Happy Halloween, part II

November 6th, 2020

There was no trick or treating for us this year, sadly, but we still got out and about during the day. We met Avery’s BFF and some other Brandeis families for a socially distant pumpkin carving party, and Zoe joined a few friends for a Halloween potluck in the park.

It was unlike any Halloween we’ve ever had, but we managed to have fun!



Happy Halloween (COVID style)

October 31st, 2020

COVID may stop trick or treating – but not our celebrating!


Overheard (shelter-in-place edition)

October 24th, 2020

Our house isn’t that big, and with the four of us working and taking class via Zoom it’s sometimes a challenge to find a quiet spot. So it wasn’t at all surprising to hear Avery call out from her bedroom recently, “Can you be a little quieter? I’m trying to do math over here!”


Back to the pumpkin patch

October 18th, 2020

As PopPop recently commented on, not even the quarantine can prevent us from making our annual trip(s) to the pumpkin patch! Despite less excitement from the girls, especially Zoe, than in years past, we headed down to Half Moon Bay yet again to pick out and enjoy the pumpkins. (What can I say about our return year after year? It’s one of my favorite traditions!)


The high holidays

September 30th, 2020

The holidays looked different this year, obviously, with everyone at home and unable to go to synagogue. We did, though, tune in to services from the comfort of our home (I admit to kind of liking it; I watched in my robe for one of them!) and break the fast in a socially distant way with friends. And I was so proud of the girls, who without being asked by me or Q, got a little dressed up for Rosh Hashanah – as shown here.


No Cal get-away

September 27th, 2020

Since the four of us can work/go to school anywhere, we took a little break from the city and recently rented a house up near Redding, Calif. There were wildfires in other parts of the state, but the skies were mostly clear for us as we spent five days relaxing, playing games and swimming. We also visited their main landmarks, a pedestrian bridge/art installation called the Sundial Bridge and the nearby Turtle Bay Exploration Park.


Zoe and Zachary for Co-Presidents

September 15th, 2020

The beginning of the school year was a very busy one, with Zoe and her good-friend Zachary campaigning as co-presidents for their school’s student board. They’ve been planning to run together for more than a year, and they met every other week over the summer to come up with their platform and speech.

I was excited and a bit nervous for them – they were competing against two other teams – and also proud and nostalgic. These two have been friends since their first year in preschool! They took it very seriously and worked hard, and our families were thrilled when the votes came in and we found out they won.


Ready for school, part II

September 1st, 2020

I’m a bit late to sharing this, but we captured the girls’ thoughts on the eve of the new (very odd-looking) school year.


Ready for school!

August 24th, 2020

Just as school ended online last year, it will begin online this year. Classes start on Tuesday, and the girls excitedly picked up bags with their laptops, textbooks and other goodies earlier today. They even got a Brandeis-branded mask!

(When I asked Avery if she wanted me to snap a photo of her without a mask, she said no – she wanted to wear it “for sentimental purposes.” Someday I suppose we’ll look back and say, remember when??)


Glamping in Gold Country

August 19th, 2020

To celebrate my birthday late last month we did another NoCal get-away, this time visiting the very cool Nevada City, right in the heart of Gold Country. We went glamping, exploring and swimming (it was our first time to the Yuba River), and we celebrated with Avery’s best friend – who happens to have the same birthday as me!


Keeping busy while stuck inside

August 14th, 2020

The girls were supposed to spend this part of summer at sleep-away camp, but the pandemic thwarted those plans. Though stuck at home, they’ve been pretty good-natured and quite good at keeping busy! They have, admittedly, done a fair amount of watching videos and scrolling through Instagram, but the majority of their time has been spent on other activities. Zoe has done tons of reading, Avery is constantly playing with slime, and they’ve both been making videos and working on soon-due school projects. And they’ve also been creative with other activities, like when they did a blind taste test with staple-type foods (think mayonnaise, lemon juice and pepper) – as in the photo below.


Sheltering in place in Sonoma, part II

August 11th, 2020

A highlight of our trip to Guerneville was swimming and canoeing in the Russian River. (True, we weren’t technically sheltering in place – but we wore masks and generally stayed away from people.) We had been to this particular beach once, when Zoe was super small, but of course she didn’t remember. And though none of us girls (including Maddie, who tagged along with us) weren’t super excited about the canoe part we wound up having a blast. We even extended our rental time to be out on the water a bit longer…


Sheltering in place in Sonoma

August 7th, 2020

Towards the end of July, we sought out some sun and headed about 1 1/2 hours north. Our destination was the small town of Guerneville in Sonoma County, and we sheltered in place in a new place – called Maristella’s Treehouse. We spent five days lounging around, exploring the rural county, and hanging out by the river (photos coming soon); and I took the family to a place I’ve wanted to visit for years. The Armstrong Redwoods Natural Reserve is similar to the more popular John Muir Woods, but better (i.e. less touristy and crowded), and it didn’t disappoint!


A big (COVID-related) wow

August 2nd, 2020

Wow – it’s been a long time since I last posted! I blame COVID, and the fact that despite the days blending together, the summer has gone super fast. (My busy work schedule hasn’t made it easy to carve out time to write, either…)

We’re still here, still sheltering in place (like everyone), still working and playing and trying to differentiate the weekdays from the weekends. The girls have done a few online camps, but have otherwise kept themselves occupied and surprisingly not bored or irritated over staying (mostly) inside. A few fun get-aways probably have also helped – and I’ll share photos of our adventures here soon!



July 3rd, 2020

To me, nothing says summer quite like this pic!