The long, dark nights seem kind of fitting right now as news of the pandemic worsens. We know there will be good news eventually but that first breath of spring feels too far off still. We’ll spend another holiday shuttered up at home. We won’t go to any holiday open houses or meet for a… Continue reading Comfort and Joy
Week 37: Covid Thanksgiving
So, I have an embarrassing confession. After my melodramatic class picture lament, guess who got the email about scheduling class pictures? After hearing from many of you who actually couldn’t relate because you actually did get pictures, I guess I wasn’t all that shocked to learn my previous post was premature and unnecessary. Turns out… Continue reading Week 37: Covid Thanksgiving
Week 33: Ode to School Pictures
Is it weird that of all the things I could be missing about this school year, one of the things I’m missing most is school pictures? It’s not like I don’t have tens of thousands of pictures of my kids. I do (and more). School pictures are not unique. They do not showcase gorgeous scenery,… Continue reading Week 33: Ode to School Pictures
Lesson Learned While Planning a 3 Year Old’s Party
I like birthdays. They are like your own personal New Year. But I don’t fancy myself a great entertainer; I find it more stressful than fun. I like small, but special, celebrations to mark another year of life lived and lessons learned. But now that my kids are school, we have been to a few… Continue reading Lesson Learned While Planning a 3 Year Old’s Party
The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Or Ram.
Now that we’ve been in Asia for three years, the approach of Chinese New Year is less novel and more familiar. This year the celebrations will begin February 19. Two years ago I schooled you on the animals that help to usher in each new year and I smugly thought I had it all figured… Continue reading The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Or Ram.
Death by Legos
The Legos are going to kill me. Or someone in our family. Or all of us. My kids are 4 and almost 3. They should be playing with Duplo blocks - large, easy to manage, easy to spot. But they're not interested. They want the Legos. The itsy bitsy colorful death squares. Have you seen… Continue reading Death by Legos
Another trip around the sun. Another year over and a new one just begun. Another year closer to the end my friends. No wait, scratch that. New Year's is supposed to be light and beginning. Refreshing and positive. Let me start again. I've been blogging for three years now. Aside from making me realize that of… Continue reading 2015
Christmas in December. And November. (And October?)
Why not blend these two evolving holidays into one big, happy holiday season where turkeys and pilgrims and shepherds and Santas merrily dance around a decorated cornucopia of traditions?
The Mother’s Day Post (Or, How to Lose All your Facebook Friends in 960 words or less.)
What kind of mother/daughter/blogger would I be if I let Mother's Day pass without a post, or even a mention of my mother, and all the mother's who inspire and teach and helped make me the greatest mom ever? Or a shout out to my kids to show how much I love them and what… Continue reading The Mother’s Day Post (Or, How to Lose All your Facebook Friends in 960 words or less.)
Men in Fur Coats and Other Fun Things to See in Shanghai
I hate when people ask, "so what's it like living in Shanghai?" I suppose it's a fair question but I feel like I don't know how to answer it. If you've ever asked (or wondered) and I've given you some equally vague response. Today is your lucky day. I'm transporting you through space and… Continue reading Men in Fur Coats and Other Fun Things to See in Shanghai