Aug 31 2014

grad school reunion

oof. i knew it had been a while since i posted, but didn’t realize it had been THIS long. lots has happened and lots is about to happen. we just launched into family birthday season (all of our birthdays including, most likely, the littlest yet-to-pick-a-birthday member of the family, are within a month of each other and ned’s and my anniversary is in there, too), josephine starts pre-k at her new preschool on wednesday and then there’s that littlest member of the family thing just waiting to happen. at any moment… or in many weeks…

but before birthday season hit and before the evenings got significantly shorter each day (boo!), we headed south to olympia for our fourth (!) annual meet-up with three other families. (year one photos are here for adorable children-are-growing reference). there are more of us than there were back then. and i think everyone slept better this year. we were staying at our friends’ beautiful home — they are the most gracious hosts. and the kids had fun together and actually let us grown-ups talk. which was the most lovely thing of all.

(the first picture is of josephine’s packing list. could you follow it and pack a bag for her? and the last picture is from the cat boarding hotel that we were lucky enough to visit to help our friends pick up their cat. josephine was in heaven.)

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Aug 5 2014

how to camp when you’re 31 weeks pregnant

1. go to a pretty place (for us, idaho, just south of coeur d’alene).

2. meet good friends (for us, allison, matt, jesse and eli. we’ve missed them.)

3. bring cookies and s’mores.

4. bring your enormous pregnancy pillow and take up half the tent with your sleep-throne.

5. let your husband do all the work and all the driving.

6. take lots of pictures.

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[how not to camp: let your child (over)hydrate with coconut water, thus ensuring that “quiet time” will be spent walking her back and forth to the campground bathrooms every 15 minutes. and suspect that your camping neighbors think its YOU who need the bathroom so frequently.]

Aug 4 2014

i can’t even

“dada? when the baby’s born can we send pictures of her butt to people as a joke?”