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Twelve? twelve? … TWELVE

If you’re a person who writes a blog and if that blog should talk about your children if you have them (or your pets if you don’t, although really it’s about the same thing, isn’t it?), then the occasion of a birthday – theirs or yours – might call to mind a blog post. And if you’re going to write a blog post about a birthday, you might find yourself …

beyond the bricks to the beauty shop: lego goes girlie

A friend circulated this ad on facebook. Maybe you saw it as it made the rounds? The ad is from 1981, not a year particularly celebrated for female achievement (although it was the year Britney Spears was born, so I suppose that counts for something). I love legos and this ad only stoked my lego-love. My kids are lego freaks and over the years, my only consolation for finding those …

Ikea, i just can’t kwitya

We left New York in July with 12–TWELVE–suitcases in tow.  For a variety of reasons we decided not to ship any personal items and instead we took full advantage of our business class tickets, which allowed us each 3 checked bags, at 26 kilos each. If you’re flying business class, each suitcase can go up to 32 kilos, however, and they don’t charge you an overweight bag fee. It’s not …

Jealousy is the brother of invention

The other night Liam built a lego ship that looked like this: What prompted him to create this all-black gunship, piloted by a man dressed in black, right down to his black slouchy hat? ? Rage, pure and simple. He’d come home from soccer camp to discover that his brother went to the Lego store and got a cool new set and built the set himself and we’d publicy praised that …

Mecca, Now Open in Rockefeller Center

It began about a week ago. “What’s the date, mommy?” Caleb would ask. And then he would carefully count from whatever that date was, to the 29th. Oh well, that makes sense, you say, because the 29th is the first official day of summer vacation for NYC public school students. Nope. That’s not it at all. The 29th was the official opening of the Lego Store in Rockefeller Center. The Lego Store, …