Monthly goals

There's always a flurry of goal posts here in late December and early January: reflecting, planning big, and planning for the month ahead. Big goals for the year are always exciting. Goals for the month are where I put those big dreams into action. A tangible representation of putting goals into action is my January health challenge of 10 push ups per day which I've done so far. Another good habit I am practicing: scheduling out most hours of my childcare days so that I prioritize creating (writing, podcasting) and keep my expectations realistic. January through March or April is... Read more →


I love this quote and actually read it on a teabag as I was drinking my morning tea several months ago. Sometimes the phrases on teabags make me roll my eyes but this one struck me as lovely and wise. Plus the reference to light, which is one of my favorite themes (even in the name of my blog). I'm thinking I won't continue with monthly quotes for my goals posts next year (maybe just photos again instead) and this feels like the perfect quote to end on, especially during the month of lights shining in darkness. As we were... Read more →


I've fallen into the weekday routine of stopping at the park next to school most days after picking the boys up. This week the weather has been perfection: warm enough for shorts and short sleeves but breezy so it doesn't feel hot. The light is getting more golden in the afternoon and the shadows are longer. There are always a few other kids at the park and the boys now easily meet new kids or recognize friends from school, all who live in our neighborhood, and fall into a game of tag. As I read or flip through a cook... Read more →


A funny thing is happening this October that I can't remember ever happening since living here: it actually feels like fall this month! It is GLORIOUS. October came in with rain, grey, and a morning chill and has continued in the same manner. Just this weekend on Saturday it rained all day (all day!) and we were the most cozy. Chris and I got an extra dose of fall and nostalgia with a trip to New York City and New Haven, CT at the beginning of the month. How strange it is to return to a place you used to... Read more →


I am writing at my new desk with morning light filling the room. My view is out a north-facing window and the light is lovely. From my desk now I can see blue sky streaked with clouds and the bright pink of my neighbor's bougainville popping over the wall. Just outside and below the window, there's a patch of gravel along our friendly orange wall and I'm thinking of filling it with vines that will climb the wall, cactus, and succulents. My desk was a custom order* from a maker I found on Etsy and I waited eagerly for several... Read more →


This month our family sees the beginning of a second new chapter this year. The first was me quitting my full time job in April. And this month the boys start at a new school. Dashiell is in kindergarten! And Cedric is attending the same school for preschool a few days each week. I was a little bit nervous when I biked to the school to pick up the boys yesterday, wondering if they had good days. And then Dashiell burst out of the gate, all smiles and energy. I found Cedric in the preschool room happily playing with magnets... Read more →


I breathe a little sigh of relief when we cross the summer solstice each year. Even though we have many blazing days ahead of us, I love knowing that each day we are getting a tiny bit less of the blaze. We are on a (slow) path back to fall and winter. But we are making the most of it. Watermelon and corn is abundant at the farmer's market. There was an impromptu gathering at the public pool with friends where all the kids, 3 and 5 year olds, could not go off the diving board enough times. Our air... Read more →