Jan 31 2015

around the house

for the last two and a half weeks, at least one of us has been sick or otherwise suffering from bodily impairments. josephine’s had it the worst: a bout with the flu gave her a three-day fever and then that morphed into a cold with a cough. then tilly caught the cold. ned had a mild version of the cold and his back has been out. i’ve gone to bed every night for weeks feeling like i’m going to be very sick the next day but keep on keepin’ on.

we’ve had lots of around-the-house time as a result. here are some glimpses in.

working on grip and grab:
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practicing reading:
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producing a puppet show for tilly while i cook dinner:

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bathing two babies and an audience of cats:

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“she looks like a woman in labor!” huh?

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looking cute:
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enjoying some rare january sunshine, cat-style:

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not included: photos of copious amounts of snot, a feverish child who wants to be carried to the bathroom and a tired mama. you’re welcome.

Jan 20 2015

this is what it sounds like when doves cry

Jan 20 2015

feline defense

in case you hadn’t heard, the seahawks are going to the super bowl. and in case you hadn’t heard, josephine is a fan of cats. last weekend, when we were enjoying a dinner/game-watching evening with three other families, the fact that the seahawks were playing the carolina panthers was not lost on my young cat-lover. excitement in the room was high as the seahawks pulled ahead and after one particularly loud and rowdy bout of cheering following a seattle touchdown, josephine, who was sitting next to me on the couch, curled up into a ball and had real tears running down her face. “what’s wrong?” i asked my miserable, weeping daughter. “well, i guess everyone here HATES CATS!” she fumed. the panthers had at least one passionate fan in seattle that evening. (yesterday, she was chanting “go hawks!” all afternoon, so i guess cheeseheads don’t merit the same esteem.)



Jan 9 2015

best thing

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Jan 6 2015

eating well

it was a very merry smitten kitchen christmas…

potato roast

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fennel and blood orange salad

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and cinnamon rolls. (the cinnamon apple version of these, minus the apples. quite simple and so delicious.)

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Jan 5 2015

baby’s first christmas

on christmas eve day, we put the presents out under the tree. josephine amazed us by hardly giving them a second glance despite her weeks-long campaign for presents to open immediately. the four of us went out for a walk on the bike trail and that evening had friends over to make and eat tamales. we’d never made them before and it was a lucky break that they were done cooking by the time the water boiled away in the steamer and the air was filled with a festive acrid, scorched smell. the tamales, despite their smokey end, were delicious and the evening was lovely. josephine was calm (shocking) and went to bed when we asked and didn’t get up five million times (again, shocking). it might have been her fear of running into santa in the living room that kept her in her bed, but we were impressed nonetheless.

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my goals for christmas day were not lofty ones. i wanted to make and eat cinnamon rolls, i wanted a fire in the fireplace, and i wanted us to open presents in our pjs. josephine’s sole goal was to open presents. perhaps the lesson of “set your goals low so that you can achieve them” isn’t the proper one to take away here, but we both got what we wanted and it was a pretty fantastic day. after the opening and the eating and the fire, we went to meera’s house for a delicious dinner. tilly had no idea what was going on but she enjoyed herself and didn’t seem too upset when we dressed her up as santa and propped her up for pictures.

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and as nice as the day was, and as much as winter break exceeded my expectations in terms of calmness and non-boringness (again, set ’em low, people), it was REALLY NICE to drop josephine off at school this morning. i spent half of break sick with a bad cold and the combination of pre-holiday bustling, having a three-month-old, and being laid up with illness makes me so antsy to tear into house reorganization and decluttering. i’m sure once i’m able to spend a little time on it, my drive will vanish and the house will remain disorganized and cluttered, but i have grand plans. so farewell to a fairly peaceful, calm holiday. and hello to 2015. i hope this year is the best one yet.

Jan 3 2015

a list of things i don’t like, by josephine

1. Broken-down cars

2. Butter

3. Whipped cream

4. Cream cheese


[Coming soon: holiday photos. Brace yourself for so much cute.]