December 15

There are a lot of reasons to stay in the van for after school pickup (some better than others): too cold, too hot, too lazy, too introverted, too late. But here’s what’s also true:  Friends are the best, and I’m never sorry when I get out of the van. Human connection! Adult conversation! Fresh air […]


December 14

Even though he does something to remind me near-daily, I often forget what a ham Ian is. We enjoyed his dramatic reading of Humphrey’s First Christmas. (Reading a Christmas book was a somewhat posed photo op, but Ian really did read the book–and the expressiveness was all his own. Simon’s costume is also all him.) DPP pics […]


December 13

Natten går tunga fjät rund gård och stuva; kring jord, som sol förlät, skuggorna ruva. Då i vårt mörka hus, stiger med tända ljus, Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia. Natten går stor och stum nu hörs dess vingar i alla tysta rum sus som av vingar. Se, på vår tröskel står vitklädd med ljus i hår […]


December 12

We stayed an hour at the Mill this afternoon, sipping Italian sodas, playing Yahtzee! and not doing homework. DPP pics from past years (2006-11 lost to the ether), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


December 11

Clara likes to hug and kiss her brothers after school. Ian is over it. DPP pics from past years (2006-11 lost to the ether), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


December 10

These two were born four days apart, but that was almost six (!) years ago. Now they’re both in kindergarten, and they can read and write and stuff. It’s too much. I found them hanging around after Christmas program practice grafitti-ing the dry erase board. DPP pics from past years (2006-11 lost to the ether), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


December 9

Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading. –Rainer Maria Rilke I adore my book club. These women (and a few not pictured) are some of the smartest, best people I know. They challenge me and make me laugh, and I look forward to our gathering each month. I do love […]


December 8

We have once again been watching the Great British Baking Show (notice my pic from December 8, 2015), and after school today we decided to have our own contest to determine Star Baker. Would you believe I legit had not just a good time baking with the kids but fun? From 4 pm until almost 7 pm, these […]


December 7

There are a couple of stories we like to tell that succinctly explain the difference between Jason and me. This weekend we added another. On Sunday morning, the kids all piled into our (queen-sized) bed. I was practically delirious with happiness; it filled my cup right up. Everyone agreed there’s not really enough room for […]


December 6

Sigh. Some days are better than others; we’ll just leave it at that. I can’t tell if this was genuine rage or mugging for the camera after–both of those things happened today and in fairly rapid succession. One of Clara’s teachers told me today “she’s a very good advocate for herself.” I’m not sure how […]