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Every Sunday morning this winter, I drove down to South San Francisco.  I knocked on Joe’s door and waited to hear the high-pitched squeal of excitement from Jack.  Sometimes he threw himself at me when the door opened and sometimes he stood at the top of the stairs and announced something like, “OF COURSE it’s my mom!”  He would then spend 10 minutes or so showing off his most recent toy or Lego creation before shoving me out the door while declaring, “It’s time to go now!”

After pick-up, we drove down to Peet’s where Jack ordered “kid coffee” (aka hot cocoa) and I get the real stuff.  This has become our Sunday ritual and Jack totally knows the drill now.  He gets up on his tip toes to peer over the counter and orders for himself, “I want kid coffee please!  And pumpkin bread!”  The cashier gets clarification from me on what kid coffee means after chuckling.  Then Jack leads me to a table where he stuffs over-sized bites of pumpkin bread in his mouth while I sip my mocha.

Joe’s work schedule changes again this week, so there will be no more Sunday pick-ups.  Instead Jack and I will spend every weekend together until September.  We’ll come up with a new ritual, like homemade hot cocoa and waffles or a walk to the donut shop on Saturday mornings.  Who knows.

I enjoyed similar rituals with my mom growing up and it’s one of only a few things about my childhood that I am choosing to recreate for Jack.  Before becoming a parent, I dreamed of sitting down with my child, focusing on his company, hearing about his latest adventures, and reconnecting with him.  These are the moments when time stands still and I completely revel in being a mom.

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Christmas Favorites

I have been quite lame in posting pictures from Christmas.  I’m sitting in SeaTac airport today waiting on my delayed flight (awful weather in San Francisco apparently), which makes it the perfect time to update my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures.  I can’t help but crack up every time I see Jack dressed up as a superhero.  He gets serious about it!

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Nutcracker Ballet

Last week Jack and I went with my friend Rebecca to see the SF Ballet’s Nutcracker.  Thanks to my gig at Savvy Source I was able to get premium orchestra tickets on opening night, which was also Family Night.  Not only were we surrounded by families with young children, but Jack got a seat on the aisle so he could actually see the stage instead of having to stare at the back of someone’s head the whole show.  IMG_1391 

Family night was awesome!  We got there early and Jack got a plush reindeer and a nutcracker ornament for being one of the first 500 kids in the building.  There were three stations set up where the dancers were in costume posing for pictures with the kids.  We stood in line and got to take this photo with a wallflower (aka “princess” in Jack’s mind) and a Russian.  (Kinda funny story – when Jack saw the Chinese portion of the show after reading through the program, he said excitedly “I saw Chinese!” and insisted that the dancers name was “Chinese.”)


Jack absolutely loved the first act and stayed focused the whole time.  The second act was a little more challenging as it was after his bedtime but he was no more noisy than most of the other kids in the audience.  He progressively asked more questions and got louder and there was one less-than-polite person in the audience who turned around to glare at Jack.  Other than that, though, the night went extremely well and we really enjoyed ourselves.  Jack told me he definitely wanted to go back next year!

For my part, I had so much fun seeing the ballet again and watching Jack’s reaction to it.  My grandmother took me to see this several times when I was a kid and I’ve always loved it.  I feel so lucky to be able to give Jack that experience, as well.

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Halloween in pictures

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