Sunday, December 8, 2013
OMG you're THREE.
By the time you're old enough to read this, you'll roll your eyes at that first line and how lame Mommy can be sometimes. Let's be honest: if you could read NOW you'd roll your eyes, because since the minute you were born you've been a tough crowd. Quick to understand the joke but slow to be amused...until we hit on just the right thing to make you giggle, and then you laugh uncontrollably with such infectious, enormous delight that it makes us laugh like crazy too.
You are three and you are amazing. You are affectionate and sweet and empathetic. You ask a million questions, and they're really, really good ones. You talk nonstop (at least, when your sister gives you the chance to get a word in) in fourteen-word sentences with your funny toddler-pronunciation I still don't always understand.You notice everything. You are listening and watching all the time. You get smarter and wiser and more compassionate every day. You know when someone is tired, or sad, or needs a giant N-hug. The ferocity of your love leaves me breathless and laughing and sometimes bruised in weird places. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
You are a dedicated, fiercely loyal and loving little brother. E is your whole world. You would follow her anywhere, to the ends of the earth or the edges of the backyard. The two of you have this magical, unexplainable and unbreakable bond that blows my mind and makes me grateful every day.
You wear sunglasses all the time, everywhere, sometimes indoors. You are blue jeans and big-boy underwear and race car pajamas. You are golden curls and clear blue eyes that disappear completely when you laugh. You laugh all the time and we love that about you. You love books and trains and cookies, pizza and carrots and Lightning McQueen (oh my goodness, how you love Lightning McQueen...) Your favorite game is Hungry Hungry Hippos, and you always need to be the blue one, because blue is your very favorite color. You still sleep with your Dora the Explorer doll and your giraffe lovey every night...but your favorite expression is "I do it MYSELF, Mommy!"
You are more stubborn than all the rest of us put together, and that's saying a lot. You know your own mind and aren't afraid to let anyone know it. You are secret giggles and silly jokes and nonstop mischief. You push boundaries. You want to be seen and listened to and understood. You are as shy as you are brave. Your need for independence, and your need to be curled up safe in my lap, shift back and forth like a pendulum.
I hope you never stop wanting to be independent. I hope you never stop curling up in my lap. I am so very, very proud of you, my beautiful son, for being strong and kind and affectionate and stubborn and silly and loving and brave. You bring smiles to the faces of everyone you meet. You light up my whole world. You are getting bigger every minute...but you are, always and forever, my baby boy.
Happy Birthday, sweet N.
I love you so much.
Posted by jenny at 4:21 PM
Thursday, November 28, 2013
|Me too, baby girl. Me too.|
My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this crazy, beautiful, blessed life I'm living. Every morning I wake up and give thanks to the universe for a life that is filled with friends and family, love and support and laughter, joy and strength and learning and miracles.
So today, on Thanksgiving, I'm thrilled to be dedicating an entire day to celebrating with my incredible family...and giving thanks, every minute, for all of it.
Wishing you and your families a day filled with love and laughter, joy and light and lots of turkey. And above all..
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Posted by jenny at 11:32 AM
Thursday, November 21, 2013
In this house of Peanuts gang lovers, we're super excited to be creating new holiday traditions at one of our very favorite places: Knott's Berry Farm.
Once our Thanksmukkah festivities are over, we're headed to Buena Park to celebrate the season with Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The older E and N get, the more enthralled they are with Camp Snoopy and the wonderful old West attractions at Knott's. And with the new additions for the season, holiday spirit is everywhere. We're psyched to check out the It's Snoopy! Ice Show, Lucy's Wish List at the Camp Snoopy Theater, and Santa's Christmas Cabin.
If you live in Southern California (or are just here for a visit!) we can't recommend Knott's enough. Maybe we'll see you there? We'll be sharing our adventures with hashtag #MerryFarm and hope you'll share yours too!
Halloween. Valentine's Day. And now the holidays, too...
