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  • Making of a Family
    the horizon kindergarten in your hazy future but for now you are right in the thick of 4 and enjoying it all The emotional tumult of 3 1 2 has finally simmered down a little You are beginning to be better at recovering from a disappointment rolling with a change in plans reasoning through a disagreement Read full post Posted by on 19 Nov 2013 Dear Zella Months Thirty one two three Tagged The letters Commenters Nana Adrienne Dear Zella Now you are 2 3 4 You practiced saying that for a whole day stopping again and again as you worked out the order of the words I three and two no I TWO and THREE QUARTERS In honor of this milestone you grew almost an inch and finally started breaking your last set of molars Read full post 1 comment Posted by on 8 Oct 2013 Dear Ezra Months Forty nine Fifty Fifty one Tagged The letters Commenters None yet Dear Ezra In these few short months since you turned four you caught bluegills went bowling flew a kite slept all night on the top bunk played an Indonesian Gamelan and with no fanfare of any kind rode a bike A real bike with pedals and no training wheels Read full post Posted by on 15 Aug 2013 Dear Zella Months Twenty eight nine Thirty Tagged The letters Commenters Nana Adrienne Dear Zella My favorite thing this summer is to watch you run at full speed You do crazy things with your arms and face often throwing your hands out behind you and jutting your chin out Sometimes you run towards me so fast you can t stop yourself flinging your body into my arms or wrapping your arms around my legs to slow yourself down You live your whole life like this at full speed fully invested in everything Read full post 1 comment Posted by on 28 Jun 2013 Dear Ezra Months Forty six seven eight Tagged The letters Commenters Nana Adrienne Dear Ezra Now you are four You can play the fiddle and ride a balance bike with both feet up You can put your head under the water in a pool without flinching kick a soccer ball hit a baseball and fly a kite You ve held a butterfly and a frog and learned how close you can get to a gosling before its mama freaks out You make up words to fit your needs the verb for riding a scooter is scooter wooter and the desire to see a TV show is feeling watchy You also create songs to fit your mood and bend rules with the best of them You are depending on the day either a Very Big Boy or a Very Medium Sized Boy But most importantly you are no longer a toddler You are a kid Read full post 1 comment Posted by on 16 May 2013 Dear Zella Months Twenty five six seven Tagged The letters Commenters None yet

