Happy Birthday, June!

by Jessie K on July 11, 2014

This little lady turns 4 today. I wouldn’t want to imagine my life without her. Jake left a week ago (boo hoo!) so we had a little birthday celebration for her before he left town. Here she is with her best bud Josie. Among her cache of gifts, my Mom — who was visiting from […]


Water fun that was not to be

by Jessie K on July 1, 2014

When I was a kid, I remember we had this plastic clown’s head topped with a hat that, when attached to a running hose, lifted off the clown’s head and spun around by a 6 foot jet of water. Water would come shooting out of the sides of the hat and spray all around. I recall […]


My summer as a full time mom

by Jessie K on June 17, 2014

This is the first summer I’m staying home completely with June and Katie. Every previous summer since June’s birth, I’ve always managed to prioritize work over spending all day as a mom. A big part of this is because I had to — work is work. The bills keep coming. I get a lot of satisfaction out […]


Pick an allergy, any allergy

by Jessie K on June 11, 2014

The other day June was sitting at the breakfast table eating cereal when she said, “Mom, I want to be allergic. What can I be allergic to?” Continue reading here.


Aaah, time off

by Jessie K on May 5, 2014

Here’s a little update on Katie for those of you wondering: She is doing so great. I can’t imagine life without her. She’s my little “Kiki bird,” that’s what I call her. She’ll be five months old this month. She’s still sleeping like a champ….goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes up once at around […]


I finally broke the seal and let June watch her very first princess movie, Frozen…have you heard of it? It’s only like the top grossing kids movie of all time. Yeah, you could say I’m a little behind the times. I just upgraded to my first Walkman! In fact, I think it’s the first princess movie […]


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 […]