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Along with the return of perfect spring weather, I have felt my happiness and optimism bubble back lately. I haven't felt unhappy these past many months but I often did not feel like my best self. And it's no wonder! There was the general anxiety of living in a pandemic plus interrupted sleep, little time to myself, and parenting through being at home and online school. I'm happy to say that significant progress has been made on all fronts! I'm hopeful that we are emerging from the pandemic, Maeve is sleeping so much better, I've been energized to make time... Read more →


I'm finishing this post in the 5 a.m. hour because Maeve finally finally had a good night of sleep for the first time in weeks which left me rested enough to wake up this early. Sleep seems to go so up and down for Maeve so I'm not ready to declare a new pattern quite yet. But appreciating the good while we have it! At our house we're heading into our first full month with both boys doing "homeschool" instead of online school. Within the first week of Dash returning to virtual school we made the decision to withdraw him.... Read more →


Since my first blog post on January 1, 2011 I've been putting an exclamation point on my new year posts. While I can't stand to break the tradition I'm not sure I'm feeling quite as excited as that exclamation point. Excited to leave all the hard parts of 2020 behind? YES. But living through 2020 (plus not being done with the pandemic yet) has not left me with the same new year energy that I usually have. It's more like a sigh of relief but we don't have a punctuation for that. And of course the year has already brought... Read more →


Has anyone else looked up, so sure in their knowledge that it's still March, only to be jarred with the fact that it is in fact October? Goodness. And yet time proves to us that it marches on. Our daughter was born; she was a mewing, sleepy newborn and now we have a shrieking, wide-eyed six-month-old. The boys grew older and taller. Roller blades were mastered. (Well, almost.) A wrist was broken (Cedric's). Week in and week out we have seen every day of 2020 thus far. And what full days they have been! Full of the boys playing, of... Read more →


The beginning of fall, or at least the end of summer, is such a welcome relief here. Last Sunday evening, as I finished cleaning the kitchen, I heard the sound I've been waiting for: Canada geese honking as they flew over our house. My heart fluttered and I smiled to myself: the first sign of early fall. Chris told me that he was telling the boys a bedtime story when they heard the honking. The boys looked at each other and said, "Fall!" I love that I've taught them to notice the signs of changing seasons. The light is changing... Read more →


when I asked them to pose for a picture July is halfway through the year. And what a freaking year it's been. WHEW. I hope you are doing okay, friends. One day at a time we are getting through this. In July my new Get To Work Book starts and it's nice to have a fresh-start feeling of sorts. Even though the only real change in our day-to-day will be Chris going back to work which is not a change I'm excited about. I'm sure it will be okay and we'll find our groove but mostly I'm anticipating it being... Read more →


Chris attended a neighborhood protest. After I took this picture he added the "[forward]" at the bottom. Being anti-racist isn't something to check off a list. It's a lifelong practice of learning, examining my own privilege and bias, doing better, showing up, and modeling and teaching anti-racism to my kids. Repeat, repeat, repeat. In thinking about how to continue practicing anti-racism I thought about what I can do at different effort levels. Because even at this time while I have little bandwidth and am at home I can still be actively anti-racist. What I've come up with for now is... Read more →