Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winter Wonder

Somehow, Harry got his hands on the camera this morning. I was running errands while Kevin played with the kids, eating Eggo waffles in the family room. I used the camera a little later to take pictures of the kids outside, and when I transferred the pictures I realized that Harry had taken about a dozen pictures of our Christmas tree, as well as four pictures of Harper's butt. 

We had our first significant snowfall about two weeks ago, but it was bitter cold. I was only letting Harry outside for 10 minutes at a time, and Harper was trapped inside completely, so here are our first pictures of playing in the snow this season.

Monday, September 02, 2013


It seems like I am always playing catch-up since becoming a mother of two, so I guess it's only fitting that my post about Harper's first birthday is three days late.

We had a big family party, and got to visit with people we don't see often enough. Harper refused to nap but remained charming. Harry helped open all of her presents and blew out her candle. We are now hip deep in adorable dresses and V Tech toys and balloons and leftovers, which I'm pretty sure is how one measures success when it comes to first birthday parties.

Our little family, getting ready for cake.

Getting appropriately messy with her frosting.

The doll that we gave her, on a cute little chair from Great Grandma.

In the yard with Harry:
I think this picture captures what it is like to have an older brother.
Here's hoping for many, many more birthdays like this one. . .

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Step by Step

Harper took her first steps today. I could go on about how big she is, how fast she is growing up, et cetera, et cetera, but that would just make me sad. It's bittersweet to think about that: how this is the last time I will watch one of my children walk for the first time. . .

But Harper walked today! So let's just focus on the "sweet" part, okay?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Stumbled Upon

I stumbled upon a website today after reading a story on Slate about a town being buried by a desert. The site is called Atlas Obscura, and I had a really hard time tearing myself away from it. It bills itself as "your guide to the world's hidden wonders." You can click the "random place" button to be surprised, or search by location or keyword.

Abandoned amusement parks,  an elementary school inside a cavern, a museum devoted to beach glass . . . if my children hadn't needed lunch, I would probably have spent an hour losing myself in these pictures.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fathers: Fixers of All Things

We whipped up some sugar cookies with a Father's Day theme this weekend, in honor of all the dads in our family who are, or aspire to be, handy. My husband is willing to tackle almost any project, and is remarkably competent, even though he is not always completely patient. I have watched or helped him tackle any number of projects, from drywall finishing and ceiling fan installation to painting and tree trimming, not to mention all of the child-inspired projects, like the most recent Resurrection of the Baby Gate (decommissioned in 2011 when Harry turned 3 and now out of retirement for a scooting and crawling Harper).

This is definitely my new sugar cookie recipe. It's from Food Network, specifically Good Eats with Alton Brown, and it's not too sweet and holds its shape beautifully. Other recipes have resulted in hammers that looked more like, well, nothing in particular. The kids and I ate a few while Kevin was at work, then shared a few more with Kevin, and packaged the rest up for my dad, who will have to wait until he's back from his drive along Route 66 before he can try one.

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 14, 2013

She's a Cookie Monster

My girl has been killing with her want-a-cookie routine. It goes like this:

Harper: (holds out drooled-upon, soggy, half-eaten cookie in my direction, smiling as above.)

Me: Oh, thank you, Harper, I would love a bite of your cookie. (opens mouth and leans towards cookie.)

Harper: (snatches cookie back.) Mwa ha ha ha ha!

Monday, May 20, 2013


Oh, man. I have a 5-year-old. I don't quite know how this happened. 

Things I do know: Harry is sweet, funny, and smart; he rides his bike too fast; he loves video games, chicken nuggets, and his baby sister; and he is growing up too fast.