Archive for January, 2011

Charlie’s recipe for smoothies

January 30, 2011

CW: Okay, so you make bananas . . . and raspberries . . . and mangoes and strawberries.

That’s how you make sa-moovies!

The end.

Mama: Do we put any yogurt in there?

CW: Yeah.

Mama: What about a blender?

CW: Yes! To make it.

That’s how you make sa-moovies!


Snow day–all month long

January 28, 2011


This month has been insane. Of course, the holidays were insane. Maybe that makes January’s insanity even worse.

During December, everyone is busy. When you are too busy to breathe, in December, there is a level of acceptance. In January, the expectations are different.

We returned to Brooklyn from our GA road trip on New Year’s Eve. Then we had two days of laziness before everything kind of fell apart.

Charlie was sick for two days the first week back. Then we were swamped with teacher meetings and follow-up calls about issues that may call for extra assistance (and isn’t that stress a whole different story).

The next week included an MLK holiday and a Friday when I left work early to see Charlie’s end-of-semester performance with his theater class.

We started this week knowing the schedule was tight. Charlie’s school was closed for half a day on Tuesday, so Jesse planned to take the day off, and I had back-to-back meetings all day on Monday, followed by two days of jam-packed conference-learning on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Then CW got sick over the weekend! The nerve of those germs!

So Jesse was out of work on Monday and Tuesday, and had to leave early Wednesday so he could do pick up and drop off. We were all three ready to get back into the swing of things today when the clouds dropped 19 inches on us.

Snow day, and another day out of the office.

I have to admit I was a bit grumpy about it at first.

But I got in the spirit of things, helping CW make a snowman and walk in snow up to his thighs, my knees. We had lunch at a Thai place and then made hot chocolate and popcorn to munch on while watching Toy Story 2.

Now, can someone please tell the universe it is time to slow down with the disruptions for a bit so I can breathe?


January 28, 2011

Earlier this month, we had a movie night and dinner at Patrick’s house. Those kids were insanely happy to see each other.

movie night

We have a pet fish!

January 13, 2011

And here is a really bad photo of him:

He is a beautiful combination of brown and aqua, and lives in a blue tank. He doesn’t eat much, and his name is Nicky.

The holy month of Christmas

January 13, 2011


The Christmas 2010 Flickr set is now complete. We added a few photos commemorating our trip to GA, where we stayed at Nanny’s house and visited with Gigi, Grandma Margaret and all the cousins, aunts and uncles. Plus a few of our trip home by way of The Funny Farm and our annual New Year pilgrimage to the Big Apple Circus.

Charlie and I slept through most of the cozy New Year’s Eve celebration at Ruth and Mike’s house, hence no pictures of that.

We lucked into a parking place after the NYC Snowmageddon that happened while we were away, and it seems to have snowed here every other day since then.

Maybe some snow pictures will come soon.