Monday, December 6, 2021

The Weekend

Candy making with Mama (thanks, Stearns--wish you were here to be in charge of it!) and ornament-making with Daddy. A Christmas parade in the rain (we can watch it from our house, but we have to go down to the sidewalk to get candy--the toddler described it as "a candy party"). And St. Nicholas visited this morning! (The kid was curious and heard me open the door to fill the shoes, catching me in the act.)

Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Weekend

Yesterday was unseasonably warm and beautiful, so after taking the kid for his second covid vaccine (Yay! And he hasn't even had side effects so far!), I took the kids to the park, where we practiced wiffle ball and they played Pooh sticks and enjoyed the playground. Then we got McDonalds as a reward for getting a shot, and then went to Walmart to buy gifts for the kids' teachers--once again, buying gift cards took forever. Note to self: Next time just buy them online. Anyway, the kids of course like looking at toys and when they're not looking, I can sneak a couple of small things in my cart (of course there are also tantrums because they think I'm ignoring their Christmas requests--sigh). 

Today has been quiet and for some reason the boys have been totally happy playing together for most of the day. This is very confusing. Am I no longer needed? (Except for the moment that the kid discovered he was bleeding a lot from his toe after walking around the whole house.) So I watched a show while roasting all of the food in our fridge (and pantry), which is, as Francisco says, my hobby. 

Also, I'm pretty sure that while buying presents for the kids, I've come across as many things for myself as for them (I'm a sucker for gift guides). I keep buying them, figuring that someone will want to give them to me, but Francisco I understand already has his own presents. 

Thursday, December 2, 2021


Earlier this week we did our raking and leaf-jumping. Our tree is a terrible kind (now being identified as invasive, it's a faddish tree from the 80s) and the leaves fall very late, so I raked some of my neighbor's leaves and the kids played there. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021


Mama is tired. And has a cold--so much morning coughing and sinus pressure. 

But it's still the best time of the year, and for that I'm thankful. Actual holidays are not my favorite--extra pressure and stress and the kids are all keyed up. But advent is a season of anticipation. I love it. 

From Amos and Boris, a wonderful story about friendship. 

Our neighbor has wonderful Christmas decorations. The kids are sad that we don't have any, but they will survive. 

Monday, November 29, 2021


Happy Advent--the best time of the year. Lighter from a memorable evening with Sayers in Chicago. 

We had a wonderful time with Stearns and her family. After a long drive yesterday, I'm tired. Easing into the end of the year here.

The clouds this morning were so amazing that I took the kids on a detour over to the dump to get a better view. 

They continued to be amazing all morning. 

Last week and on the drive I've been listening to some academic coaching webinars, which are helpful. They are intelligently focused on work/life balance and on sustained good habits. The most helpful thing for me is to try to apply the lessons to the rest of my life, which struggles more than my work does. 

Also on the drive I listened to some of the fiction podcast of a guy I hung out with for a hot minute 15 years ago (and then remained friends with). Fascinating and entertaining. 

Saturday, November 27, 2021


Today we're thankful for parks, crafts, games, candy-making projects, books, train tracks,  spaghetti squash, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.

Friday, November 26, 2021


Thankful for cousins--for board games and races and singing and play-doh. Stearns is such a good mother. I'm also thankful for creme brulee.

Thursday, November 25, 2021


I'm thankful for my niece and ticklish, giggly, talkative nephews and for children's books.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Today the kid has off, but the toddler has school, so I'm taking a partial work day. (Pray for me! Lots of deep breaths.) This morning we started with hot chocolate and coffee from the coffee shop and walked to my office, where the kid likes to come and play (and watch shows). Brief stop at the library on the way home; some reading to Nana on the ipad. Tomorrow we head out on our Thanksgiving adventure. 

Monday, November 22, 2021


Well that was just what the doctor ordered. 

I saw my therapist today, and she said all kind of reassuring things like I'm being too hard on myself and most people find parenting to be frustrating and that you can like your kids and not like parenting. 

And then, since Francisco is out of town, I had a friend over. We had amazing butternut squash and mushroom lasagna. (You may, and in fact almost certainly do live in a nicer town than we do, but no one has a better caterer than we do.) And she brought a ton of movie snacks, and we set up the kids with kid shows and snacks in the basement and ourselves with a Bollywood movie upstairs. I made brownies and got the good raspberry chocolate ice cream. And we watch a very indulgent half of a movie before it got too close to (our) bedtime. 

A wonderful way to celebrate the holiday break. 

The Weekend

I got my booster Friday; thankfully no adverse effects. Since my workplace is highly vaccinated, I doubt it's "high risk." On the other hand, it does involve a communal living situation. And I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get my family through this next (last?) winter peak and into fully vaccinated status, after which we will be dropping the masks and hitting the nightclubs. 

Saturday morning we had special breakfast--french toast and a little XPN (we're so glad it's online, because we grew to love it on Saturday mornings in Philly). The toddler was transfixed by music, before running off to play with brother. 

Because we'll leave for Christmas and can't have a real tree, Francisco took the boys to Walmart and bought a $22 tall fake one. Then, of course, we had to decorate immediately. I handed the boys the ornaments; they placed them. (I can't believe my kids are old enough to do this.) That did mean that in some cases many matching ornaments were clumped together. The toddler kept saying, now we need to go buy presents! He is excited. 


Other good weekend times included lots of Norse Myths--the toddler's first time through and really among my favorite children's lit. The boys created and put on a little puppet show for us. Lots of Clone Wars cuddled up on the couch. Some family skip-bo. Sunday morning pancakes. 

My anxiety was really spiking this weekend. Holidays? The kid's sickness (now better)? Something I just have to figure out how to live through? Please pray for me. 

Friday, November 19, 2021


This morning, when we pulled up for school drop off, the toddler saw a sign that said, "Car 3" and asked insistently, is that my name? He's not far off. Amazing. 

The quintessential image of me right now in my mind is riding my bike, pulling the bike trailer, into the cold wind.