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Dear Mason, It’s that most wonderful time of the year, when the presence of a felt elf is wielded like a parental magic wand, capable of making miracles happen - including you playing nicely with your sisters. Jebby the Elf... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Smoke and Ashes
Hey guys – It’s holiday time, so not surprising I blew right through the 11th and the 29th. And things aren't slowing down, so you get an abbreviated entry this month. Mason: My budding rock star. Somehow, despite having my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear girls, We made it through the terrible twos. We survived you guys as threenagers. I thought four was the year where you turned into cuddly little love bugs who could be reasoned with and didn’t require quite as much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear My-Not-So-Baby-Boy, It’s the 10th – one day before I usually sit down to write a blog post for you. On my train ride to New York, I was kind of mulling over what I would write about – everything... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Happy Birthday baby girls! I can’t believe you’re four years old. The other day, Facebook popped this picture of me when you were still busy growing inside my freakishly large belly. You’d come two days after this picture was taken.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Hey guys- You’re getting doubled up again because I blew right through the 29th and the 11th. This might become the new norm. Mommy is getting lazy. Or just overwhelmingly tired. Or busy. Or all of the above. Give mommy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason, Happy 6 ½ bud. A few nights ago you asked me why you weren’t allowed to do whatever you want because, after all “I only have 7 more years until I’m a teenager.” I have to hand it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear girls, It’s hard to believe that it’s already August. The summer is going by way too fast, as they always do. The past weeks have been a mixed bag for us. On the plus side, after months of passing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Hayden & Quinn 3 Years, 9 Months Mason 6 Years, 5 months Hey kids, Mommy is a hot mess this month and let so much time roll past the 29th, that I’m now bundling you all together. You teach me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason, The fact that we’re in the middle of a 90 degree heat wave really hit home that summer is fast approaching. In fact, you only have 9 school days left of kindergarten. Nine. Single digits. It just can’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Girls, This month, I scratched a big “to do” off my bucket list – I ran a half marathon. I feel like having twins is kind of like training for a marathon: it’s time consuming, exhausting, and at many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Not surprisingly, I’m a week behind again. I sort of feel like that’s the story of my life these days, but oh well. This month, we enjoyed our very first Mommy-and-Mason vacation. Just you and me buddy. We took off... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
The Girls: 3 Years, 8 Months [Drafted while on a plane back from Florida a few days ago] Dear Girls, Sorry I’m late. I am on vacation… without you. Mason and I went to visit Grandma and Gramps in Florida... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason, You're now about 3/4 of the way through Kindergarten. It's amazing to see how much you've grown and how eagerly you've embraced school. One of my favorite parts of my day is coming home and thumbing through your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear girls - The good news: we're halfway through the three-nager year, and so far, we've survived. The bad news: we still have six months to go, and surviving is still definitely a big question mark. Hayden, you're particularly feisty.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason – Earlier this month, I wrote about your sisters’ strength and how you have a zillion great qualities, but they’re definitely tougher than you. We had your 6-year-old well visit this month – you’re in the 40-something percentile... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Girls, One of my favorite things about both of you is your strength and your toughness. You both exhibit these qualities in spades, albeit in different ways. Hayden, you have this agility and confidence that’s so fun to watch.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason, Happy 6th Birthday buddy. I can’t believe how fast that went by. Facebook has this “memory” feature, so just about every day I get to look back on when you were a baby. The other day, it was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Girls, I don’t mean to give you the short shrift, but I think this month’s post is going to be rather brief. I have a head cold that makes it hard to concentrate, and everything around me feels like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason, I can't believe you're just one short month away from being six. Ok, I'm a week late, so really you're about three weeks away. Details, details. A few days ago, we went to Target to buy a birthday... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Girls – I’m sorry I’m late, but with the holidays, I deliberately did my best to stay away from my computer. The results were amazing – with the exception of the fact that Mama was really sick or working... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason – It’s been a busy time of year with Christmas coming up, so I’m a little late. A few weeks ago, I started doling out “helping points” – arbitrary points awarded when you do something particularly kind or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Girls – November has been rough, my little angels - and I'm not talking about politics (though that has been rough on a different scale). I mean, physically rough. For example, I was buckling you into your carseats in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason, I’m writing a day early – on Thursday, November 10th, two days after the United States elected Donald Trump as President. Our little universe of friends is pretty shaken up by this shocking result, along with the 59.9... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Girls, We’re one month into the threenager year. One down, 11 to go…. Not that we’re counting. (Except yeah, we’re totally counting because threenagers are a-holes). Hayden, you threw the most epic tantrum I’ve ever witnessed the other day... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes