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

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

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

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

Boston. Strong.

I have lived almost my entire life in the Boston area. 4 days ago, on Monday, April 15th, the Boston Marathon was run for the 117th time.  Over the last few years, we’ve taken the girls to watch from near where we live.  We watch from closer to the start than the finish but the

Through The Looking Glass

Today Chloe Turns 4. The babies have left the building.  They are all grown up.  Get ready for the driving test.  Gotta get my tuxedo on for the wedding.  And so on. I feel old.  When did my kids get so old?  They walk, talk, and have attitudes (mostly good).  They eat with utensils, drink

Booby Trap

Its been a while hasn’t it? I know it has been tremendously unfair to deprive you all of a fresh post.  It has been almost 2 months and unlike all of you, who have probably just been on vacation or something, I’ve been busy.  Boo hoo. Unfortunately, work has been very busy for me recently. 

The Black Swan

Last year, at around this time, I wrote a post that ended with me being doomed.  This was a result of Julianna successfully performing in her first recital. I was correct. Today she performed in her second recital.  Here’s how it all went down: September, 2011.  Weekly ballet class begins. Same teacher as last year. 

The Year That Rocked

Today Chloe turns 3. Another year, another birthday.  Friday the 13th.  A lucky day indeed. I remember when we were in triage in the maternity ward a few hours before Chloe was born.  There was another mom-to-be a few curtains away.  I am pretty sure it was her first kid.  We were professionals at this