Happy weekend!


What are you up to this weekend? My dear friend Lindsay has been in town this week and I’ve soaked up every minute catching up with her. We miss her and her family so much! Jesse is coming back from another week of work travel, so we’re looking forward to having some much-needed family time as well.


By the way, Claire has become obsessed with taking selfies on my phone. It’s hysterical. And also a bit concerning. She even does a duckface selfie. What the?! Do your kids do this?

fairy door

Also, I just got Claire and Heidi a fairy door for Christmas. HOW CUTE IS THIS?!? I think they’re going to love it.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And thank you for all your encouraging comments on this post. So many wonderful insights!

(Fairy Door idea via Cup of Jo. Fairy Door image via Joanna Goddard’s Instagram.)

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Perspective: seeing your child through someone else’s eyes


Sometimes we need a bit of perspective. Claire is a wonderful kid, but she can also have quite the attitude. At times she frustrates me beyond belief, and I have to work REALLY hard not to respond in anger. (And I don’t always succeed.) Sometimes I feel like a failure. I fear I haven’t done my job in raising her to be a kind, generous, empathetic human being. Continue reading

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Potty training a stubborn toddler – save me!

potty training

Oh potty training. We’re in the thick of it with Heidi, and we can’t seem to get to the finish line. We started potty training around her second birthday, because she was showing lots of signs of readiness – going to a “private” place to poo, asking to be changed when her diaper was wet, showing an interest in using the toilet, and even spontaneously using the potty by herself sometimes. So we went for it, and it seemed to be going pretty well at first. But a month or so later, we seemed to take a step backward. Continue reading

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Jokes that make my 5 year old laugh


This summer, Claire started to really appreciate jokes. We went to the beach with my best friend and her family, and her son, Tommy, LOVES to tell jokes. Claire couldn’t get enough! Her ability to craft her own joke needs some… work. Most of them start with “Why did the chicken…” and end with a punchline that doesn’t totally make sense. But telling jokes is a skill, and she’s working on it. 😉 Continue reading

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Check us out, barely coping on the first day of school

first day of school

NOT the first day of school – try FOURTH day of school…

Monday was the first day of school, and we were wildly unprepared. WILDLY. UNPREPARED. I egregiously underestimated how hard it would be to start the new school year just two short days after arriving home. Continue reading

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Our beach holiday in the Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks

We just got back from the Outer Banks in North Carolina, where we enjoyed a wonderful beach getaway with my best friend and her family. We spent the week enjoying marvelous sunrises, flying kites, and making (and destroying) sand castles. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see… Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Sarah Stewart’s The Gardener


We went to the library last week and came back with a huge pile of books for the girls. Claire couldn’t wait to start reading, and we sat down to enjoy a book right away. We picked a real beauty: The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart. Continue reading

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The best trick for coping with jet lag


Last year, we dealt with some pretty horrendous jet lag when we came to the U.S. In fact, Heidi never really got over it, and it was the start of a year of VERY LITTLE SLEEP. This year, I had a whole new approach to jet lag, and it saved us! Jet lag with one kid is really tough. But jet lag with two children is a whole other ballgame! Continue reading

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Children’s theatre: The Golden Goose

Golden Goose

We took a family trip to the Children’s Theatre this week to see a summer production of The Golden Goose. Claire and Heidi love plays and musicals, and this was a really fun show for the whole family. (We’re still hoping that the popularity of Tinga Tinga and The Jungle Book means that we’ll get more family-friendly arts in Nairobi!) Continue reading

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Trip review: 4 airports, 3 continents, 2 kids, and 1 mommy


Last week, the girls and I embarked up on our annual trip to the U.S. As is usually the case, I flew alone with the two girls, and Jesse will join us later in the summer. Flying alone with two kids is always daunting. I was particularly nervous about this year’s journey, because Heidi is no longer interested in being worn. I was terrified about making my way through four airports on three continents with two mobile, overtired, jet lagged children. But the trip never goes just as I think it will go! This year was no exception – the parts of the trip that I was worried about went surprisingly well, and the parts that I thought would be easy were the big challenge! Continue reading

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