Tuesday, February 17, 2015


This weekend, we gathered with three college friends of mine and their families. We were 7 adults and 4 children. We went to Lavender Hill Farm on Vashon Island. The weather was like spring in Hawaii. My college pal Robert and husband Mario presented all the kids with beautiful kites. We hiked to the water through a forest and flew kites. We ate great meals, relaxed and had fun.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Jack's first overnight away from home

Saturday night Jack went to a small birthday party at Great Wolf Lodge. The parents told me I could come (the other boy's parents were going to go) if I wanted but that they would be happy to take Jack without me. I asked Jack what he wanted and he was clear: he wanted to go without me.

We received many photos for the 24 hours he was gone. He seemed to have a great time. He called me to tell me how things were going. It was non-stop activity and when he got home, he completely freaked out from fatigue.

How's your love life

Sonia: I love Indy
Mom: oh?
Sonia: It's strange to be a kid and really love someone
Mom: hmm
Sonia: Allister loved me but I didn't love him
Mom: How does Indy feel?
Sonia: He doesn't love me
Mom: yet?
Sonia: I don't know

Sonia and Indy

Thursday, February 05, 2015


We are always late for school. This morning, in an effort to end this trend, I woke the kids up 15 minutes earlier than normal. As usual, I was yelling at Sonia to get dressed. We are late because of her. She dawdles and it is annoying to me so I yell (after asking nicely at least 10 times). This morning we had this conversation:


Sonia: Mom, you get what you get and you don't throw a fit.

Me: What are you talking about?

Sonia: YOU ARE THROWING A FIT. You get what you get a you don't throw a fit.

The logic of her statement is sound. I call it speaking sharply in an effort to make the children do what they are supposed to do in the morning. She calls it a fit because I am yelling and she finds it annoying.  I would define fits similarly. She often uses my own tactics on me for behavior she finds annoying or bothersome. Then we get stuck in an infinite loop. It is hilarious and irritating at the same time.


We went to the dentist last week. Jack was very anxious about the visit as he did not want to hear he had more cavities. He doesn't! I have found religion and we are now vigilant about teeth care.