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Adventures in Parenting: Homeschooling

Sometimes life throws curve balls. Earlier this month, we were confronted with a problem. The school year was off to a very bumpy start for our oldest daughter. Our middle daughter had just switched into the same school as her sister, which only made things more complicated (take my word for it). After trying several traditional schools, we’d been really ... Read More »

Four.

In 2008, we watched the Olympics in Beijing together and saw Michael Phelps swim for gold eight times. Or more accurately, I watched while you nursed and slept. You were just days old, so you didn’t really have much appreciation for sports. Four years later, Michael Phelps is still swimming for gold, but now you can swim too. You jump ... Read More »

8 and counting: then and now

A lot can change in eight years. Just ask my daughter Mira, who was born just 15 weeks before Magic Beans opened its doors on July 7, 2004. Eight years ago, she was sitting in the window of the store while Eli and I worked, smiling at anyone who made eye contact (and usually scaring them half to death, because ... Read More »

Ten

I’m sitting at my desk typing this post almost exactly 10 years to the minute after giving birth to my first child. She came into the world, reluctantly and with the help of a pair of forceps, at 1:57am on April 27th, 2002. It seems cliche to say that everything changed after that moment, but of course it’s true. I ... Read More »

The empty nest

When I moved into my college dorm room almost exactly 16 years ago, my parents needed to get a babysitter for the day to take care of my youngest sister, who was then just 2 years old. I papered the walls of my room with pictures of her, an adorable toddler with corkscrew curls and huge brown eyes. This past ... Read More »

Three.

You’re not a baby anymore, or so you say. You’re a big boy! Well, not quite. Not yet. But you most definitely are not a baby. You’re potty trained, you talk a blue streak, you like to sing. Whatever needs doing, you want to do it yourSELF. Last night, when I had my back turned, you got into the Monopoly ... Read More »

Ruined?

I had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday. I slept in, had breakfast brought to me in bed, got cards, flowers and gifts. We spent the early afternoon at the SoWa Open Market and then we broke out the two-wheelers and spent the late afternoon getting the girls ready for summer biking. In the evening, we visited friends for a ... Read More »

Nine :o

(Flashback) 4/27/02 After laboring through most of April 26th, 2002, I finally gave birth to my daughter in the wee hours of April 27th, with the assistance of a formidable pair of forceps. I was 25 years old and I didn’t know the first thing about being a mom. I didn’t know enough to be terrified or even amazed when ... Read More »

Dyson @ Stroller Cleaning Night #1

We know that strollers get dirty, especially over the winter. The chaos that inevitably comes with expanding a family combined with the unpredictable New England weather ensures that the pristine stroller our customers walk out with will not be sparkly by spring. So last night, we kicked off our first in a series of stroller cleaning nights in our Brookline ... Read More »

Resolved

I’m old enough to know this: A New Year’s resolution is only as good as its follow-through. It’s easy to make a list on January 1st of all the things you’d like to change in the upcoming year. Sticking with the plan is much harder. When I heard about the Blog Dare, I loved the idea, but had serious doubts ... Read More »