Entries Tagged as 'vacation with toddler'

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

My Mom Told Me Not To Tell You

“I think I’m going to buy a leash for Miles,” I told my mom last week. “Just don’t write about it,” she said. “Of course I won’t,” I said, feeling all at once guilty and insecure about a parenting choice I was about to make. I leave tomorrow on a plane. With both kids. Without [...]

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


Two and a half years ago, I wrote Cara a note when she had to return to work after her maternity leave. Whenever I need a laugh or a mom-shoulder to cry on at work, she’s my go-to gal. She recently traveled with her daughter, Posey, and I jealously watched their trip on instagram. I [...]

Sunday, March 18th, 2012


It’s a good thing I’m going back to work tomorrow (I keep repeating that in my head so that it will become true). I’m now an official instagram addict (and a borderline twitter, facebook, pinterest addict as well) and I fear how much further I will be sucked into the social media wormhole if I [...]

Saturday, December 31st, 2011


Almost exactly two years ago I swore I’d never travel again. Traveling to Nana and Grandpa’s for Christmas with Nora had worn me out; I needed a vacation to recover from my vacation. But, this fall, I forgot my swearing-off traveling and we decided to spend Christmas in Virginia again. This time, obviously, traveling with [...]

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Christmas 2011

I’d say Miles had a great first Christmas. And Nora certainly hit the jackpot with her gifts this year too. We spent a LONG morning opening gifts since each one had to be stopped and played with. Which was great – since playing with them is the point. This is the first Christmas where Nora [...]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


On Saturday Nora climbed up on her shelf and took a candy out of door 14 of her advent calendar. She confessed that evening to having double-dipped in the holiday tradition, burying her head in my neck and quietly claiming her transgression. I warned her that when day 14 came she would be disappointed, which, [...]

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Not Here

I’m not supposed to be in Texas in July. It’s not because it’s too hot – that’s really August and September. It’s because sometimes a place calls to you at certain times of the year, and now, in July, I am called to the Cape, to my summer “home.” Sure, Austin is my home; it [...]

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

We're Regulars

The man in the fish section of PetSmart knows Nora and I. When we arrived this afternoon, instead of asking us if we need help, like he used to and still does to everyone else passing through as Nora and I greet each of the fifty fish tanks, he asked how we were today. He [...]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The Aftermath

I’ve said multiple times in the last 48 hours that I will never travel again. That is meant as no offense to Nana and Grandpa, who were great-as-always hosts and who kept doing everything they could to make our trip fun and easy. The thing is, nothing about traveling with Nora – and my guess [...]

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Nora's Second Christmas

For her second Christmas, Nora got to celebrate twice! And each time she was awed by the tree, into opening presents and focused on certain gifts. The second time, at Nana and Grandpa’s, it was all about cooking and playdough. Nora is lucky enough to have a grandmother who sews. Nana made Nora’s adorable Christmas [...]

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