Joanie had a birthday last weekend (she’s three!) and I took this photo of the kids during the festivities. I didn’t realize until I shot the picture that they were dressed in a theme, but there you go. They’re sucking on lollipops because instead of a birthday cake, I made a lollipop bouquet for the birthday girl who hates cake and most desserts (if she didn’t look like a carbon copy of her big brother, I’d question whether she was switched at birth for a baby who inherited my enormous sweet tooth…).
Anyway, summer is in full swing around here. After a couple weeks of no school or much structure at all, Jackson went to circus camp this week, where he learned to walk on stilts, juggle scarves, spin plates on his finger, and was even a featured performer in the big show as a beat boxer — a skill he’s been developing over the past couple months. Joanie will try her first taste of camp herself when she joins Jackson for a couple days of theater camp later this month. The theme will be “Annie” – their favorite musical.
In September, Joanie starts preschool a couple days a week, and because of the change in schedule, our part-time nanny, who’s been with us three mornings a week every week for 6 1/2 years, will be taking a new job. We’ve all been sad about it and a little anxious. But as she said to the kids the other day: “You guys are growing up.” It’s true — and there’s nothing I can do to slow it down, even if I wanted to. So I am doing my best to embrace these days that the kids are still young — the chaos, the joy, even the heartache, knowing one day soon I’m going to miss it all. Well, except the early mornings.
Hope you are also embracing your summer, whatever it holds for you. Have a great weekend! xo
PS There is still an ongoing extraordinary grassroots effort to reunite migrant parents with the children the US government kidnapped from them. As I’ve mentioned before a (loosely organized) network of concerned citizens (most of them angry moms) here in NYC is collecting donations and volunteers to help bond out detained parents at the border and drive them thousands of miles across the country to reunite them with their children and get them set up with housing and legal representation. Here’s the story of one such mom’s journey last week. You can donate to her fund, as well as the funds of several other moms being reunited with their children with the help solely of volunteers and donors like you, right here. Thank you!!