Going faster than a roller coaster…

The days are passing quickly now, in the ways days do once you’ve really settled into a rhythm. And while there’s pleasure in that rhythm, it’s bittersweet as well, because already, mid-February and spring in the air, our time in Rome is drawing to a close. It’s not that Rome feels familiar, exactly, or that…

Muddled thoughts, by Ilana

A few very long weeks ago, I was finishing up a blog post about our trip to Venice. It was about Venice, but also it was about the ways in which traveling with children- being with children, having children- enhances your life. Because: well, because there’s always those voices out there talking about all you…

New sneakers, by Ilana

This is gonna be a good, old-fashioned, update post. Tucked within a story of a sneaker shopping trip. I took Tillie to buy new sneakers the other day. Because, you know, she outgrew her sneakers on the plane ride over- or something like that. I really can’t keep up with how often my girls outgrow their…

Adventures with Avi, by Ilana

Tomorrow morning Avi will begin Scuola Materna – such a soft, full-of-vowels name that beats the pants off of “pre-school.”   It’s a milestone. And it has me reflecting on my little guy. The #1 justification I had for taking this sabbatical year was wanting more time with Avi. And we’ve been having time together. And it’s been…

First days of School, by Tillie and Ilana

Tillie: I go to a school called-ummm- Ilana: Do you know what it’s called? Tillie: Nope. Ilana: Turns out it’s called Umberto I. Eva’s school is called Dante Alighieri, even though it’s in the same building. Tillie: Ok. Let’s not do it this way. Ilana: A dialogue? Tillie: Fine, you can do it that way. Ilana:…

Greetings from Rome, by Ilana

When I was a kid at summer camp, campers would perform skits in front of the campfire every Saturday night. One of the skits was called “Froggy & Gnu.” It was a serial skit, passed down from camper to camper, summer to summer, and it concerned the adventures of – well, a frog and a gnu….