Dec 31 2011

out with the old, in with the new

happy new year from us to you. here’s to a glowing, bright and lovely 2012.


Dec 28 2011

minnesota, in photos

our trip to minnesota went so well.  i was stressed about it before we left; our humdinger of a craptastic trip in july made me paranoid and convinced that it was all going to be awful. and it wasn’t!  germs were flying left and right but the three of us escaped with only a cold for josephine (and maybe one now for ned).  the two people who got a stomach bug weren’t out of commission too long.  i probably spent more time worrying that we three were going to all get it at the same time (like on the airplane! how fun would that be?!) than they spent lying in bed.  we laughed and ate and played and got creamed at boggle by my cousin and ate some more.  i think i need to go sugar-free for a week.  just as soon as we scarf down all these cookies my mom sent back with us…

i hope your holidays have been/are merry and bright and peaceful and healthy.

many more photos of the trip at the flickr page.

Dec 27 2011

our future stock broker

The Marketplace Morning Report was playing on NPR this morning as we ate our breakfast…

Steve Chiotakis: The markets are up this morning.

Josephine: The markets are up! And he’s awake, too!

Dec 23 2011


me: josephine, it’s time to lie quietly.

her: la la la la!

me: josephine. quiet.

her: mama, can you sing me a song about get your finger out of your nose?

Dec 22 2011

here and happy

we made it to minnesota safe and sound and ned is here now, too.  josephine has decorated a gingerbread house, eaten a lot of cookies (well, ned and i have), played with my sister’s dog, saw elves busy at work at the macy’s holiday display, met santa (again), snuggled with grandma and grandpa to read books, saw a tiny bit of leftover snow on the ground and enjoyed sunny weather.  tonight, ned and i enjoyed a date night while josephine hung out and painted with auntie and grandma and grandpa.  tomorrow, we are each getting a massage(!).  it’s been a good trip so far.

i hope wherever you are and whatever and however you celebrate, you’re having a good week and enjoying good times, good friends, good family.  merry merry.

Dec 16 2011

one lone butterfly

i just printed out josephine’s first ever boarding pass (and we just paid the credit card bill that included the charges for josephine’s first ever purchased ticket).  i’ve flown countless times and we’ve flown many times together but every time i am getting ready for a trip there’s this one little butterfly that starts to flit around in my gut before i leave.  i can convince myself i’ve booked my ticket for the wrong day or have visions of showing up at the airport without my ID.  or luggage. (and i’m superstitious so even writing that makes me worry that something annoying like that will happen because i’ve jinxed myself.  doh.  i’m now knocking on wood.)  i just checked and we are indeed leaving tomorrow and we are indeed booked on the flight that will bring us to minnesota and my family and, hopefully, a healthy week.  our last trip there involved a lot of vomit and a lot of canceled plans.  all i want for christmas is an illness-free week.  is that too much to ask?

what are you doing to prepare for the holidays?

Dec 15 2011

sweet as sugar

in one way or another, we’ve been trying to find ways to celebrate the holiday season.  we went to a beach on the sound in the dark one night to see the christmas ships — lit-up tour boats come close to shore and a choir on board belts carols that are amplified (a bit too loudly) so that the crowds on shore can hear them.  we started singing a few christmas carols.  telling ourselves that we didn’t need to put up an actual tree because we’ll be in minnesota for christmas proper, we collected some branches on a recent hike and hung our scant ornament collection on those.  we walked over to the lake the night they had luminaries set up along the pathway and listened to a brass band play carols.  josephine and i went to visit santa claus when he stopped by a local mall and she told him, from across the room (not on his lap, oh no) a couple things she’d like.  josephine and i also went to see the reindeer, camel and donkey they have at a local nursery.  and we made and decorated christmas cookies.

anne and meera were going to host a cookie party with music class friends, but they were struck down by the stomach flu and, clearly, many toddlers licking cookie icing together was not a good idea.  so josephine and i had carrie and sydney over to decorate some of the cookies we had made the day before and it was simple and, no pun intended, very sweet.  the best part of it all: josephine has eaten ONE of the cookies.  we made the dough and cut out some before she took a nap on sunday.  when she woke up from her nap, i showed her the pile of cookies i had finished cutting and cooking while she was sleeping.  she excitedly requested a heart-shaped cookie and savored it.  then she promptly forgot they existed.  the next morning, we decorated them and she had a great time (although, as evidenced by the photos, took her work very seriously) and since then has not mentioned their existence again.  ned and i, on the other hand, well… we’ve had a few.  just a few.


Dec 13 2011

aaand, we’re back!

ok, that was not the little break i intended to take.  some bug infected something and the site was down and i don’t understand anything about how computers/the internet works so i won’t make any attempt at explaining.  needless to say, i was instructed by my genius brother that i should wait to post.  (he also assured me that people could live without josephine for a few weeks.  some readers got a little antsy, though.)

after a month of excessive levels of daily details, now i’m behind again.  sigh.  behind and, in non-internet land, up to my neck in holiday prep.  so i’ll be back soon with a few tales from the first half of the month.  for now, i’ll leave you with my new favorite josephineisms and a cute photo from a trip to the zoo.


we were finishing up dinner last week and josephine was chewing on the handle of her fork.  i gave her a look that was meant to convey a bit of disapproval and she grinned a sappy grin and said, “is it wonderful to have such a baby like this?”


i told her it was time to get going, time to get our shoes and coats on and she asked if we could “stay here for a few longers.”