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Strange Notes

April 5, 2011

We’ve entered the territory of strange writing from Rio. She’s learned to read like anything. Tonight at bedtime she read aloud an entire book about the life of Harriet Tubman without missing a beat. Big book! Big ideas! Big girl. I remember when she was a tiny baby who curled in my arms like a [...]

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Pirate Santa

December 31, 2010

Rio: Wouldn’t it be cool if Santa was a pirate? And he lived on a pirate ship and sailed through the air and threw all the presents off it? Me: Yeah! The reindeer could be his crew. Rudolph could wear an eyepatch and have a wooden leg. Rio (to the tune of Frosty the Snowman): [...]

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The Zebra and the Train: A Tale of Two Costumes

October 29, 2010

A week or so ago, Serena announced she wanted to be a zebra for Halloween. I smiled, nodded, thought she’d make a cute zebra, and promptly forgot about it. Until tonight, after dinner, when she smiled sweetly at me and said, “Mommy! Tonight while I am sleeping, I want you to sew a zebra costume [...]

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Playing With Fire

August 30, 2010

So I’m hanging out in the woods with my kids, my girlfriend Molly and her daughter Natalie. The other day I’m chilling out on the porch while the kids play in the woods next to the house. Natalie comes up to me with a leaf stuck on the end of the stick. “Can you light [...]

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Some Imaginary Friends are Stinky

August 3, 2010

Staggering to the shower this morning, Serena stopped me in the hall outside the bathroom door. “Kayleigh and Jesi are in there, Mama,” she said. “Who are Kayleigh and Jesi?” “Kayleigh is my friend and Jesi is Rio’s friend.” Rio, from the bedroom, joins the conversation. “You can go in there if you want, Mama, [...]

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The “Yes” Man

July 13, 2010

What would you ask your husband, if you knew he’d say yes? Momlogic just ran an article about a guy who said yes to everything his wife asked of him for a month. That’s a little “toys in the attic” crazy for me, but the idea was cute. My husband and I just turned it [...]

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Something Borrowed

June 29, 2010

A friend of ours often uses a wheelchair, but can also get around on crutches and sometimes on her own two feet (one of which is made from Science!). This weekend we were camping and another friend injured her knee. She borrowed the chair for a bit. Serena approached her, carrying a sword with another [...]

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Cookies For Breakfast

June 18, 2010

Last night, Rio had a great plan. Get up early, make cookies, and then sit on the couch together and watch the morning World Cup game. This plan was executed beautifully. When I came into the kitchen I found Serena all alone, holding a cookie on a spatula, rummaging in a drawer and singing happily [...]

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This Little Piggy…

June 13, 2010

The girls are playing “this little piggy”. Serena loves this game, like all two-year-olds, and Rio is indulging her in it. A treat. We’re vegetarians, so when we get to the third little piggy, we always make up something silly for the pig to eat instead of roast beef. My vegetarian parents always had my [...]

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Obi-Wan Serena

June 10, 2010

The scene: Serena has downed half a mango lassi, and is refusing to eat her lunch. Dad is playing keepaway with the other half contingent on her putting at least a little broccoli and tofu in her tummy. Serena: My mango lassi ready now? Daddy: I don’t see that food going into your belly. Serena, [...]

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