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Papoe
Oakland, CA
Michele Brown is a wife of one, mother of two, and in search of something to write about.
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Dress up is in full swing in these parts. Score one for the parents. I knew buying a dress up box for the girls would go over well, but there is always a moment with toddlers where you cannot measure their response. Would they notice that they got a joint... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Papoe
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This year I will buy more syrup. Pancakes made from scratch are lacking deliciousness if there is not enough syrup to go around. I braved the store on New Year’s Eve, grasping a grocery list a mile long, and I checked items off my list, one by one. We were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Papoe
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The Christmas spirit was alive and kicking all weekend. We are still unwinding and catching up on sleep. In the meantime, I give you: Holiday Smiles. Happy holidays! Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Papoe
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All covered with, well...spaghetti. And yes, Aja is finally donning spectacles. At least for five minutes at a time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at Papoe
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"We regret to inform you that we have had a lice exposure." I reread the email and thought, "No fucking way." The girls were not infected, at least not yet, but if the little nits take hold, I have a hard road ahead of me. I think an army of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at Papoe
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Jocelyn: What’s that? Me: A tree skirt. Jocelyn: A tree skirt? Is the tree going to dance? ** We attended the Jack London Square tree lighting ceremony on Friday night. They have a whole assortment of events and entertainment, but we knew that the girls wouldn’t last two hours down... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2011 at Papoe
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Sunday was Baby Liberation Day. The day, two years ago, that our baby girl came home. We explained to Jocelyn that we were celebrating the day that she met her baby sister—the day that she got so excited that she involuntarily pooped her pants. Okay, so she was only a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Papoe
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Jocelyn is perfecting the art of being three. She is not as much interested in the WHY of life as in the WHERE and WHO. “Where you going?” “Who combed your hair?” “Who bring this?” And she is perfecting her defiance—something that takes over her sweet nature when I’m trying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at Papoe
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October kicked off with a little celebration of tourism. Love and tourism. Love and marriage and tourism. And most importantly, no children. Nearly four years ago Khary and I exchanged wedding vows and embarked on the crazy life we live together. Somewhere I have a copy of my vows, where... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Papoe
Aja, You are two years old. You have been two years old for almost a month but I’ve been struggling to say much more because there are not enough words to describe how we got from there to here. The day that you were born floats in my mind like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at Papoe
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Papoe
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1. Load the girls in their strollers and walk to dinner. Ignore the “oh shit” faces of the waitstaff when you ask for a table for four. Swear that you can see the woman’s brain say, “Are you sure you don’t want it To Go?” 2. Stop for ice cream... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at Papoe
Some days I miss when the girls were babies—when they could fit in the crook of my arm and I had to rock and shush them endlessly before they closed their eyes and sucked in a long breath of sleep. But then I am reminded that Jocelyn is now three.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at Papoe
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There was an article on Babble today about finding inspiration for (decorating) a little girl's room. The first photo is quite cute and would be nice for Jocelyn and Aja, especially considering they have a love of giraffes. The rest of the slideshow made me want to vomit, with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at Papoe
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In parenthood you pick your battles, and one thing I have not cared much to fight over is the pacifier. I suppose you can say potty training too, but this is finally happening. It has not been perfected, but it is happening. I just wasn't going to be one of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Papoe
Khary told me last night that he picked up Jocelyn and said to her, “You’re getting so big.” She responded, “I’m fat Daddy.” At three years old, I don’t believe that she understands what this really means or whether being fat or thin is good or bad. I doubt that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Papoe
Jocelyn (speaking to her dolly): We're going to go to the warmers mahket, okay? Me: Jocelyn, what are you going to buy? Jocelyn: We're going to go to the warmers mahket and buy cheese and pizza and wine. I can look back when I'm older and feel content, knowing that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at Papoe
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Moments after my wedding ended and a few stragglers hung around in the reception area I was tackled to the ground by my brother. Restrained by the weight of my wedding dress, I fought to get my legs up and around his feet or waist or neck. Hoots and hollers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at Papoe
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When you run out of stickers it just means that you have to improvise. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Papoe
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Jocelyn and Aja’s daycare has designated today as "Crazy Hair Day." In honor of this special day, I had to share a post that I wrote in March of last year. Since that time I have learned a thing or two, but we continue to struggle (the hair and I).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at Papoe
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Jocelyn doesn't remember a time when she was the only baby in the house, and I'm sure she won't remember meeting Aja for the first time. She was surprised and excited and unsure. She looked at the tiny baby in the carseat and decided she immediately needed to sit in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Papoe
Now that Jocelyn is three and Aja is nearing her two-year mark, I am able to peek through the fog of babydom and find solace in the fact that I will one day soon get my house back. They have ripped down blinds in both the kitchen and the living... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at Papoe
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Birthdays are best celebrated with a bow on your head. Turning three in style. Check! Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2011 at Papoe
Recently I got nostalgic over textbooks. Spending hundreds of dollars on stacks of books that would need to be lugged from class to class, wearing holes in the bottom of my JanSport backpack. Some titles barely had one crack in the spine when I handed it back to be resold... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at Papoe
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Long before having children I discovered Tea Collection, and I fell in designer love. Simple patterns and prints that were feminine but not frilly, and seperates that fit together without feeling matchy-matchy. Jocelyn was born and I kept my eye out for the opportunity to splurge, and I have found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2011 at Papoe