Girls of 2015

I’m always surprised by how excited everyone seems to be that I had a little girl as my second (and last!) child. I love being a mom to a boy and raising him to value and respect women, and would have been totally content with two little dudes. But I’ve got to tell you – pink clothes explosion aside – having a daughter in a time when there are so many inspiring women breaking barriers is pretty exciting.

There’s still so much work to be done to achieve gender equality on a global scale, but this really made me smile:

Semi-related, Joe and I listed to the audiobook of “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg” on our Thanksgiving travels while the kids were sleeping. (We ‘checked it out’ of the library using their Overdrive app!) Her story is super inspiring, but what impressed me so much was the example of an egalitarian marriage that she and her late husband, Marty, shared. Also, I know what Eileen’s next Halloween costume should be 😉

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We also tried to get through (and completed the first set) of the “36 Questions that Lead to Love” featured in the New York Times.

I-80 is so boring, so I have to resist the urge to spend the entire ride scrolling through social media, which is unfair to Joe while he’s driving. I’m feeling super grateful that the only minor meltdown we had in 12 hours of total travel time was a rough patch around Newton on the way home. Bonus points for getting to breastfeed in the Mississippi River McDonalds twice in one week! Ha.

P.S. Joe made this butternut squash mac & cheese as a Thanksgiving side and although Emmett pushed it away after half a taste, it was a hit with the grown-ups!

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