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  • Making of a Family
    Perquackey isn t going to get him any chicks 13 Jan 2009 The Making of This Baby Part VI 10 Jan 2009 The Swimmer 05 Jan 2009 The Making of This Baby Part V 03 Jan 2009 My big belly 30 Dec 2008 The Making of This Baby Part IV 27 Dec 2008 Dispatch from the first four months 24 Dec 2008 Don t worry this has a happy ending 22 Dec 2008 The Making of This Baby Part III 14 Dec 2008 The Making of This Baby Part II 07 Dec 2008 The Making of This Baby Part I 03 Dec 2008 Is that a vestigial tail or are you just happy to exist 30 Nov 2008 What to expect while we re expecting Wandering Weiszes June 23 2008 July 28 2008 28 Jul 2008 A few weeks older and a little bit wiser 22 Jul 2008 3260 4 21 Jul 2008 A peek inside the mind of Henry Ford 21 Jul 2008 Big screen small town 20 Jul 2008 The home stretch 18 Jul 2008 Yet another cool swimming experience 17 Jul 2008 Connections 16 Jul 2008 Water and fire 15 Jul 2008 Urban relaxation 13 Jul 2008 Scenes from a hike 12 Jul 2008 Saturday night in a small town 12 Jul 2008 Secret places 11 Jul 2008 West Bay Diner 11 Jul 2008 When the rain comes 10 Jul 2008 Our contribution to the Singularity 09 Jul 2008 Camping illegally with strangers can be fun 07 Jul 2008 Pitching our tent 06 Jul 2008 You can lead a man to water but good luck getting him out 05 Jul 2008 Talking to strangers 05 Jul 2008 Zen and the Art of Muscle Car Collecting 04 Jul 2008 Independence Day 03 Jul 2008 Lessons from Day One 03 Jul 2008 And we re off 01 Jul 2008 T minus two days and counting 28 Jun 2008 Reroute 25 Jun 2008 Tapping the collective 23 Jun 2008 A route begins to form Making of a Home August 8 2004 June 22 2008 22 Jun 2008 Farmhandy 01 Jun 2008 My year in photos so far 01 Jun 2008 Road Trip 30 May 2008 Reviving my inner twenty four year old 29 May 2008 Small victories 26 May 2008 Garden IV Defeat of the Squash Borer 25 May 2008 The Way Wii Roll 14 May 2008 Weisz Family Book Club 08 May 2008 Improvising 28 Apr 2008 Bad break 24 Apr 2008 Memes with Clementine 20 Apr 2008 Magic pill 17 Apr 2008 What to say and how to say it 28 Feb 2008 Bald spot 07 Feb 2008 A long time ago we used to be friends 16 Jan 2008 Vegas pretty OK it turns out 01 Jan 2008 A short history of my facial hair now with more beard 23 Dec 2007 The Great Book Reorg of 2007 19 Dec 2007 Grave of the fruitflies 19 Nov 2007 Surprise Brunch 07 Nov 2007 Making stuff 30 Oct 2007 Don t tell Mom the babysitter s dead tired 04 Oct 2007 An anniversary 03 Oct 2007 Another post about being thirty something 02 Oct 2007 She knits he bikes 13 Sep 2007 Time Capsule One Year 10 Sep 2007 Year one 07 Sep 2007 When the moon hits our eyes 03 Sep 2007 Selected portions from Syd s story about Sarah from 1986 and how they compare to the Sarah of today 29 Aug 2007 I guess I ll have to stick to carrot cake 26 Aug 2007 Mystery of the Poisoned Picnic part 5 24 Aug 2007 Mystery of the Poisoned Picnic part 4 17 Aug 2007 Thirty seven couplets about our week in the Northeast 07 Aug 2007 Mystery of the Poisoned Picnic part 3 04 Aug 2007 Mystery of the Poisoned Picnic part 2 31 Jul 2007 Mystery of the Poisoned Picnic part 1 16 Jul 2007 Bathtub 1 Schneid 0 28 Jun 2007 Back on the organic track 25 Jun 2007 I can haz summores 11 Jun 2007 Garrrrrrden Update 08 Jun 2007 Dial tone 04 Jun 2007 Weekend in Springfield 24 May 2007 Survival of the Fittest 20 May 2007 Speaking of plants 03 May 2007 Confessions of a former houseplant fanatic 26 Apr 2007 I m just sayin 18 Apr 2007 Slimmish Okaybody 15 Apr 2007 The sinking bottom line 09 Apr 2007 Guess you had to be there 05 Apr 2007 The roof the roof the roof is 03 Apr 2007 Good morning 24 Mar 2007 Meet the new host same as the old host 17 Mar 2007 S by S Weisz 15 Mar 2007 Cooking Solo 04 Mar 2007 Interior design update 19 Feb 2007 The musical shuffle 12 Feb 2007 Savage Love feline edition 08 Feb 2007 Citizen punography 06 Feb 2007 Seamstress 31 Jan 2007 On touring 28 Jan 2007 Day 16 Airports 26 Jan 2007 Day 15 Koh Samui 25 Jan 2007 Days 11 14 Kao Sok National Park 21 Jan 2007 Days 8 9 Cambodia 17 Jan 2007 Days 5 6 North country 16 Jan 2007 Days 3 4 Chiang Mai 15 Jan 2007 Anthropology tourist style 13 Jan 2007 Day 2 Bangkok 12 Jan 2007 Day 1 Bangkok 08 Jan 2007 With room to spare 03 Jan 2007 Countdown 30 Dec 2006 Sketchy mall kiosk pays off 24 Dec 2006 The true meaning of Christmas 21 Dec 2006 The magical night of Sarukkah 09 Dec 2006 Kaddish again 28 Nov 2006 Kaddish 26 Nov 2006 How to drive your friends insane part 4 22 Nov 2006 How to drive your friends insane part 3 20 Nov 2006 How to drive your friends insane part 2 17 Nov 2006 How to drive your friends insane part 1 15 Nov 2006 Halfway to sixty 29 Oct 2006 Garden Wrap up 2006 27 Oct 2006 You were saying something 23 Oct 2006 Recent episodes in gastronomy 19 Oct 2006 Ballads for the bride and groom 13 Oct 2006

