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. [...]

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. [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

SAFE BATH TOYS

Every time Bennett has one of his fevers I panic and overhaul a different part of our routine. A few months ago I put all of his stuffed toys in a hot dryer to kill any dust mites that might be contributing to his allergies. Last month I threw out [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

ALL THE PRETTY GADGETS

A couple of weeks ago, Comcast put on an Xfinity event for Boston influencers to learn about their X1 platform and Xfinity Home. I left Jules with Robbie for the first time and it felt so good to be out meeting adults. The Comcast staff were so nice. They ushered [...]

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" [...]

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!! [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

THE HAPPIEST CHILDREN IN THE WORLD

I love the Danes. Back in 2007 to 2009, I was reviewing foreign films for the World Movies Channel in Sydney and my favorite films were from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. I saw in these films, cultures that were both gentle and intentional and I dreamed of living my life [...]

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 [...]

OUR BABY BJORN BOUNCER

This cute little thing that Jules is bouncing in is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini. It arrived at our place a few weeks ago and it's making me wish I had one when Finn and Bennett were babies. This is my Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini review. Robbie told me, while [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

POTTY TRAINING 101: WHAT NOT TO DO

June is Potty Training Awareness Month! And before you say, "hey! that's not even a thing", Let me assure you that it is in fact, a thing. In this house, every month from March to September 2015 was Potty Training Awareness Month. Because from March to June we were talking [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

THE SWEATPANTS OF CARS

On Saturday Robbie and I left Mum with the boys while we went shopping for a minivan. Yep 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 [...]

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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 [...]

MY AESOP COLLECTION | A REVIEW

My Aesop collection is growing every day thanks to the gorgeous Newbury Street signature store being so close and the gifts from the people who know me best.  Aesop's botanicals smell divine and are effective. Which is an increasingly hard to find combination. E Y E [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

BIRCHER MUESLI

Let's hear it for Bircher Muesli. In my twenties I dated a guy who worked in the travel industry. It was one of those relationships that you chalk up to a really important and valuable life lesson because the alternative is admitting you wasted six of your best years with [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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, [...]

THIS IS MY HOSPITAL BAG

Months before Finn was born, I had my labor plan written and my hospital bag packed. I was taking birthing classes and listening to hypnobirthing CDs. I bought anything that anyone suggested and ignored anyone who started a sentence with the words, “you really don’t need a…” With Bennett I [...]

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 [...]

WHEN YOU CAN’T DRINK COUGH SYRUP, DRINK LEMONS, HONEY

When you are pregnant and you get sick, there's not a lot you can take to get you through. And when you already have kids, there's no such thing as a sick day. Staying in bed with friend-bought chicken noodle soup and back-to-back Bravo network shows is not an option [...]

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 [...]

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" [...]

THE NORDIC EXPERIMENT

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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EAT YOUR FRAGRANCES

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 [...]

ULTRASOUNDS + DIM SUM

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 [...]

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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 [...]

THE LITTLE LEAGUES

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 [...]

WE’RE ALL ABOUT THAT BASS

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 [...]

HALLOWEEN PARADE

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 [...]

I HEART ABC HOME | NYC

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 [...]

FOURTEEN WEEKS, THREE DAYS

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 [...]

THE KARAOKE MACHINE

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 [...]

THE WEEKEND

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 [...]

CHERRY TREES

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 [...]

APPY BIRZDAY

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 [...]

IL DUCE

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 [...]

DON’T INCLUDE ME IN YOUR THROWBACK THURSDAY

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 [...]

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES

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 [...]

AMBULANCE RIDES

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 [...]

HIPSTER CHILDREN ROCK. SO DOES THIS.

#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 [...]

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

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 [...]

BLUEBERRY PICKING: PART ONE

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 [...]

DO NOT EAT

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 [...]

MY HUSBAND, THE PUPPETEER

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 [...]

THE OYSTER ROOM

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 [...]

#toughsummer

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 [...]

WHEN YOUR BABY IS SICK

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 [...]

LAKE DREAMS

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 [...]

BOOK SHELVES FOR FINN’S ROOM

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 [...]

HAPPY FOURTH

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 [...]

THE LAST OF THE PEONIES

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 [...]

LE GAZETTIN 6•28•15

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 [...]

IKEA STILL SUCKS

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 [...]

PAINTER’S HANDS

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 [...]

THIS ISN’T RIGHT

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 [...]

LES COULEURS

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 [...]

SHOWING UP

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 [...]

OUR SUNDAY

Yesterday, surrounded by boxes of shoes and paints and toys and kitchen utensils, I propped Bennett up in Finn's highchair for five minutes while I made coffee. My third for the day, because I'm tired and I still have about one thousand boxes to unpack. I opened our new and [...]

A YEAR ON THE FARM

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 [...]

LET THEM TAKE PHOTOS

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 [...]

LE GAZETTIN 5•13•15

NPR is talking about it, my friends are talking about it, we should all be talking about it. This. A few years back I attended a truly gorgeous Jewish lesbian wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, New York. It was breathtaking in every way. So I [...]

WAITING FOR SPRING

I'm a little concerned that it's May and we're still having cold days. I know I'm from Sydney via San Diego, but this year doesn't seem to be accepting spring as a legitimate season. And autumn and spring are by far my favorite (let's hear it for the moderate seasons!) But [...]

HIPSTER CHILDREN

Sometimes I like to dress Finn in a pair of high-tops, an early eighties rock band t-shirt and/or a pair of ray-bans. I know this will label him a hipster child, and for some people it will label him 'bratty'. Finn's wardrobe was pretty much rad like this 24-7 until [...]

