Mom Moments

Hip Foodie Mom is primarily about food, desserts and recipes but I’ve noticed a number of you are also parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. So I am going to use this page to share thoughts, moments, reflections, recommendations, things I’m learning, the moments when I want to rip my hair out… and, of course, those brilliant mom moments I love and cherish.

  • Quiet Moments. madeline_window | HipFoodieMom.com
     
    When we were little kids, my brother, sister and I would rush into my parents’ bedroom on Sunday mornings and jump into their bed. I would always notice my mother already awake and just laying there, looking up at the ceiling. Thinking. I would always wonder what she was thinking about. And when I was …
  • If I could do it all over again . . . preschool | HipFoodieMom.com
     
    My youngest started pre-school last week. I can’t believe she is almost 3 and going to pre-school. Because I have been home full-time for the past year, Madeline and I have definitely grown closer.
     
    We did the Gymboree play and learn and music classes, we did the walks to the park, the play dates, the weekly …
  • My daughter. The Interior Designer. IMG_8945-1
     
    OK, so if you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m at home full-time now with my two girls. . it’s been great for the most part. We’ve definitely had days where I wasn’t at my best (ie: yelling) and days with temper tantrums (me again; just kidding.) and the girls fighting; which usually means …
  • My Kid is a Yellow Belt. Better Watch Your Back. yellowbelt_HipFoodieMom.com-7
     
     
    I am still so amazed at how much my oldest daughter is growing.  She has always been a shy kid, never did very well in new situations and was always really timid around new people and never really likes any attention on her.
     
    Ever since she started kindergarten and I’ve been home, I feel like she’s …
  • Raising Daughters. sisters_sun_park_HipFoodieMom.com-6
     
    I have two daughters.
     
    Some people say raising girls is harder than raising boys. . . But if you ask me, raising children period is hard work.  True, there are probably some different things you teach them depending on their sex and certainly different talks you have to have as they get older. .   God …
  • Shop. . . Like No One is Watching. customer_in_training-1
     
     
    Now that I am home full-time, I get to go grocery shopping whenever I want to. I usually go during the week (early morning) because it’s less crowded. Or after Madeline’s Gymboree Play & Learn class so we can hit up the awesome deli and food area at Whole Foods for lunch. During the week, I …
  • Amazed with the Melissa and Doug Alphabet Puzzle IMG_4239-1
     
    Madeline and I attend a Gymboree Play and Learn class once a week. She absolutely loves the class and is learning so much! She plays, sings (she actually knows the words to some of the songs) and participates in everything. .  definitely a big change from when we first started the class a few months …
  • You CAN take your kids out to eat! (Seattle Restaurant Week) M_WildGinger_SRW_HipFoodieMom.com
     
    So, shortly after I moved here to Seattle, people told me about Seattle Restaurant Week. One glorious week in Seattle, where over 150+ fabulous restaurants participate, and you can eat 3-course lunches for $15 and 3-course dinners for $28. 3-courses for $15/$28?! Isn’t that awesome? Well, I knew this was my chance to check out a …
  • Sisters. Everyone Needs Them. sisters_HipFoodieMom.com
     
    Sisters.
     
    I can’t imagine what my life would be like without my sister.
     
    I love that my girls are old enough now to play together. Sometimes they have fun and can play together for almost an hour. Sometimes, they are fighting, screaming, both tugging at the same toy/doll/purse/whatever and I have to intervene and play referee. But …
  • Monkey See. Monkey Do. IMG_7366-1
     
    The little one copies whatever she sees her big sister doing. It’s cute. She follows her around everywhere. A lot of times, she’s just following her, not even knowing why she’s doing it. Hiding with her sister when I say “Bath time!” or getting really excited when we’re talking just because she sees her sister …
  • Bonding Over Udon. udon
     
    So, this week will be interesting. Here in WA, at least this is how our school district works, the elementary schools shorten the school day for an entire week (and no school on Friday) for parent/teacher conferences. How awesome is that? I mean, it’s so important to the school that the parents and teachers meet …
  • Letting Go and Relaxing. 530225_10152107682850582_1816385550_n-1
     
