I have the following issues with my kids’ outfits today:

One of them is wearing sweatpants (side note: “I can’t wear jeans anymore, Mom. I just can’t go back to that”) which are about three frayed threads away from disintegrating like a magic trick. One of them is wearing so many clashing colors and patterns that I almost had a seizure. One of them […]


    A Gabbyism, and Happy Fourth!

    As you know, confidence has never been an issue with Gabby. As you also know, although she’s a beautiful girl, she doesn’t really care. As long as she’s clean, she’s just not terribly invested in any concept of herself as a pretty girl. Case in point: yesterday Gabby asked me, “Are my eyes hazel or green?” […]


      Fashion, Baby.

      Addie has become a bit of a fashionista, and she approaches it kind of lottery-ball style. She goes into her closet or her drawers, pulls out super-random pieces, and puts them together. Gabby used to do the same thing. I have a firm rule that, unless it’s inappropriate in some way or will otherwise […]


        I blame the shoes.

        Don’t be fooled: it looks all neat and pretty, but the feet inside these shoes are nightmares.

        Last night I was innocently doing a little repair job on Gabby’s Irish dance buckles. Sitting at the kitchen table, feet up on another chair, hurting no one.

        Let’s back up: we all know that I’m […]


          Conversations With Gabby

          GABBY: Oh, hey Mom:

          JULIE: Oh, hey what?

          GABBY: Did you see this? [leads me to her bulletin board, where some greenish-brown shard, encased in tape, is pinned to the corner.] This is my frog toe.

          JULIE: Wait… what?

          GABBY: So remember when we dissected frogs? And it was awesome and so interesting? -And […]


            My Kids’ Outfits: The Struggle Continues.

            Weirdly, I could see either one of the girls wearing this.

            You know how, in our house, I somehow cannot get a handle on my girls’ outfits? This is an ongoing problem.

            Early this morning, I drove Tuesday carpool, noticing the cute and sporty outfit on Gabby’s friend M. Gabby was wearing her hair in […]


              I’ll Do It For a Burrito Bowl from Chipotle.

              I am so excited, you guys. Some random Swedish crazy geniuses have launched a website which will choose a name for your baby! Erfolgswelle (I guess that’s an example of their finest work?), which is in the business of developing company and product names, has branched out into the world of baby names. For the low, […]


                Addie Has a Dark Side.

                She looks so sweet and innocent, doesn’t she?

                ADDIE J: Mom, I hope it gets really, really hot in the summer.

                JULIE: Me too.

                ADDIE J: Like, what if it was maybe 500 degrees?

                JULIE: I feel like that might be too hot.

                ADDIE J: I think it would be okay.

                JULIE: We would […]


                  Thursday Bullet Blog

                  In case you’re wondering: I’m still obsessed with my Fitbit. You probably shouldn’t become my Fitbit friend, because I will totally beat you on a daily basis and I will be super obnoxious about it. Just a general note: a couple of times recently I have heard a woman say, “Other women don’t really […]


                    Little Miss Muffet

                    That’s what Gabby was calling me this morning. You see, I had a near-death experience last night while driving to work. A spider– A SPIDER– suddenly crawled across the inside of the windshield right in front of me. I was on the freeway at the time, and I briefly considered heading straight off the road […]


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