TBT: One year (+ two days) ago.
Our new place is a stones throw away from several Mummers clubs and Federal Donuts. Be jealous.
In five short days I will be running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC. I’m running to raise money for the Rally Foundation in honor of this adorable little boy, Elijah.
Elijah is 4 1/2 years old and was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma in September 2011. He is currently in the last phase of treatment and is in remission! He has had six rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, two stem cell transplants, twelve rounds of radiation, and six rounds of Antibody treatment which he started in August 2012.
Elijah loves spots, playing, animals, and his new baby sister.
Elijah and his family have provided me with so much inspiration over the course of my training and i am proud to represent them on Sunday.
Please use this link to visit my fundraising page and to learn more about the Elijah and the Rally Foundation.
Thank you for your support! You’re making a difference and helping to save lives.
GO TEAM ELIJAH!
Selena’s Book Review:
READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. HARD STOP.
Seriously, though, I want to read more books like this. I am so, so, so captivated by stories about the multiple identities of women, about the secrets people keep from those they love the most, about families and memories, and about the ghosts that haunt us. I love books that make me cry and that help me better understand some of my own complicated feelings. This book did both.
More books like this, please.
We jokingly referred to these as Avocado Editions (the California version of our Olives) but it is serious business how sick this box set is. Like, I’ve-considered-booking-a-flight-to-California sick.
California Bookstore Day, May 3rd. Find out where you can get this here.
Now that we are *almost* homeowners and won’t be moving again for many, many years it’s time for me to start buying non-Kindle books again.
This is going to be my first purchase.
(Books and music about California stole my heart and imagination when I was young and are entirely responsible for my move out there. I could have lived there forever but I had to come back east to see about a boy.)
After work manicures and rosé with one of my best girls and home in time to put this little boy to bed. Nice way to start my long weekend.
- On Monday I told Patrick’s daycare that we were moving and his last day would be next month. It was a really sad conversation for me to have because the women who work there are such a blessing. They’ve cared for Patrick five days a week since he was three months old and have played a HUGE role in his life. He gets so excited when we walk into his “school” in the mornings and is a big ball of happy when I pick him up. I know he’s loved and safe there and I feel so thankful that we have the ability to provide that kind of experience for him.
- Last Friday we spent the day visiting potential daycare centers in Philadelphia. Jason was responsible for chasing Patrick around while he explored the spaces / toys / people and I was responsible for asking the questions. (Team work!) It was a surprisingly exhausting day but the whole process was actually a lot easier the second time around. I have a lot of feelings on the early childcare industry in this country but I struggle with how to articulate it here in this space. The short story is this: We are so, so, so fortunate to have the options that we do. We know that and we are grateful. We found a daycare for Patrick that I’m confident is going to be a great fit for all of us. We’re going miss our place in Brooklyn so much. They built a solid foundation and I cannot wait to see what my boy does with it.
- And shifting gears: We bought a dining room table yesterday! This is the first piece of new furniture for our house and it’s BEAUTIFUL! Now I’m currently trying to convince Jason that wooden chairs are too matchy and we need to get metal chairs instead.
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