A new friend

February 17th, 2018

After our trip to Chicago (and visit to the American Girl store), Zoe decided that she wanted another doll and, importantly, that she would be willing to spend her own money on it. Her doll of choice, Rebecca, was back-ordered until late February – but we surprised her by placing an order and having it arrive early. Rebecca was waiting for her on her bed the other night, and both girls were pretty excited.

-M

PS- I love that, even though Zoe seems like an older girl in many ways, she’s still into American Girl and still plays make-believe. Hopefully that will last for awhile!

Pretty in pink

February 13th, 2018

The tree outside our front yard has been filled with gorgeous pink flowers for the last few weeks, and I thought it would make the perfect spot for a Valentine’s Day photo with the girls. The kids weren’t really feeling it, though (I got a lot of photos of them shoving each other), but Avery was happy to cooperate on her own.

-M

Strike a pose

February 9th, 2018

Avery’s status as a ham has been long established, but I still had to laugh at a recent after-school activity: While we waited for Zoe to get done with running, she insisted I take her photo while she tried out a series of poses and facial expressions. She even changed up her hair (down, up or braided) and dress (down or tied). We killed a good 10 minutes!

And as for Avery’s favorite look, she told me it was the first (upper left) one. Mine too.

-M

Super Bowl time

February 6th, 2018

Sunday was our annual Super Bowl party, to which we invited lots of new and old friends. In typical Zoe fashion, she kept a list of all the kids attending and marked down the time of their arrival; Avery, meanwhile, took her job as my official deviled egg tester very seriously.

-M

A walk after school

February 2nd, 2018

With Zoe at running practice until 5 today, Avery and I had a bit of alone time after school. Not wanting to go home just to return an hour or so later, we wound up taking a long walk (hand-in-hand) around school, stopping to admire the flowers, pick up pine cones and read together. It was a beautiful, spring-like day, and I loved spending uninterrupted time with her.

-M

A note from this blogger

January 26th, 2018

For more than ten years, I posted here every day or every other. Once I started blogging before Zoe was born, it quickly became part of my daily routine – and there was always so much to say or report on.

These days, not so much.

There’s still a lot I could share, but let’s be honest: Photos and stories of older kids are slightly less compelling than those of babies and preschoolers. And, importantly, there doesn’t seem to be as much time in my day for blogging anymore. The older the girls get, the busier I feel: There are days when getting the kids to/from school or other activities, making lunches and dinners, and working with them on homework – on top of working, working out, and doing stuff around the house – doesn’t leave much time for extras.

And, so, if you don’t hear from me for longer-than-normal stretches of time, don’t worry. Know that we’re all still out here, doing our thing, and that the girls are happily working on school projects or after-school activities (like running for Zoe). And know that I’ll pop by when I can – to share fun stories or photos or report on parenting and life with a preteen and a (very entertaining) almost-tween.

-M

“But you’re a boy”

January 22nd, 2018

Avery made me laugh the other night when she started talking about a boy in her class. After telling me she thought he might have a crush on her, she sprinted over to where Q was sitting and asked him, “How do you know if a boy likes you?” Q’s response (probably because he was caught off-guard) was: “I don’t know…” “But you’re a boy!” Avery replied impatiently.

-M

Little readers

January 19th, 2018

I walked into the living room to this cute scene the other afternoon. “Look, we’re reading together – you should take our picture,” Avery said to me. And so I did.

-M

Four girls and a mouse

January 17th, 2018

It was high drama here at the house when some field mice recently decided to take residence. (We first spotted a mouse before our Hawaii trip and  thought we had the problem  taken care of, but several others made an appearance last weekend.) We wound up sequestering one in the girls’ playroom and we decided to capture and release it; luckily good friends came over and helped us out.

I love this photo of the girls and our friends victoriously marching down our street with the mouse, which wasn’t easy to catch. What happened next was super sad (let’s just say a big crow was involved and the kids got a lesson in nature’s food chain) but they were pretty happy for awhile!

-M

Back to the track

January 15th, 2018

Dating back to when Zoe was a baby, we’ve gone to the race track to celebrate Q’s birthday. We went again last week; here are a few pics.

-M

Boys

January 13th, 2018

Avery, at the age of eight, has made an important discovery about the opposite sex.

“You know what’s really annoying?” she asked me after school yesterday. “Boys.” And, after a pause (but without explanation), “boys this age are so immature.”

I had to smile.

-M

Landmark project

January 11th, 2018

As mentioned earlier, Avery has been hard at work on her landmark project. (Before winter break she was assigned and asked to prepare a poster-board presentation on a San Francisco spot; hers is the Ferry Building.) She recently finished and posed proudly for her dad.

-M

Party ready

January 9th, 2018

Last weekend, Zoe and a few friends attended the bat mitzvah of a classmate’s sister. It’s the first of many in their future (in seventh grade there’s a bat or bar mitzvah practically every weekend), and I loved seeing them all dressed up – and looking so big.

-M

Hawaii, then & now

January 7th, 2018

Two last things from Hawaii (I promise!): A family shot we took on another favorite spot on the island – compared to the same shot two years ago.

-M

Aloha, part V

January 5th, 2018

Our last batch of trip photos come from our last days on the Island. On Christmas Day, we hopped in the car and went on an 11-hour road trip around the island. Among our stops: a coffee farm/museum (one of the few businesses open), a black sand beach and the volcano national park. And the following day, spent at a new hotel, was all about lounging around and looking at beautiful things. (What better things to do on a vacation?)

-M