Archive for the ‘family’ Category

Away for a long while

January 1, 2012

I’ve neglected this blog, and will probably continue to do so. It’s not that Charlie hasn’t said really cute things or taken awesome pictures, but I have cut back on every extra hobby and task to focus on my family’s two priorities right now: my job (you know, so we can eat) and Charlie’s IEP.

The IEP began as a concern and a bureaucratic process. Then we added a stressful schedule of therapies, during and after school. Beginning in October, things escalated and have only gotten worse. Writing about it here feels too public to me. It’s a difficult, heartbreaking process and I don’t want to say anything that could be taken the wrong way and possibly burn bridges I don’t want to burn. So we’ve handled things privately and will continue to do so. The result? Not much to report on this here blog.

Consider us on hiatus, though I may have the stamina to add a few things now and then. In the meantime, find us on Facebook.


Grandparents’ Day at Greene Hill School

May 8, 2011


5th Birthday Party, at the Prospect Park Zoo

April 5, 2011

zoo party

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 best singer in the church

December 13, 2010

Yesterday, Charlie and I stood in line for the Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas show. The line was long, the seats filled up quickly, and we didn’t get in.

We were both disappointed, and agreed to try again another day.

On the way home, I remembered that Immaculate Heart of Mary was having a Christmas chamber music concert, followed by the lighting of their numerous outdoor trees and angels. So Charlie and I stepped into the church for a bit. (He didn’t last long.) And stayed in the drizzle for the lighting.

The crowd, with the teen choir leading, sang “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night.” I stopped singing the first one, about halfway through, because I didn’t remember all the words. Charlie told me to keep singing. So, I hummed until I could catch up.

Later that night, he said his favorite part of the day was when I sang Christmas carols. He said, “You were the best singer in the church.”

Coming from a family of wonderful singers, and being by far the least talented in that area, it made me feel really nice that for one lovely night, for one little boy, I was the best singer of all.

Nanny and Pawpaw come to visit

September 10, 2010

Pawpaw in a monkey mask

Nanny and Pawpaw came to Brooklyn in September, to help out between schools. They were great sports, even going so far as to don the car trip monkey mask.

Jenna’s wedding, my photos

June 17, 2010


Four generations

June 17, 2010

During our last visit to PA, in April, we visited with Pap. Here’s a photo of four generations together.

From left to right in the front: Stacy, Charlie, Gigi, Pap; in the back: Uncle Richard, Jesse, Nate.

Pap and the boys

The cousins at Jenna’s wedding rehearsal

April 12, 2010

cousins 2010
Charlie, Sam, Kathryn and Ethan, March 31, 2010
Oakhurst Farm, Troup County, GA

Jenna’s got a new blog, y’all

January 9, 2010

Check out Jenna’s new wedding blog: