Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

Ok how many moms out there cannot stand the question “are you getting enough sleep?” when you first had your babies?  At first I thought this was a kind gesture; making sure mamma is taking care of herself.  But then it very quickly dissolved into the always berating topic of whether or not you ‘properly taught your child how to sleep’ – as if sleeping is teachable? Of course I say this NOT coming from a place of researched science but instead from experience: I’ve always been that person who – as soon as my head hits a pillow – I think of everything going on in my own world, as well as in the world at large.  Anxiety? Creative imagination? Too much or too little exercise?  It shouldn’t have been at all surprising that my own babies didn’t love sleep – and then being tortured with all the expectations via books, well meaning friends/relatives, and forgetful older parents who insisted that their kids ‘slept just fine’ (and did their own homework without prodding, and were potty trained by age 1) – well it was just pouring salt on the wound.

My mamma friend Nia posted this gorgeous shot (below) of her little princess found again basking in the warm luxury that is the adult bed (my kids seem to think my bed is infinitely softer and warmer than theirs). She posed the question: “anyone else dealing with this?”  Many of us are, and many of us know the day will come that they won’t be so close and warm in our cozy beds anymore so … why fret the occasional tip toeing in after a nightmare?

Since our playground is made up of parents from everywhere, I often was reassured by a mom from Ghana or Columbia or India that ‘this sleeping alone thing is purely an American obsession, where you have the luxury of a big house’.  Hmmm – a new way to think about this.

Now I just have to get our dog Louie off my pillow.

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 12.26.29 PM

Mocha Mommy found her little one in the big bed again!

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Well yes, we are already back at it.  This summer really did just fly by and now we are back to the grind again.  Ezra is entering middle school/6th grade and Zoe is loving 2nd grade.  I can’t believe how quickly these kiddos are growing … can you?

IMG_9481

big kids hanging on our front stoop

IMG_9472

Zoe carefully laid out her outfit the night before

IMG_9473

she’s back with the gang! Zoe, Enna, Rosalie, Annisa, Kensington and Paris

Read Full Post »

Our end-of-summer ritual … going to the Goshen Fair.  It’s not often that our family separates – but this time Zoe was hell-bent on seeing all the cute animals and Ezra wanted to hit Lime Rock for their annual Classic Car Show.  So my girl and I got a day on our own:

IMG_9411IMG_9412IMG_9416IMG_9422

IMG_9427

She and her new friend Luca had walkie talkies, and spoke through these even when only a foot apart from each other!

IMG_9430IMG_9431IMG_9433

Read Full Post »

As the weekends here grow colder (yes, they already are!) we joined some friends to try on some ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) in the woods.   I basically lived in the one pair of corduroy pants,  fleece and scarf that I packed – and my bathing suit was largely ignored.  But this was not the case for my husband and Ezra who braved the (slightly warmer) pond to try on some new and crazy water sports!  This is the last week before school starts here in NYC and – I have to say – this summer went by far far too quickly.

(a special thank you to the Marten family for letting us join along for the fun!)

IMG_9341

waking to fog on the lake.. or is that frost?

IMG_9347

Zoe practices her gymnastic skills on a slack line by the kids’ tree tent

IMG_9357

The Martens have a way of decorating tent entrances!

IMG_9358IMG_9360

IMG_9367

Ezra and Zoe love playing in here..

IMG_9373

caught a fish!

IMG_9376

jet ski!

IMG_9380

Yeah, there was even a water jet pack to try on .. and of course my husband tried it

Read Full Post »

While Zoe was doing her garden camp, Ezra tried on drama camp at an Astoria School.  Serious  Fun offered a chance for kids to pull together a play in 6 weeks.  Some kids tackled sound and lights, others painted backdrops and gathered wardrobe.  Ezra got to hone his acting chops – as “Mike” in Homeroom – and we are so so proud of his solo!  What a talented cast!

See it here:

IMG_9250

the crowd grows while anxious kids stay behind the curtain

IMG_9251

kids managing music and lights

IMG_9254

decorations outside in the halls make you feel like you are really in the school with the play!

IMG_9259IMG_9263

Read Full Post »

Our 84 year old neighbor made the interesting point; that kids no longer get ‘home ec’ classes at school.  She worried that this made kids good at ‘books’ but not good at cooking, sewing, building.  I thought about it every time she came around with knitting needles and offered to show me how to ‘cast on’ again (I always forget this).  And learning from her is so much nicer than trying to watch a youtube video.  When a home-schooling friend posted to Instagram images of her daughter at sew-camp — I had to call in our local sewing master Loren to have a ‘sew camp of our own’ for a night.  The kids loved learning how to use a sewing machine; threading it and  making fun stitching patterns on fabric.  I hope to do it again soon!

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 3.34.54 PM

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 3.35.13 PM

our friend Alice in Columbus OH area got us excited about this idea..

 

And our own attempt to a sew camp:
IMG_8535IMG_8536IMG_8537<>IMG_8542IMG_8548

Read Full Post »

Well it seems our little muffin cannot tolerate gluten like some of us do.  We have to start a GF (gluten free) home and frankly, I’m somewhat excited to see how it may improve the health of all of us.  Surprisingly it’s a lot easier to do this than – say 10 years ago.  So much GF food is available these days and – as it just so happens – it seems Zoe is eating mostly GF anyhow (perhaps her body already knew?) She loves hard boiled eggs and seaweed for lunch, and balks at the idea of eating a sandwich with it’s bread – so half the battle is won for us.  It’s just new to my husband and I – who for years have said with pride “our kids will eat anything!”  Now sadly – our dumpling outings may be curtailed a bit – but all for a good reason.

This little trooper is done with tests and ready to eat gluten free!  And in the photo mix below; see her using my yellow sweater in a new way while snoozing in the car ride home from upstate.  (Sleeves as pants! This girl comes up with the most interesting ideas sometimes… )

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.04.59 PM

I could eat these little French fry toes: IMG_8776

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »