Hello world, I made a video! November 30, 2011
This is completely unrelated to anything, but I made a video.  A VIDEO! Okay, so my voice is a little irritating (my defense would be that I AM STILL SICK, OH MY GOODNESS SOMEONE SAVE ME, but actually I think this →MORE...

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On weaning. November 28, 2011
Over the past few weeks, Charlotte has started to wean herself.  I think.  I suppose it’s possible that she’s just temporarily too busy to bother with milk and she’ll come back as enthusiastic a nursling as ever, but something tells me →MORE...

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Weaving a basket. November 28, 2011
A couple weekends ago, we went to the Tongva Acorn Festival with my dad and my sister.  (It was raining and unbelievably cold.  When we finally got into a warm room, it took me several minutes to stop my body from →MORE...

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A day early. November 22, 2011
Our family is still (STILL!) sick and since tomorrow is Thanksgiving and thus our big chance to pass our little bundle of pathogens joy off on relatives, I’m sorry but I think we’re going to spend a few more days basically →MORE...

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Letter to my munchkin: 28 months. November 21, 2011
Dear Charlotte, You’re twenty-eight months old now.  I had to look up your last letter to find out, exactly, because I’ve started referring to you as “almost two and a half” instead of by months. I still remember when you hit →MORE...

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Puffball. November 21, 2011
This is one of our chicks from June, all grown up and completely untrusting of my human-ness.  We call her Puffball.  If you could see how many feathers she has all over her legs and feet, you would totally get it.  →MORE...

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This is my new favorite picture of Charlotte. November 17, 2011
Happy Thursday, folks!

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Cough cough sneeze sneeze. November 15, 2011
No matter how clever and charming my toddler is, at the end of the day I think we could really boil her entire existence down to this: Germ. Factory. No, seriously.  When Donald and I were childless, WE HAD NO IDEA →MORE...

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Two years old and the weight of an immature bladder on her shoulders. November 14, 2011
Last night, Charlotte was busy hacking away at a perfectly innocent avocado when suddenly her entire demeanor changed.  She looked at me and this terrified look crossed her face. Any parent who has ever toilet-trained a child knows what look I’m →MORE...

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Dear Child. November 11, 2011
Dear Child, I’ve gone back and forth about writing a letter to you and this is what I’ve decided: adoption is like pregnancy.  We don’t know you yet, but every moment that we wait for you, that we search for you, →MORE...

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Shuh wee ee-cee! November 10, 2011
I’ve been speaking French to Charlotte from the day I found out she was in my belly.  Not always.  Not every day.  But certainly with frequency.  And over the past few months it’s become apparent that Charlotte understands my French – →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm and Old MacDonald Had a Farm. November 10, 2011
A friend recently asked for children’s book recommendations for her girls.  I immediately wrote up a quick list of our favorites. When I was thinking about what I wanted to share today on my blog, I kept thinking about that list →MORE...

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Naked pumpkins. November 10, 2011
The recent rains washed the paint off Charlotte’s miniature pumpkins.  Yesterday morning when she realized this, she very nearly had a heart attack, and I very nearly lost my mind from all of the panicked, tortured NO MOMMA, MY PUMPKINS!  POOR →MORE...

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This is easily the most boring post I have ever written.  Sorry. November 08, 2011
This photograph was intended to accompany a home-schooling review post when Charlotte and I wrapped up our unit study on pumpkins and witches, but it turns out I’m much MUCH more computer illiterate than I like to think. I wrote the →MORE...

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Our October homeschool review: pumpkins and witches. November 08, 2011
At the end of last week, I began writing my review of our pumpkins and witches home-school unit.  (Which was, for the record, an enormous hit.) It took forever. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote and I wrote and →MORE...

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Anastacia and the Cone of Shame. November 07, 2011
So here’s the thing: Anastacia’s brain is completely fried.  When we got her, she spent days throwing herself at windows.  Not hours, DAYS.  She’d run at them full-force and leap into them and then slide down the window like a cartoon, →MORE...

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Desmond. November 07, 2011
Desmond is the son of a very close friend of mine, Mallory.  (Don’t believe her blog – she’s way more socially adept than I am.)  (Also, she has ridiculously adorable twin girls, so only click that link if you are fully →MORE...

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Ten cool things about my daughter right now (again): November 04, 2011
    1.  When we celebrated Diwali, I took Charlotte to a nearby mandir.  It is the first time either of us has set foot inside a Hindu temple.  As soon as the staff member led us inside, Charlotte stopped and →MORE...

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Carrots. November 03, 2011
I am and always have been one of the world’s biggest fans of carrots.  Together, Charlotte and I can put away four carrots a day every day and never tire of the flavor. Last night when I uploaded this picture from →MORE...

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Toilet Training, Part Four: Victory.  Sort of.  But not at night. November 03, 2011
One morning about two months ago Charlotte woke up in the morning and refused to let me take off her diaper unless I solemnly swore that I would put her in a pair of underpants.  Not the blue pair with the →MORE...

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October 31st. November 01, 2011
Halloween in our neighborhood is, and always has been, a low-key affair.  We’re short on street lights in these hills, but long on creepy shadows and active nocturnal animals, so only kids with nerves of steel come up to collect candy. →MORE...

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