September 21st, 2014

Yesterday was Avery’s first soccer game. She and her teammates have only had three practices and are definitely novices,  but I was really proud of how well they did (and how much they tried). And I was particularly proud that Avery, who sometimes freezes up in new situations, stayed engaged the entire game.



September 19th, 2014

Work has been absolutely nuts (though a good nuts) lately, and there have been days when I come home absolutely wiped out. It was that way yesterday afternoon, and I think Avery – who came up and wrapped her arms around me at one point – sensed it. I thanked her hugging me, to which she replied, “I can never stop my hugs.”


Fun with Grandma & Grandpa

September 18th, 2014

As mentioned, Grandma and Grandpa just stayed with us for a few days. Here are a few pics for their time with the girls…


From pregnancy to kindergarten: How did we get here?

September 17th, 2014

It’s been a few weeks since school started but I couldn’t let more time pass without sharing a Huffington Post piece I came across around the first day. Written as an open letter to “Moms, on the first day of kindergarten,” the mom-blogger wrote:

How did we get here?

We waited and we worried, reading the BabyCenter emails each week that compared our rapidly growing babies to kiwis and oranges…

We cradled impossibly small newborn bottoms in the palms of our hands, cut hospital bracelets from tiny ankles and learned to swaddle little limbs into baby burritos. We winced at each bad latch, and exhaled with each great one. We filled bottles and emptied breasts, measured milliliters into droppers and g-tubes. We pumped and we mixed and we forgot to feed ourselves. We fed our babies with love.

We rocked, we paced, we sang. We woke every three hours, or every three minutes. We shushed and we danced and we dozed. We may have spent more time awake than asleep.

We drove to preschool and playdates. We practiced our goodbyes and perfected our hellos. We caught slippery bodies at swim lessons, and twisted perfect topknots for ballet. We played the tambourine at music class and sang the “Hello, friend” song at Mommy and Me 341 times.

Moms: You rocked and you fed and you soothed and you worried and you taught and you cuddled and you counted the nap time minutes and added up the ounces and marked the passage of time with pictures and gasps and tears.

So as that brave, crazy kindergarten teacher ushers you out tomorrow and closes the door behind you, be proud.

Weeks after Avery’s teacher ushered me out, I still tear up reading this. I may still be emotional about my “baby” being in kindergarten – but, yes, I’m proud too.



September 16th, 2014

I haven’t posted for a few days because we’ve been busy with our guests. Look who was excited to see one of them arrive?


Three mommies

September 13th, 2014

Sometimes it feels like we have three mommies in the house – given how much love and attention the girls give to their various dolls (including Penelope). Here was the scene in our house on Thursday morning.


Second grade and kindergarten – an update

September 12th, 2014

Now that the girls have had three weeks of school under their belts, it seemed like a good time to update readers on how they’re doing. Zoe (no surprise here) took to 2nd grade immediately and seems to quite like the new class, new teachers, etc. New this year is parents having to say good-bye to their students outside of the classroom (versus walking them in and getting them settled, which is the norm in kindergarten ad 1st), but Zoe hasn’t minded saying early good-byes to us at all. A few of the days, Miss Independent even ran far ahead of me and Avery and went into her classroom without much more than a turn of the head and a quick wave.

As for Avery, she seems to be soaking up kindergarten like a sponge. Every day she comes home telling a story from class, or singing a song she learned there – she is more excited and animated about kindergarten than she ever was about any of her preschool classes. She had a tough drop-off the other morning (tears, pleas for me not to leave, etc.), but on every other day she’s bounced away from me and Q happily. And we know how happy she is overall; she told me recently that she was in the “best kindergarten in the whole wide world.”



September 11th, 2014

“I am never talking to my sister, EVER AGAIN,” Avery screamed from her bedroom the other night. I looked at my watch: Her “never” lasted two minutes.


Zoe’s wishes

September 9th, 2014

Zoe also had something on display for Back to School Night – an outline of her wishes for the future, including a hope for a “long and healthy and happy life.” I second that!


Pizza and kindness

September 8th, 2014

Back to School Night – a time to meet the girls’ new teachers and look around their classrooms – was held one night last week. A highlight was in Avery’s classroom, where I saw a drawing that she had made around the idea of kindness. She used as her example of kindness when “my mom takes me out for pizza, because that always makes me feel nice.”

Who knew such a small thing could make such an impression?


Avery the soccer player

September 6th, 2014

Soccer’s a pretty big thing at the girls’ school, and we signed up an eager Avery over the summer. She’s never played soccer, or any group sport, before, but she seems willing to learn! Her first practice was Thursday afternoon, and she was all smiles for the camera.


Big worker girl

September 5th, 2014

As Avery finished up her breakfast this morning, I commented that she’ll soon have two weeks of school under her belt. “You’re a big kindergartener,” I told her proudly. She looked me up and down, thought for a moment, and said, “And you’re a big worker girl!”


“You’re the best parents in the whole wide world”

September 4th, 2014

Today is our 10-year (!) anniversary, and Zoe is particularly excited about it. She made us a little gift and excitedly presented it – along with a card – in a little box she had decorated and wrapped in a bow. The card (which she said came from Avery, too – she just forgot to write her name) was particularly sweet.


“Of course she’ll know”

September 2nd, 2014

On a walk the other day, Avery – who routinely stops to look at/smell any colorful flower or flowery looking weed – asked me how dandelions sprout, since people don’t plant them. I answered honestly that I wasn’t sure, so she suggested we ask Grandma. “Do you think she’ll know?” I asked, to which Avery replied: “Of course she’ll know – she’s your mom.”


Second grade shuffle, part II

September 1st, 2014

And here she is, with Zachary. (Their desks are even next to each other.)