Friday, March 29, 2013

enzo is seven!

happy birthday enzo!  we all had a great time playing soccer and bouncing in the big bouncy house and thanks for the pizza and cupcakes gabe and tina!
this is what a bunch of 7 year olds look like

this is what a bunch of 7 year olds and one 4 year old and two 40somethings look like

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

the big bike

luca decided yesterday that he had to start riding true's old bike, and it had to happen on that day.  this bike is a pretty big step up from his little one-  but of course, he handled it quite well and likely could have been riding on it for a while now.  it's been great to cruise around with these boys,  it brings an old and forgotten perspective on's all about having a really good time.

Monday, March 18, 2013

carrying babies

babies come in all shapes and sizes, and even when they grow up and text and tweet and shop at lululemon,  they are still our babies!

Friday, March 15, 2013


i'll miss nightly ritual when it goes away.  and it seems that may be any day now.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

getting dirty

it was sunday and true was bored.  he walked circles around the house, missing his little brother who was at a playdate with friend lucie.  aaron told true to put his shoes on and go over to Matt's.  there wasn't a lot of hesitation, and i think true felt pretty grown up about going there by himself and knocking on the door.  true was gone for four (4)! hours.  i'm not sure what matt had him doing, but it involved dirt and worms.  matt is our favorite neighbor and a good friend, and we feel fortunate to have such  positive adult influence on our kids' lives.

Monday, March 11, 2013

the long ride

squinting from all that awesome sunshine!

luca, very proud of himself for such a long ride

snack time for more fuel to make it home
true and luca think it's unfair that mom and dad get to go on bike rides where we are gone for hours, whilst their bike rides are not so long.  both of the boys keep bugging me to go for a really LONG ride, so with sunny weather and temps in the 50's,  i decided to honor their request.   we ended up riding about 8 miles, with a few stops for snacks.  the boys were very good riders, staying to the right, and generally avoiding the cyclists that were flying by (we were on the BG, a great in city trail for pedestrians and cyclists).  i ran behind the boys while they pedaled as fast as they could....and unexpected workout for me!  we ended our day with girl scout cookies and laying in the sunshine on our front lawn, waiting for dad to return from his big bike ride.  and now we truly have spring fever and can't wait to get out for some even longer rides.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

a lesson for mom

with a busy weekend, a lot to do, little time to do it...i found myself on the side of irritable. nothing was right, i was barking constant orders to the kids and nobody was happy.  true was busy with an art project and i found him using up the last of the *expensive* double stick tape.  i barked at him for wasting *expensive* tape.  he was truly sad, apologized....and i only half noticed.  then i barked more orders like, "don't stick up that sign on the walls, it will ruin the paint", and "don't stick that sign up on the furniture, it will leave a sticky residue and look terrible".   he apologizes again, and asks if he can put it on his door.  sure, i reply.
well, looky here at what his sign says:

 in case you need a close up, here it is again:

and then, a quick end to my ranting, and a big hug for my oldest, followed by a big apology.  
sometimes, you just need to step back, look at yourself, and be thankful for all the love of your family. you can only drink the ocean of work one teaspoon at a time and remember what really matters-  like a sign made by your son. lesson learned.