I want my kids to love Santa Claus every bit as much as I did. But each year, I kinda forget how we did it the previous year.
My friend Nila contributed her story to our birth story series and encouraged me to title it, “You can do it standing up!” Read on to get the full story in her words. I feel the need to preface this birth story with the fact that I have never owned a pair of Birkenstocks and […]
Friends, nine Christmases into this parenting thing and I have a useful tip to share: You can and your friends can go in on stocking stuffers. Here’s how: Mentally assemble your friends with similar age kids and share this post with a little note saying, “This! I want to do this for Christmas.” Gather up […]
Happy Blogiversary to us! I’m so excited to wish this blog a very happy birth day and celebrate a few sentimental moments along the way. Whitney knew I wanted to say, “Yay! This is a big blogging deal” but she didn’t know what I had planned. Here I present a few well wishes from ten […]
When our family found out we were expecting a third baby, we made the (tough) decision to get a minivan. We had been busting out of our smaller car and could never offer an adult visitor a ride let alone help out for a carpool. Milo was so excited that he told his whole preschool about […]
Kaylie F deserves a gigantic gold star for beating down the Rookie Moms Challenges like nobody’s business. She tags them with #rookiemoms, too.
The Challenge: Swim with your baby Having grown up on an island, everyone around me, including myself, learned to swim very early in life. So, I was thrilled when I saw that taking Weston to a swim class was actually Rookie Mom Challenge #27: Go Swimming! Luckily for everyone involved, Laura already completed this challenge, and […]
An influential force in the village that is helping me raise my children is our preschool community, a quirky, community-minded cohort of families. For example: each eldest class in the school nominates a name for themselves, and Sawyer is a proud member of the Rainbow Penguins (#howberkeleycanyoube). This weekend, we co-hosted a fourth birthday party with […]
About a year ago, I wrote moodily about the lasts being harder to notice than the firsts. And as my (last) baby approaches his fourth birthday, I’m feeling it all again. Earlier this week, we had his first day of (his next year of) preschool. Oh sure, the school barely closed for a week in […]
Allow me to present the third installment of our Very Rookie Summer series. Elizabeth shares two different days from her life with baby Zaida that are seven weeks apart. We love her stories for reminding us so fully of what a difference a few weeks not-quite-two months can make in the life of a rookie […]
As part of my 101 things in 1001 days, I’m taking on another challenge: Can I be happy for 100 days in a row? Yes, it is a list within the bigger list… good thing I love lists! Day 1 of the #100happydays project. Me & @alecflett on a lazy river #californiagreatamerica #100daysofhappy A photo […]
Here’s the thing. When you go out of town as just the family and the baby goes to bed before 8 p.m.*, the rest of the evening can be oppressively quiet for you and your partner, and sadly, not that different from evenings you already spend together at home. One answer to this dilemma is […]