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  • Making of a Family
    of 2008 the blog got a temporary facelift and became The Wandering Weiszes as it followed us on an epic three week Great Lakes road trip that included some crazy museums illegal camping and secret swimming holes and was so awesome that we got to tell Phil Ponce all about it In 2007 we decided to try to start a family We thought it would be easy but it wasn

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  • Dear Zella: Months Thirty-four-five-six | Making of a Family
    the big sled hill on our yearly trip to Galena just a few days after your third birthday you demanded to go down headfirst on your back by yourself It was the craziest possible arrangement but there was no talking you out of it and down you went When you reached the bottom you felt you had completed your perfect run and declined to sled any more that day The next day you sledded so much that on the way up the big hill back to the car as I was pulling you in the sled you simply lay down and fell asleep Sleeping Beauty I mean Sleeping Sally from Busytown The last few months you have become very interested in baby dolls While Ezra always slept with a giant pile of stuffed friends you ve never been much of a sleeper with stuff But then you slowly but surely started wanting your baby doll with you more and more One night I left you in your room at bedtime awake and sitting on the floor reading books and when I returned you had gotten the baby and tucked yourself in cuddling her through the night A few weeks ago you told me that the baby s name was Jon Bon Jon Bon Jon and I couldn t help myself I said Oh you mean Jon Bon Jovi The doll is named Jon Bon Jovi And so she is For your birthday Grammy gave you and Jon Bon Jovi matching nightgowns and I love peeking in on you at night with Jon Bon Jovi in your arms Your interest in fashion has only grown stronger You have incredibly clear opinions about what you should wear each day usually summery party dresses and tights and what you should not wear pants

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  • Dear Ezra: Months Fifty-two-three-four | Making of a Family
    is a lovely trait You seem at home everywhere you go You have very specific ideas and plans about how things should be You decided very early that you and Zella would be an elephant and zebra for Halloween because E is for Ezra and Elephant and Z is for Zella and Zebra I mean duh what else could you have been You love watching Busytown Mysteries and for months determined that you were Huckle and Zella was Sally and I was Hilda and Dada was Lowly Worm When we read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory you became Charlie Bucket When we listened to Little House on the Prairie on CD you became Mary and Zella was Laura I called me and Dada Ma and Pa and you reminded me that we were named Caroline and Charles And once you find your thing for the day or week or month you are incredibly loyal to it At the Indianapolis Children s Museum you could have watched the Rube Goldberg machine for hours You slowly worked your way around the whole thing stopping for long careful stretches of watching You find favorite records and listen again and again and again You put on the same costume every day for weeks Zella is your greatest fan and when she sometimes seems calm and focused beyond her years I am sure that it is because she is learning from you Your memory continues to amaze and sometimes as when you point to the exact spot on your blanket where you barfed a few nights before Thanksgiving to disgust On a class field trip to Didier Farms you remembered the rides from the year before and immediately got in line for the biggest roller coasters and fastest spins When you watch Busytown you can

