Look out, snow! We’re coming atcha.

Family selfie before we head out to sled at Wanoga Snow Park. Amelia, who did not wish to be included in a family selfie: “Mom, did you notice how I didn’t smile?”

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The fear of a bad Christmas; or, not another “the real gift isn’t under the tree” post

Around this time of year I tend to catch myself acting weird, and realize in astonishment (every year!) that I’m feeling some low-level anxiety about Christmas. Consistently and inexplicably, I worry that The Kids Will Not Have A Good Christmas. Where does this come from? Why does it not collapse under the weight of its…… Continue reading The fear of a bad Christmas; or, not another “the real gift isn’t under the tree” post

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Breaking: how Baxter got his look

Amelia crafted a “microphone” this morning so she could conduct interviews and provide commentary during her day at camp. In this video, she interviews Baxter about “how he got his look;” the coaching fail is killing me. ❤️​​​​

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Baxter, on Pokemon world

​​Baxter has never seen any Pokemon anything — show or Go — but he’s been picking up some of the mythology via oral tradition, at day camp this summer. And now he’s running with it. As the story goes, when it’s night in our land, it’s daytime in Pokemon world, and so Baxter goes and…… Continue reading Baxter, on Pokemon world

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Tree deck!

Tom’s been working on building the kids a tree-related structure (we don’t have any trees that would support an actual tree house). Amelia has been his helper. Witness the half-done result: the tree deck!  Eventually it will have a ladder and railings and other fun accoutrements. Yay, we’ve been wanting to do this since we…… Continue reading Tree deck!

Poem: Scold

You did a thing I didn’t like. I ask you why and tell you how I’m angry, sad. You nod. Your face gets pink. Tears well, and roll, and drop. You ask to change the subject but I keep talking about it, hoping that if I repeat myself enough, next time you’ll make a different…… Continue reading Poem: Scold

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