Feb 29 2012

another snow day

we went to the mountains a few weekends back with sydney, emilee and families to get some sledding in before spring hits.  despite having requested 60 bajillion stories about mama, dada and joey go sledding, josephine refused to get on the sled.  (the sled i had gone out the night before to get after calling a dozen stores to find one that still carried them.  but i’m not bitter.)  she was skeptical/cranky pretty much the whole time.  the best part of the morning was the post-“sledding” tailgating with emilee in em’s trunk.

Feb 23 2012

this one’s for erika

Josephine has a new love and her name is Laura Ingalls.  I’ve been looking forward to reading the Little House books to my child since before Josephine was born, probably since before I met Ned.  My dad read them to me; a pre-bedtime ritual that I have such fond memories of.  I don’ t have to wait a few more years until Josephine is old enough for the chapter books, thanks to the “My First Little House Books” series.  I found Dance at Grandpa’s at Goodwill about a month ago and we read and reread it.  And read it again.  We requested more titles from the library and we currently have six books about Laura and Almanzo in our house.  I can’t tell you how many times they’ve been read because I’m not sure I can count that high. Josephine knows what happens in each book, corrects us if we read the wrong word and references the book throughout the day.

Laura has become such an inspiration for Josephine.  She has been working on her “L” sound so she can properly say “LaLaLaLaLaura!”  (Although her Rs still sound like Ws, so she’s saying “LaLaLaLaLawa!”  But it’s a nice L.)  Laura has become a mainstay in Josephine’s story requests and imaginative play.  The couch is now the wagon seat, just like where Ma and Pa sit in Prairie Day; Josephine’s stuffed dog, previously named Marcia, now goes by “good old bulldog Jack;” she sometimes calls us Ma and Pa and has us call her Laura; her doll Rose is often Baby Carrie; and she informed me yesterday that she was going to travel to the zoo in the wagon because she was too big for the buggy (just like the pumpkin Almanzo brought to the fair). I think her mind’s going to be blown when we visit Laura’s birthplace next time we visit Grandma and Grandpa (when I told her we could do that she asked if Laura would be visiting them, too).

Yesterday, Josephine pulled the basket of holiday cards down off the shelf (think it’s time to get rid of those yet?) and found two cards that featured pictures of Mary and Jesus.  She asked me who the woman and the baby were and I told her the woman was named Mary and that the baby was named Jesus.  Instantly, Rose was renamed Baby Jesus and Josephine was gathering all the Laura books so she could match the pictures of Mary on the cards to the pictures of Mary Ingalls in the books.  I tried to explain that they were (very) different Marys, that they just had the same name, but she didn’t really care.

And this one’s for you Downton Abbey fans (which really should be everyone): Last weekend, I came into the main room where Josephine and Ned were eating breakfast.  Josephine told me that Dada had been telling her stories about Laura and Mary.  Ned told Josephine she should tell me who Mary had been trying to wake up.  Josephine looked up at me and said, with wide, innocent eyes, “Mr. Pamuk!  She tried to wake him, but she couldn’t!”  Nice creative story-grafting, Ned.



Feb 19 2012

urban walk

we explored magnolia this morning; a seattle neighborhood perched over elliott bay.  there are huge ships.

bald eagles hanging out at the tops of trees (see him/her?).

josephine was looking quite fashionable in her mixed pink prints.

we saw some signs of spring.

magnolia has lots of glass and lots of well-manicured lawns.

no neighborhood visit is complete without a trip to the local bakery.  our stop at upper crust didn’t disappoint.

hope you have somewhere new to explore this weekend, too.

Feb 16 2012


i have a number of posts brewing in my head but my motivation to actually type anything more than a few sentences is fairly low at the moment.  all’s well, just a bit of hibernating brain.  in the meantime, please enjoy these outtakes from our valentine’s photo session.  all i wanted was a picture of her looking sweet to send the grandparents.  please don’t ever make me be a photographer of 2-year-olds.  for a living, i mean.  (the two different shirts indicate that this was a two-day effort, not a costume change half-way through.)

Feb 14 2012

hearts abound

josephine wishes you a very happy valentine’s day (and so do ned and i).


Feb 10 2012

cookie party

anne and meera hosted a delightful valentine’s day cookie party this morning.  josephine has yet to remember that there’s a container of delicious cookies sitting on the counter.  all the more for me and ned.

(many) more photos on the flickr page.

Feb 9 2012

something like that

Tonight, in the living room…

Ned (very loudly):*hiccup!* *hiccup!*

Me (overly-dramatic): Oh my! What’s wrong, Ned??

Josephine (matter-of-fact): Dada has bless yous.

Feb 3 2012


Feb 2 2012

around the block with ducky, again

ducky used to work well as a motivational tool.  he would get josephine moving at least long enough to make it around the block in less than half an hour. not so the other day.  i took these pictures before the “carry me, mama!” scream/chant started, but you can sense the growing lack of enthusiasm for forward motion, can’t you?