Our Summer So Far

To a certain degree, it feels as though we’ve gotten off to a rocky start this summer, maybe because the kids are having a rough time with transitioning to a less structured daily schedule.  There have been tantrums, there have been tears, and that’s just me!  (Bah-dum-dum.)  Our summer break has really only begun this […]

I Am Thankful for My Family

I was digging and digging yesterday, worried that I’d lost it: the hands garland I made last year for Thanksgiving.  Each of our family’s hands, traced and cut out, then stitched together to make a banner of a moment in time. When we sat down to do this project, the day before Turkey Day, I […]

Daylight Saving Time is Stupid

I was led to this short clip by my friend Dave, by way of our mutual friend Heather, and it encapsulated all that I have been wordlessly feeling lo, these many years re: Daylight Savings Time. The thing that bugs me the most? When people without kids say, “But you got that whole extra hour […]

Oh, Alice Cooper. You Were So Wrong.

School’s not out forever!  It’s BACK!! Still my favorite back-to-school video ever, from the now (sadly) retired Looky, Daddy: The First Day of Preschool from Brian Sargent on Vimeo. For those of us who are sending our kids off to school today, may I salute you?  Nothing like a few, brief hours of quiet to […]

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

In the evenings, after the kids are in bed and the dishes are done (not by me–that’s what high schoolers are for) and my classes are complete and I’ve shut down the computer, when I’m ready to brush and floss and climb into bed for a muchmuchmuch deserved rest, I prop up my two pillows […]

Can't Talk Now. We're Potty Training.

If you don’t hear from my by Friday, call in the National Guard.  I’m the one buried under the paper towels and Clorox.

Fourth of July in America's Hometown

Our little family–all six of us–celebrated the Fourth in Boston (and thereabouts).  It was the first non-work-related vacation that my husband and I have taken in six years, and both of us worked assiduously to avoid checking email or concentrating on work-y stuff while we were there–it was exhilarating.  It was liberating.  It was revelatory.  […]

Things You Forget When You Haven't Moved In A While

You don’t have internet at the new place yet.  So, no, you cannot live blog your move. Anything that’s not in a box?  The movers won’t take that.  Get ready to take trip #5 in your car. When it’s a local move, it is very tempting to say, “We’ll come back for that.”  This is […]

This Is Really Happening

Odds are pretty good you won’t hear much from me this week.  Friday is MOVING DAY and I am in full-on frantic panic mode.  I have a class to teach, regular old work to do, a quilt to finish that’s going with me when I leave town on Saturday (yes, the day after we move), […]

Memorial Day Hike

Our family has accidentally started a tradition.  Every year, on Memorial Day, we take a hike–literally.  It began, I think, when we were at a reunion for my husband’s family in Gatlinburg one year (an experience in itself) and hiked in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Each year since then, we find somewhere to […]

The Day After The Day After Thanksgiving

So, I’m a die-hard no-Christmas-til-the-day-after-Thanksgiving kind of girl.  We don’t get out the decorations or the stockings or go see Santa until after the turkey has cleared the table (or the deep-fat fryer, as was the case this year–whoo, boy, was that YUM!).  But once the turkey is gone, it’s all fair game. Last year, […]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

To the woman who birthed me and raised me and taught me to sew, and who is prouder of me than I could be of myself, who takes photos at every family event and laughs at all my jokes, to the person who would most love to be in the audience if I were ever […]

Six-ish Movies I Could Watch 1000 Times

As a couple, my husband and I work hard to reserve two nights of the week: Friday for Family Movie Night and Saturday for Date Night.  We’re not always successful, sadly, but we make it happen often enough that when it doesn’t happen we’re bummed about it.  Family Movie Night is a bit of a […]