happy new year

Happy new year! I wish I had something insightful, poignant or cathartic to scribe but this missive will revolve around little more than our consuming, domestic routine.

As we conclude Winter break & look back on 2013 I feel so thankful for another wonderful year in Berkeley. We welcomed our little miracle Willow. Zara transitioned boldly into Kindergarten and Beatrix nailed her first trip to Australia with mum & baby sister.

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All three girls continue to humble me daily. My parental naiveté is ever so slightly reduced as our youngest, Willow approaches her first birthday. I remember well my novice pre-parent days when the questions of nature vs nurture promised years of fascinating discovery. Now I submit readily to each of the girls’ respective personalities, recognizing how powerful those innate forces are from birth & my relative impotence to reshape same.

I’m still bicycling the two elder girls to their respective schools, detouring a luxurious hour each morning before arriving at the office. Next week Willow will join Beatrix at Pixar’s daycare when Zoe returns to full-time work in San Francisco and I’ll forego my commute exercise/excuse.

Though I’m hoping to ride all three girls on the bike eventually, in the short term I’ll likely drive them to school each morning in order to return home swiftly in the evening to wrangle the dinner/bath/bed routine while Zoe is in transit back across the bay.

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Christmas was simple, quiet & homely. Zara & Beatrix decorated our live tree, brought ornaments they’d created at school and eagerly counted down the days until presents were opened on Christmas day.

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A happy & fulfilling 2014 to you & your family from ours.
Dom, Zoe, Zara, Beatrix & Willow