Angela Amman

Joy

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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 [...]

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 [...]

The day I found a leaf

– Posted in: Favorites, Joy, Parenting

I picked it up on the way home from school one morning. Burnt orange was just beginning to trace its way inward, the shape intact, despite the many feet that had walked the same path where it lay. I carried it between my thumb and forefinger, coffee mug in my other hand. The coffee would [...]

Happy Thanksgiving

– Posted in: Joy

I take photos all the time. A certain (much beloved) daughter broke my actual camera, so I take them with my phone until I decide how and with what to replace the broken one. I click and upload to the computer, and I wish I had the time to write down stories to go with [...]

Talismans

– Posted in: Joy

My nightstand is a jumble of treasures. I toss my jewelry there before bed, when I don't remember I'm wearing it until I'm too tired to take seven steps to the closet. A water bottle is a constant, because I've tried using cups, and I spill them. Coloring pages, hair ties, and bobby pins scatter [...]

Turn around

– Posted in: Joy

Even before the snow fell this week, I'd been feeling overwhelmed. My impatience, always lurking in the background, snapped and crackled at anyone in its way. My planner has been sitting, open, in the office, and things are being highlighted. My sense of unease, for once, wasn't particularly connected to having too many things to [...]

Five random things

– Posted in: Joy, Writing & Blogging

Five random things, huh? You can blame Angela for this one (no, I'm not talking to myself... the other Angela.) 1. Artificial sweeteners... I just can't quit you. I have given up diet soda a million times and have crawled back, begging for forgiveness, a million and one. I know it is doing things to my insides [...]

Trick or treat, squirrel style

– Posted in: Joy

He scurried back to his tree the first time we caught him, though we were on the other side of glass windows and just wanted to see the little guy nibbling away at the pie pumpkins still on display from Halloween. By now, he's comfortable enough with us that he calmly goes about his business while we crouch [...]

Joy in spinning

– Posted in: Joy, Parenting

I told them rides made me sick. I was one of the chaperones for the eighth grade field trip, and in that too-soon-to-tell stage of pregnancy. I had tried to maneuver out of the responsibility. I rarely spent so much time away from Abbey, and wandering an amusement park without riding the rides sounded like [...]

When quiet is loud

– Posted in: Joy

My sweet boy, You wore your backpack for almost forty minutes before we had to leave, and even with photos on the porch and double-checked car seat buckles, we were early. Earlier, you shrugged off the shirt I chose and pulled on an old favorite in your beloved green, and I let you wear it [...]