Archive | September, 2008


Bella has recently begun opening the refrigerator to graze through the shelves. The other morning she came in while I was nursing Sophia and said, “I want yogurt.” When I went into the kitchen I was much surprised to find the yogurt on the kitchen table. She’d tried to open the foil cover and failed. […]

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Coordinating Bedtimes

In the past weeks since we moved Bella into a toddler bed and Sophia into the crib in Bella’s room we’ve developed a routine. After dinner we give Bella a bath. Sometimes Sophia joins her. Then Dom dresses her and brushes her hair and teeth, then we all say prayers. Then I go and nurse […]

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Juice and Milk

Sometimes when Isabella is thirsty she requests a “sippy cup with water.” But if she doesn’t want water, she invariably asks for “juice and milk.” Juice always means orange juice, the kind with calcium. And she carries the two cups around, sipping alternatively from one straw and then from the other. Evidently no one told […]

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And the Winner Is….

Becky! Congratulations, Becky! Please email me your mailing address so I can have the publisher send you your copy of Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope we can do another book give away soon.

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At the Park

Although the skies were gray, we went to the park this morning. I should have brought jackets for the girls; but I forgot. So we had to leave pretty quickly. But we did have time for swings and slides. Sophia had her first experience of the swings. I think she liked it.

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When the Muse Beckons

This morning Bella pulled her coloring book off the shelf and pulled out a page that had previously been torn out. “I need to paint,” she declared, holding it up. And she wouldn’t take no for an answer. “I need to paint.” So I pulled her table into the kitchen, found the brushes and paint […]

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Book Review: My Father’s Paradise

My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq by Ariel Sabar was a fascinating read. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting into when I chose this book by its cover from a list of books on Amazon (part of the new Vine program where you can get review […]

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I’m in the living room with Sophia. Bella comes in asking for help. “Switch. Switch,” she says, tugging at her dress. “Do you want to take your dress off? Change clothes?” I ask, not understanding. “No!” Instant tantrum, rolling on the floor and wailing. I stand up, “Ok. Calm down. Show me. What do you […]

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If You Give a Toddler a Pancake….

She’s going to ask for maple syrup to go with it. And if you give her maple syrup, she’s going to ask you for wallpaper. “Wallpaper?” asks Dom, puzzled. “Haven’t you read If You Give a Pig a Pancake?” I ask. “No, I guess not.” “It’s just like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. […]

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Sitting Sophie

Because it’s about time for more cute baby pics. Of course you probably don’t need a photo. That smile shines so brightly I’m sure it can be seen from the moon. It’s a good thing for you big sister Bella is napping right now. If she saw you with her favorite ice cream cone, Phia, […]

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