“Real” is frustrating and slow. But so so much better.

Our “catch.”

Summer is rapidly approaching. I am thinking about what is possible to achieve or what I would like to achieve before it comes and goes. Over the past summer I had a simple goal: I wanted the girls and I to catch some fish*. Berries is all we got. Luckily no one got hooked in the eye. I learned something about prioritizing. Keeping the hooks out of eyes quickly became the priority followed by keeping children out of the pond.  Another big priority was preventing myself from having a temper tantrum about the tangled lines, inability to follow my (overly complicated) instructions, and other impediments to catching a fish that are inherent to attempting to fish with a 2 and a 4 year old.  After a few trips of going to ponds ostensibly to fish only to turn it into a walk around looking for raspberries we dispensed with the fishing all together and went on a purposeful berry walk.

The one on the right was the keeper, we let the one on the left go.

Monkey 1 angling for berries.

Then Nisha baked whatever fruits of our labors actually made it home into a great cake like thing.

Probably much better eating than a muddy water sunfish anyway.

Hooray. So some take aways to influence this summer’s goals:


  1. Pick something realistic!
  2. Have a (preferably tasty) back up plan.
  3. Don’t burn the bridge to your back up plan while Driving to Bologna.


*We also needed to conduct way too many real estate transactions and move all of our worldly possessions about half a dozen times while not losing all of our sanity. Oh, and then have another child. But catching a fish was a big goal.

Wonder at Renwick Gallery

Last month or so  (or was it the other day),  the family and I stumbled into the Renwick Gallery near the White House.  Art museums are amazing places but not always the best fit for a two year old with a mile wide rebel streak. So I was a bit nervous. I had little to fear. If you get the chance, check out the Wonder exhibit.


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First of all, some of the exhibits you can touch, thus eliminating the problems inherent with bringing little kids to the art museum.



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Where else can you climb into a giant scale bird nest?




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I have the good fortune of having seen many of the best paintings and statues in the world in museums, churches, etc all over the planet. The single coolest artwork I have ever seen was the room decorated entirely in real insects.  The Dia de Muertos theme is just icing on the bug cake.


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Try to find some Wonder in your neighborhood today!