Crafty Girl Party Report

As you may remember, I recently hosted what I call the annual Crafty Girls party. I started doing this party a few years ago because I liked the idea of getting the girls excited for holiday stuff beyond the presents on Christmas morning and because I like slightly-too-ambitious craft projects. We do it after school, … [Read more…]

Hanging Around at Home

We’ve arrived back home, and I was a bit disappointed that there isn’t more snow here. Did everyone see this super-cool time lapse video from New Jersey? The other day, the TU’s Parent-to-Parent blog had a reader asking what she should do with her 4-year-old daughter for the long winter break. At the time, I … [Read more…]

Snowed In

We stayed in Vermont all day today because there was just Too. Much. Snow. to try to go home. Here’s what I did instead of ever leaving the house: Played a marathon game of Loaded Questions Retold and heard stories of the courtship of the various family couples With my sister, gave every girl aged … [Read more…]

Merry Christmas!

The children are nestled all snug in their beds, and so begins my favorite part of Christmas Eve: hunting down all the stashed-away gifts and stuffing the stockings. Then a snack and a glass of wine. One funny thing about this Christmas season: for some reason, neither of my children has been able to remember … [Read more…]


I’m exhausted from having 8 little girls crafting and frolicking at my house, so I’m not going to provide you with a quality post tonight. Instead, here’s a conversation that I overheard between M and her 3rd-grade girlfriend. One of their other friends had already left the party, and she’d forgotten to bring home her … [Read more…]

Holiday Deliciousness: Shortbread

Oh, the pretty shortbread! This is another family Christmas tradition. We’d snack on shortbread first thing in the morning while the bigger, more elaborate Christmas breakfast was still being prepared. Not that this should in any way count as breakfast. But it’s tasty, and if you have a gorgeous shortbread mold, it’s also beautiful as … [Read more…]

Feats of Daring and Bravery!

I braved the mall today. I am almost completely done with my shopping, but there are always a few things that elude me, or that I think of at the last minute. So I made a list, checked it twice, ate some extra protein, and left for the mall. Without my list. Luckily, since I’d … [Read more…]

Last Weekend Before Christmas

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. Here’s what’s happening this weekend: All Weekend: Melodies of Christmas is playing all weekend at Proctors. NYSTI‘s A Christmas Carol continues this weekend. It’s recommended for ages 7 and up. Home Made Theater presents Ramona Quimby this weekend. Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany continues  A Christmas … [Read more…]