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Go Play In Traffic!

March 18, 2013

A few days ago I posted about my unbooking project & my grand plan to send Rio to the bookstore around the corner on her own. I took Rio to the bookstore and had a conversation with the shop owner, Gil. He introduced himself to me and Rio, and said he’d be happy to have [...]

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Being Nibbled By The Homeschooling Bug

June 24, 2011

I keep starting blog posts and then not writing them because OMFG you would not believe how much writing I do all day. I mean, you would, because I post it all to the Internets and share it with you on the Twitter and like that. But it turns out that even I can become [...]

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What Do You Want For Your Kids?

April 7, 2011

I posted on Strollerderby yesterday about Amy Chua’s cub getting into Harvard, and why my kids won’t be following in her footsteps. The bottom line is that I don’t have Harvard ambitions for my kids. As I said in my SD post: I don’t lack the willpower to drive them toward excellence. I just have [...]

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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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The Power of “NO”: Lessons From My 3-year-old

October 26, 2010

Serena is deep in the threes. Anyone who’s been there knows what that means: “NO! I DO IT MYSELF!” Rio going through this phase was one of the hardest years of my life: we fought bitterly, more days than not. Even at the time, it seemed insane. How could I be so angry, and so [...]

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A Pox On September

October 7, 2010

So school started, and then there was flu. We had one day where both girls went to school and I got to work in peace and then *wham* the world was fevers and vomit for two solid weeks. Serena kicked it off by vomiting directly down my cleavage. At the worst of it, everyone in [...]

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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 Indigo Girls Rock My Baby’s World

August 2, 2010

We hit the ground running: we went to an Indigo Girls concert last night, about 15 hours after getting home from Argentina. Both girls slept through it. It was adorable, but I may tease Rio for 20 years for sleeping through the show we flew home a few days early for her to go to. [...]

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Serena Rose!

July 12, 2010

My baby is three. Her birthday was actually on Friday, July 9, which is also the Argentine independence day. We spent the whole day having a BBQ in the backyard. Argentine’s are simply mad about BBQ. They all (at least, all the affluent houses in this neighborhood), have these huge hand-built brick BBQ ovens in [...]

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That’s Sweet

June 25, 2010

Yesterday, I was getting changed while Serena played on the bed nearby. I took my shirt off and she said, “Mama! Your boobies! I can see your boobies! And…(long, dramatic, awestruck pause) your nibbles!” We’re in the midst of a too-slow-for-me and too-fast-for-her weaning process, so my breasts have recently become an even more interesting [...]

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