Knott's Berry Farm, thank you for giving us holiday traditions that make special occasions even more special!
Disclosure: We were invited to participate in the Merry Farm kick off festivities free of charge on behalf of GigaSavvy. All opinions are my own. Snoopy, we love you!
Posted by jenny at 9:06 AM
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
(well, OK...technically not for another 10 minutes. But by the time you read this, it will be!)
As most of you know, Karma Gone Bad, my memoir about life as an expat housewife in India, will drop at midnight on November 5. Despite not technically being published, the book has been on sale at certain bookstores across the country since the beginning of October, and I am truly humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support I've received. Every text, email, phone call and Facebook message I've gotten means more than I can say. This moment is a dream come true for me, and every step leading up to it has been because I've had the support of the most incredible family, friends and readers in the world. I am so, so grateful.
...sooooo you will hopefully all forgive me for the one giant post I have to write asking for (more) support on launch day ;) It's a big day, and every little bit counts towards making this book--a true labor of love for me and my family-- a success.
Karma Gone Bad comes out tomorrow. Here's how you can help:
-Buy the Book
Amazon, Barnes & Noble (also available on Kindle and Nook) or your favorite local bookseller. If they don't have it? Ask them to order it! It's the single best way to promote awareness :)
-Write a Review
If you loved the book, or liked it, or tolerated it, or just want to do something amazing that I will love you for forever and ever, please leave a rating and/or a written review on Amazon or Goodreads. (Both? I owe you fifteen cups of coffee and my eternal gratitude...)
-Vote for Karma Gone Bad for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2013.
You need to be a Goodreaders member (sign up takes 2 seconds if you are signed into Facebook) and when you click on the "Memoir and Biography" section, you'll see a space at the bottom for write-in votes. Simply type "Karma Gone Bad" and click vote!
-Attend an Event
I have several readings coming up this month and next, with more to come in 2014. I would LOVE some friendly faces in the audience, and to help support the wonderful independent bookstores that are supporting me. For the full event schedule, visit the Events page on the Karma Gone Bad website at
and most importantly...
The number one way you can help me get the word out is by talking about it. Put it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Tell your neighbors, your dentist, the dog walker, your sister's husband's cousin's uncle's mother-in-law. Ask for it in local bookstores. Ask for it at the airport. Buy it as a holiday gift, or lend your copy (because of course you're going to have one, right??) to someone else.
Much love to all of you, near and far, and thank you for all the support and love you've shown me, and this project, since the very beginning....you are the very best kind of karma, and I'm grateful.
Posted by jenny at 12:09 AM
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I'm really, really excited.
I'm really, really scared.
To celebrate the upcoming launch (and give myself something to focus on other than being a nervous wreck), I'll be posting #30daysofKarma for the next month...snapshots from our time in India, moments of every day karma from my daily life, as well as clippings and press events for the book. I hope you'll follow along on Instagram, and I'd LOVE for you to share your own karma moments with me, via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and here on the blog as well.
What's a "karma moment"? Anything that makes you feel the energy of the universe, a specific purpose to the world around you. I believe that we can manifest our own dreams and desires in so many ways by putting good actions, specific intentions, and a lot of love and gratitude into the atmosphere around us. Karma isn't perfect. It isn't predictable, it's sometimes messy, it's always complicated. But to paraphrase one of the best quotes I've ever heard, "gratitude is the key to manifestation." One of the best ways I've found to truly bring karma and gratitude into my daily life is to pay attention--to look for those karma moments and capture them in words or photographs, or just taking that moment of acknowledgement to preserve the memory.
A perfect parking space right when you need it, some good news about a friend's illness, a door that cracks open just as others are slamming shut. Karma is everywhere. We just need to train ourselves to look. Please join me in looking for that good karma (and commiserating about the bad kind, too!) as I celebrate the very good karma (plus a lot of hard work!) that led to Karma Gone Bad.
Posted by jenny at 10:22 AM