I am home with four kids - two girls, two boys - ages 14, 6, 5 and 3 (and when I started this blog, just a little over two years ago, I had an infant, a 2yr old, 3yr old and 12yr old - feels like a lifetime ago, but it wasn't ;-). Until about four or five years ago, I worked in marketing. I have been and done many things - dancer, magazine "multi-tasker", advertising copywriter, gymnastics coach, resort town waitress, grad student, etc. Now my areas of expertise are different and diverse. I am savvy, efficient, patient and earthy (like it or not). I am a better cook, an Ok herb gardener, an impressive artist to my kids, an active and prolific photographer, a childrens' clothing stylist (in my head), a manager of all things "household" and a news enthusiast (from politics to celebrity). I am more cynical though less of a worrier / hypochondriac than I used to be. I am increasingly proud of what I do with kids, family and home, but I do still present myself as a "freelance writer".
So - the boys went to movie night at their school and watched dragons all night - and... our teen went shopping with friends (and probably to Starbucks, etc.), so... we had our Lil to ourselves - on her last night as a two year old. Tomorrow she is three, and she will open "prince-ness" gifts and blow out candles and have fun at a suppertime costume party complete with a camp fire, s'mores, a scavenger hunt and a pinata. We will miss the "babyness" of our sweet Lil as she grows up, but... we'll cherish every moment with our ever- curious, beautiful, feisty three year old Lil. Tonight - she got ice cream with sprinkles BEFORE dinner (chocolate) - and got to walk the neighborhood with Mommy and Daddy (she loves to window shop :-) - then ooohed and ahhhed over desserts at Aladdin's where Daddy did a magic trick for her, and Mommy played a funny "tissing" (kissing) game with her. Looking forward to tomorrow :-).