Category: Parenting

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Sondjos at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

  One of the best kids’ activities in Jerusalem is the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, and I was tired of my coworkers’ surprise when I told them, “No, we haven’t been to the zoo yet.” So on Sunday morning, we got up, picked up the house, packed a lunch, and dragged the kids to Jerusalem’s zoo. It was lovely. The work week in Jerusalem for everyone but Consulate folks is Sunday – Thursday,...

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Conversations with my three-year-old, Sondjo edition

Jasmine: I want a surprise! Me: You can only have a surprise if you behave yourself! Jasmine: I want to behave myself! Me: Good.  Behave yourself, and you can have a surprise. Jasmine: I’m behaving myself! Me: Yes, you have to behave yourself for more than 30 seconds. Jasmine:  I’m behaving myself RIGHT NOW!!! Me: Are you screaming? Jasmine: I AM BEHAVING MYSELF!!!!!! Me: That’s not behaving yourself, Jasmine. Jasmine:...

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On being a working mother

The good news is that my work hours are far more reasonable than during my last tour, and that both kids are capable of entertaining themselves for a few minutes at a time now. I’m not spending hours at FSI studying Arabic after class because I can’t get any studying done at the house. Even while going to CrossFit a few evenings a week, I’m getting in more time with...

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Halloween in DC with the kids

How do I know I’m getting old? All of my friends’ halloween parties started at 6 last night. And we didn’t go to any. My husband picked me up from FSI with the kids already in costume, but fast asleep. We went grocery shopping, and then came up and rushed to get the house picked up for trick-or-treaters. Our building has a sign-up for families with toddlers, so nobody has...

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Diary of a Fat CrossFitter – ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED (1st 5k!)

I raced my first 5k over the weekend. Camille, my awesome amazing and to be much thanked running buddy, and I have been training both separately and apart. She, to get back to running after a few kids, and me, to get to a point where I wouldn’t embarrass myself by collapsing on the course after the first mile. We both succeeded, and I made it through the entire 5k while...

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Painless short trips – Sondjo style

I am a planner, but I hate putting shit away. My husband is a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of guy, but can’t stand a mess or a disorganized room. Between the two of us, we’ve finally got our (short) trip routine down to a science. Or at least, as much of a science as it can be with toddlers in tow. I usually take care of the up front planning and packing,...

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Cuddle monster on the bus

  One of the most frustrating things about long term training in DC is how hard it is to spend real time with my kids. Time that isn’t rushing around getting me ready for work in the morning and them ready for daycare. Time that isn’t cooking or cleaning in the evening. Time that isn’t studying. Time that isn’t frantically running errands. Time that isn’t in the car. I had...

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On the seeds of sisterhood between my daughters

One of the best things about Jasmine and Grace is Jasmine and Grace together. Jasmine is great with the baby, and the baby clearly adores her big sister. Grace lights up when Jasmine sits down to play, and Jasmine has a special gentleness she seems to reserve for Grace and Grace alone. I’m sure my daughters will fight as teenagers, but I’m grateful for their friendship now, especially when my husband...

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On photos of Grace and memories of her as a newborn

I pulled out the photos we got at our family photo session last year for a scrapbooking project, and man, there must have been a lot of dust in the air, because my eyes watered up right away. We missed the chance to get newborn photos of Grace taken in the hospital, due to a communication issue between the me and the staff pediatrician that weekend.  Jasmine’s hospital photos had turned...