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Happy Birthday(s)!

My brother and his daughter have the same birthday. In fact, for reasons of math, the digits in their ages always add to the same number.  Like, when he was 30, she was 3, and when he turned 42, she was turning 15. by

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

If you can catch it…

  My mother used to say, regarding birds, squirrels, etc, “If you can catch it, you can keep it.” She knew perfectly well we’d never actually catch a squirrel by chasing it! And I remember being told that you could catch a bird by putting salt on its tail. (You Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Adoption Journey

Here and not here

This is a difficult post to write.  One evening, as I came home from work, I saw that E was home, so I stopped in to say hello.  It seems she’s back for the summer, maybe for longer – we’ll see, I guess.  Right now, though, her family doesn’t want Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

Blueberries!

Jaden and I slipped away for a girls’ day out:  blueberry picking in the morning, out for a fancy lunch, and then a long afternoon in a bookstore.  Home again with lots of books… and LOTS of blueberries!  The kids are headed back home now, and I miss them already. Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

Cool Pool

Lots of books… lots of stories…  lots of movies…  and LOTS of time at the pool. We stayed there one day for five hours.  FIVE. We spent the afternoon of the Fourth of July there, and watched the teen diving team demonstrated their fancy flips. We met up with Ken Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

Paper and Paint

How delightful to have such useful children in the family!  I set them to ripping down the old wallpaper in the dining room and re-painting.  I’ve always loved this memory of my grandmother’s kitchen window, where she always keeps blue glass bottles where they catch the sunlight…  In my dream Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

Eno Festival

All day Saturday at the Festival for the Eno.  This is an annual event with half a dozen stages for three days of music, plus food, crafts, a working historic mill, activities, vendors, and  – of course – the river itself, for canoeing, wading, and generally enjoying. We started out Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

4th of July

A grilling-outside/eating-inside picnic with the family, and then I took the kids to the baseball game, mostly for the sake of the fireworks afterwards.  We stayed up insanely late, like 11 o’clock!  Yikes!  Everybody slept in the next day.   by

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

Vine magic

At one point, while the kids were dancing around to the Happy Song, I took a short Vine video of their feet.  They got all interested in the possibilities of Vine.  We caught on right away that it was perfect for stop-motion animation (we did lots and lots of videos Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

Photo Magic

For some reason the first thing they decided to do at my house was get into the costume box.  Jaden discovered that the lion’s mane made an interesting beard, rendering her completely unrecognizable.  Kyler fell in love with the Indiana Jones hat, which in fact I secretly kept around because Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

trot to Boston

Sasha and Tabitha are just five, but not at all too old for knee-bouncing.  They are big fans of “Trot-trot to Boston, trot-trot to Lynn, watch out {whoever}, you might FALL IN!”  This may be a New England specific knee-bouncing rhyme, I suppose.  They are also big fans of being Read more…

By Rebecca, ago