As we approach New Year’s Eve and the start of 2007, I can’t help but reflect on the past year and the changes our family has seen and things we have done. Of course, the biggest change in our lives occurred when I got pregnant back in February and then Julian joined our family in November. :) I did a lot of soul-searching and research before deciding mid-pregnancy to switch from a traditional OB-attended hospital birth to a midwife-attended home birth. It’s a decision that really changed my life in a lot of ways (those of you who read my birth story know why) andRead More →

We may be getting another 5 to 8 inches (or more) of snow this week on top of what we already have from the last big storm. Eep! Our street still hasn’t been plowed and, because of the storm causing delays, our trash hasn’t been picked up in two weeks now. I just hope this next storm isn’t as big as they think and we can escape with only a couple inches of the white stuff. And as for the whereabouts of the Christmas cards I ordered back on 12/18 that were supposed to be delivered on 12/21 but weren’t because of the blizzard…well, accordingRead More →

Dear Mr./Ms. Toy Manufacturer: As new toys (specifically those of the battery-operated nature) enter our home this holiday season, I can’t help but wonder a simple little question. Why is it, dear toy manufacturer, that the default volume on said toys must be at decibels significantly louder than any reasonably sane parent would allow in their home? Kids don’t know that after they press the on button, they must immediately turn the volume down. They don’t care about the volume being too high or even notice. It’s the parents – especially those who have younger children that are trying to nap – that must dropRead More →

Just wanted to share a few pictures of the family (mostly Ava this time) taken over the past week or so. Click to enlarge. If you are a family member or close friend and would like to see more pics of our family, please email me – – and I will send you links to our Snapfish albums. Ava dressed up for our early Christmas celebration with my parents – 12/17/06: Ava and Julian with Grandma and Grandpa S. – 12/17/06: Our family – 12/17/06: Ava and the gingerbread house she decorated with Grandma – 12/20/06: Ava in a big snow pile – 12/21/06:Read More →

Happy Winter Solstice today! Winter Solstice also known as Yule, Christmas, and Saturnalia, occurs in mid December. It celebrates the birth of the new Solar year and the beginning of Winter. The Winter Solstice is unique among days of the year — the time of the longest night and the shortest day. More on celebrating winter solstice here. By the way, we ended up with just about 2 feet of snow after the great blizzard of ’06. Jody and I took Ava out to play in it for a bit today. Ava enjoyed throwing herself into snow piles, but wasn’t too keen on riding onRead More →