SO, HAPPY NEW YEAR

So, Happy New Year.

In my twenties, New Years Eve was the source of a great deal of anxiety for me. My friends and I used to take weeks to decide which was going to be the best Sydney party to go to. It was a big decision. There were DJs to consider, venue location, […]

2017, LET’S DANCE

So, 2016 huh? I hope you all feel accomplished in some way. This year has been high stress and high emotion for a lot of reasons. We had another baby, obviously. And the election. That whole thing. And we lost a lot of talent this year, didn’t we? Bowie. Prince. Cohen. George Michael and now […]

OUT SICK

I’ve been so sick you guys. Fevers and chills since Monday night. You don’t want to know the details. I’m feeling about 70% right now and compared to how I’ve been feeling the last few days 70% feels amaaaaazing. Finn and Bennett are so sweet when I’m sick. Finn made me gifts and wrapped them […]

I AM ELF

Oh heyyyyyy. There’s a babysitter up in this house. Which means I’m not in my pajamas. I’m going work-casual. Which is good because I totally feel like I’m at the office. Our bedroom is the size of a small upper east side apartment so a few months ago we converted the office into a guest […]

CATCH UP

When it’s Robbie’s turn to read to the boys I take Jules. Sometimes he naps for ten minutes and I have just enough time to do absolutely nothing. Or I could write half a blog post. Really I’m just waiting for Robbie to get downstairs so we can watch Westworld. Have you seen it? We […]

OH HELLO

So this is my hair. The other half is in a vacuum cleaner bag at the Green Room in Boston. My single chair salon experience went just as perfectly as expected. The haircut was fun, but just being out on my own -­­­­­ I was like a giddy school girl. It was bananas. I don’t […]

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THE HAIR AROUND HERE

We were just saying that Bennett’s new haircut makes him look a bit feral. And then he came into the kitchen wearing a crotchet ring on his head. What you can’t see here is the straight fringe and back to match. The hairdresser had a creative vision of what he should look like. That vision […]

CHANGES

So I’m trying this thing. Over there. The Gazette. I’m drawing lines. Differentiating my mama blog from the ‘business end’.

I named this blog Les Petits Gazette (“The Littles” Gazette), with the intention of making it a kind of magazine for mamas. What manifested was a personal blog because to be honest, that’s all I could […]

INDIAN SUMMER

We’ve had perfect weather all week – Wednesday may as well have been the middle of August. It was warm all day and by the afternoon the weather was cool enough for a hike. Robbie got home at 4:30 and Finn announced that he wanted to go on an imaginary hike which took place in […]

ALL 80’S, ALL WEEK

You might have noticed some changes around here. More on that later. For now I’m channeling my inner Debi Newberry and sharing a song for your Thursday. Whether it’s your last day before a long weekend or it’s the day your boss is out of town or it’s trash day and your barrels really needed […]

THE ARGUMENT FOR APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS

All three boys have been partying during the night the last couple of weeks and I’d like to say I have had zero sleep for four days in a row but I did close my eyes between 6 and 8 this morning while Robbie took Jules into the lounge room for a couple of hours. […]

BACKUP BUNNY

Bennett loves his stuffed animals, one in particular. His name is Big Bunny and Bennett takes him everywhere. If Big Bunny isn’t in bed with him there’s going to be a problem.

A few nights ago Big Bunny was in the three seasons room. I couldn’t find him anywhere. And for a horrifying five minutes, […]

FIVE GUYS (FOUR GUYS AND A GIRL)

I’ve been back for a week and I’m still unpacking from my trip. When Virgin finally found my bag, it was in New Jersey. I’ve never been to New Jersey but at least my toothbrush has. They delivered my bag on Sunday night and I was totally expecting a note stuffed in the side pocket […]

JETLAGGGGG

I’m running on about two hours sleep as I write this so if you want a meaningful, reasoned, intelligible blog post you’re out of luck. What I can give you is tired and emotional. Will that do?

The Australia trip isn’t out of my system. I’m still on Sydney time (oh jetlag!) but there’s so much […]

POSTCARDS FROM DOWN UNDER

I’m in Australia! Sorry I just up and left, I hate good-byes. I arrived in Sydney on Thursday last week after 20 hours in the air with Jules. Turns out, four month old babies make the best travel companions. I left Robbie to look after Finn and Bennett with the help of his amazing mom […]

LITTLE WORKS

After discovering that I could be making thousands of dollars just by taking a photo of a friend wearing flippers on a horse, I have decided I should start selling Finn’s art work. Student loan debt be damned.

“Traveling Polar Bear”

“Crown”

“Crown II2”

“Kandinsky + Warhol Love Child”

“Untitled” #592

THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING GIVEAWAY

➕ WINNERS HAVE BEEN CROWNED ➕ The winners of two signed copies of The Danish Way of Parenting were drawn this morning, all the way away in Rome, Italy. Congratulations to @yesteacher (Instagram) and Lauren Gordon (Facebook entry). I will be in touch shortly! Thank you to everyone who entered!!

