Forty years ago

July 24th, 2014

When we were in Madison last month my mom brought out some old photo albums for me to look through. Being a sentimental mama and facing a milestone birthday, the photos - especially this one of me and my mom – meant more to me than they used to. I know exactly how my mom (who’s the same age here as I was when I had Zoe) was feeling as she held me, and for that I feel blessed.


“This is really fun”

July 23rd, 2014

After dinner tonight, I asked Zoe if she would help me by bringing the laundry upstairs; not only did she bring it up but (much to my delight), she wound up folding it all. “I’ll do this every day if you want, Mommy,” she told me. “This is really fun.”

Uh, okay.



July 21st, 2014

Speaking of camp, the girls are back where they were last summer. Though Avery’s still at school (her camp is part of the all-year JCC program), she does different enough things that she doesn’t seem to mind being at the same place. And what I love is the summer focus on science; last week alone she learned:

  • how long it takes for butterflies to emerge from the cocoons
  • how a bean grows without soil
  • what happens when you put liquid watercolors in shaving cream
  • whether chocolate chips float or sink when put into cupcake batter (the results were delicious!)

Oh, and as we learned from a batch of photos sent to us on Friday, she’s become pretty good friends with camp-mate Bot the Robot.


Sister time in the afternoons

July 20th, 2014

With all our travel over (at least for a few weeks), the girls have settled into their summer routine: camp and then (except on the days I’m at Stanford) afternoon activities at home. Below was the scene at our house one day last week; it was “dress as an animal” day at Zoe’s camp, which is why she’s wearing wings.


Family shots

July 18th, 2014

For those readers who weren’t there, a few more family pics (from the professional photographer) from Gil and Karin’s wedding.


Spoken like a five-year-old…

July 17th, 2014

If you ask Zoe what she aspires to be, her answer is usually a teacher, a doctor (for people or animals), or a mom. Out of the blue one day Avery offered her thoughts on what she wants to be : “When I grow up I’m going to be a fairy.”


Old buds

July 15th, 2014

It’s been a long time since Zoe has seen Leo, her friend from way back in the first year of preschool. He and his family invited us down to their house for a swim this weekend, and the two of them  (or, actually, the three of them, since Avery was there) had no trouble re-connecting.


Birthday nails

July 13th, 2014

Remember how I said that Avery did a lot of celebrating for her birthday? There was so much going on that we didn’t get her nails done (a tradition I started with Zoe when turned four) – which Q pointed out to me right before our trip. So, not long before we left (better late than never), Avery got a mini mani – with her sister and friend Sophie looking on.


“Why are you just chatting?”

July 12th, 2014

A little story that made me laugh. On one of our last nights at Safta and Pop Pop’s, Q and I put the girls (who were in sleeping bags right outside our room) to bed and went into our room to talk. A few minutes later Zoe called out, “Why are you guys just chatting in there? Shouldn’t you be caring for your two children – your two precious children?”


Fun with Pop Pop

July 11th, 2014

A few more pics of the girls (and Isaac) playing with – or, more accurately, jumping/climbing on top of – Pop Pop…


Celebrating the 4th

July 9th, 2014

Our trip fell over 4th of July, a holiday we celebrated by watching Pop Pop perform with the Redskins band in a Virginia parade, going to a family barbeque, and watching fireworks at night. A very fun and full day!


Cousins in the backyard

July 8th, 2014

These last few weeks have been all about family; less than a week after coming home from Madison, we headed to Maryland for Uncle Gil’s wedding. The wedding was held in the sunny, green backyard of Q’s parents’ (a gorgeous spot), and the girls were happy to pose for a few pics beforehand. (Look how Cousin Isaac has grown!)


Avery’s lawn dance

July 6th, 2014

Last week I shared a few of the girls’ recent performances. In this one, Avery is hamming it up (dancing and singing) on my parents’ lawn.


Sister pics

July 4th, 2014

When we took Avery’s photo (see below), Zoe didn’t want to be left out. So she  jumped on the chair, and I took a few more pics.


Avery then and now

July 3rd, 2014

When we were in Madison, my dad reminisced about Avery’s first trip there, and it gave me the idea of doing a then-and-now post. So here’s the same chair and same girl – five years later.