Thursday, January 11, 2018

Immaculata University

I feel so blessed to work at Immaculata University. I recently saw this old (2009) ESPN clip and was delighted by how well it captured the feeling of pride the University has.  I have a group of wonderful colleagues, interesting work, and a beautiful work environment.  I'm very blessed to be there.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Christmas Recap

 What a terrific Christmas season in our new house, which has enough room for everything -- toys, quiet spaces, playing in the snowy yard, and lots of guests.  Ahh, what a nice break to be together as a family.

Photos below include: decorating the tree, endless snow play, lots of yummy meals (especially on James's birthday!), endless Lego building, a special visit from my cousins Mike and Dave and their families, and New Years yoga with Alma.  Not shown: ice skating with friends and other small adventures around the area

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday, James!

Funny, kind, silly, and cuddly James is 6 today.  What a joy he is in our lives.  He is an open book of a little guy -- fully involved in any activity, emotion or thought that presents itself.  His inventive stories make us laugh and often include lots of farts, butts and other bathroom humor joys of little boys.

We are so proud of the progress he's been making in the classroom, with reading skills coming quickly and easily.  His teacher, Ms. Singh, says that he is an excited learner, which is such a joy to watch.  He is really thriving in the Montessori environment.

I love that he still snuggles with Alma and me every morning while Joshua is in the shower and often spends the first few minutes of dinner sitting on my lap.  Joshua and I are lucky to be his "Mom and Pop" as he likes to call us.  Now if we would only call him JAC, as he often requests (based on his initials).  Ha!

Happy birthday, buddy.  We are so delighted to have you in our family.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy 8th Birthday, Alma!

Today, in celebrating Alma's birthday, her class had a compliment circle in which they went around saying happy birthday and telling Alma what makes her great.  It was great to hear what a good friend Alma is to her classmates, about how they love her smile and humor, how they are impressed by how quickly she has started playing the violin, and how they have a fun time playing with her on the playground.   Joshua was able to tell the class about how proud he is of her for often knowing what she wants -- even from the time when she was a baby and would cry to be put down instead of held -- and how that will serve her well in life.

She is the best big sister on the planet, flowing with the ups and downs of being the older sibling and always including James in everything she does.  She is a thoughtful and tireless helper around the house.  Her sweet tooth is ever-present but understanding of the need for balance.  I love going to yoga class with her and marveling at her focus, strength, and delight at being on the mat next to mine. 

We are so blessed to have Alma's insights, creativity, caring, inquisitiveness, and humor in our lives.  I love being her mother.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017