So Far in Spring…

“Mom! Look! I made an M like my name! MOM LOOK!”

Indeed, a plant-based cream cheese toast M!

Who needs writing skills when you have biting skills?

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Preparing Big Sibling For a Baby

This post was published on my sister site. Just some family photos from our maternity shoot with Tender Nest Portraits and the story of preparing MaiTai for his baby brother’s journey into life with our family. ❤

Mama's Milk, No Chaser


Not too many weeks after the positive pregnancy test, we told MaiTai he was going to be a big brother.

We wondered if he even knew what it meant to be a brother… to have a brother or sister…  or even the differences between himself at not quite three years old and a newborn baby, much less one in a womb. He knows what a womb is, right?

We had a lot of work to do! Or so I thought.

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That One Day at… Houston Downtown Aquarium Home School Day

The night before, MaiTai told me with a hint of sadness that he wanted a dinosaur friend to play with. I thought, Oh no, does he need more friends? Is this uncharacteristic request a sign of loneliness??

I said, “We’re going to the Aquarium to see fish and play on rides tomorrow and there will be lots of kids to play with!”

He said, “Okay. But can I turn them into dinosaurs?”


“Okay. Because I only wanted to be friends with a dinosaur, not the kids.”

Ah yes, this child I recognize.

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Entertainment: InterActive Theater’s Home School Happenings

MaiTai loves his shows… and they aren’t always on a screen! InterActive Theater Company is a cast of talented actors who host several performances per season on the stage of a church in Heights area of Houston.

Our initial encounter with ITC was in April when we watched their funny rendition of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (MaiTai was two and a half). We returned this week to see “Rabbit Tales,” which is open to the public through February 13th if you want to check it out.

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Entertainment: First Real Movie Theater Experience (MaiTai, Age 3)


When MaiTai was a baby, I took him to a matinee of a Wizard of Oz remake. I didn’t want him to watch the screen that tenderly and impressionably young so I hoped he’d sleep through the whole thing — and sleep he did. He didn’t miss much; it was a terrible (read: godawful) movie.

He had his first ‘big screen’ adventure when I recently enjoyed an outdoor movie with him, a showing of The Polar Express.

Tonight was his first time watching a film (The Good Dinosaur) at a traditional cinema.

Upon entering the theater, he said, “I don’t like this place.”

Well, crap.

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Christmas Eve/New Year’s Eve Boxes

This idea was inspired by a friend (blogger at Every Child is a Blessing) who posted a photo of a ‘Night Before Christmas Box’ on her blog’s Facebook page. It looked pretty cool so I wanted to try it out!

Maybe it’ll stick as an annual tradition, maybe it won’t. Maybe we’ll make it a New Year’s Eve thing in the future as Christmas is already heavy on box-opening, shiny paper-unwrapping stimuli. In any case, I’m all about thematically packaging things into boxes and getting stuff contained so, it was definitely going to happen at some point.

I designated a box for each of us (whoever puts the boxes together shouldn’t be left out! Unless you want to only give boxes to the kids).

The idea was for each person to receive a ‘supply pack’ for the night.

We decorate the tree at Thanksgiving and wrap gifts as we get them (and bake holiday edibles when we don’t feel lazy), alas the big lifting for holiday prep was basically all done.

For us, Christmas Eve is all about cozying up, vegging out, fa-la-la-ing, and watching a movie together.

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