Gretchen Leigh

Oh burn! | Living with Gleigh

The problem with a beautiful fall day, like it was on Sunday, is one is compelled to work outside. I just wasn't feeling like doing garden work, but I suddenly had the urge to rebuild my campfire pit.

I am mother, hear me roar | Living with Gleigh

This phenomenon became very clear to when my oldest was around three-years old. She just wouldn’t listen. I chalked it up to her age. What toddler listens? Then I put her in preschool

Watermelon season is over | Living with Gleigh

There it waits; mouth wide open begging to be filled like a baby bird needing nourishment. But they ignore its pleas and take care of their own needs while it stays empty, waiting for someone to notice.

I wasn’t disappointed | Living with Gleigh

We squeezed in one last car show this last weekend. I only go to car events for the camping. However, for my husband’s sake, I spent all of Friday sitting next to a gazebo in one of the few patches of grass in the booming town of Long Beach so he could enjoy watching all the cars drive into town

Resistance is futile, you will wake up and be educated

It was a wondrous morning on Monday, the day school started. Of their own volition, my youngest and her friend, who is living with us, with no prompting from me at all, packed their backpacks, laid out their clothes, made breakfast smoothies and put them in the fridge, made lunches and filled water bottles all the night before

Hot spots | Living with Gleigh

I wish I was about to impart some amazing bit of information, like I know the best places for Friday night karaoke, or I’ve pinpointed the greatest hiking trails for different seasons of the year. But no, I’m referring to hot spots around my home.

Reclaiming date nights (and mornings) | Living with Gleigh

We’ve been reorganizing our house these last three weeks or so. My youngest daughter’s friend moved in with us and we’ve flipped rooms around to accommodate her. The final outcome has been an unexpected thrill even if the process was stressful. I’m not one of those people who enjoy the journey more than the destination.

Reclaiming date nights amid chaos | Living with Gleigh

We’ve been reorganizing our house these last three weeks or so. My youngest daughter’s friend moved in with us and we’ve flipped rooms around to accommodate her. The final outcome has been an unexpected thrill even if the process was stressful. I’m not one of those people who enjoy the journey more than the destination

Twenty seven dollars in my pocket | Living with Gleigh

I have my house back! After the uproar of flipping the bedrooms and my office/craft room around the last couple weeks, I have finally settled my living space and taken my house back.

In my husband’s world, all is well | Living with Gleigh

My whole house has been turned on end as we prepare to welcome my youngest daughter’s best friend into our home to live with us during their senior year.

Maybe I shouldn’t have told them | Living with Gleigh

I’ve been lamenting my children haven’t been camping with us in a couple years. I’ve missed them.

Remember when our children didn’t know where we were? | Living with Gleigh

When I was growing up, I didn’t always know where my parents were. I’m beginning to rethink society’s parental penchant to know where our kids are 24/7. It’s not just about us keeping track of them, it’s also about their ability to find us in an instant

I probably won’t see them the rest of the summer | Living with Gleigh

For years I have been performing the same task every weekday morning of every summer. I have now given it up. I find I really don’t seem to care and I can’t figure out why it was so important in the first place

The circle of life is complete | Living with Gleigh

I took my husband out for Father's Day to the Testy Chef Cafe in Maple Valley. There wasn’t a kid in sight

Who says moms don’t have more fun? | Living with Gleigh

Soon my youngest will be out of school for the summer and it won't matter and I can quit disciplining from my room (as if it's effective)

They already know I love them | Living with Gleigh

I’m a big recorder of memories and I really like to have my two daughters’ personal albums (baby books, school albums) similar to each other. I have this innate fear that if their photo albums aren’t similar they will think I don’t love them as much as their sibling.

You can’t hold back spring fever | Living with Gleigh

The sun has started to make an occasional appearance signaling the end of the school year. However, our kids have been stuck in spring break mode for weeks, meaning they don’t mentally check back into school and homework.

Why moms can’t have nice things | Living with Gleigh

I was vacuuming the carpet the other day, getting ready for Mother’s Day. I’ll be having my mother and my mother-in-law over for a nice luncheon.

Location, location, location | Living with Gleigh

College is kind of a catch 22 for parents. Once you have one kid in, it’s hard to get your head around letting the other one go. Not because they’ll be leaving, but because of the cost.

They don’t need me like they used to

My youngest daughter’s big conventions this year were within a week of each other. Comicon (dressing up – oops, excuse me, “cosplaying” like comic book characters) was the last weekend in March and Sakura-con (dres- uh, cosplaying like anime or Japanese cartoon characters) is always Easter weekend