As promised, I’ve teamed up with […]

BUSH-WALKING WITH SOLLY

Bush-walking is Australian for hiking in the woods. I was never much of a bush-walker in Australia until my friend Sam got me into it in the summer of 2006. Sam is a bush-walking kind of girl. She’s also a baby-wearing kind of girl. I’ve been living as an ex-pat in the USA for nearly […]

BUY THE BISSELL

Yesterday I left Finn painting in the kitchen and Bennett watching Max and Ruby in the lounge room while I nursed Jules. Five minutes, max. I felt secure knowing that law and order was in the hands of my very capable four year old. I Instagrammed the aftermath of that decision and I’m re-posting the […]

FEVER + THUNDER + NURSING = NO SLEEP

On Saturday night we had a storm here. The regular 9 to 5 folks of the south shore mightn’t have noticed it come through around 2am but we did. Bennett has had one of his fevers since Friday and he was burning through the night, which meant I was making visits every three hours for […]

FINDING THE WORDS

Finn told me that last night he had a dream about a sad train conductor. Said he couldn’t get his sad face out of his head. I didn’t know what to say because sometimes the things he says catch me off guard. We ended up with an Inside Out analogy about sadness being an important […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENNETT

Bennett George Thompson is 2 today. This boy is a big ray of happy sunshine. He always has been. I’ll do anything to make him smile. Like letting him “paint” with our 11 year old mother’s helper. Today I’m tired and I have to clean the house before a friend from Cali arrives this afternoon. […]

PADDLE FEET + A FRESHLY PICKED GIVEAWAY

When we brought Jules home from the hospital, things at home looked strange. My mother was staying with us and she had tidied areas of the house I hadn’t touched for a year. Also, Finn’s vocabulary had increased and he was somehow more well behaved. But the most profound change was in Bennett. It seemed […]

WE’RE JUST HERE FOR THE SEX

When they hear that we have three boys, more people than you would think ask me if we had a third child because we were “going for a girl”. We weren’t going for anything. Jules is our sweet, smiley, roly-poly bonus-baby. But can I just say that if we were going for three children – […]

AT HOME SWIM LESSONS

I’m in love with my pool. It has an old-school diving board and a pool house and all summer long I feel like I’m living in a Slim Aarons photograph. I saved a mole from drowning in the pool this morning. A mole!! America has the cutest animals. I’ve never seen a mole in real […]

A TRIP TO HORNSTRA FARMS

Today we went to Hornstra farms for ice cream and to see the spring calves. Luna and Sol are twins that were born a couple of weeks ago and those two cuties alone are worth a trip to the farm.

Three teenagers were standing on the fence in the barn looking at the new calves and […]

CAPE COD PART II – THE FLATS

Twice a day, once at around sunrise and once around sunset, the tide goes out on the Brewster flats and this happens. People walk out to explore the sandy banks, collecting razor clams and shells and the smoothest tumbled stones and other treasures from the sea. For a few hours, oyster farms are exposed. You […]

CAPE COD PART I – HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE UNDER 5’s

While I wouldn’t necessarily suggest living on Cape Cod in winter with kids… visiting in summer? Definitely. Brewster is probably my favorite town on the Cape. We got married in Brewster, in a cute little church that Rob’s grandmother built. (Well, she didn’t build it. She had it built. She was rather well to do […]

A FAIR BIT OF PINK AND A LITTLE BIT OF BLUE

Hello again! I know it’s been a while. It’s the whole newborn baby thing.

Some stuff that’s been going on lately:

Baby Jules is packing on the grams. His month long feeding frenzy broke last night when he went FOUR HOURS without nursing! That’s a win in my book. And his name is still just Jules. Not […]

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WELCOME BABY JULES

Hey, we had a baby! He’s super cute! His name is Jules Milan. Jules as in Jules Verne. Or if you’d prefer (as Robbie does), Pulp Fiction’s Jules Winnfield. We didn’t name him after anyone, but it helps people with the concept that Jules is a boys name and not just a nickname for their […]

STRAIGHT TALKIN’

Me: Please ask me before you break anything or tear anything, okay? You won’t know if I need it for something if you don’t ask.

Finn: The reason I didn’t ask you is because I thought you would say no.

Me: I would have said no. That’s the point. I needed this and now it’s ripped and […]

A WINTER STUDY

‘WINTER STUDY’ – Natural Elements on Construction Paper
This is a selection of the winter offerings brought in from the yard by Finn and Bennett. Care of the Thompson Gallery.

WE ARE PRETTY BORED UP IN HERE.

This is actually a post about pregnancy symptoms. So, you know, read it or don’t.

The past few weeks I’ve been waking […]

WAITING…

Earlier today I thought maybe I was in early labor. Yesterday I thought I might have been in labor too. Over the weekend there were several times that I thought I was, you know, maybe in labor. Because this baby boy is doing flips in there lately that don’t feel like the usual pains of […]

THE SWEATPANTS OF CARS

On Saturday Robbie and I left Mum with the boys while we went shopping for a minivan. Yes, we sure did. The sweatpants of cars is in our garage as I write this.

