Thanksgiving

After our smallest Thanksgiving ever last year (just Cute W, J, and me — M was away in Colorado), we hosted Thanksgiving again this year for a total of what ended up being 19 of us. Along with the return of guests for Thanksgiving, we also brought back our Thankful Tree tradition. A few years … [Read more…]

Getting Ready for the Holidays

I know, you’re right. It’s been a while. First, I’m actually very pleased with the number of holiday activities I’ve found for KidsOutAndAbout, which you can see here. I also think that subscriptions are a great gift idea and there are SO MANY of them — here’s a list we put together if you need … [Read more…]

Bittersweet School Stuff

In spite of the Facebook love-hate relationship, I sincerely love seeing friends’ first day of school and prom photos. This year, though, the Facebook Memories function felt particularly bittersweet. With the first kid gone from the house entirely and the second kid speeding through a high school career that still hasn’t managed to become normal, … [Read more…]

KidsOutAndAbout Stuff

In honor of some events actually happening these days, I’ve started updating the Events page again. These links will take you to KidsOutAndAbout first, and then there’s generally a link directly to the organization hosting the event so you can get the up-to-date details. Our family had a fun weekend at Greek Peak when I … [Read more…]

Sex Ed

This is a recycled and re-recycled post from long, long ago. I remembered it because I recently had to complete some mandatory sexual harassment training for work, even though of course I work from home, usually alone in my house, so I think my coworkers are pretty safe. Although now that I think of it, … [Read more…]

Sickness and Possible Mistakes

I am finally back to (mostly) normal after a full week sick with the worst cold ever. And YES, I got tested for Covid and it was negative. In fact, two weeks ago Cute W was at a professional conference in which (of course) someone ended up testing positive after they all got home, so … [Read more…]

Nature

Blogging was simpler when the kids were super-little. These days, there are so many things going on that I know I shouldn’t write about for the general public, and then I’ll start idly telling some charming little anecdotes and suddenly I’ll realize: “hmm, the girls probably don’t want me to write about any of that, … [Read more…]

U-Pick Flowers at Lansing Farm Market

Recently I saw a Facebook ad that just screamed out for J: a U-Pick Flowers event at nearby Lansing Farm Market (they’re on Lisha Kill Road in Colonie). Sure enough, she loved the idea. She and a friend decided to go together. For $25, you can walk around the farm’s rows of flowers and fill … [Read more…]

We’re Down One Daughter

Cute W and I delivered the package to Iowa last week. It is a very long drive, about 16 or 17 hours without stops or traffic, so we stayed in a hotel each way. On the way out, Cute W was super-excited to pick up a bunch of donuts from Do-Rite Donuts, which we visited … [Read more…]

The School Year Looms

Yep, I get it. It’s been well over a month since I’ve written here. This summer has felt pretty exhausting, really. It’s been busy, with every weekend jam-packed, it’s been a little anxious as each daughter has tried to make plans through uncertainty, and it’s been pretty melancholy as we prepared for what I jokingly … [Read more…]