From the Beginning to the Middle

5 years ago, Julianna was in Kindergarten. Her first day did not go well. She cried hysterically and for all intents and purposes had to be pried off of us and “guided” into school. It feels like in each day since, there has been a steady improvement. Last week, nearly 5 entire grades later, she

10.

Today Julianna turned 10. In previous years, I’ve written a summary of Julianna’s year; about her achievements. If you’re interested in her progress, you can read about it here, here, here, or here. This year, I thought I might do something a little bit different. To celebrate the single greatest achievement a 9 year old

Back to The Mailbox

Listen, I wasn’t ready to be an empty-nester for at least another 10 years. This is all messed up.  The house is oddly quiet.  We’ve been here without kids before but this is different. Cassie the Dog doesn’t know what to make of all of it.  She’s been sitting next to me, looking at the

Saving Up

Today Julianna turned 9. Quite a year huh? I’ve been writing these birthday blog posts for a bunch of years for each girl.  I’ve always found that its a nice way to reflect on the year as it relates to each girl; to think about the struggles they’ve encountered, the victories they’ve achieved, and the

SPARK

I’d feel remiss if I didn’t mark today in someway and how it affects my daughters. Yesterday morning (November 8, 2016), the first thing Chloe asked was if Hillary had won.  She knew it was election day.  I explained that while Mommy and I had already voted, most people were going to vote today and

The Mailbox

Three and a half weeks ago, I wrote about what would be happening today.  Three and a half weeks from now, it will be done. I am waiting at the mailbox, both figuratively and literally, because that’s how I’ll know. We just dropped Julianna off at overnight camp.  Assuming all goes well, she will have

Packing for Camp

Three and a half weeks. In three and a half weeks we will drop Julianna off at overnight camp.  As an avid reader of this blog, you might remember a post I wrote 2 years ago about her first day at day camp.  That day went well. The day camp experience is very different than