Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Ada and I looked at the sky yesterday while sitting on a blanket at the park.
"It looks like someone painted those clouds on the blue sky... Take a picture so we can remember it forever!"

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Early Birds

Breakfast table, the day after Father's Day

Ada: I wish I had two moms.
Jude: Why?
Ada: Because I don't like Dad, I only love Mom...
Jude: But if we had two moms, I'd be late for kindergarten EVERY DAY.
Ada: Maybe there are some moms who like to get up early...
Jude: Not in this house!  All the girls in this house sleep really late.
Ada: I know one!  Ama!
Jude: Maybe she could take us to school.  But I'd miss my dad.
Ada: Me too.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Reader

I haven't been posting much about Jude lately.  I have a lot to say, but it all seems vaguely braggy, rather than funny or cute.  Jude is amazing.  He learned to read this spring, all of a sudden.  One day he was hesitating though his weekly reading homework, and the next, he was reading complete chapter books.  He is so proud of himself.  We still read together at bedtime, but now he reads to himself for another 20-30 minutes after we've said goodnight.  He has a light attached to his bed, and he's in charge of deciding when to turn it off and go to sleep.  Sometimes he stays up way too late because he wants to finish whatever he's reading.  That sounds familiar...

Jude LOVES school.  He loves his teacher, the routine, the projects, everything.  He is actually kind of sad that summer is coming and he doesn't get to go to school for a few months.  He has really blossomed this year into an enthusiastic artist.  He spends most of his choice time at the Art station, and comes home with some incredible creations.  He's also really interested in building with Legos, writing in his journal, and anything related to math.  It can be hard to keep him challenged with age-appropriate math problems, so I think I'm going to need to find something we can work on together so he stays engaged.

Jude struggled initially with figuring out where he fit into the Kindergarten social scene, but lately he has found a niche with the recess-soccer players and a few other friends.  He reports that he plays soccer during second AND third recess every day, and managed to talk us into signing him up for a soccer camp this summer.  Any time he sees a soccer ball in a yard, he works on dribbling, passing, and scoring.

Here's a cute photo of Jude and Lucia from last weekend.  They are almost exactly the same height!

This reminds me of the back-to-back photos that I have of me and my cousin Oliver.  We were just a month apart in age, so our parents have a series of photos of the two of us at all different ages.  I was taller for a few years, but at this point Oliver (at well over six feet) has surpassed me for good.  I predict the same will happen with these two...

Monday, June 2, 2014

So Boring

Me: Ada, will you please get in the shower?
Ada: I don't do things when people say please!!!
Me: Ada, get in the shower!
Ada: Ok...
Me: Why don't you like it when people say please?
Ada: Please is just such a boring word.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Blood of an Englishmum

Ada's favorite bedtime story is "Jack and the Beanstalk". She insists on reciting the "Fee Fi Fo Fum" part herself, and she tries to sound as mean as possible while she's doing it.

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Our household has a new member.

Ada and Dad went to the pet store last week and picked out Ada's first pet. After several days of saying "she can have any name", Ada has decided that her real name is Elsa. Welcome to our home!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ada: Four

Dear Ada,

Where do I start? You had your fourth birthday yesterday, and today will be your fourth birthday party.  We hired a real live princess to come to your party because that was the best way we could think of to make you feel special on your birthday.  You love princesses.  Your favorite thing about princesses is the beautiful dresses they wear, because you love dresses.  And fairies, dancing, and singing.  I never expected that my daughter would be such a GIRL, because I was never into these things.  You are teaching all of us.

You love to play by yourself, and you will "play princesses" for hours.  Ama gave you a group of princess dolls with interchangeable dresses for Christmas, and they are an unending source of fascination.  You will line them up to watch a show, or take them to swim lessons in their bathing suits, or cover them up with a blanket for a nap.  You also love to cook in your kitchen, or work on puzzles, or build with your Legos.  For your birthday, we gave you a game which includes ten different cupcakes which can be taken apart and put back together in endless combinations.  You were in heaven.

You have been taking weekly ballet classes for the past few terms, and it is the highlight of your week.  You love dressing up in your tights, leotard, ballet slippers, and pink flowy skirt.  You spend hours standing in front of the mirror in your room practicing your moves.  First position, second position, first position, second position.  You are going to be in a dance recital in June, and I'm sure you will be the cutest lion ever.  You also love to dance to more contemporary music.  We have dance parties all the time, and you are definitely the best dancer in the family.

Ada, you are becoming so brave.  In the past year, you have learned to ride a scooter, climb halfway up the rock wall, swim across the pool, and ride a balance bike.  You are still somewhat apprehensive of new people and situations, but after you warm up you are the life of the party.  You are always listening to the conversations around you, and you'll often interject with a hilarious comment or question.

You like to sleep late (like your mom) and you are very grumpy in the morning if you are woken up before you are ready (like your mom).  Some days, you'll sleep in until after 10am.  It's nice for mom to have someone else in the family who is not a morning person!  You still love your milk, and I think you would drink it all day long if we let you.  Other favorite foods are bacon, carrots, nuts, and cheese.  You are tall for your age, and you're wearing mostly 4T and 5T clothes at this point.  Your torso is very narrow, so you can still fit into your favorite 3T dresses - they are just short dresses instead of knee-length.  You have beautiful blond hair that is a complete bear to comb.  Every morning you wake up with a head full of tangles.  We've started cutting it very short in the back to avoid the 30 minutes of screaming every morning, and it looks adorable.

You have been trying really hard to be potty trained, but it is difficult for you.  Most days are accident-free at this point, but we still have a long way to go before we can stop buying diapers.  As my childhood pediatrician Dr. Pagano used to say, "I've never seen anyone walk down the aisle in a diaper."  You'll get there.

Ada, you are full of joy and laughter and sunshine.  We are so happy to have you in our family.