what are you doing new year’s eve?

They’re part of a well-attended online preteen gathering, laughing and just running back to grab snacks occasionally. They stayed on until midnight. It was very dear. We have crackers and cheese, knitting and Peep Show.

béla leaves letters on the christmas tree

When I saw he had done this, I realized it made him the only person without one; but it was not hard to jump in and write one. It was harder to stop. Claudia is less open about what parts of herself she wants on the Internet (although sometimes seems confused that, as a performer,…

christmas 2020

Big Kid Christmas. First Christmas that neither of them received a toy as a gift (actually, one “toy” — one nice wooden table game focused on dexterity and pattern-recognition through use of chopsticks). Getting things displayed nicely once they’ve gone to sleep, and still getting a few hours of sleep ourselves… for me it’s still…

keeping with tradition, 2020 version

In 2018, we had a good friend who had just had her first baby. We also had a new friend, who had a little boy who adored Béla, and for whom Béla loved to be the Big Guy. So — we went to Macy’s for Christmas. In 2019, we did it again, establishing a Yearly…

the bounty and the terror of the season is upon us

Christmastime is magical for this family, where the unanimous vote for “best holiday activity” is often “be together”. As corny as that sounds. As much as the world can find ways to make even that simple wish a struggle. It’s really true. And this week has been lovely. But unfortunately, a nightmare to our friends…

it’s you…and me, forever

This darling girl. She needs so much more building up than she needs tearing down. What Black child in America does not need that sentiment right now? And yet what do we see every day? Tear her down too much, you will never get her back — but she will keep herself. She has too…

this is major marble to ground control

To keep Marble toxin-free as we dealt with some home improvements this weekend, we took her in her magic bubble for our local shopping center walk. She was so relaxed, so brave, so curious. In the afternoon and evening there was a Game Day reunion for Odyssey Teen Camp kids and B and C indulged…

pyewacket!

(That’s reviewer’s opinion in the U.K: but we love it too.) NOW. A word or two about buying special, grand Advent calendars: some are great. Some Advent calendars are so very cool. And some. Are. Crap. Not just two weeks late, but crap. This beaten-up “activity kit” contained no insert with any information; no identification…

see y’all.

We’re being those people who pretend they love nature but really just love buying things from catalogs! Here we go off on our latest adventure! And don’t worry about watering our succulents for us — they’re really easy to overwater. Marble is in love with this backpack. She’s always been fond of hitching a ride,…

this photo is just irresistible.

I bought them the year-long subscription to Masterclass because I wanted Claudia to take David Sedaris’ writing course. While Claudia still writes fantasy fiction for the most part, she told me recently, not in so many words, that the pen was mightier than the sword. And that she had some life experiences she wanted to……

it’s coming along, and soon it’ll be coming together

Béla’s sweater. We’re pretty happy with all our new curricula, except maybe the science workbooks. They are “grade”-appropriate, but topic wise they are all over the place, and no lesson builds on any other. Very Teaching To The Test. We’ve had this — and two other volumes like it (Physics, and something else)– for years….