December 19

Simon had his first chorus concert tonight. Along with more than a hundred other fourth and fifth graders, he’s been practicing once a week before school. The concert was really well done, and I enjoyed it immensely. I also had an unexpected bit of nostalgia as I realized that one of my elementary school Christmas […]

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 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 5

Clara fell down on the playground after school today. Lucky for her she’s got a pretty awesome older brother who picked her up and dusted her off. DPP pics from past years (2006-11 lost to the ether), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

December 4

Simon has become the popcorn maker and the hot chocolate maker in our house. Today he made both, and we’re about to settle in to watch an episode of the Great British Baking Show. Bring it on, cold, blustery day. DPP pics from past years: (2006-11 lost to the ether), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

December 22

This one missed the holiday singalong at school to get two cavities filled. Double whammy! But he did get to watch ESPN, so I think he was okay with it.

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 11

And now we’ve entered a new season and a new sport. Today was Simon’s first basketball game. I love to watch him play, of course, and I also so enjoy the camaraderie of the parents cheering the kids on. Today we were surrounded mostly by fans for our team, but there was one woman behind […]

December 9

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.