• Goldfish Parents

    The boys were bursting with excitement when Mom and Dad said yes to a fish after saying no to a dog (we’re not quite there yet).  “Let’s go right now, I’m soo excited!” I told Luke we couldn’t go that day,…

  • Cookie Party

    One of my favorite ways to create a little moment is to make a pot of tea. Some of my favorite memories with my mom are from just sitting around the small kitchen table drinking tea. Occasionally I’ll throw out the…

  • Snow in LA

    So far, the closest the boys have gotten to playing in the snow has come from a package of Instant Artificial Snow. We hope to change that very soon, but for today fake snow on a 69 degree winter day in…

  • The Finding Place

    Tumble Leaf is an Amazon original animated series that the boys have especially fallen in love with lately. They liked the show when they were younger, but have recently become huge fans again. Each show starts out with a funny crab…

  • Ninja Lessons

    This morning, Marc headed off to work to cover what would be the second round of lopsided NFL playoff games, and I lounged around in pajamas with the boys for a couple of hours. Late in the morning I finally got…

  • Drawing Feelings

    After reading (well listening to the audio book) Siblings Without Rivalry, I have been trying out a few techniques to help weather some storms. The boys are best buddies, but they can also get intensely upset with one another. Luke was spitting mad and…

  • Stuffed Animal Christmas

    The day after Christmas, the boys were ready to take down decorations and haul out the Christmas tree. The tree was starting to sag a bit and had been up for three weeks, so I didn’t mind getting on with it.…

  • Secret Christmas Hideout

    The other day the boys wanted to make a secret hideout. The climbing dome seemed to be the perfect frame for the project so I first moved the dome off the wood chips and onto the grass so they could play…

  • ‘Gingerbread’ House

    Among a random Amazon order, I bought a half pound of assorted pom poms for $8 that will last for a lifetime of crafts. This afternoon I decided to build a cardboard ‘Gingerbread’ house with the boys that ended up taking…

  • Anticipating Christmas

    The Christmas season is by far the most wonderful time of the year for the boys. The tree, the lights, the mysterious Santa Claus and flying reindeer, the songs, the presents, the celebration of baby Jesus. “Mom, light the tree candle.…