Mud Day

As a mom, I have a lot of rules half of which are designed to keep messes to a minimum.  We are a no shoes house.  A clean up your own mess house.  An artwork at the table house. But Monday was Mud Day. With two little boys, ages 5 and 7, I had to make space for some good clean, dirty fun.  We took a day off from wiping our feet to wallow like pigs in the mud.  The boys had a blast! I let them run wild making mud pies, flinging mud at walls Jackson Pollack-style, painting,

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Good Morning



Eyes open.  Peek outside. The sky is apricots. In the front yard the giant tropical tree is in bloom. Bright red flowers shade the sunrise and drip petals over the grass.  The mango tree out back is in harvest, thudding down breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A couple land in the trampoline

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The End of Kindergarten



I think I was supposed to be sad today. Jack graduated kindergarten and we are officially out of the baby/toddler/preschooler section of life.  For good.  We are now a full-fledged elementary school family complete with a first and second grader.  Other moms cried.  Other moms caught

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Max’s 7th Trip Around the Sun



Darling Max, Happy birthday, my sweet one! This is the first of my birthday letters that you can actually read.  What an accomplishment!  In fact, this whole 7th trip around the sun has been a litany of accomplishments for you.  Nana told me that six is the year of mastery, and sure

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Terra Firma



It is easy to take earth for granted. Who thinks about the solid ground beneath their feet? Not I.  Not often. On Saturday we brought home two young hens from a market where they had lived in a wire cage ever since hatching.  One chick, Sally, is missing some tail feathers.  We

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The Infinite 8



Dearest Andres, It's official; we survived the seven year itch! Personally, I didn't feel bitten last year, but the idea of a seven year itch always worried me.  When my friend called last year's anniversary Lucky #7, it assuaged my private fears.  After all, on a cellular level, we

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Oh Hoppy Day!



Easter began with a quick breakfast followed by a quick mass at the small church where Andres and I were married (almost 8 years ago).  We blew home over the Macarthur Causeway, arguably the most iconic and gorgeous road in Miami, the one that skims over glassy turquois water, past

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Marbled Paper Easter Craft



Here's a quick, fun, sophisticated, cheap, easy, and deliciously messy craft that is perfect for ages toddler through senior citizen. Yes, I realize that's a tall order.  But I can deliver. Marbled paper is easy to create, yet the results are simply stunning.  This craft can be done

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First Dance



My darling Max, Today you have your first dance.  You are six years old.  After lunch you will change into a white collared shirt, a blue bowtie and aqua shorts for the Spring Fling.  You have a Tweety Bird wallet with $2 tucked inside the fold for snacks. You were sick this week,

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Leprechaun Trap!



This year Jack had to set a leprechaun trap in kindergarten. A pot of gold was his bait! In the morning he was ready to go to school to check his trap, but first we had to snap his annual St. Patrick's Day portrait.  Look at the shamrocks around his feet.  I love Florida

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