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".
And Olivia is so happy (came off 1 Dec)! I have yet to make her the chicken quesadilla meal she has requested (tonight I will - probably a good thing because her teeth have been sore - now that they feel a little better, she might be able to eat - pain AND braces-free). As all you former braces wearers know, it is not pleasant to have them put on or taken off - a lot of crunching, cracking, scraping, and cutting - not to mention the occasional snip or knick to your gums or lips. Anyway, poor girl - her retainer doesn't fit right so it is uncomfortable; her new one should get to us today (in fact, we have had quite a week of craziness - Enzo lost a shoe - Milo lost a mitten - we had a strange incident with a utility company - I had trouble connecting with a client the other day - just odd communication-type stuff). So.... her braces are off for the Shadyside Academy Snow Ball, and.... thanks to our gracious friend and neighbor, AB, her filmy black slip dress actually fits (and she has some super cool "berry" colored shoes to wear with it) - she has accessories ready to go - has dinner plans before the dance - knows who is in her big group of attendees - she should have a great time (photo to follow, of course).