Category Archives: Parenting

Why “Cute” is a Four Letter Word

She’s my “small but mighty”. She’s also my sensitive one. She has personality quirks that drive me BONKERS right now, but that I am certain will serve her well throughout life. She’s passionate, determined, and always comfortable telling you exactly what she’s thinking. Basically, she’s me. But one big way that we are very different…

A Letter to my 7 Year Old

Dear Kate Elizabeth, As of 2:10 pm today, you will be 7 years old. If you read mama’s blog, you’ll know I take that to mean you’re really turning 17. Still so tiny in height, you have the intelligence, wit and poise of a child much, much older. You love to read, are skilled at…

Why 7 Might as well be 17

Kate is just weeks away from turning 7. SEVEN. I’m not shocked about how fast the time has gone so much as I am the fact that 7 seems so old, and how have I been a mom for this long, and bras, boys and puberty seem to be right around the corner. On Halloween,…

Kate has been bitten…

…with the travel bug that is. And she gets it honest. Craig and I both love to travel and did so fairly frequently before the girls were born. Now that the girls are older, much easier to travel with and truly enjoy what they are seeing and experiencing, we want to take them all sorts…

Why Kids are Second Class Citizens at Restaurants

My kids are well-versed in dining out. Partly because we do it twice a week. And partly because we bring them to all kinds of restaurants and teach them how to properly behave. (“Saving” their Nintendo DSs exclusively for waiting times in restaurants and doctors’ offices may have something to do with it, too.) There…

Mornings with Maddie

We’re now 7 weeks into the school year and have settled in to our new routine. Just like last year, Maddie is home with me 2 days a week. She, being so completely opposite than big sister Kate in every imaginable way, has always been content to play on her own. When she and I…

Cuatro

Today, our Boston Baked Bean turns 4. Our sneaky handful who was impossible to name and – very literally – sent from the Heavens. Your entry into the world was not exactly simple. But you’ve been leaving your mark ever since. The video below was taken just 2 hours after Madelyn was born, and documents Kate’s first…

9 Things Siblings Do

Every parent knows that how a child behaves with other kids is often different than how a child behaves with a sibling. There are days when I’m exhausted before 8 am because of the fights these two have logged. And I’m regularly amazed with their skill at creating a civil war over the tiniest, most…

What 365 Days Will Do to You

There’s something about the end of the school year and the start of summer that signals a simultaneous end, beginning and “Wow, how things have changed!” whirlwind reaction. Any of you who are parents know the tremendous impact a year has on the personalities, abilities and looks of a child. And even pieces of an…

My Sneaky Child

I don’t know what it was about her, but Craig and I knew from very early on that Maddie was the child we’d need to keep our eye on. Call it parental intuition, I suppose, but we were certain our little diva was going to grow up to be our Handful Child. Now approaching the 4…