Fifteen

Do you remember the year you turned 15? Did you feel socially awkward at the time or did you feel a little restless and impatient, waiting for life to happen? Was life full of infinite possibilities then with many doors yet unopened and numerous lives still untouched? I think about those moments now as Chiara, …

Week 36/52

Weekly snapshots of life in 2016 And just like that, the summer of 2016 is now in the books. During the past week, we celebrated Ines’ birthday with a Mexican dinner and then cake at home with some friends. It was a small but sweet gathering — the way I like it, the way the …

Week 12/52

Weekly snapshots of my girls and life in general in 2016 This past weekend was just a blur to me as we shuttled the kids from one thing to the other. It was creative weekend for Ines as she went on from finishing a puppet project for school to painting a Yorkie canvas (which now …

12 Years

I still can’t believe that I’m a mom to a 12-year-old.  Nothing really ages you more than having older kids.  But seriously, the last 12 years just went by so quickly — some of the moments are a bit of a blur as I try to hold on to them through photography and writing. I …

Nine Years

A very simple celebration for this girl who used to always make a big deal out of her birthdays. Yes, my not-so-little Ines recently celebrated her ninth birthday by going to a Paint-A-Tee store in Red Bank where she had fun creating a customized t-shirt with her sister. She was a bit obsessed with making her own …

11 Years

Unlike her sister who celebrates her birthday four times a year, Chiara usually has pretty low-key birthday celebrations. She’ll celebrate it tomorrow with us and another time with some of her closest friends. For her, it’s the company of loved ones that’s important on her birthday, not the additional attention she gets. As I reflect …

Random Weekend Doings

The girls had a long weekend with their school closed last Thursday and Friday for Teachers’ Convention. Apart from scheduling a few playdates for them, I also signed them up for an all-day workshop at the Montclair Art Museum on Friday. Ines took a Pottery Workshop while Chiara took a Textile/Fabric Arts class that was largely …