Pussycat Mama

Like I started to say before, I’ve been increasingly indulgent lately. Cute W has long¬†teased that I’m a Pussycat Mama as opposed to a Tiger Mother, but lately I’m even more of a soft touch. I have less fear, these days, that I will entirely ruin my children by allowing them to get away with … [Read more…]

As It Turns Out, My Children Are Mostly Awesome

I am becoming an increasingly indulgent mother.¬† Suddenly, my daughters seem old. With their first years of high school and middle school over now, it feels like the end of their childhoods are hurtling toward me at break-neck speed. When they were toddlers and preschoolers, every decision, every parenting choice felt weighty and precedent-setting. There … [Read more…]

Nothing Goes to Waste

That last post on Summer Aspirations was excellent for me, personally, because it motivated me to poll the rest of the family and get started on our summer To Do list. There was unanimous and enthusiastic support for a Van’s/Music Man combo outing, a visit to the Schuyler Mansion, kayaking, and berry picking. Yesterday was … [Read more…]

Summer Aspirations

We’ve got the broad outlines of our summer schedule settled. Basically, J is overbooked for July and early August (gymnastics practice, a Young Women’s Engineering Institute, Volleyball Camp, and Circus Camp), then she’ll spend most of August just focused on gymnastics practice, which is plenty. M, meanwhile, is already gearing up for the school soccer … [Read more…]

Last Day in Paris

Friday was our last full day in Paris, and we hadn’t scheduled anything so that we could have a bit of flexibility. But there was one must-see that we hadn’t experienced, so we knew we had to go to Notre Dame. It was a beautiful day, and we started by picking up some quiches and … [Read more…]

School’s Out for Summer!

We had a celebration for J and her friends for the last day of middle school. This is a long-held tradition that started back when the kids were little and I knew that a couple of her friends’ moms would be at work all day, hours beyond the ridiculously-early school dismissal. I’m glad, now, that … [Read more…]

Sweet Summer

A few years ago our next door neighbor planted strawberries for us to share, and now it’s a flourishing crop. The girls love to go out and pick them. They’ll pick multiple times a day and bring in a pile each time. If you are not fortunate enough to have strawberries growing a few steps … [Read more…]

Cultural Excursions

Tomorrow is the last day of classes for the school year at Washington Irving, and I’m a little sad. For the last couple of months I’ve been tutoring there, mostly with a group of women from Afghanistan who don’t speak much English. They are awesome. They work super-hard and are so appreciative of any help … [Read more…]

Bike Tour, Musee d’Orsay, and More

On Thursday morning in Paris, we were scheduled to go on the Paris Charms & Secrets Tour (before you click the link, know that it auto-plays music). I wrote a review of the tour which you can see here: Review of Paris Charms & Secrets Tour. We were scheduled to meet our tour guide at … [Read more…]

Summer!

Hooray! We finally have some sunshine! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was beginning to feel a bit like Margot in “All Summer in a Day.” Which I said to my husband and younger daughter, and they hadn’t read the story by Ray Bradbury, which surprised me. It is a good … [Read more…]