Right now


1. When I get up in the mornings I look around to see where the boys ended up during the night. Sometimes they are sleeping on their bedroom floor, sometimes one is on the floor of my bedroom. This morning they were tangled up on the couch under a heap of quilts. *Sometimes* I find them in their beds.

2. All Andrew wants to talk about is Minecraft. And this mama can only take so much. So, I’ve learned to barter…three stories about school for one Minecraft fact. Then we are both happy.

3. Isaac loves Minecraft too. Upon learning this, the school put Minecraft on his classroom’s iPad and now he earns Minecraft minutes for successful potty use. And we are now at the two-week mark of accident-free school days! Thank you Minecraft!

4. Favorite part of my day: when the kids get home. I empty their bags, hear a few stories, check on their behavior logs, dole out rewards and snacks and then we all settle in for some reading. Andrew for his reading log, Isaac because he’s daily surprising me with how much he’s figured out about reading and I can’t help but see this unfold.

5. Least favorite part of my day: about an hour after that when Isaac is done with his homework and starts to run restless laps in the apartment no matter how many appealing options I lay out for him. Andrew still has a lot of homework to do, but is getting tired. And I’m trying to make dinner while saying loudly over my shoulder “what number are you on now, Andrew? wait. where’s your pencil? It’s on the floor! Ok. Get it quickly and then keep working.” He’s a hard worker…but he is also a distracted one.

6. I’m reading The Promise by Chaim Potok. I read a lot of Potok in my early 20’s (after some required reading reading in college) and my morning runs through the Hasidic neighborhood made me more curious about the Hasidic culture. So, I’m back to reading Potok again.

7. Next I want to read the new book by Malcolm Gladwell. Love that guy.

8. The boys are going to be robots again this year for Halloween. And I have a feeling that in five years I’ll know five different ways of making the same costume. I finished the costumes this week (photos to come, on Monday!) and when Andrew tried his on, he stiffened his limbs, looked blankly into middle space and started saying “100110001010100111…” “Andrew, is that binary code?” “Yes! It’s how robots talk! 10101011000011…” He sure does make a convincing robot!

9. I can’t wait until our heat gets turned on! It’s so cold in here!

10. We have ballet class this afternoon, Halloween events this weekend and pumpkins to carve! It’s going to be festive!!

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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4 Responses to Right now

  1. Susan says:

    I can’t believe you don’t have heat yet! We have to turn on our tenants’ heat October 1. What’s up?

  2. Amy says:

    The kids here earn Minecraft time too – I can’t believe what a wonderful motivational tool it is!

  3. Debs says:

    I had never really known much about Minecraft until yesterday until I read an article in The Times about how good it was for kids and how it was being used so much in schools as an educational aid. Love the fact that it has a side effect of helping with potty training? Bet they didn’t see that one coming when they designed it!
    Looking forward to seeing the robot photos, I love how the US really goes to town with Halloween – it’s really not that big over here.

  4. Vicki Dill says:

    Love #5. I think that dinner prep. time has been universally the most stressful time of the day!! Or is it getting out of the house in the morning time? Which has the most distraction?

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