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  • Dear Zella: Months Thirty-one-two-three | Making of a Family
    on getting your toes up to your hands Now using some blocks for height you can get your feet up through and over in a complete flip with no help And you are brave The class features a giant pit of foam blocks and after a few times scooting on your butt to the edge and then sliding in and a few times holding my hand while you jumped you now scramble up onto the jump off point and leap sometimes face first into the pit There s a slide the teacher has created out of a big mat leaned up against a high pommel horse and the routine is for the teacher to seat you at the top and give you a gentle push to slide down When she s not looking you race to the top and leap off flying halfway down before your butt hits the slide at all You have always been fascinated with clothes and patterns and it s only increasing as you get older You keep track of the source of all your hand me downs requesting Ingy shirts and Miriam pants and carefully select whole outfits You favor polka dots above all other patterns but you re also a sucker for a good jumper even if it just has flowers on it I used to be able to coax you into certain items of clothes just by telling you they were from Ingy but now I have to tell you they re for a party This is my PARTY jumper you yell You love your sequined party shoes and a few weeks ago aggressively went after some hand me down light up shoes that I had carefully tried to decline I shouldn t have they are perfectly matched to your personality You wore

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  • Dear Ezra: Months Forty-nine-Fifty-Fifty-one | Making of a Family
    exact And we were Mama Frog and Daddy Frog and Baby Frog and you corrected us every time we addressed each other all day long Our big trips at the end of August came back to back First there was a week at a cabin in the Northwoods with a beach and a fishing pier and a rowboat and a playground We stopped on the way to get you and dada fishing poles a few weeks earlier you had taken a fishing lesson so we would be ready You fished every day pulling in bluegills and pumpkin seeds like it was your job Every time we took a fish off your hook and threw it back you would have already caught another You came up with little stories about them bluegills liked to take tumbling class but pumpkinseeds were more into ballet We met some other families at the resort and you struggled a little being in a tough age between the babies and the big girls The girls 6 and 9 mostly wanted to pet Zella and you got zany trying to get their attention But as much as I could see them getting frustrated you mostly just enjoyed being part of the action and I think you ll be much more able to figure out how to play with them rather than at them when we see them again next year This is the first summer of the three we ve spent up there where I feel like you really might remember it next summer The fishing the hikes the boat and especially our favorite crazy zoo where Kid Frog spent a magical day A few days after our Wisconsin trip we turned around and got on a plane to Utah to spend the weekend with Nana and Papa at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival You ve understood that Papa tells stories for a long time since we listened to his CD on repeat in the car for weeks and he visited your preschool last year But seeing him perform in front of a big audience was new True to form you thought the coolest part was the stage and the microphone and the fact that Papa could get you up there You also enjoyed seeing another favorite storyteller Ed Stivender and getting to play with him between performances was a huge hit Our gracious and generous hosts for the weekend lived in a magical wonderland set up for their 58 grandchildren to enjoy with a playroom larger than Ezra s preschool You guys wandered it in a daze until you picked out your favorite costumes Ezra queen Zella peacock which you then wore every waking minute you were in the house You woke every morning ready to play had to be dragged out of there every night There was an elaborate mural of fairy tale characters on the wall and a poem that referenced all of them and you had me read it to you over and over

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  • Dear Zella: Months Twenty-eight-nine-Thirty | Making of a Family
    without checking to make sure I m looking at you first You didn t need swimming lessons to be willing to stick your whole head under the water You have traveled the midwest this spring with weekends in Michigan rural Illinois and Wisconsin You no longer sleep in a pack n play on trips and I ve been so proud of how easily you ve adapted to so many new beds in so many new rooms In Wisconsin you and Ezra slept in a bunk bed and it was fun how excited you were to be on the bottom bunk yelling all your thoughts up to your hero upstairs You and Ezra play together more and more and I have to very consciously notice how I discipline you guys when things get out of hand After several years of automatically docking Ezra just because he s bigger it s clear that you can make mischief of your own just fine and that sometimes the time out or the stern talking to is meant for you But when it s working watching the two of you play together or listening to you have conversations is amazing The other day we took the swords that you bought with dada at the Renaissance Faire out to the park and the two of you King and Princess according to Ezra s calculations had a treasure hunt and slew a dragon He has only the most tenuous understanding of anything royal or magical and yours is even shakier but you don t care Ezra told you to be a princess and kill a dragon and so of course you did Of course it s not always sunshine and hilarious declarations from you Some days you whine every request cry like it s going out of

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