• Birthday

    And Then She Was Twelve

    Lounging at the amphitheatre

    With each year that passes, Leah gets more and more excited in the weeks leading up to her birthday. This year, with little else to occupy her thoughts, Leah has been obsessing about her birthday for months. What will we eat? What kind of cake? What about presents? It’s been the longest period of birthday anticipation ever and I think it’s exhausted everyone. (I know I’m ready for a slice of cake and then a nap at this point.) But it’s finally here and I’m so thrilled with the person Leah is growing into. She continues to exercise perseverance in spades and her sense of compassion for others is second to none. And as Leah keeps reminding me, this is her last year of being a kid… so she plans on packing lots of childlike fun into the next 365 days. Our low-key birthday plans involve sushi for lunch, cake…

  • Out and About

    Making the Most of Things

    Hanging out at the playground

    It’s been a weird summer, which is quite the understatement. No camps, no vacations, no kids running in and out of the house. Instead, there’s been a quiet monotony to our days that has been, if I’m completely honest, fine. Not great but not horrible, either. What it has meant is that each slight easing of restrictions is met with unmitigated joy, whether that’s getting to ever-so-slightly expand our social circle, or today’s reopening of playgrounds. The thought of getting to slide and swing for the first time this year was so exciting that Leah had trouble falling asleep last night. Truly, I feel like the last few months have encouraged (or more likely, forced) us to find contentment in whatever the circumstances, so even small outings now seem over-the-top amazing. Much to her delight, Leah found the playground completely empty this morning, so she had full run of all…