THREE THINGS

By | January 17th, 2016|BLOG|

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. [...]

THE NORDIC EXPERIMENT

By | January 10th, 2016|BLOG|

I have a not-so-secret desire to live in a Scandi country. When I reviewed foreign films, my favorites were from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. I dig the way those people live (and raise their kids). The boys' names list for every baby we've had or are about to have is heavy on the Scandi names, [...]

LESSONS IN HOLIDAY PLANNING

By | January 4th, 2016|BLOG|

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

By | December 30th, 2015|BLOG|

Robbie's grandmother had a tradition of buying Christmas trees in pots and then planting 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. [...]

EARTH MEN

By | December 22nd, 2015|BLOG|

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

By | December 18th, 2015|BLOG|

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). [...]

EAT YOUR FRAGRANCES

By | December 11th, 2015|BLOG|

To Bennett, the spice drawer is a crazy adventure. He carefully takes the lid off each spice jar, smells it and says, "Ooooooh-woowwww!" like every one of them is the most amazing smell in the world. And he’s a toddler, so maybe it is. Finn and I used to play this game when he was about [...]

ULTRASOUNDS + DIM SUM

By | November 28th, 2015|BLOG|

My OB said that if Robbie wanted to come to any of the ultrasounds this pregnancy, yesterday would be the day. It was the 18 to 20 week fetal morphology or "anomaly" scan. That doesn't sound scary AT ALL does it? It's the most in-depth (routine) ultrasound of the whole nine months. I had a [...]

FOUND + FORAGED

By | November 25th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

We are hosting Thanksgiving for Robbie's parents this year. Which is manageable because Robbie can somehow get a turkey plus sides on the table in under three hours and largely unassisted. He does well with sweet potato, green beans, corn, chestnuts and cranberries. I'm Australian and we don't do Thanksgiving, so I leave it to [...]

WORDS TO LIVE BY

By | November 16th, 2015|BLOG|

My very first Political Theory lecture stands out as a life changing moment for me. I remember I got to the lecture hall early. I had no idea whether or not politics was the right choice for me, I just knew I didn't like the way the world was being run. But sitting in that [...]

THE LITTLE LEAGUES

By | November 7th, 2015|BLOG|

Autumn little league soccer. Cold Saturday mornings with these two. Finn in his over-sized soccer shirt and Bennett bundled up ready to cheer on his big brother from the sidelines. Or eat acorn shells and dig some dirt - whatevs. Today was magic. Every day that Robbie is home is pretty awesome, but Saturday is [...]

WE’RE ALL ABOUT THAT BASS

By | November 2nd, 2015|BLOG|

When Finn broke into song one day after watching the movie 'Despicable Me', we thought it was adorable until we heard the lyrics he was singing. "You got women, you got women on your mind... have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find... if her daddy's rich take her [...]

HALLOWEEN PARADE

By | October 29th, 2015|BLOG|

Meet Spidey. You might recognize him from such blog posts as Spidey Greetings. After buying him a fireman hat, jacket and boots, Finn decided to stay true to his roots and go with last year's costume. Today was the Halloween parade at Finn's school. He was sick last night so he slept in our bed [...]

I HEART ABC HOME | NYC

By | October 26th, 2015|BLOG|

I just got back from a weekend in Manhattan. My friend was in from London for work and Robbie and I have an understanding about seeing friends when they're in town. He looks after the boys while I go away and I look after them when he has boys trips in Cali. It's all about [...]

FOURTEEN WEEKS, THREE DAYS

By | October 23rd, 2015|BLOG|

You're probably not desperate to know why I've been a little MIA over the past three months, but I'm going to tell you anyway. I've had... MORNING SICKNESS!! We're pregnant again! Because stopping at two kids is so 2014 don't you think? And before you ask - yes, we are very happy to be having [...]

THE KARAOKE MACHINE

By | October 12th, 2015|BLOG|

When Robbie brought this karaoke machine home from the toy store he was pretty proud of it. I like wooden, organic toys that make me appear earth-motherish. The ones that look good in the background of Instagram pictures but that toddlers find completely boring. So the bright orange plastic karaoke machine stressed me out. Because [...]

THE WEEKEND

By | September 30th, 2015|BLOG|

Here's the Apple Picking Blog Post. You knew it was coming. On Sunday we drove half an hour south to a local orchard to pick fresh, crunchy, scrum-diddly-umptious McIntosh and Cortland apples. Finn ate two massive apples in an hour and didn't have a lot of room for apple cider donuts. That didn't stop him [...]

CHERRY TREES

By | September 17th, 2015|BLOG|

This last couple of weeks has been busy with Labor Day weekend, our 5th wedding anniversary (yay for love) and Robbie's birthday. My resolve to post every three days wanes somewhat when there are opportunities to party every second night. And by party I mean get a babysitter and stay out past 9pm. Since having [...]

APPY BIRZDAY

By | September 13th, 2015|BLOG|

Every year on my birthday, at about 6am, my dad calls to wish me a happy birthday. Except that he says "Appy Birzday" because he has a thick Croatian accent.  I never noticed his accent growing up, because I was born listening to it, but my school friends couldn't understand a word he was saying. [...]

