1. Forty-three years of marriage for my parents.

2. Babysitting the two kids from next door one night last week. Ben wasn’t home from work yet. The four kids are sitting around the table eating dinner, and I’m in the kitchen making cookies as a special treat. Thomas cheefully looks around and says, “Huh. So, this is what it would be like to have 4 kids and just a mom.” I’m still laughing about that. Hardly Thomas, hardly.

3. Rain. Cold, hard, melodic and much needed rain.

4. Caroline’s pure excitement about celebrating 100 days of school today. We counted out 100 chocolate chips last night for her to share with her classmates.

5. A second tooth lost for Thomas. He kept asking me if I could pull it out yet… He does not enjoy having a loose tooth in his mouth.

6. Caroline helping me in the kitchen. We made wontons last night, and she kept reminding me how she was such a good helper. “And not just a good helper ONE time. But lot’s of times, right Mommy?” Yes, sweet girl. You are a good helper on so very many jobs.


1. The garbage and recycling trucks honking at the little boy that lives next door. Every Monday morning.

2. Caroline in feetie jammies asking me to carry her. I lift her up onto my hip and she wraps her legs around me and rests her head on my shoulder. I notice that her toes are threatening to push through the jammies.

3. Wilson trying ever so earnestly to bury the food bowl. We frequently have to discreetly lay a dish towel over the empty bowl, otherwise he’ll try to dig forever.

4. Glow in the dark Solar System hanging over Thomas’ bed.

5. Thomas earnestly telling us about a Dinosaur show he found on Netflix. “They said this discovery could change paleontology FOREVER.”