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Author: erinheger_ajpoel

Sweet Summertime

Well, here we are. Time for another Heger family update. Updates are few and far between these days because I am still working out my feelings about how public I should make my kids' lives. I live a pretty public life, and as a parenting writer, that means my children do to an extent as well, though I try to make my writing more about me than them. Still. We millennials are raising a generation that will have online identities created for them before they can even spell their names,...

Escaping in 2018

Well here we are halfway into the second month of 2019 and I'm still reflecting on 2018. Last year was a total whirlwind and ended in such chaos that I feel like I'm still catching my breath. The hectic nature of 2018 was a bit intentional on my part. I was exhausted and depleted at the end of 2017. After a year of what seemed to be never-ending bad news regarding my dad's health, I needed a big distraction. (By the way you can read all about my dad's journey with...

37 Weeks

I am just one giant second pregnancy cliche these days. Here I am nearing the end of this thing and realizing I haven't written much about it at all. With my first, it was weekly bump photos in front of a chalkboard displaying the number of weeks, several posts on this blog for each trimester of pregnancy and then every month for the first year of my son's life. I kept a small pregnancy journal with thoughts, fears and dreams. I'm not even sure where that journal is now. I...

You gave yourself a C

In a high school biology class the teacher once asked us to grade our own projects. This happened to be a project that had little to do with science. We were instructed to make an ABC's of biology book complete with original artwork. I'm not much of an artist, but I remember working on this project for a week straight, staying up late into the night. When it came time to turn the assignment in, I wasn't really sure what kind of grade to give myself. I knew I had worked...

More time

A couple weeks ago I took the dog on a long walk through the bike trail near our home. The world was dark, chilly and quiet as we started out in the street lamp glow. We watched the sun peak over the horizon, and the sky morph from black to gray to purple to orange to a brilliant blue. Or at least I did. I can't be sure what the dog saw except every single rabbit and squirrel on the path. Later in the same week, on another beautiful day, I traveled to...

Living in this space

We moved in April. From one part of suburbia to an even more suberby suberbia. To a house on a street named Sleepy Hollow that we own instead of rent. It has a fenced in yard, and neighbors we've hardly met. There's a beautiful bike trail right down the street that I have yet to discover past three miles. We planted three tomato plants in our small garden. The house is coming along with freshly painted walls, and a long list of projects we are slowly tackling. We have yet to...

Summer

There's so much to like about summer. All the fresh produce, especially tomatoes (my favorite!). Pool days and tan lines. [gallery ids="3188,3173,3177,3225" type="rectangular"] The scent of sunscreen paired with a cold drink. Evenings filled with walks to the park and leisurely bike rides. [gallery ids="3179,3187,3180,3172" type="rectangular"] The farmer's market. Boat rides and days on the lake. [gallery ids="3181,3183,3184,3182" type="rectangular" orderby="rand"] Bare feet on cool hardwood floors. Barbecues and picnics. Longer days and a slower pace. [gallery ids="3186" type="circle" columns="1"] It's the dreamy stuff of childhood. Afternoons in the cool air-conditioned library. Popsicles everyday. Playing outside until the sun goes down, and then chasing fireflies...

Stronger With Time

Swimming lessons. I think that was my favorite part of his first year. His chubby legs splashing in the water. His whole body relaxing into me as we swayed back and forth. He was quiet and calm, completely content to float and glide. While the other kids took their time getting used to the water, Camden didn't once make a fuss. The days were long and hot, but in the water we were both cooler and lighter. It was in those summer days and in that pool that I started to feel...