Unintended Benefits of a Shared Bedroom

This is the seventh night in a hotel, which means that this is the seventh night of Jane and Alexander having no playmates but each other other and sharing a room most nights. One of the things I’m quite certain I got wrong was not having the kids share a room. I know that at this age they’d have to be split up already. If I could go back in time there isn’t a ton of parenting I’d like to change but this is a big one. I’d have taken …

10 Tips for Visiting Mammoth in the Summertime

I’m here on top of Mammoth Mountain. We’ve kayaked, we’ve ran through fields singing at dusk (keeps the bears away?), we’ve had wonderful food, played tennis, wandered aimlessly and now we’re off to try stand up paddle-boarding. The hotel is good, their motto seems to be “it’s clean enough”. Everyone has their own space. Here are ten things you should know about visiting Mammoth in the Summertime. If you stay in the Village Lodge there is no central air conditioning. They have a plug in unit that is mostly useless. Bring your own. …

My Sister In Law Took My Baby

When Alexander was five months old and Jane was three, I took my kids to Seattle to visit my brother and his family. I booked the travel in August of 2001 and took the trip in October of 2001. I think everyone in America knows that that trip I’d planned was very different than the trip we took. I’d planned that my husband would walk the kids and I to the gate, and that my brother would be waiting at the other end for us. I’d planned that the double …