's asking for my help less and less, even with the complicated sets. As if [...]

Finding unexpected power

– Posted in: challenges, Guest Posts

I can't count how many times we've carried the condor eggs to the top of the mountain, part of the narrative involved in a yoga DVD both my kids adore. This week, when Dylan asked me to actually do yoga instead of just racing around the house and hiding my inflexibility, I said yes. He [...]

Random bits and pieces

– Posted in: challenges

My brain is tired tonight, the good kind of tired where it feels stretched and worked, reaching into corners that haven't been used in a while. I drafted and drafted and drafted some more yesterday, and while the editing might be brutal, it feels good to see "edit" on my to-do lists instead of scribbled [...]

The magical nature of five

– Posted in: Favorites, Joy

Thank you, sweet boy, for not holding it against me that your birthday letter is a week late. Dear Dylan, You asked for frosted sugar cookies, shaped like a bear, and covered in chocolate instead of my go-to vanilla icing. The cookies cooled during bedtime, when you lounged on the rug with your favorite person [...]

Sledding

– Posted in: Parenting

For days, the temperatures danced around the zero degree mark. Undeterred, the kids insisted on playing outside for as long as they could stand it after school — generally about fifteen minutes. I'd sit by the window, pressing my own feet against the heating vent, and watch them sneak bites of snow and toss it into [...]

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 9

– Posted in: Fiction, Writing & Blogging

After a too-long, hiatus, you might want to start at the very beginning... and continue with parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. "So, what are you doing tomorrow night?" Poppy asked, sinking into the seat next to Theo's desk and tossing her phone next to his. He gestured to his ears with a grin, pretending [...]

Structure returns in 3 … 2 … 1

– Posted in: Parenting

We're at the kitchen table, laptop open in front of one of us, winter break worksheets in front of the other. Gingerbread permeates the air between us, the candy-covered houses a final remnant of Christmas. They should be in the refrigerator; they should be in the trash bin. We made them after Christmas, on a [...]

2015 Check-in

– Posted in: Parenting

I haven't finished my Christmas story, and our tree is still shining brightly in the living room, so I shouldn't be surprised that I haven't set intentions for the upcoming year. With a late Thanksgiving and a whirlwind of Abbey's first Nutcracker as a teeny dancer, the holidays galloped by in a haze of packed [...]

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 8

– Posted in: Fiction, Playing with Words

Start at the very beginning... and continue with parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. By Thursday Poppy was digging through Laurel's ribbon stash and plotting how to deliver Dot's gifts. She was rifling through the tissue paper and chatting with Laurel when she heard her friend sigh — loudly. "What?" "I would like to stop talking [...]