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Summer birthdays suck. Particularly in Phoenix, and Annabelle’s is smack in the middle of July — the worst time of the year to gather friends. So last week we grabbed her ballet classmates (the ones who hadn’t yet fled the heat) and gathered for a little swim party. Sophie squirmed the entire time, eyeing the […]


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My Birthday, A Guest Post by Sophie

posted Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

hi every one this  is Sophie  i am 11  and i got a phone  so i did a sachions  and   the  1 one is cuddle   the 2 is nils  and  the 3  is fashion    and 4 is phpter i booth  that was fun and  the last a stumbler  pray with my reply […]


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The Birthday Monsters

posted Friday February 7th, 2014

The birthday monsters are in town. (Apologies to Sandra Boynton.) I got an email last week from Sophie’s aide: [Sophie's teacher] and I wanted to let you know that we had a talk with Sophie today about her birthday. There have been several occasions recently where Sophie has told a student she was not invited […]


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Reconsidering Overalls

posted Tuesday May 21st, 2013

Today is Sophie’s 10th birthday. She’s come a long way. Me? Not quite as far. “Mommy, what’s this?” Sophie asked the other day, holding up something small and hot pink. There’s a lot of stuff in Sophie’s room, and a lot of it is small and hot pink, and on this day a lot of […]


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For My 11-Year-Old Annabelle: Things to Worry About

posted Tuesday July 10th, 2012

I spotted this list on Frances’ blog a few weeks ago, and made a note to share it today, Annabelle’s 11th birthday. Apparently F. Scott Fitzgerald’s daughter, Scottie, grew up and wrote for The New Yorker and The Washington Post — and avoided her parents’ mental illness. Sounds pretty good to me. And so here […]


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Really, after a certain age, what does one get one’s mother for her birthday? After exhausting my sister’s brilliant idea that began several years ago with “40 Things We Love About Aunt Amy,” we’d run through the whole family (our mom included) and desperately needed a new schtick. Enter the Mamafesto. A while back, my […]


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Layers

posted Monday June 4th, 2012

“Hey Sophie,” I asked a few days before her birthday party last month. “How many layers do you want your cake to be?” Then I held my breath. Prior to that, the tallest cake I’d ever made in my life was two layers — and it was lopsided. But I was feeling ambitious (thanks a […]


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They Matched.

posted Monday May 14th, 2012

We were both juggling hectic workdays, so the phone conversation was quick. And as it often is with my best-friend-from-second-grade, it was totally over-the-top. “OK,” Amy said, “so I’m thinking about going to Mood and buying fabric and hiring a seamstress to make Sophie and me matching purple pajamas for our birthday sleepover.” “Are you insane?!” I […]


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Elmo’s World. Still.

posted Thursday February 9th, 2012

There are some battles I’m just not ready to wage before 7 a.m. Particularly when my opponent is an 8-year-old armed with an iPad loaded with images of Elmo birthday cakes. “Ray,” I called from the kitchen this morning, as he hustled to get ready for the day, “will you please explain to Sophie why […]


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Happy Half Birthday Dear Sophie…

posted Monday November 21st, 2011

Happy Half Birthday to Yoooooooooooooooooou. The half birthday thing has hit. Hard. Sophie’s been talking about it for weeks. And planning her birthday party for months. Oddly she’s not as interested in Christmas and Hanukkah — even though her birthday’s not til May. (She did inform me several times this weekend that I am on […]


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