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1 Jun

Dreams DO come true!

A year ago: Ella, curiously: “I want to have a baby sister. When am I going to get a baby?” Me: “I don’t know.” Nine months ago: Ella, persistently: “When am I going to get a baby?” Me: “Hmmm…I don’t … more

23 May

Plant and meat eaters

Hemingway once said that it takes two years for humans to learn how to talk and the next 50 years to learn how to be quiet. That is certainly proving true with our talkative daughter, who at age the age … more

11 May

Recycling Wheel

Last night, I closed Sleeping Beauty, kissed her forehead and started leaving the room, when she jumped up. Ella: “I know! It’s like a recycling wheel.” Me (exhausted, indifferent): “What is?” Ella: “The queen and king have a daughter. Then … more

3 May

Luna’s First Poem

Here’s what happens when I give my 4.5 year old daughter a school assignment I have used with my high school students:  I AM  I am (list two special characteristics you have) happy and sad I wonder (list something you … more

10 Mar

Roly Poly

Ella: “Guess what? We got a worm, a centipede and a roly poly in our classroom.” Me: “What’s a roly poly?” (funny word in English, rings no bells in my native language) Ella: “Roly polies are a type of creatures … more

29 Feb

Q & A, four year old style

After school one day… Ella: “Mommy, we are having a Beiber party?” Me: [holy crap, how does she know about Justin Beiber?] “What’s a Beiber party?” Ella: “A party with lots of animals.” Me: [huge sigh of relief] *** But, … more

10 Feb

Someone Like You…

16 Jan

Ella’s first emails

Ella got a toy pink laptop. She insisted on sitting at the desk and composing a few emails to all the people that are away: “Draga baba (grandma), we love you so much. We are gonna ribit fish. We are … more

1 Jun

R’s Laws of Life, Final Draft

Since being sentenced to Camp, my attitude has changed. Months ago my laws of life were negative laws, such as drugs and gangs. I’ve learned my real laws of life: stay focused on myself, stop doing drugs, get an education, and love my family. more

13 May

“Me Time” by Tina Fey

Just started reading Tina Fey’s hilarious, easily digestible, great-to-read-in-small-bits-before-passing-out-around-9pm memoir Bossypants. Here’s one of many LMAO bits from page 243: “Me Time” An expert will tell you, the best thing a mom could do to be a better mom is … more