Happy the Birthday!

This is what 8 and 6 look like.


December 21

I got to join my second grader for a game and a cup of hot chocolate at school today. And for marshmallows at the bottom of the cup. DPP pics from past years (2006-11 lost to the ether), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


December 17

This is one cool kid. I’m glad he’s still willing to flash a smile for his mom (even if I’m taken aback by how grown up he looks). DPP pics from past years (2006-11 lost to the ether), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


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 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 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 2

Every knight needs a spear. Sir Ian whittled his own. (Also, he was having trouble getting the trajectory right, and when I showed him this photo he said, “Oh! That’s why!” I don’t know what correction he thought to make, but I think we might have a future javelin thrower or mechanical engineer in the […]


December 23

We did our family Christmas Eve traditions on Christmas Eve Eve this year. Tempura (and to make it all the more special, Auntie Brook joined us this year), new jammies for all, and sleeping under the Christmas tree.


December 20

The boys are working on a gift for their cousin Colton (an outline of a truck that he can make string art on). It’s not totally perfect but  because it is made with love.


December 6

The days are dark early and getting colder, but Ian still puts on his “football uniform” every chance he gets. I’m thankful the boys want to get out and seize every last bit of daylight, and I’m okay with putting homework off a little longer so they can run some plays together.