around here: week 5

Jan 28 – Feb 3

Holy cow where did January go! This week…

Partied… at a bowling alley with one of Simon’s school friends. You imagine 18 5-6 year olds plus parents and siblings…it’s exactly as chaotic as it sounds. But no one got their face smashed by looking into the ball return, so good?


Thankful… for a special bakery date with Caleb on our last 3pm pick-up. (After care until 6 started Wednesday)

IMG_7598Rejoiced… that after care seems to be ok for both boys because big changes Monday morning.

Enjoyed… finally making it to the NYPL reading room to work for an afternoon. It’s peaceful and beautiful. I got to do some e-reading and handwriting for my lit review.


Writing… more than 4,000 words this week and feeling like just maybe it isn’t a pipe dream to finish this thing in three months while working.

Visiting…. Simon’s class for a Lunar New Year celebration. I will definitely miss being able to make all of these little things and getting a glimpse into his classroom.



around here: week 4

Jan 20-27

Debating…the pros and cons of taking a job. I got an offer! It is a big decision and a big change. It wasn’t easy and we didn’t make it lightly, but…

Happy…to have reached a decision and to have a new direction. Taking this job is right. And exciting. And big things to come. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching over the past few months trying to figure out what it is I want to do with my life and my degree.


Surprised…At how well Simon is reading.

Enjoying…a night out with good friends.

Playing…with the slo-mo setting on our new phones
Still laughing…at these.

around here: week 3

Jan 14-19

Writing…my dissertation. This one will be ongoing for awhile still but I found a renewed motivation to dive deep.

Resting…and remembering to practice self care. It’s so easy to go go go. We took a family nap on Sunday.

Finishing…my new year’s purge and organize. For the first time in a long time there is (almost) a place for everything. I have a bit more to go. But it feels nice.

Excited…that Simon started after school. Someone else to help him with homework. And some good running around time in the winter when that can be hard to find.

Laughing…at Kindergarten Arts for Recess. To keep the kids active the PTA has dancers come in 3 days a week to get the Kinder kids moving. A parent volunteer helps with the chaos and there may be some parent dancing. I’m still not used to being known as “Simon’s mom”. I wish I could show that video, but…other people’s kids.Downloading…Stylebook. It was a good distraction for a couple of commutes. We’ll see if I keep it up. But I like the concept.Playing…with the filters on MSQRD. Think Snapchat but it stays on your phone. I think – I don’t Snapchat, so I could be making that up.

Reading…Smart But Scattered. I’ve had this one for awhile, but my library renewal was up, so motivation to finish. Really interesting book on executive function skills. It goes through the different skills and what kinds of tasks children can be expected to complete at different ages. But the most interesting part was about how we all have strengths and weaknesses and how when parents have different strengths and weaknesses from their children, there can be conflict. So a good book to take different view on some of our most common conflicts.

Waiting…to hear something more about the job.

around here: week 2

IMG_7487Relishing… the first big snowfall of the year. We love our local sledding hill and bonus, our besties just moved into the building at the bottom of the hill making bathroom breaks a reality. This is the first year Caleb can fully enjoy the snow. He had a blast going down in the tube with Dad and Mom. Simon is big enough this year to really sled on his own, meaning he can go down and up the hill with his blue saucer. Simon and his buddies went off on a side hill on their own, which was cute. But also, did they have to pick the path through the trees? Then I saw the teenage boys snowboarding…and at least one on a skateboard. If this is my life in 10 years, I’ll take the tree laden hill with a parent supervising.

Celebrating… our last Christmas with Grandma Val and Uncle Josh. Legos were the theme of the day.

Shopping… for a suit to wear to my interview.

Nailing… the Interview. I won’t hear back for a bit, but I felt like it went well and if I get this job I think it will be a really good one.IMG_7503Looking forward… each week to Hump Day Hot Drinks, when Pastor John sets up a free coffee and hot chocolate stand in front of our church office each Wednesday. It’s right on our walk to school and day care, and the little guys love their hot chocolate. Caleb asks most mornings, “Is it hot chocolate day?” So I drew a mug on the Wednesday’s on their calendar so he can check for himself.


IMG_7496Enjoying… gymnastics class. I signed Simon up after being on the wait list for a space forever, then realized that Caleb is old enough too. Almost, it’s a 3-5 year class and he will be 3 in a month, so they said ok. Caleb is a little nuts, but both coaches say it’s fine. Simon loves it, so much that getting him off the floor to go home is a struggle.

Watching… Switched at Birth. Vanessa Marano was a guest on a podcast I listen too. And I realized I never watched past the fist season. It’s a good background show, except that there are scenes entirely in ASL, so I do have to be able to see the screen. There has been some rewinding since I rarely watch anything as a single activity.




around here: week 1

Resting… after a long road trip.

Missing… all the Indiana and Ohio family

Cleaning… everything. I’ve grown to love the big clean-up that comes at the end of Christmas. A new year, a new clean start. Didn’t quite finish.

Enjoying… consciously engaging with the boys after school. And I say enjoying because when we are all on the same page it is great. But I also had one of my worst days ever as a parent this week. It wasn’t pretty, either the kids behavior or my reaction to it. But we say I’m sorry, and the next day really was a better day.

IMG_7429 Worrying… about how long Simon’s transition back from the school break will take. It’s been a rough week.

Eating… real dinners every night this week. Thanks to Fresh Direct, meal planning (I really really want to keep this one up), and Instant Pot I made a dinner that included vegetables every night this week. Also eating breakfasts by Rob.

Working…on setting up my new To Do Journal. It worked out well that I started a new journal the same time as the 2017 planner. I love my paper planning even if I do use my phone’s calendar too.

Excited… that I got an interview for a job.

Hoping… that this year isn’t so busy and I can find time for hobbies, like blogging again.

Laughing… at the size of our new wagon. But really it’s awesome and will be great for groceries and park stuff and kids as we start aging out of the stroller.IMG_7425