We’re doin’ it for the kids. And say what you like. That we gave up – that we don’t care anymore. I’d probably […]

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TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

Before I fell pregnant with Finn, I had no concept of the world of unparalleled opinion and judgement I was about to enter. As a mother you will be judged. And it begins pretty much the minute you announce that you are pregnant.

Because when you become pregnant, you suddenly realize that about 10% of the […]

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SOME FOR YOU, SOME FOR ME

Bennett has been helping with my belly balm routine since about week 30. “Beh” (Bennett for belly) is one of his favorite words. He’ll see me getting out of the shower and say it over and over until I go and get the belly balm. Then he knows I’ve understood.

He sticks his hand into the […]

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A WEAVE A WEEK

Meet Baby Alpaca. She is the first wall hanging to be made especially for the Les Petits Gazette Shop. I wrote about my weaving class in San Fransisco on the blog a while back. Since San Fransisco I’ve made a few weaves and sent them to close friends. I started getting emails and texts from […]

WINTER IS OVER + SPRING IS HERE

The robins and bluejays are back in our yard and my mother in law tells me that means spring is officially here. Winter was short and sweet this year in New England. I’m so happy for the return of warm days because there’s fun to be had that can’t be had when it’s 30 degrees […]

BIRTH PLAN

This is the birth plan I wrote up four years ago. If you don’t know what a birth plan is, it’s a document that mothers-to-be write up to give their OB, midwife or medical team when they go into labor. It’s basically a guide that lays out in detail, how she wants her labor and […]

BABY BONNETS

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have a little thing for slow living mommy bloggers’ pretty Instagram feeds. I love a farmhouse lifestyle where milkmaid apron wearing mamas potter around in their rustic kitchens with their vintage French wooden chopping board collections and horse hair scrubbing brushes and milk-pails full of dried flowers.

I don’t […]

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ON NOT HAVING ANY MORE

The thing about having babies is that once they start sleeping through the night and you start to feel  like yourself again, your body tricks you into wanting more. Desperately. Wanting. More.

We never wanted more than two. When I was 20 I didn’t even think I wanted children, so the fact that we made it […]

OFFICE MOVING DAY

We’ve been doing some re-arranging of furniture at our house. Mum is coming from Sydney to stay for a couple of months in March, so we’ve made the office into a guest bedroom. Before we moved everything out, I put all the papers, books, toys and half eaten toddler snacks into a big box and […]

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AESOP BIBLIOTEKSTAN

My obsession with Aesop is paralleled perhaps only by my obsession with all things Scandi. I guess then, the synthesis of these two things should be enough to make my head explode. I love every Aesop store I’ve ever seen, so when Aesop posted a video about their Stockholm store, Bibliotekstan – my head actually […]

WEEKEND WINTER WONDERLAND

Watching my husband being an awesome dad is about the best part of every weekend for me, but snow weekends take the cake. On those weekends, Robbie is up early carving up sledding trails and building snowmen and carrying my munchkins up the hill like a human ski-lift. And loving every second of it.

This weekend […]

TREES, SLEDS & TOUCHING TONGUES WITH GIRLS

These trees had me at hello. The day we walked into this house, having just decided in the car on the way over that it was over our budget, I walked into the kitchen, looked out the window and saw these trees. I saw the swing and the little bench and that was that. I […]

THREE THINGS

1. Dear New England: it’s the middle of January, you can pack away your window candles and fairy-light lawn deer now.

2. Like Finn at his age, Bennett has become obsessed with The Wiggles (circa 1992). It hurts my head. But when he does the actions to “Rock-a-bye Your Bear” it hurts my heart.

3. This week […]

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LESSONS IN HOLIDAY PLANNING

Maybe I’m being precious, but being pregnant at Christmastime with an almost 4 year old and a sick 18 month old was kind of a challenge. Finn is at an age where he’s still all about himself and the presents under the tree that have his name on them. I’m hoping next year he’ll be […]

PLANTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Robbie’s grandmother had a tradition of buying Christmas trees in pots, to be planted in the ground after the holidays. In winter her property on Cape Cod was a wonderland of Douglas Firs and Blue Spruces covered in snow. You can see some of them in this post about our winter on Cape Cod. Since […]

EARTH MEN

On Sunday we decided to go get burgers and shakes at Five Guys. The boys were dressed and ready, so was Robbie. I was lagging, so Robbie decided to get out the hedge-trimmer and cut back some brambles down the back of the yard. Because that’s what you do ten minutes before you are leaving […]

WINTER CONCERT

The end of year winter concert at Finn’s school was today. Robbie took the morning off to come, which was awesome. Finn’s class was last to arrive in the hall and when he sat down he silently mouthed a big excited “HELLO!” to everyone in the audience (because obviously everyone was there to see him). […]