Family Time

Racist Waitress

Now that the twins are here, it seems like we attract attention everywhere we go. I’m not sure if it is the twin-thing, or the six-kids-in-the-city thing, but I can’t get through the grocery store or down the sidewalk without comments and questions from strangers. I know people (usually) have good intentions, so I’m (usually) [...]

The Last Supper

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The babies are coming. Soon. Like, today. Despite the flurry of the past few weeks, with nesting in full gear and a to-do list that never ended, Chris and I took the kids out for one last dinner as a family of six last night. We went to Club Lago, our favorite neighborhood family restaurant, [...]

Summer Day

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Summer officially started for our family (and Mother Nature) this week, and we couldn’t be happier. After a cloudy, rainy day on Wednesday, today’s PERFECT summer weather demanded that we spend the day outdoors. I couldn’t have been more happy to oblige. One of the many reasons I never want to leave the city is [...]

Jabari Dreams of Freedom


Evie’s class celebrated Black History Month throughout February, and even though we are well into April the lessons keep coming. She worked on a big project about Rosa Parks for weeks, and the other day she presented it to her class. She was so PROUD to tell me that it went great! I’m glad her [...]

Maple Syrup in March

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Today we took a long drive out to the country to learn about how to make maple syrup with my sisters, their kids, and our dad. It was a crisp spring day – cool, but the smell of life floated in the air. The soil is softening and the buds are bursting and the birds [...]

2015: A Year of Good


2015. A hundred years from now, what will people say about this year? What will be remembered? Probably that this was the year when terrorism of all kinds took hold. Or that this was another year when politicians did absolutely nothing. Or perhaps the world will remember the countries and people who did nothing to [...]

Christmas Songs That Skip the Saccharine


“It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war. A war can be justified, so to speak, with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war, piecemeal though that war may be—a little here, a little there—there is no [...]

Our Advent Wreath


The holiday season is moving full speed ahead in our house. We set out Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, and our GIANT Christmas tree is cheerfully sprinkling pine needles all over the floor. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. One new tradition I started this year is a family Advent [...]

Día de los Muertos


In the past couple of years our family has lost my grandma and Chris’s grandfather. The kids ask about them all the time, and we love when they do!  We recall how Grandma always sent them holiday and birthday cards. We remember Boompa’s devotion to his family’s health and happiness. They were two spectacular people who [...]

The Kids’ Table (+ Cinnamon Apple Cake)


I was recently asked by a local kids cooking school what my definition of “The Kids Table” is. It took me just a few moments of reflection to come up with my answer: time together. Kids should feel welcome in the kitchen at any time. It is the heart of every home, the place where [...]

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