Nov 29 2015

Birthday card

Josephine made this card for her friend’s birthday. The girl on the right is saying, “I can’t remember a time when we were not friends.” And the girl on the left, wearing the same outfit, is saying (written backwards), “me, neither.” Both girls are sitting next to their favorite animals.

(Inside, her note disses me and the girl’s mom for being bad about setting up playdate for them, but let’s just focus on the front.)

This picture was totally her own creation and I am so bowled over by its sweetness and the love it exudes.


Nov 26 2015


we just celebrated two years in our home and i like that our house-iversary, as we call it, falls so close to thanksgiving. it reminds me, when i’m grousing about the dirty grout in the kitchen or the floors that have lost all their finish, that i’m so utterly thankful for our house. i’m grateful for these walls that hold our family, keep us warm, and provide windows to look out to see if it’s raining. i’m grateful we have a roof over our heads and warm beds to sleep in. i am grateful each and every moment for the three precious beings i share this space with and for the love they give me and each other. happy thanksgiving to you and to yours. may your list of things you are thankful for be long and rich and enduring.


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Nov 21 2015



Nov 13 2015

Zoo Boo with Sydney

In October, we got to spend the weekend at our friends’ house in Olympia. Sydney and Josephine have been friends for years and they were so happy to have a long expanse of time to play. Quinn, Sydney’s little sister, edged her way into the action, too. And Tilly did her best to destroy their house. Josephine and Sydney attempted a sleepover in Sydney’s room, but they decided to sleep in separate places after they couldn’t get to sleep because they were talking too much. The grownups were very impressed with this reasonable change of plans.

On Sunday, we went to the Point Defiance Zoo for Zoo Boo, where the animals get pumpkins to play with/destroy. The tigers were particularly entertaining to watch. The day ended with a double-trip on the carousel. We are so lucky to have such good friends to snarl and neigh with.











Nov 12 2015

off to the pumpkin patch

We missed our annual pumpkin patch visit last year. Tilly was too tiny and we were too inundated by newborn haze to get it together to go. But we were back on track this year and so happy to get out in the fall sunshine with Dylan, Jami, and Ann. The first time we went, Dylan and Josephine looked like this:


Now Tilly is the same age as Josephine was then. Dylan and Josephine take up a little more space in the wheelbarrow:

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Nov 12 2015

Fall Festival in October, by Josephine

We went to the festival and my friend Rose really wanted to go to the bouncy house. First we had to do pony rides. My horse’s name was Applesauce. Applesauce was very gentle and I really wanted to have him as a pet but I couldn’t. Of course. I saw my friend Mahiya, too.

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