Sunday, October 9, 2016


At the pumpkin farm

At the beach


In October,
I'll be host
to witches, goblins,
and a ghost.
I'll serve them
chicken soup on toast.
Whoopy once
Whoopy twice
Whoopy chicken soup
with rice.

-Maurice Sendak

Sunday, September 25, 2016

That Awkward Moment

That awkward moment when...

Will turns 11 and Zach blows out the birthday candles for him, stomping sacred cows. (Will was gracious about it)

You try semi-successfully to french-braid Elise's hair...

...and she schools you, instead.

(more mother-daughter pampering)

And your baaaaaby who came home from the NICU a year ago can pretty much walk all by himself now, and you're kind of sad about it.

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Georgie turned one, and a few weeks ago, Zachy turned three. The entire celebration was as follows: we paused a recording of Sharknado 4 to sing and give George the ceremonial single cupcake after dinner.

I can't even keep up with all of these fall birthdays, and we've still got Will's and Joe's to come.

In the middle of it all we celebrated 10 years (!!!) of marriage.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Some Anthropology Definitions, By Will B.

Extinked (adj.)--when an organism no longer exists to stink up the earth

Fartifact (n.)--a man-made, fossilized fart (see also: fossil; artifact)

Homo erectus (n.)--[definition redacted by Mom]


"Oh! There's my friend Lawnmower Guy." -Zach, watching the gardener through the window


Comprehensive List of Georgie's Words So Far:
Gog (a label he applies to everything)
Bahl (ball)
Bahbah (bottle)

Friday, August 5, 2016

We Blinked...

...and James turned twelve.

Fun Fact: Pokemon is cool again. And I have street cred with my sons because I remember the '90's and have the high talent required to sing the Jigglypuff song.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Maybe We're Amazed

"It's amazing!" -Zach, re: the ending of Green Eggs and Ham

Zach's first day of swim lessons, in which he mostly refused to participate

"You know what? Shut up." -Zach, at the dinner table tonight

Georgie in repose, since his little legs don't reach the pedals yet

Summer vacation is quickly coming to a close--the kids go back to school in two weeks. We're perennially amazed by the speed of summer. And the most amazing part about any of it lately is how weird it is to have a threenager in the house again [Zach will be three soon]. One minute he's sweet as can be, and the next he's saying his favorite phrase ("shut up").

At least it's not technically a swear word.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tuanis (Pura Vida)

Some pictures of Malpais & surrounding areas, Costa Rica.

On the ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula

View from the house (front yard)

The kids on the beachfront bench

Me, Zach, and Will, in a rare moment of not being eaten by mosquitoes

Joe and the bigs at the "secret beach" aka Banana Beach

All in all, I was pretty ready to go home. It was a hard trip!

Walking to a restaurant for dinner, via the beach

View of the house from the road

Actual gecko inside the lantern. Not a decoration, as I'd mistakenly thought.

Wild horses would randomly pass through our beachfront.

James drinking from a coconut (split open w/ a machete by the caretaker, Vicente).