Jenna turns nine

Hey, sweet girl! Happy birthday to you! …but I actually want to talk about something that happened on your most recent UNbirthday. You and I both hit a milestone yesterday. (Weirdly, your last birthday post was also about an unconventional milestone.) Well, I hit a milestone. You probably care less about hitting the milestone, because …

a little boy turns five

Hi, Mr. Brian! You’ve been really hard to parent this year! There are all kinds of behaviors that alarm and baffle me. But more than that, you are delightful. Even when you’re in trouble, there’s a sweetness in you and between us that makes me worry a lot less. You’re so generally full of joy …

Jenna turns 8 (and hits a MAJOR MILESTONE)

Hey, J. You’re eight today. And this is where, especially with you, the oldest, and Lilly, the youngest, I get a little misty and sentimental about how fast time flies and stuff. And it does fly. And it takes me by surprise even though every single person from the generation before me  has told me …

Baby Brian turns 4 (and loses just a little bit of innocence)

Hey, Brian Levi. We’ve had a bunch of bath products sitting in the queue to go… somewhere… for  while. We inherited several bags from a friend who was moving around the world on a short timeline. I went through and grabbed what we could use, but I wanted to do something helpful with the rest. …