How To Live

My Great Aunt Charlotte died today. Great as defined by the family tree.  Great as defined by humanity. When is the right time to explain death to your kids?  I thought about it for a long time over the last 6-8 months.  I’m pretty lucky to have lots of older people in and around my

Unfrozen

Today Chloe Turns 5. I feel like I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: what a year.  I’ve said it many times on this blog and I’ll continue to do so:  My kids are completely different and incredibly similar. Julianna enjoys being the center of attention.  She is happy on stage, performing in

Phase 2

Today Julianna turned 6. I’m not positive but I think I need to start thinking about her as a big girl now.  This morning when she woke up, my wife and I went in to give her obnoxious birthday attention that feels “this” close to warranting eye-rolls.  I sort of picked her up and held

Tooth

Julianna lost her first tooth today.  We’re all pretty excited.  It has been many years since I lost my baby teeth so I didn’t remember this part, or maybe things have changed, but apparently the Tooth Fairy writes personalized letters now…who knew? [Full disclosure: She sent a handwritten note and I transcribed] To my dearest

Today is the Day

I wake up each morning and just have to say, Yesterday was something but Today is THE day. With the vigor of sunrise and the flowers of May, Today is the day I continue on my way.   Today is the day I will do something smart. I will draw it or paint it or

Hidden Gems

So now we’re a few weeks into our family’s latest transitions.  I’ve written about these transitions as they related to the kids but haven’t written a ton about them solely from my perspective other than to essentially out myself as a huge baby with minor emotional instability issues. To recap, Julianna started Kindergarten a few

Kind of Garden

One and a half weeks ago I wrote about a “bit” of a transition happening in our household and a realization that my kids aren’t babies anymore.  I wrote about how Kindergarten for Julianna was, at that time, less than a week away, with some subtext about how I was essentially a “bit” freaked out.

The Human Condition

The human condition encompasses the unique features of being human. It can be described as the irreducible part of humanity that is inherent and not dependent on factors such as gender, race or class. – Wikipedia It is an odd thing recently.  When I first became a parent I found it a little puzzling; this

We’re Stuck On The Window

You know the endless chain of questions your kid asks? You know how at the first question you ask yourself if you should “engage” and subject yourself to the endless chain? You know how you inevitably do “engage” which leads to the next question? You know how after the first few answers, you’ve chosen a