Freedom Ride

The summer months bring a whole new current into our lives and system as a family. Justin keeps his normal schedule and mine fluctuates, ebbing and flowing amongst the demands of Jack, Zoe and Beau’s schedules. Pancakes as often as possible are a personal priority, but beyond that I try to keep them fairly busy and somewhat regimented by scheduling camps and classes at a decent, but not breakneck pace for all. My goal is to strive for happy, tired and fulfilled children and we often succeed whether or not our planning comes into play. This summer kicked off with...

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Yielding to the Summer Current

Summer is officially kicked off. We have had pool days, beach days, and do-nothing days. My kids are home and we are whole again, free from the routine and the homework and the rushing.   Whenever we get to this point, I think about the first time I managed to get a very young Jack and Zoe on the subway and into Central Park for a picnic. At the time it was a huge feat, one that I had been entirely terrified of but I will never forget sitting on that blanket with them, listening to the peace, seeing their...

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Sacred Slumber

The very first piece of (new) “furniture” that we received as a couple was a mattress, a moving gift bestowed upon us by my mother. We were thrilled to upgrade to a queen size from a full, despite wedging it into our bedroom with a shoehorn in the Manhattan apartment. All of the other aspects of our living quarters were happy hand-me-downs, aside from the wedding gifts of pots, pans and a set of dishes. When we moved from the city and Justin got a job working at a practice here in Santa Cruz, we were more than a little...

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