Wednesday, April 27, 2016


New York, 2016

Axel is on spring break this week so today we went on a special trip into the city, just the two of us.

We visited City Treehouse (a playspace with an indoor water table), the Highline and the Pershing Square Beams, and the Whitney Museum.

New York was so gorgeous today it seemed like the city was almost showing off. Perfect spring weather, buskers everywhere playing beautiful music on cellos, violins, and saxophones...and Axel was so well behaved, we had a blast.

It's really nice that he's getting to an age where we can do things we both enjoy together, and days like this give me renewed faith in city life with kids. Onwards and upwards!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Storm King

New York, 2016

We made it to Storm King over the weekend, which has been on our to do list for ages. It's a huge sculpture park in the Hudson Valley with works by artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Alexander Calder, and Mark de Suvero.

The boys mainly liked the tire swing and pizza in Cornwall-on-Hudson afterwards, but they definitely had fun running in the grass picking dandelions, wondering why the couldn't "ride" on more of the art works.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Williamsburg, 2016

Fridays feel a little bit different these days, now that the weekend is a merry go round of germs, swim lessons, sibling brawls, and early wake ups. Even so, these guys are pretty sweet.

In case you find yourself with some Saturday leisure time, I liked this piece on ADHD and 'group intelligence' as well as this podcast on why NPR's Terry Gross chose not to have kids. This story, on how to raise billionaires, is pretty funny and bizarre-o too.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Williamsburg, 2016

Some scenery from our outings lately. Axel especially liked the cat in the hat.

My only question: what is 'all natural' cotton candy?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

So Big, So Small

Axel, 2016

Occasionally I find myself swimming against the current and wondering why it's hard to accomplish much on any given day. I look at a picture like this one, and Axel seems improbably tall, with a very grown up expression. And then I remember he's not even four. And the others are even smaller....

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In Bloom

Brooklyn, 2016

There are a few hints that spring is really here to stay in Brooklyn, and it's beautiful to behold. I think I gazed up at this tree today for a good three minutes.

Have you read this article, on motherhood and creativity? It definitely resonated with me. I was also really interested in this story, on Minecraft (who knew?) and this one, on raising boys.

Am now curled up and watching the very prickly Democratic debate (live from Brooklyn.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Birds of Prey

Virgin Islands, 2016

This picture from our trip makes me laugh because Will kept meeting preppy, rum drinking older gentlemen on St. John (er, not in a shady way) who said things like "well now, you must be in the entertainment business." Rockstar dad is home today, yay!

Meanwhile, Axel has a cough but insisted on going to school this morning because it's 'Birds of Prey' day, which means a big assembly with live owls, hawks, and falcons. Obviously!

Monday, April 11, 2016


Oscar, 2016

Well, I'm not ready to do a victory lap yet (and I couldn't run one anyway, because I stubbed my foot on a cat scratching post and broke my pinky toe yesterday) but so far the boys and I have survived five days without Will, who is in Tokyo on an adventure.

He's back in a few days and I will be very glad, but it's been interesting managing the evenings, mornings, and much of the weekend solo.

We had a new sitter come for a few hours yesterday. She has a degree in early childhood education and twelve years of experience as a nanny. She was with us for three hours and the boys were going a little wild. It wasn't long before she said, "Um, you have your hands full."

I have a feeling she might not come back. Was it the biting or the projectile playdough balls? Or feeding Ozzy bites of pasta as he zoomed around the living room on a balance bike?

Anyway, at least they didn't tie her (or me) to a chair.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bo: Four Months Old

Bo, 2016

In the middle of all the craziness, this boy is ridiculously happy-making and seems content to come along for the ride. These days, he's long, plump, and (thanks to the equatorial sun) rather rosy cheeked.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Tortola and St. John, 2016

Did I mention the sobbing, screen time, and sleepless nights?

I feel I should add a disclaimer that we had our highs and our lows this trip (lest anyone think we were just wafting around collecting sea shells. Or 'sea shelfs' as Ozzy calls them.) And we brought our nanny, who made it all that much more doable, but it was still hard at times, especially when trying to hop on and off of ferries, clear immigration, and wrangle all the bags and babies in the humid heat.

The kids had zero interest in appearing in a full family photo, as you can tell. So much to look at, so little time.

But I hope somewhere in their little brains the memory or running wild at the beach, finding hermit crabs, and listening to the crashing waves stays with them, and when they look back at these pictures they'll have a laugh. And I'm glad we're still brave enough for a big adventure every now and then.
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