A note about small things. March 30, 2012
Yesterday was my due date with Aurora.  It started out as a pretty glum day, but around noon we learned that some of our very closest family friends welcomed a new life into the world in the morning.  I know that →MORE...

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A little special something I want to never forget. March 29, 2012
Charlotte calls them her “friends” and they have been turning up all asleep all around our house for months.  A monkey sleeping in the pantry.  A horse sleeping on the couch.  A puppy sleeping on the bookcase.  A bear sleeping on →MORE...

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I guess she forgot the part WHERE I BIRTHED HER. March 28, 2012
Every now and then Charlotte and I have a Lazy Day following a very busy day (Disneyland, for example), and one of the main tenets of Lazy Day-dom in our home is that we kick it in pajamas until she wakes →MORE...

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Our weekend: Disneyland. March 26, 2012
Although our family lives closer to Disneyland than to most of the parks we frequent, yesterday was the first time that Donald and I took Charlotte.  We told her that there was a castle!  And a giant carousel!  And teacups so →MORE...

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Last night at the dinner table. March 26, 2012
    -  So did you like Disneyland, baby?  Would you like to go back sometime?    -  YES!  But I will not go on that little train that goes so fast again, NO. ** Charlotte is two years and eight →MORE...

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The language of love.  And its byproducts. March 22, 2012
A couple weeks ago, we purchased a French book about the human body for Charlotte.  Words relative to the body and getting dressed are my weakest suit in French so I was hoping that a book about the human body would →MORE...

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Almost three. March 20, 2012
When I approach a child he inspires in me two sentiments:tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.-  Louis Pasteur Unless I have the math wrong (completely possible) (have I told you that I flunked trigonometry?) (really, →MORE...

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Reflections on fost-adopt “boot camp.“ March 19, 2012
Over the weekend, Donald and I spent fourteen hours away from Charlotte (nine hours the first day and five hours the second) (this time includes two hours of transportation) so that we could drive to a nearby city and attend a →MORE...

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The crazy and the awesome and, also, just a little bit of the adorable. March 16, 2012
A few weeks ago, someone said something innocuous to me at a play-date (“your daughter is so calm, just taking everything in”) and I went home and bawled my eyes out to Donald about how our daughter is doomed. To say →MORE...

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Charlotte, walrus-to-be extraordinaire. March 13, 2012
“When I grow up,” she tells me, “I will be a walrus.  And no chickens will drink around me EVER!” I remember when she was little, how I looked at her asleep and I wondered who she would be.  What she →MORE...

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Two videos in five months: I AM QUEEN OF THE WORLD! March 12, 2012
In other news, I really need to do this more frequently.  But at any rate, here is a little snippet of our yesterday afternoon for your enjoyment.  Telling her birth story has been part of Charlotte’s narration work in our current →MORE...

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Charlotte’s artwork: 31 months, 2 weeks. March 08, 2012
After everyone and their mother recommended that glitter glue might be the solution to our glitter woes, we went out and bought a pack of glitter glue and IT IS FUCKING AWESOME.  The end. ** Charlotte is two years and seven →MORE...

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Eleven things I am absolutely loving about my daughter right now: March 08, 2012
  1.    She has a couple dozen books and a seemingly limitless number of songs and rhymes memorized.  Sometimes when we’re driving in the car, she just starts parroting off a book or a story or a song – in →MORE...

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The silver lining to our car-seat troubles. March 06, 2012
My daughter has loathed the car-seat since the day we brought her home from the hospital.  (Remember this?  And this?  Yeah, I was wrong about her out-growing it.  It was just a temporary break to lull me into a false sense →MORE...

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Our March homeschool: flowers circle. March 06, 2012
With family in town, our circle time was sidelined a bit and it took us a few days to get back in the groove, but this is the circle plan we’ve been using lately.  Our current theme is flowers.  I explained →MORE...

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Domestic. March 05, 2012
Donald is holding her in his arms and she is screaming.  It is bedtime, we told her, and she does not want to go to sleep.  She straightens her body, flails her limbs wildly, and fills the bedroom with LOUD. I →MORE...

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Mules beget mules, WHO KNEW? March 01, 2012
The only way to explain what happened in my household last night between the hours of 5:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. is to say that my child was temporarily possessed by demons.  Or, at the very least, by the demon of →MORE...

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