Monday, December 12, 2016

Proud parenting moment

Came home after Zack was in bed and found this on the counter. Totally made my day!

(Back story: I've been exposing him to/indoctrinating him with Looney Toons for the past year-ish, so it makes me happy AND proud).

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cleaned up

We're at Cessie's son's wedding. Zack cleans up pretty well, me thinks.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Halloween Club

Halloween Club at KAH. The boy is in the red sweatshirt. They're working on plans for their haunted house.

Thursday, October 06, 2016


Zack was coloring in this coloring book at a restaurant last weekend. This page has the faces already drawn on. I was intrigued by how he colored in the one on the bottom. He said it was a devil. I think it resembles a certain presidential candidate.


... Was my view when I woke up this morning.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


There is so much that I love about this picture.

I love that these three are such good friends.
That we live in a neighborhood with such good kids.
That they like to hang out at our house.
That they are old enough and responsible enough to flag down the ice cream truck by themselves, and that they used teamwork to do it.
That I just happened to look out the window to see them sitting on the curb like this.
That we live in a neighborhood where they can sit on a curb like this without needing to worry.

I love these moments that make my heart feel full, that let me think that maybe everything will be OK.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Every now and then...

...I get a glimpse of these kids as teen-agers.

(That's his bud Arianna).

School work

I love the picture and story her created!

Third grade

Here we come! Well, went. Since his first day was Monday. So far so good! He likes his teacher, he's in the same class as some of his friends, he's been doing his homework no problem. We're looking forward to another great year!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


We went kayaking with Jess today. Even though it poured as soon as we put in, it was a lovely rain and it didn't last the whole time. What a beautiful lake! It reminded me of the archipelago in Sweden. We had a great afternoon!

Who you gonna call?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ocean Beach

Zack has some crazy awesome cousins who took him to Ocean Beach today. It sounds like a lot of fun was had by all!!!

Sunday, August 07, 2016


Rob and Zack left for CT today. I'll follow by train on Tuesday. I received this pic tonight---I'm already behind on vacation ice cream consumption!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Corpse Flower

It's easy to get swept up in all the politics and forget what an amazing part of the country we live in. Zack and I took the metro downtown tonight to go take a look at the corpse flower that's blooming in the US Botanical Gardens right now. It's not in full bloom yet, but we definitely got a whiff of what is to come! We took the time to walk through all the gardens, take pictures, and then admire the Capitol, Washington Monument, ducks in the Capitol Reflecting Pool, and a ton of other monuments. We really had a great time.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First stitches

I suppose it had to happen sometime. His chin connected with another kid's head during flag tag, resulting in four stitches. He was more upset at the prospect of stitches than the actual stitching.

Conveniently, there is a frozen yogurt place right across from there urgent care place.

Saturday, July 23, 2016


This is what I picked up from Kids Night Out last night.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Sometimes he'll still sit on my lap and snuggle.

Friday, July 15, 2016


Just in case...

...the dogs forget where their food bowls are.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A good friend

Proud of my boy for passing camp's swim test (it means he can go in the deep end). What I'm more proud of? That he spent time trying to help his friend learn to swim better so that he might pass the test, too.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Zack took this pic of Georgia tonight, in her preferred hiding spot during storms. He knows this, so he made it all the cozier for her.

Monday, June 20, 2016


The other night, as Zack and I were about to start reading, he asks me" Mama, do you know what onomatopoeia is?"

After a moment of shock, I started scanning my memory. As I was making my mental way back to my junior high school English class, Zack proceeded to define it for me. 

Onomatopoeia? Seriously? In 2nd grade? There's no chance I'll be able to help him with homework next year! 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My new favorite sight... Zack getting into reading by himself.

Thursday, June 02, 2016


...being himself.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Santa Fe 4

We spent Memorial Day at Bandelier National Monument. The two ladies in the one picture were quite taken with Zack's explanations of what things were (accurate or not). We had a lovely day.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Santa Fe 3

He needed something to keep the sun out if his eyes.

(No we didn't buy it)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Santa Fe 2

It's not entirely clear who had more fun at the Children's Museum.

Santa Fe 1

Apparently all Zack needs is a Nutella milkshake and a canine buddy to be happy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Goin' to Dewey!

Auntie Kelly is taking Zack and his friend Ariana (and Jojo) to Doodles at Dewey this weekend. Its a fundraiser where folks bring their labradoodles and golden Doodles to the beach. Z and A were sooooo excited!!! They left after school today and will be back tomorrow night.

I love that Zack has this kind of relationships Kelly! I can't wait to hear about their adventure!

Monday, April 25, 2016


I asked Z if he wanted to go with me to vote to tomorrow.

"Wait, Mama. Don't vote for the guy who's going to bring back segregation"

"Who's that?"

"Ummm...I can't remember.......Donald Trump"

I told him not to worry, there was no chance of me voting for him.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Best buds

Kelsey and Zack.

(A pic from KAH)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


This boy sees someone he knows wherever he goes. And if he doesn't know anyone, he'll make a new friend. I love this about him. He tells me he's shy, which might be a little bit true, but I also think he's very brave.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Air and Space

Zack had a field trip to the Air and Space Museum today. Since the first day it was announced, he has been asking me to go as a chaperone. I figured there won't be many more years that he wants to be seen with me, so I cleared my schedule and went along.

There wasn't enough room in the bus, so the parents met the kids there. He was so excited to see me! Another mom and I had charge of 3 boys for about 2.5 hours--which was pretty much the perfect amount of time.

We could barely get them through security, they were so immediately in awe of all the planes and satellites hanging in the main hall. We did a whirlwind tour through pretty much everything, spent a lot of time in the hands-on hall learning about all sorts of air and space principles, saw a demonstration about the space station, and saw the Wright's first plane. Zack and his buddies spent about 15 minutes figuring out the logistics of space toilets (picture below).

We had a great time, but I was really glad that I didn't have to ride back on the bus! I have nothing but the utmost respect for teachers who do this daily!

When I picked Zack up tonight, I asked him if he enjoyed the trip. He said "Yeah it was awesome! Especially because you came along!"

My heart may have melted just a little bit.

Thursday, April 07, 2016


Parenting seems to boil down to either saying things you never imagined saying (e.g. "Get that eel out of your pants!")...

...or being rendered utterly without words.