    If I don’t write something down, I will forget it. I blame this on parenthood and the kids. And I’m usually rushing and running late so this doesn’t help things either. Of all things, I always seem to forget Madeline’s shoes. It’s so bad that I leave an extra pair of shoes in my car …
  • Making New Friends IMG_3989-5
     
    When we moved the Washington, not only was I worried about adjusting to our new city, home, the weather etc but I was probably the most worried about my oldest daughter, Phoebe, adjusting and making new friends. She is young, yes, but making new friends and adapting to a new life/home/school/& people is hard at …
  • Amazed with #2. IMG_8313-2
     
    Madeline is my second daughter. I love her little (well, BIG) personality. Her smiles. Her laugh. Her loud voice. Her fearless approach to everything. The fact that she is a people person, yes, at age 1 1/2, I can already tell. She says hello and good-bye to everyone. Everyone we see. Even dogs. When she …
  • Buying Useless Stuff. IMG_3919-36
     
    Useless stuff. It’s all over our house. Everywhere. In every room. Tucked away in every corner. Stuffed in every drawer or bin we have here in the house. Stuff that we bought the kids. Some are souvenirs from places we’ve visited. Other stuff is just junk we’ve collected over the years. And most of it …
  • Bribery. Parenting at its Finest. IMG_3777-20
     
    Bribery. We all do it. . .  At least, I think we all do. . . OK, I do.
     
    Call it survival, bribery, rewarding good behavior, gently influencing, whatever you want to call it. I try not to abuse it. But it’s freakin’ great. It’s brilliant. Works like a charm.
     
    But seriously, I do not abuse it. …
  • Gaining Clarity and Breathing. IMG_3753-1
     
     
    As a mother, I definitely have days where I want to scream (and I do) and either pull all of my hair out and toss my kids out the window. Of course I do not actually do this.
     
    I read something somewhere (maybe Parents magazine) that said, instead of yelling, leave the room. Walk out, take …
  • Too cool for school. IMG_4060-12
     
    I love this age. 1 1/2 to 2. They’re starting to become a little more independent and their personality starts to come through. Madeline walks around with my purses on her shoulder while still raising her little arm so the purse doesn’t fall off. She tries to walk around (or run) in her sister’s plastic …
  • Baby Feet. IMG_4013-4
     
    Feet. Never liked them. Ever. Not even my own.
     
    Growing up, I was always embarrassed by my feet, or my toes I should say. People said I had stair step toes.  .  . so you would rarely catch me in flip flops (unless I absolutely had to wear them) or open toed shoes. And I never got …
  • Rare Moment between Sisters. . . rare_moment
     
    There was a period of time where Paul and I thought we’d only have one child. .  but I kept nagging him and, in time, we were blessed with our second daughter, Madeline.
     
    We both grew up with two siblings. Siblings make life better. I can’t imagine my life without my brother, Jimmy and sister, Grace. …
  • There’s gotta be something in her milk . . . IMG_3794-1
     
    OK, don’t let this super cute face fool you. She’s strong. She’s tough. She’s my crazy one. We all have one right? Lately, she doesn’t know her own strength. .  she’s been breaking things, tearing books apart, hitting me and playfully kicking me when I’m changing her diaper (and sometimes it really hurts!). Hitting her …
  • Elaborate Lunches and Product Recommendation Screen Shot 2012-09-13 at 2.49.20 PMSo, I visited my daughter for lunch today. Today was the first day she was buying lunch and I kind of wanted to see what the set-up was like in the cafeteria, what it would be like and, of course, what food they would be serving, if they had a salad bar etc. Hey, I …
  • Reading. . over and over again. . and again Screen Shot 2012-09-13 at 9.43.56 AM
     
    My daughter Madeline (who will be 2 in a few months!) loves to read. She, also, just like every other kid is obsessed with ELMO and Sesame Street. Hats off to all you moms out there who have never let your kid watch TV until age 2 or 3 or whatever. Sorry, I can’t do …
  • What’s in a Name? Screen Shot 2012-09-13 at 9.47.13 AM 

     
    So, we are one week into Kindergarten and it’s been great . . . Phoebe comes home, has a snack, does her homework (yes, she has homework which I think is awesome!) and we talk. We talk about her day. Who she played with, what they learned, what activities they did. .  and now, she …