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 you do. But you also smile, cry, remember, discuss, lament, rejoice..... This crazy, beautiful life. Thankful for it all this season. Also thinking of others who need love, comfort, and a lot of joy this time of year.
Photos: Me, hubby, baby Enzo and 9 year old, Olivia in Paris - infant Milo (who we think "hails from" Paris ;-) - born nearly 9 mos. after trip) - Me and Olivia at her 10th b-day party, only a week or so after my Dad died (I'm wearing the ring of his that I always wear in the photo) - Daddy and Enzo on go-carts in NC (a year and a half ago?) - Lil on that same NC vacation, looking at the ocean.
Oh - and I should have told you this last week, but... if you aren't watching Top Chef Masters, you should be - Wed. at 10 pm on Bravo :-).