ADORABLE IPAD APPS FOR TODDLERS

By | September 3rd, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Like so many parents of toddlers, Robbie and I have a complicated relationship with the iPad. Finn would happily play it all day if given the choice. Even with advice from pediatric associations that limited use of learning apps can be beneficial, our gut feeling is that any more than very limited use is not [...]

IL DUCE

By | August 29th, 2015|BLOG|

Yesterday Finn introduced Bennett to the electrician as "my brother, Benito Mussolini." I'm blaming Robbie. We both have nicknames for Bennett, but Benito Mussolini is one of his. I hope all of you parents of babies realize that pretty soon they will repeat everything, especially if it's inappropriate. Finn definitely needs to stop referring to [...]

DON’T INCLUDE ME IN YOUR THROWBACK THURSDAY

By | August 20th, 2015|BLOG|

After a couple of years at a very strict private Catholic girls’ school where uniform inspections were homeroom ritual, I transferred to a far more relaxed public school and spent the next few years of my life trying desperately to look as grungy as possible - a mission my mother worked tirelessly to sabotage. I [...]

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES

By | August 17th, 2015|BLOG|

I should have known it would happen. I should have recalled the half dozen times I cut Finn's hair in his first two years and he went from being my little baby to practically ready to leave for college in three and a half minutes. Bennett's hair was getting in his eyes and I have [...]

AMBULANCE RIDES

By | August 14th, 2015|BLOG|

Bennett, Finn and I had another ambulance ride on Tuesday, our third since we moved to the south shore. Bennett had a febrile seizure, which trumped any experience so far as the scariest moment in my life as a mother. He was diagnosed with strep on Wednesday so it looks like this fever was not [...]

REVIEW: NATURAL HAND SANITIZER

By | August 10th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Last week I discovered Aēsop's travel sized Resurrection Rinse-free Hand Wash. I love the Resurrection line (mandarin rind, rosemary leaf, cedar atlas) so I bought it, bringing my hand sanitizer collection to 7926 bottles. I don't even use hand sanitizer on my own hands. But I do use it on the boys hands after the [...]

HIPSTER CHILDREN ROCK. SO DOES THIS.

By | August 7th, 2015|BLOG|

#FBF - Tiffany Beveridge's pinterest board titled "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter" is the best. It totally makes fun of parents of hipster children. The ones who dress their kids in plaid and pearls, ripped jeans and military jackets. All the stuff I think is adorable on toddlers. Tiffany's imaginary daughter, Quinoa and her friends [...]

BLUEBERRY PICKING: PART TWO (A TALE OF TWO MORNINGS)

By | August 5th, 2015|BLOG|

After blueberry picking on Sunday, Finn and I were excited to make blueberry pie. We had visitors on Monday so we didn't get time to make it, which worked out pretty well because on Tuesday this was happening at our place... And storm weather is perfect for baking. So we made our pie. We [...]

BLUEBERRY PICKING: PART ONE

By | August 3rd, 2015|BLOG|

The year Robbie and I met, he took me to his mom's place in Massachusetts and showed me around the neighborhood, pointing out landmarks and places where major life events happened. You know, the broken collar bone, falling out a window, first kiss... the important stuff. As kids, he and his brother and sisters would [...]

DO NOT EAT

By | July 31st, 2015|BLOG|

This is Bennett. Today he pulled aaaaalll the wipes out of the wipes warmer placing them in a neat pile behind him. His other tricks include unraveling toilet paper, squeezing toothpaste out of the tube, and re-programming the printer. He works quickly and efficiently I have found, a trait that I hope carries forward to [...]

MY HUSBAND, THE PUPPETEER

By | July 27th, 2015|BLOG|

Robbie interviewed for a job on Thursday. It went well. He has almost recovered from back surgery so I knew he'd be going back to work soon, but it's been so nice having him home with us. Robbie is a really fun dad - it's one of the things that got me when we were [...]

GLOSSYBOX REVIEW

By | July 25th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

As fun as they are, the little red and white Sample Society boxes from Allure have been outdone by the marketing department at GLOSSYBOX.  PS: pink always wins. I tried the June and July editions of GLOSSYBOX and they converted me. Here's the lowdown... Cost: $21 a month for the standard box Value: Claims to [...]

THE OYSTER ROOM

By | July 22nd, 2015|BLOG|

Of all the rooms in our new house, the dining room has been the trickiest to design. It's a small room and it had a huge, shiny, gold chandelier in the middle of it which, despite being a huge, shiny, gold chandelier, fit the space pretty well. It's just that I didn't want a huge, [...]

#toughsummer

By | July 19th, 2015|BLOG|

Days like today make all my complaining about how tough life has been lately seem pretty silly. A little ungrateful even. We've had a lot going on. Moving and dealing with Rob's back injury, our four day hospital stay with Bennett - and just being parents to a toddler and a baby is hard work. [...]

ALLURE SAMPLE SOCIETY REVIEW

By | July 16th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Discovering recently that I am not 20 years old (believe me I was as shocked as you are) I have developed a sudden and urgent interest in make up and skin care. I'm using my Clarisonic every two to three days and I have to say I am noticing my skin is much brighter.  Last [...]