WHAT LITTLE BOYS ARE MADE OF

Robbie seemed to know how to be a daddy before this boy was even born. He knew things about how to raise boys that took me a little longer to figure out. My favorite lesson learned this year is to let things be messy. Because I am the happiest when [...]

HEY SISTER

I'm tired. My wing-man has been down for almost three months with a back injury and my three year old has cabin fever in this endless indoor winter. My six month old is the easiest, most soulful person in our family but he still needs 100% of my attention and [...]

SANTA BABY

  HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE THOMPSONS  XOXO (and extra candy canes for this guy for being the only one who would cooperate for a photo)

FIRST SNOW

So here it is. Cold, fluffy, magical (slightly too early) snow. Finn is in heaven. Robbie is ready to move back to California. But I didn't move to New England to listen to boys talk in that gorgeous Boston accent. I moved here for the Maine lobster, the east coast attitudes [...]

SPIDEY GREETINGS

Last year in San Diego, Halloween was kinda awesome for us. Finn was almost 2 years old and it was his first time trick or treating. He learned how to do it faster than pretty much anything else he has ever tried. He would run up the driveway and knock [...]

WEAVING WITH MARYANNE MOODIE

My blog post San Francisco Guide for Guilty Mamas tried to justify my decision to abandon my husband and children for 48 hours of debauchery with a bunch of girls from Cali. That post kind of highlighted the negatives. It’s true, I did develop a plugged milk duct (as well [...]

SAN FRANCISCO GUIDE FOR GUILTY MAMAS

When one of my Cali girlfriends sent out an invite to a girls weekend in San Fransisco, I was pumped. My life for the last three months had been diapers, spit up and sore nipples. For nine months before that I was pregnant. So it had been a year between [...]

APPLE PICKING SEASON

Reason 27501 to love New England: Apple Picking Season. This morning this little family of four(!!) went apple picking at our local u-pick farm. Finn ran into the first apple row we came to and picked the biggest apple he could see. Then he sat down and started to eat [...]

ALL THE LITTLE FIRSTS

Finn started preschool today.  I was running late (not unusual), but I just had to take a few first day photos before I dropped him off.  And here's where I'm going to be completely predictable - because these feelings I'm having are completely predictable... He's growing up too fast and [...]

WHEN YOU’VE GOT STUFF TO DO

These are the adorable faces Bennett makes when he's working something out. That something is almost always poop. At this age, poop is the most challenging part of Bennett's day and really, the only responsibility he has. Because, eating? Easy. Sleeping? Born to do it. Getting dressed? Not his problem. [...]

THAT TIME A TREE FELL ON OUR HOUSE

A few days ago it was raining outside and we were snuggling in bed with our beautiful week old babe. Finn was downstairs with Nonna who is in town for a few weeks. Everything was peaceful and right in the world. A loud cracking sound shattered our peaceful bliss and [...]

CURTAINS

DINNER AT THE NEW HOUSE

After moving our entire lives from California to Cape Cod in December last year, moving again was easy. We're getting pretty good at this.  We've lived in 5 different houses in the past 5 years and each time we do it we get better at the logistics. We are renting [...]

PREGNANT IN NEW YORK

I'm back from a long weekend in New York. I went with my favorite travel pal, my mum. I'm heavily pregnant so we didn't do what we would usually do (which is to stay up all night drinking Japanese slippers and dancing on the bar) but we still had fun. [...]

AT BATH TIME

By about 7 o'clock every night, Robbie and I start getting our second wind. We've made it through the day and we know that in a couple of hours, when this little boy has been tucked in and he's too tired to make another call back for just a little [...]

THIS PLACE

Lately every photo I take looks like something out of Yankee magazine. It's not us. It's this place. The days are warmer now and every afternoon we've been walking down to the jetty to look for horseshoe crabs and driftwood and other treasures from the sea. Last week we found [...]

WHEN YOU JUST CAN’T DO IT…

Finn said he didn't want to go to school today. He just couldn't do it. I felt the same way. So we played hooky for a half day and went for frozen yogurt and hot chocolate. It was the best half day ever.

HELLO SUN, WE’VE MISSED YOU

Today was so gorgeous. Finn was looking particularly Instagrammable. So here's me showing off a bit.    

EATEN IN SAVANNAH

We are back from our trip to Savannah. This post is about what we ate. For my original post on what I did in Savannah (apart from eating), go here. B. Matthew’s Eatery for Breakfast 325 E Bay St | Savannah, GA B. Matthew’s Eatery is in a great historic [...]

CEMETERIES, ANTIQUING + FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

We are back from our trip to South Carolina and Savannah. This post is about what to do in Savannah. Spanish moss and southern charm - I’m into it in a way I’d never thought I’d be. We visited Bonaventure and Wormsloe, shopped boutiques and antiques and made a point [...]

MORNINGS WITH FINLAY

Every morning lately, Finn wakes up with a lot of stuff to tell us. Today he woke up and announced that the "windy wind blew all the strawberries away!" (a Dora the Explorer reference). It's crazy, but just in the last few weeks he's gone from being a toddler to [...]

WINTER ON CAPE COD

We are on Cape Cod in the middle of an actual, real-life winter. No 70 degree winters here, because San Diego is long gone. We are living in Robbie's dad's holiday house in Orleans, Mass. We had our wedding reception here in 2010 and it's just as beautiful covered in [...]

A FAREWELL TO SAN DIEGO

It’s November and it’s still t-shirt weather in San Diego. We went to the beach today and soaked in the last rays of warm weather. It felt like a kind of farewell to San Diego. We're really starting to feel like we're leaving now. San Diego has been home to [...]