First and Last, 2011 Edition

First, September 2010
A fading summer tan.
Crisp, fresh uniforms.
Room to grow.
Nervousness about the year to come.
Memories of a fun-filled 100 days of vacation.
Bidding adieu to summer.

Last, June 2011
Pride and confidence for completing another year.
Excitement for the next 100 days of freedom.
Hints of a forthcoming summer tan.
Ready to turn over a new leaf.
Welcoming summer with open arms.
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in my life, kids, siblings

First and Last.

First, September 2009
First day of school, September 2009.
Nervousness and uncertainty about the upcoming year.
Excitement about the newness of everything: new shoes, uniforms, backpacks, kicks.
Hints of a fading summer tan.
Grogginess from staying up too late.
Bidding adieu to summer.

Last day of school, June 2010.

Confidence and relief after a long, rewarding year.
Boredom of the routine.
Hints of a forthcoming [...]

Photo of the Day, in my life, siblings

In Summer, the Song Sings Itself

Only a few more weeks until we can kick off our shoes and welcome the long summer days filled with bike rides, ice cream, picnics in the park, the beach. . . can’t wait!
For now, though, I’ll enjoy the little hints of summer. And you? You can enjoy them too. . .
Kate and [...]

Photo of the Day, henry, in my life, kate, siblings


a.m. – February 25, 2010

Photo of the Day, bff, in my life, siblings

H-E-A-R-T Pancakes

H-E-A-R-T Pancakes – February 14, 2010
Before our kids could spell or read, my husband and I would verbally toss letters into the air so that the wee ones would remain oblivious to our plans.  As you fellow parents out there know, plans can change, and children are not always the most flexible creatures.  So in [...]

Photo of the Day, bff, food, in my life, siblings

Mini Me

Mini Me, February 12, 2010
Last night the kids and I put together their treat bags for their Valentine’s Day exchange, and in an effort to save time, I whipped up these personalized stickers based on my Little Pals bookplates.  I especially love how Kate’s turned out.  The lavender dress, the turned in feet, the glasses! [...]

Photo of the Day, candy, in my life, kids, siblings

The Third Wheel

The Third Wheel, February 9, 2010
Those who know Kate well, know this face and this attitude.   The attitude with the angry eyes, the chin tucked firmly into chest, the arms akimbo.  Yes, that’s the one.  The one where mama throws her arms up in desperation and daddy sighs with frustration.  This is the Kate we [...]

Photo of the Day, alison, henry, kate, siblings

Bread Crumbs

Bread Crumbs, January 17, 2010
My two little girls love to kick off their shoes and socks as soon as we cross the threshold of our front  door.  Like two little Gretels, they leave their shoes and socks strewn about, dotting like floor like a trail of bread crumbs.   Every day it’s a constant game [...]

Photo of the Day, alison, in my life, kate, siblings

Life is Rough When You’re 4

There’s one thing that’s true around here. You don’t want to mess with mama’s morning routine.
I have our morning schedule down to a T. Our morning routine is so finely tuned and orchestrated that air traffic controllers ain’t got nothing on me. Yep. It’s true. Wrangling three kids in the [...]

in my life, kids, siblings

This Brother and Sister

When she was born, he took care of her like a real-life doll. Her soft, warm hands were irresistible to him. They were dimpled and looked like chubby little stars. Once when she was a few weeks old, he stuffed her little finger into his mouth and clenched down. Hard. [...]

autism, kids, siblings

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