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,...


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...


Setting the Conditions

Justin and I met at an alcohol-laden Christmas Party. I showed up with a handful of friends after celebrating the holidays barhopping at the infamous pubs in our hometown. It was already sort of late in the evening and the festivities were dying down when we...


Building Our Ship

Shortly after Justin and I met, our lives took the fast track into our forever together. He helped me move out of my college apartment in San Francisco and into his parents' home with him. I worked and he attended his prerequisite science classes in...


Outdoor Resources

One of the beautiful parts about my relationship with my husband is that we really don’t have all that much in common. The important things are alike of course, our hearts, beliefs and priorities are in line but when it comes to simple logistics and...


Nostalgia, Finely Tuned

As a child, we spent a lot of time at home. My mom ran a day care for a few neighborhood children out of our home until I was about six years old, and I can remember feeling like our house was so much fun....


Real Spaces, Loving Places

As a family, we spend quite a bit of time with the grandparents. It’s a natural thing for us to be together often, even though they live close to 40 minutes away. Each of their homes is stocked with extra toothbrushes, pajamas, child-sized cups and...


Savvy & Sensible Multitasking

Two children in elementary school, one in preschool and one most often on my hip means we are constantly moving. My alarm sounds at 6 am, cooing that she is hungry and it’s time to wake up. Beau walks into our room dragging his toes...


The Thoughtful Closet

I didn’t grow up going to church. As a child, I was introduced to Sunday school and organized religion in a very objective way, and it just never became a part of my life until I got married and had children of my own. Christmas...


Big Family Travel

It's Friday, around 7:25am. Jack and Zoe are upstairs getting dressed and ready for school while I frantically make sandwiches and pack lunches for the two of them, plus one for Beau that will be ready in our refrigerator for when he gets home from...


Restful Ritual

  These little souls, they hold the entire world, unbridled and unharnessed within the chambers of their hearts. Children are as children do. To really understand the napping situation, you have to know our family, and even then it's feels just a bit over the top and unreal,...


Trustworthy Constants

Over the course of the past year and a half, our lives have changed significantly in almost every way. We moved to the Bay Area from New York City, effectively upending any and all routines we had set in place, from groceries to travel to...

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