Angela Amman

challenges

Stay connected with myCharge

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of myCharge. All opinions and confessions about my attachment to my phone are my own. On days that go the way I planned, I only hit snooze once. Dragging my tired self from bed, I steal out of the house to the gym, settling my water bottle [...]

Stories and the importance of conversation

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We were fifteen: young enough to need someone’s mom to pick us up at the mall, old enough to know we had to pay for the merchandise shining at us from the shelves. Though none of us had jobs, we all had parents who could — and did — afford to buy our clothes and [...]

Gathering my thoughts

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We sat on the floor and played UNO tonight. This photo isn't from tonight, but the scene has become commonplace this fall, with Abbey at the dance studio two different nights each week and some Sundays. We bring books and UNO and Zingo, and some nights I run out for milk, worrying all the while [...]

Concessions

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Every once in a while, I scratch out a rough plan for keeping the house spotless. Fine, it's more like a rough plan for keeping the house clean on a rotating basis, rooms cleaned in shifts and an uneasy truce with the laundry that can be ruined by a sick day or a week with more [...]

When hair is just hair

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Her fingers twist my hair into braids, each movement so much more confident than they were even a few weeks ago. She's been practicing on Barbies, on her own pigtails, on my hair when we're reading stories before bed. She reaches for hair bands as the braid tapers to an end, wrapping the band around and around. [...]

Let’s banish the dinner prep microphone

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She picks the pink and purple LEGO pieces, even when building from scratch. She'll dig through a pile of bright, primary colors to find the white and gray pieces that fit best with the color scheme of her LEGO Friends pieces, and she doesn't want to store them in the communal LEGO bin. She loves [...]

Easy fixes

– Posted in: challenges, Writing & Blogging

I washed the last pair of bright green soccer socks weeks ago. He loves the brightness of them, and I love that I can see him in an instant, short legs clad in neon and finally understanding that chasing down the ball is more satisfying than waiting for it to come to you. I ran [...]

Under the weather

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He pushes his toys closer and closer to where I sit, nestling into my side. Both of us are sniffly and coughing, fallout from the leaves littering the ground. He's not interested in the emails I have to answer, and he is fine playing with his toys next to me until he remembers the LEGO [...]

Bits and pieces

– Posted in: challenges, Favorites

I coax them out of bed now, but only on school days. They mind autumn's darkness those mornings, as sleepy voices come to life and make choices about breakfasts and snacks for school. Some evenings I pull things together before I tumble into bed, but most nights I run out of time before "make lunches [...]

Painting between the slats

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Ryan has never liked them. Several of the closets in our house are festooned with slatted closet doors. They reek of the 1970s, slick almond paint and ornate handles that hoard their dust and the memories of the lives lived here before ours. During lazy summer days, with an overhead fan whirring, I read piles [...]