the giver

On one of our first visits to our new cabin–the one where my son and I go there by ourselves to rescue it from “lost cause” status in order to prove to my husband that we haven’t made the most irresponsible decision of our shared life by using Liam’s college money to buy a ramshackle […]

handstands sarah b

It’s July. Not every minute is crammed with camps or classes. The other day my five year-old draped a Duplo dinosaur with a strand of buttered linguine as if pasta were the new accessory for hard plastic fawn-colored dinosaurs. The dinosaur was “Dinee,” in case you wondered. “You need to wash the dinosaur,” I told […]

puzzle table

Slow Food, Slow Travel—it seems like Slow Family should be the next thing…?! Well, on our spring break, we rediscovered the puzzle, and especially the ginormous kind–one that seems like it could take weeks to finish. Deeply therapeutic. Check out this amazing puzzle table that they had in the library of the Homestead Resort, which […]

117 Diana Koenigsberg Gamble - Alcala Family July 4

Our friends Jenny Levy and Diana Koenigsberg sent us this dispatch from LA about their friend Pitita and her family’s 4th of July ritual: “With a name like Pitita Carita how could you not be the funnest mom in town? Pitita has more energy and ideas than anyone we know, not to mention a costume, a […]


As far as omens go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. On a Wednesday evening a couple weeks ago, at about 7:30 pm, I proposed something radical: how about we eat on the couch tonight, while watching… the Yankee game! This was greeted with surprising enthusiasm. Abby and Phoebe marched over with their plates […]


When I was a kid, we had one small box of family photographs. It was bright red and we used to pull it out all the time — to flip through the pictures of my parents in Honolulu or Acapulco, looking tan and younger; and my brothers and I as infants, then at Disneyland, then […]

Sign Up

Email Sign Up
We promise not to bug you -
it'll only be good stuff, pinky swear.