I know just how you feel.

Last night, I was all “How did this happen?” and “What kind of person falls for this nonsense?” and “RIP USA” and all. I know how you feel. I am worried about all the things you’re worried about too.

This morning, though, I have regained my perspective. Americans have persevered through way worse than […]


    Halloween Crafting Redux

    I knew you would want to see how the girls’ costumes turned out:

    Addie J, the jellyfish.

    Lishie in her Day of the Dead costume.

     

    I TOTALLY thought these two costumes were going to end up as the, “Nailed it!!” side of a Pinterest Fails meme. I feel like I got […]


      How Gabby handles Dave.

      [Background info: earlier this week, Gabby left a Post-It note that she had an after-school activity and needed a pickup. Dave read her the riot act about not planning ahead. I wasn’t home to witness, but from what I heard later, it was apparently quite the riot.]

      GABBY: Mom, when Dad gets off the phone, […]


        In Which Addie Has Big News

        ADDIE J: Mom!!!! Guess what!!! JULIE: What? ADDIE J: The Cubs are in the World Series!! They haven’t done that in, like, 400 years and they are going to play tonight!! JULIE: ……..Wow, that’s amazing! Thanks for telling me! ADDIE J: You should tell EVERYONE!   Dear everyone: see […]


          Anniversary Surprise

          October 10 was our eighteenth anniversary. Dave and I didn’t go big this year: we made a reservation at a restaurant we’d been wanting to try. He had a lovely vase of flowers delivered to our table…. and okay fine I bought him a pack of performance socks BUT HE WANTED THEM I SWEAR. We […]


            Halloween: Crafting is Scary

            So. Okay. As we all know, I am not necessarily crafty. It’s not that I can’t- it’s more like the activity of crafting makes me want to die. This is my Halloween nightmare: at every turn, I am required to freaking craft something.

            Exhibit A: Gabby wants to wear a Day of the Dead […]


              The Art of Forgetting Stuff

              All three kids went through a time in their lives when they were constantly forgetting things: their homework at school. Their water bottles at practice. We would be headed to dance and Gabby would say, “…Oh. I don’t have my shoes.” Your shoes? We are going to an activity you cannot complete without your […]


                Gabbyisms

                JULIE: How did today go?

                GABBY: We’re still doing archery in gym, and I set the record for most arrows lost in one day.

                JULIE: Way to reach for the stars, kid.


                  Gabbyisms

                  Mom, I’m kind of an Edgar Allen Poe situation in that I’m a little bit crazy, I’m not everyone’s flavor– but no one can deny that I’m really good at what I do.  -Gabby


                    Sickies

                    We had a whirlwind illness fly through the house this week. It was crazy: on Sunday we went to a birthday party (this becomes important later). Monday all was well all day. I went to 8pm yoga and spent some time chatting with my former yoga enemy, who is now my fellow Head of […]


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