Archive for the ‘daily life’ Category

Cowboy Tex

June 11, 2011



Coat collection

February 26, 2011

During laundry today, I washed Charlie’s coat. In the pockets were:

12 pieces of a stick
2 lengths of black yarn
1 big, half-rusted nut
2 round crackers, unbroken
1 crumpled tissue
3 small pebbles

Wintery favorite parts

February 3, 2011

These are mine today:

–After school, instead of waiting for the bus, we walked to the train. It took much longer, but kind of felt like an adventure. We stopped at the pet food store to see the resident tabby cat. We found a stick and a “gumball yo-yo.” We poked ice piles–big snowy ones, small “skin-like” ones, crunchy ones on the stairs, melty ones too. My fingers were numb from poking.

–Charlie loved that we met the mailman (who was a woman) today in our lobby. She gave the mail right to us!

–As I was reading aloud from a zoo book, Charlie noticed that the red panda’s name, Chao, started with the same sound as his name. Not just the CH, but the CHA.

–Sometimes, about one minute before he falls asleep, he says more than he’ll usually say when awake. Tonight, he listed all the things he wants to show me about his classroom at the family conference. The Magna tiles, the crayons for rest time, the games and puzzles. They have a game called “Who Are You?,” he said, which was his teacher’s grandmother’s game.

–And I’m glad I took a day off to go with him on his field trip to the transit museum yesterday. It was fun to see the class dynamic, and we had an awesome tour guide. I also got to sit on a 107-year-old train car and hear how things used to be. Best of all, when I thanked Charlie for letting me come on his trip. He said, “Thank YOU, Mama, for coming with me to the museum. I’m so glad we saw it together,” and then he gave me a hug. (We also got into a fight, before this, because he knocked down some boxes of strawberries at the corner grocery and I made him apologize to the store clerk who had to pick them up. I was very proud that Charlie actually did apologize, even though he was very sad after we walked away.)

–He names everything Nicky. Our fish, his Zou Zou pet, his stuffed dog… When the prairie dog in our zoo book didn’t have a name, I said we could name him whatever we wanted. Guess what Charlie picked?

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!

It’s Christmas time!

December 6, 2010

Gingerbread house

I’ve started a Christmas photo set on Flickr. Check back regularly to click on the photo above for new pictures.

We got our Christmas cards back from Snapfish a few days ago, and I realized I better get in gear updating this blog! Once our summer vacation trip ended, way back in July, I somehow went too far offline.

Between my new job in August, our trip to PA over Labor Day, and Charlie’s transition to Greene Hill School in September, I have been alternately too busy, too worried, too stressed and too lazy to keep up with all the photo-taking, communicating and blogging necessary for mothering.

Since we put the web address on the cards again this year, I knew I needed to update my photos for all the relatives. There are several new blog posts and photo sets in the archives under September, October and November.

My New Year’s resolution has come early this year: keep up with this blog! Even when I can’t share all the dirty details, it’s nice to have a record of what’s happening in Charlie’s life. He’s changing so fast, and looking back at his ideas, photos and videos makes me realize how far he’s come.

What comes out of his mouth

October 24, 2010

pumpkins and seeds

Today, we made jack o’lanterns and roasted the pumpkin seeds. We only roast seeds once a year, during the Halloween season, but they are so yummy that I always ask myself why we don’t do it more often. (My answer is always: because of the orange pumpkin goop that gets everywhere! It’s messy, but it is what makes the seeds so delicious.)

After we bought tiny tea lights to go in the pumpkins, Charlie wanted to know how we made the jack o’lanterns glow.

I said, “We need a match to light them.”

He pulled two tea lights out of the big bag and said, “I found a match! See.”

True, they looked exactly the same. But they weren’t going to light themselves without that other kind of match.

Today’s interaction made me remember that I had this blog post lingering in the drafts folder, where I collected a few funny or endearing things Charlie has said over the past few very busy months.

First, the other day, he said his favorite part of the day was the strings and glue in the art room at school. “Do you have those at your office?” he asked.

When I said, no, I didn’t. He comforted me by saying, “You have a stapler. So you can make books! A lot of books!”

I thought about the cute paper books we had stapled a while back and the many, many books I work on every day as a book editor. I laughed and said, “Yes, I can make books. In fact, that’s what I do all day long.”

Then, another day, we saw a boy get on the bus carrying a plastic short sword with a gold handle and a black sheath. “Mama,” Charlie said, in awe, “where did he get that magic wand?”

The other night, Charlie said, as he was going to bed, that he didn’t like the dark. Why? I asked. Because monsters are in the dark.

“I checked,” I said, “and there are no monsters here, not in the whole apartment.”

“What about at Veronica’s [our downstairs neighbor]?”

Well, I couldn’t check her apartment, I said, but she keeps her doors closed and locked. “So we don’t have to worry about monsters there.”

“What about Chino’s [the store downstairs]?”

“Well, he has big metal doors that he pulls down when he closes up and that will keep all the monsters inside.”

He was okay with that…for now.

Finally, when we have dinner together at home, Charlie always says, “Thank you for making everything, Mama. You’re the best cooker in the whole wide world.” Take that, future daughter-in-law!

The couch box

August 31, 2010

Funny words

April 21, 2010

Charlie watching jellyfish on an aquarium trip with his dad a few weeks ago

Charlie said he wanted some chocolate chips.

I said he could have one.

He said, “How about two? Three?”

I said, “One.”


“Okay,” I said. “You can have one or zero.”


Hmm. Zero must seem like a fantastical, foreign word.

Charlie was riding on his dad’s shoulders. The wind blew hard against us.

“Daddy,” he said, “the wind is having a party in your hair.”

Playing with a box

April 12, 2010

Back and forth

January 28, 2010

When Charlie gave me a hug tonight and said, unprompted, “You are the most best Mama in the whole wide world,” it was almost enough to make me forget my aggravation this morning when he rolled on the floor screaming instead of putting on his clothes.

One day he’ll understand that putting clothes on now means getting to work on time 40 minutes from now. But probably by that time, he won’t think of me as the most, best Mama any more.

So, I will focus on the positive and be happy that I can sometimes walk fast enough to make up the lost time.