WHEN YOUR BABY IS SICK

By | July 13th, 2015|BLOG|

In case you haven't heard me say it a thousand times, this year has been tough for us Thompsons. Robbie's back surgery was the big black X on the calendar that marked the end of tough times. A few weeks after the surgery Robbie could walk without having to use a cane (thank God because [...]

LAKE DREAMS

By | July 6th, 2015|BLOG|

My mother's idea of heaven is an apartment overlooking Central Park. She loves the city. She loves the movement, the hustle and bustle. Not me. When I'm all grown up and the boys are out there making the world a better place, I want to live in a cozy house on a lake. I love the [...]

BOOK SHELVES FOR FINN’S ROOM

By | July 5th, 2015|BLOG|

So that trip to IKEA a couple of weeks ago produced something positive. Yeah! I'm happy with the RIBBA picture ledges I bought to use as bookshelves. The books add color to the room displayed like this and the shelves seem quite sturdy (nobody has tried to pull them down yet). Here's how they [...]

HAPPY FOURTH

By | July 4th, 2015|BLOG|

Finn woke up at 1am this morning. As I tucked him back in I promised we would get a croissant and a hot chocolate for breakfast. So it stands to reason that this morning Finn needs a croissant and hot chocolate. It's July 4th, and that means a whole lot more to the people around [...]

THE LAST OF THE PEONIES

By | June 30th, 2015|BLOG|

When we lived on the Cape these gorgeous light pink peonies were growing along the side of the house. I was obsessed with them. We moved into our new house just as spring arrived on the South Shore. Robbie had been joking that this house was designed for me from the five jets in the [...]

LE GAZETTIN 6•28•15

By | June 28th, 2015|BLOG|

Happy weekend! We are having a rainy Sunday here, taking care of kids and house tidying and unpacking. My mama goes back to Australia tomorrow. The end of her stay just kind of snuck up on us. We're going to miss her. A LOT. I seriously love the Danes and the way they do everything.  [...]

MAMA’S SKIN

By | June 24th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

I'm not much of a product girl. I have started using a Clarisonic two to three times a week, but apart from that I don't do a lot. But lately my skin looks tired. It needs something more than I am giving it. For me, the prospect of buying cosmetics is so overwhelming that I [...]

IKEA STILL SUCKS

By | June 19th, 2015|BLOG|

Project New House is in full swing. Speaking from experience, this nesting bug will last about another two to three weeks. After the buzz wears off, the house will stay looking pretty much the same from that day until we move again.  I'm pretty sure most of my family will be thrilled when I actually [...]

PAINTER’S HANDS

By | June 14th, 2015|BLOG|

When my dad immigrated to Australia from Croatia in the late fifties, he made a living as a painter. He didn't speak English very well and he had no money to go to school, so he met some people and started working with them painting houses all over Sydney. People call painting houses 'honest work'. [...]

THIS ISN’T RIGHT

By | June 12th, 2015|BLOG|

I painted the office yesterday. It took all day. I used Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (exhibit A) and what I got was this blue room (exhibit B) So what happens now is I experience low level stress every time I am near the part of the house closest to the office until I get annoyed [...]

LES COULEURS

By | June 11th, 2015|BLOG|

At last count I have 12 gallons of paint on the floor of my (not even nearly finished) living room. Mostly they are finish variations. I have flat, eggshell, semi gloss and pearl. These are the colors we have:   The master bedroom, the dining room and the sitting room are going to be Benjamin [...]

SHOWING UP

By | June 8th, 2015|BLOG|

When we enrolled Finn in a Montessori school, we loved that community participation was important and that parents were encouraged to be involved. The school sends out a weekly newsletter that I usually skim over, but lately I haven't had the energy to read a label let alone a 15 page newsletter. However, sometimes they [...]

SMOKED BLUEFISH PÂTÉ

By | May 25th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

New England residents are spoiled by an abundance of fresh seafood, so it's no surprise that some of the best seafood restaurants are located here. The Straight Wharf Restaurant on Nantucket is one such restaurant. Their Smoked Bluefish Pâté served with Melba toast and pickled vegetables is a Straight Wharf signature dish worth traveling to [...]

A YEAR ON THE FARM

By | May 22nd, 2015|BLOG|

We've lived in this house for almost a year. We're moving into our new house in a little over a week (massive smile while I write that) and I'm starting to take stock again. Moving brings up a lot of emotions, especially now that we have little ones. We'll have done this three times since I [...]

LET THEM TAKE PHOTOS

By | May 17th, 2015|BLOG|

When these photos were taken I was not feeling terribly attractive. Not unusual for someone who is 8.5 months pregnant, but I'm going to say I don't think I ever went through that gorgeous, 'glowy' pregnancy stage that we are supposed to go through as mothers-to-be. If I did, I missed it - my hair [...]

LE GAZETTIN 5•13•15

By | May 13th, 2015|BLOG|

NPR is talking about it, my friends are talking about it, we should all be talking about it. This. A few years back we went to a Jewish lesbian wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, New York. It was breathtakingly beautiful in every way. So I think this is pretty [...]