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Bragging About Cassie

If you’d prefer not to read a post in which I brag about how awesome my daughter is – which I totally understand – skip reading today. My blog is also read by members of my family, including my mother-in-law (Hi Sandy!) and Cassie’s birthmom, and they prefer my bragging to my opinions about adoption. … Continue reading

Brilliant Because of His Birthmom?

Jackson had the homework, “Practice math with zeros.” So, I wrote him a page of practice problems. The last problem was “0 – 1 =”. He got to the last problem, first read it as “1 take away 0 =”, but when I said, “No, look again,” he said: “How do you write the negative sign?” … Continue reading

Library Card and Other Stories

Today, Jackson got his very own library card. I thought you had to be 5 to get one. Turns out, you just have to be able to write your name. Jackson said, “I could have had one when I was four.” Still, he was very proud to check out his own books. This makes him … Continue reading

He’s a Tramp

(originally posted on LiveJournal) Jack has recently (as in, since Sunday) become obsessed with The Lady and the Tramp. He likes the white dog – Peg. Peg sings “He’s a Tramp”. Jack asked me to sing it for him at bed time. So I sang… “He’s a tramp, but they love him. Breaks a new heart, … Continue reading


Quick post. Max is giving Jack a bath, and all of a sudden, I hear Jack counting. He gets to 20 and keeps going … 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 (pause) Max: Jack, the number that comes after 29 is 30. Jack: 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38,  Not … Continue reading


Brief back story: Max really likes ferrets. Ferrets are illegal in California (stupid chicken lobby). We do, however, have many stuffed animal ferrets, one of whom Jack knows well. Tonight, Jack picked up our Beanie ferret, Runner (given to Max by my mother years ago). He asked, “What this one?” Mommy: He’s a ferret. OK… … Continue reading

Thank You

Totally unprompted, as Daddy was taking Jack to his “rain bath”, Jack said, “Thank you for loving me.” Mommy and Daddy melted. Mommy said, “Jack, that may be the cutest thing you’ve ever said in your entire life.” Jack said, “Thank you for loving me.” And Daddy said, “You’re welcome.” And Jack said, “Thank you … Continue reading

A Particularly Cute Evening

On October 21, I picked Jack up from preschool. Daddy went into the city to have dinner with Donovan, Gus, and Jenn. Jack was very cute and talkative that evening. Some highlights… Driving home… Jack: What O’Ryan doing? (Orion is Jack’s cousin, my nephew) Mommy: He’s sleeping. Jack: Uh-uh, the sun is not down! He … Continue reading

Rock a Bye Daddy

Daddy and Mommy feel like we have colds. We had a carpet picnic of sandwiches and crackers for dinner. Daddy was using Jack’s cow as a pillow. Jack noticed and grabbed it. Mommy asked, “Can Daddy borrow your cow to use as a pillow?” Jack said, “No. I haf to borrow my cow.” Mommy said, … Continue reading

A Good Night to Be a Mommy

Jack was ever-so-cute tonight. The really cute stuff is at the end, so if you’re pressed for time, I suggest to scroll to the play-like dialog stuff. I picked him up from school early so we could buy new shoes. In the car, every time we went under an overpass, he would cry “A tunnel! … Continue reading