The future of the blog

by Jessie K on April 15, 2014

I’m taking the rest of the week off to head up north — Jersey and New York City or bust! — with the girls for June’s Spring Break. Thanks again to everyone who commented about the future of the blog. I think I’ve decided to keep it going because I really don’t have it in […]


A (temporary?) disruption in service

by Jessie K on April 11, 2014

I’m going to share something today that’s been on my mind for awhile. My motivation for my blog has been slipping lately and I’m not sure what to do about it. The reason is fairly obvious: I’m home alone with Katie all day (June is at preschool) and Katie is shaping up to be a […]


Family vacations

by Jessie K on April 10, 2014

I read something recently about how our memories of the day-to-day become one big blur as we age: work, school, obligations — it’s hard to recall the particulars of those events because we did them all the time. It’s actually the break-from-routine experiences we remember the longest, according to researchers. I needed to hear this […]


My second-tier college degree

by Jessie K on March 27, 2014

When I was 19, I took a job as a nanny in New York City in exchange for tuition to a city school. It wasn’t my first choice college but it was what my employers were willing to pay for; there was no way I could afford a more prestigious, expensive university on my own […]


My unintentional playground workout

by Jessie K on March 19, 2014

My friend Susan and I bring our girls to the playground so they can run around, burn energy, expend some rambunctiousness so they’re not bouncing off the walls when it’s time to go to bed at the end of the day. So why, we have to wonder, are we the ones who end up panting and perspiring […]


Katie, the elfin stoner

by Jessie K on March 14, 2014

The other day I was out and about with Katie and a lady came up to me and told me Katie looks like she’s stoned. I kind of laughed because it was so obnoxious but then within a few minutes she told me how “elfin” Katie looks as well. Huh? I looked at this person […]


“Overwhelmed.” It’s a word you hear a lot in conjunction with parenting these days. (There’s even a new book out called Overwhelmed by author Brigid Schulte.)  I know the feeling. Jake works a lot and is out of town some weekends so occasionally I feel swamped trying to take care of a 3 year old and a 3 month […]


Less than a month after Katie was born, I was asked to write about how it felt going from one child to two for C-Ville Weekly Kids. Now that Katie is nearly three months old, and I’ve had time to settle into my role as mom of two a bit more, I’ve also had  more […]


“Are you bleeding?”

by Jessie K on February 28, 2014

A woman came up to me today while Katie and I were having lunch with some friends. This lady was one of those very friendly, approachable, extroverted types — always laughing and cracking jokes with impeccable eye makeup. While oohing and aahing over the baby, she mentioned she was one of nine — 7 sisters, […]


What it looks like when Jake dresses June

by Jessie K on February 27, 2014

“Failing upward.” That phrase pops into my brain every time Jake tries to dress June. Some of the looks he comes up with to send her off to Montessori in the morning are so bizarre that I have no choice but to think he dresses her this way to get out of the responsibility of […]