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Happy 5th Birthday, Serena!

July 20, 2012

Oh my beloved Serena! Here it is 10 days past your birthday and I am just now coming back to the blog to write your birthday letter. Happily for me you can’t read yet; I have a bit of a grace period here. I’ve spent these 10 days playing with your amazing five-year-old self. Some [...]

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Happy 8th Birthday Rio!

May 24, 2012

8! You are 8 years old today, Rio! That is so big. The biggest you have ever been. I love you at this age. You’re so comfortable in yourself, in your body, in your mind, in your spirit. You embody that adage: “Dance like no one is watching, love like you’ve never been hurt, sing as [...]

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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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Happy 6th Birthday, Rio!

May 24, 2010

Rio is 6 years old today. 6! 6 is much too big. I cannot possibly be the mother of a six-year-old. Yet there it is. I can still feel, when I close my eyes, the exquisite touch of her soft, squirmy, wet self being laid in my arms for the first time. I can hear [...]

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Birthday Rum Spiced with 21 Hot Peppers

November 17, 2009

Bridget’s dad had a birthday party over the weekend. I helped him celebrate by drinking rum spiced with 21 hot peppers. That was even better than I thought it would be, and I thought it was worth walking across town for. Dead simple recipe: Grow little hot red peppers all summer. Watch them ripen. Harvest [...]

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Happy Birthday, Serena Rose!

July 9, 2009

Serena, sleeping, originally uploaded by MzMuze. Has it really been two years since you were born? It’s hard to imagine a time you weren’t here. And yet so much has happened: how did we cram a move and a career change and school and travel and nibbling your cute little cheeks into just two years? [...]

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The Gift

June 5, 2009

For Rio’s fifth birthday I made her a gift: a fabric pencil case that rolls up. It has little pockets for scissors and a ruler and a glue stick and sharpener, and holds about two dozen colored pencils (and a few regular #2s). I worked very hard on this, getting sewing lessons from a friend [...]

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still five, now with more photos

May 28, 2009

Rio’s goddessmama posted a lovely set of pictures from her party, including this gem: The fairy cake was one of the most ridiculous food events I have ever participated in, and it was *exactly what she wanted. Yes, Rio, just this once you can have your cake and eat it too. Enjoy!

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love letter for a five-year-old

May 25, 2009

Today you crawled into my bed singing, “I am five. I am five. I am five.” This is because you are five. You nursed for the very last time. We’ll see how you feel about that tomorrow, but today you seemed content with the plan. From morning cuddles, the day was full of questions: Do [...]

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What I Did With My Summer Vacation

July 25, 2008

I’m back at my house, and my computer, after ten days in Maine training to be a Waldorf preschool teacher. The past two weeks have been among the most dense in memory. Since I last posted, in no particular order: 1. I have learned many wonderful and exciting things about caring for and teaching young [...]

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