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New Year, Same Me.

New year, same me.

It’s 2021, so here’s a quick ‘oh, hey there!’ for anyone new.

I’m a longtime newspaper reporter turned stay-at-home mom, stepping out from above the fold to do my own thing as a writer. 🤞🏻 What you’ll get from me are stories about places to take kids. Except now with the pandemic and our big move from California to Washington, you’ll also see our endless search for a house, a remodel, cabin life, and all the ways this California girl is settling into the Evergreen State.

Tonya Strickland Mommy Blogger

Suzy School Lessons – They Like Me For Me

Now that you know my story about how I ended up here, I want to share something with you that I’ve been writing, deleting and re-writing again.

I intended to present this blog from my role as a writer. But over the years, something else happened entirely.  People saw me instead. For so long, I was programmed to be the journalist – the objective observer. But now, with this blog, you guys saw that it’s just me here.  Even before I saw it myself.

So I’m stepping into my story now, because, this time, it’s my story to tell.