“There’s No Such Thing As The Tooth Fairy.”

[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Sixty Three]

This past Christmas, First Minion looked at us and, with absolute conviction, said, “There’s no such thing as Santa Claus. It’s just you and Papa.”

Me: “….what.”

First Minion: “My friend told me her Mama told her.”

Me: “…which friend?”

First Minion: “[Adorable Best Friend]”

Me: “Ah.”

First Minion: “Also, the tooth fairy is you two, too.”

Me: “Is it?”

First Minion: “Yes!”

Me: “Ah.”

Needless to say, we didn’t navigate it very well, but convinced First Minion that we needed to keep the magic alive for the twins and he played along well enough.

Yesterday First Minion lost his first tooth.

And it went just as poorly as you’d expect.

But first the news:

This tooth has been loose for WEEKS and as tempted as I was to just reach in and rip it out, I was seriously not sure how we’d deal with the whole “There’s No Such Thing As The Tooth Fairy” thing – do we just not flip the tooth? Do we flip the tooth for a coin and deny everything?

Something else?

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Moving Back to the States: English

[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Forty Seven]

Photo by Ivan Shilov on Unsplash

In case you hadn’t heard, we’re moving back to the States.


The twins speak ONLY Dutch.

The other night as I was tucking them in, it occurred to me that I should push the English thing a bit more – hilarity ensued.

But first the news:

Me: “Are you excited to move to America?”

Twins: “JAAAAA!! !” [yes, in Dutch]

Me: “In America you need to speak English, yeah?”

Twins: “JAAAA!! !”

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[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Forty Four]

I was recovering from the Janssen shot, P was sick with #NotCOVID and the kids were energetic, joyful, and a bit aggressive.

And we started packing.



[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Thirty Five]

A friend reached out the other day, “Hey, you still managing? Haven’t seen a blog post in a bit. Not that I cyber stalk you or anything.”

And they’re right.

I’m not okay.

This whole OMG WE’RE MOVING TO AMERICA IN AUGUST thing is really running me over.

Yes, I’m excited.

I’m also stressed.

And I’m also well and truly going to miss all my friends here in the Netherlands / Europe / this side of the pond.

Plus now we have minions.

But first the news:

If I stop blogging daily it really is because I’m starting to crash. The only difference is that now I have a new job, too. And also the moving thing. So, yeah, it could entirely be because it’s super busy, too. But one of the things that I’ve switched around a bit was when and where I blog.

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I’m Kinda Scared To Post This, If I’m Honest

[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Twenty Eight]

Photo by Amy Reed on Unsplash

This week has been…. fine.

I’m fine.

The kids are fine. Mostly.

The house has not burned down.

I’m just as shocked as you are.

But first the news:

It even seems that I’ve become MORE productive as a solo parent than with my partner in town. Probably because neither of us is waiting on the other to Take Care Of Things ™.

Or maybe it’s because I Have To ™.

Either way, things are going well.

And Papa returns home on Monday.

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