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oh no big deal, we do this every night

oh no big deal, we do this every night

February 27, 2013 |  Category:   family life travels

The thing that I couldn’t get over with the night shows at Disney and Epcot is that they do this huge, Olympic ceremony caliber production every single freaking night. I mean, am I right? I knew that I didn’t want to miss the electrical parade and the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom even though it meant keeping the kids up after that marathon of a day. At one point during the afternoon, Mark hinted that maybe we didn’t need to stay to catch the show – I mean we’ve seen fireworks before. Pshaw. We were pretty tired around 6pm, but after we finished a quick dinner and re-emerged back into the park under the night sky, we all perked… CONTINUE READING

Valentine’s, then and now

Valentine’s, then and now

February 15, 2013 |  Category:   family holidays life remembering

Miss C left this box for me on my bed side table last night, instructing me to open it in the morning. I usually sleep in on Thursdays since it’s the one day of the week that Mark walks the girls to school, so she knew that she probably wasn’t going to see me in the morning. Truth is, she made this Valentine’s Day box way back in November and hid it among her things until last night. She likes to plan ahead like that, although Mark just got a note on a green post-it. When asked why he only got a post-it when I got a box of treasures, she replied that she didn’t have enough time because of… CONTINUE READING

family

family

October 10, 2012 |  Category:   family life

We spent most of last week with Mark’s sister and her boyfriend as they came for a short visit here and then drove upstate to visit their dad. We joined them upstate over the weekend. The girls adore their aunt; she might very well be their favorite person in the world. Their relationship is quite special and she and I were talking wistfully about a time in the not too distant future when the girls might get too old to come running into her arms. Their time together is always full of energy, laughter, hugs and at any given time, at least one of the girls climbing into her lap or clutched in an embrace. In 6 or so years… CONTINUE READING

olympia

olympia

August 20, 2012 |  Category:   family life remembering Seattle & the NW travels

It’s always interesting to go back to a place that you lived in the past. For Mark, it’s going back home. For me, it’s a different kind of home. You look at familiar landmarks not through the lens of childhood memories, but still from a time when you were young. That woman ringing up your coffee in that cafe could’ve been you or your friend 20 years ago. Some things are different, but some things haven’t changed and you find yourself in some kind of weird time warp.   We saw 2 movies 2 nights in a row while grandma watched the kids. 2 movies in 2 theaters that couldn’t have been more opposite – Dark Knight rises at the… CONTINUE READING

life in the burbs

life in the burbs

July 27, 2012 |  Category:   family growing up half life

We’ve been spending most of the week in the burbs at my parents’ house. My mom’s been doing a lot of cooking and we’re getting our fill of Korean food. Even Claudine is coming around to some dishes she’s rejected in the past. The kids take walks with my dad to the post office and he always buys them some sort of sugary treat (and tells them not to tell me). The evidence is on their faces, however, covered in traces of powdered sugar or chocolate.   I’m sure that when the girls grow up they’ll remember their regular visits to grandma’s house fondly. It’s not an experience that I had growing up. The one and only grandparent who we… CONTINUE READING

twenty/ten

twenty/ten

June 5, 2012 |  Category:   family life

1992, Oregon Coast   2002, Hawaii   2012, New York   10 years ago today Mark and I were in Hawaii getting married. 20 years ago we met in Olympia, Washington. 1992 was a huge year for me. I moved out of NY and started a new life, much of which I chronicled on this post here. I’ve been keenly aware that this personal anniversary of sorts was coming up. The 10 year wedding anniversary is big, certainly, but when you’ve been with someone for 20 years, the 10 years is sort of inconsequential in a way. I’ve written enough in the past about what it might mean to know someone for so long and to have met someone so… CONTINUE READING

easter

easter

April 9, 2012 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays life

Some traditions evolve naturally over time. We first started spending Easter with Mark’s Russian side of the family 3 years ago when we came up to visit his dad who was gravely ill in the hospital at the time. We’ve been driving upstate every Easter since then, staying at Mark’s uncle’s house which is full of old family photos, good food, and lots of stories. This is now what our Easters look like.… CONTINUE READING

Headed to LA

Headed to LA

February 18, 2012 |  Category:   family life travels

Last time we were in LA was 6 years ago when Mia was still a baby. It was a family trip with my parents to visit my brother who had moved out to California around that time. My aunt came on that trip too to visit her daughter, my cousin, who was the closest thing to a sister I had growing up. Fun times. We’re looking forward to our trip. Mia wants to see the Hollywood sign and take a picture of Michael Jackson’s star. See you on the other side!… CONTINUE READING

Breaking News! Jenna & Mark eat out without the Kids!

Breaking News! Jenna & Mark eat out without the Kids!

January 30, 2012 |  Category:   dining out family life nyc

Friends, I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is only the 3rd time in the history of this blog (that is nearly 4 years!) that we’ve gone out to dinner without the girls. The last time was on my 40th birthday nearly 2 years ago. Let’s not get into the why, but rather revel in the fact that we did it (and to think that I got totally chewed out by a blog reader last year who said that I treated the girls like burdens to our lifestyle when we handed the kids off to Mark’s mom as soon as we got to Seattle so that we could walk around Pike Place by ourselves, bwahahaha).   We’re so… CONTINUE READING

40

40

January 25, 2012 |  Category:   family life

Mark turns 40 today! And it also marks the year where he’s officially known me more than half his life. Holy hell! How did we both become so old!? But I’m sort of glad that I’m not the only 40 year old in the house anymore. We can’t be in different decades, psssshaw.   For what it’s worth, the girls totally think we’re not old. We’re just “mom and dad”.   Happy birthday to a most hardworking guy, a lifelong companion, and a great dad. Look how the girls adore him. Hope they remember those fuzzy thoughts when they become moody teenagers!  … CONTINUE READING

christmas was grand

christmas was grand

December 28, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life

  It really was. Probably one of the nicest Christmases we’ve had in recent memory, despite all odds. We opened gifts and then went to the movies. I think the adults in the audience got more out of the Muppet Movie than the kids since it sort of revolved around the whole nostalgia factor (except I curse the movie for reminding me that “We Built This City” ever existed and now I can’t unhear that song when I had totally forgotten it existed, argh). Who didn’t get excited when the Muppet Show came on at 7:30 in the evening? We tried to explain to the kids what a big deal it was back then. Mark finally got in the kitchen… CONTINUE READING

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