Mar 28 2016

two cute things i’ve made*

this amazing creature turned 18 months on friday. how can that be? i just stumbled upon a video of her as a baby — it was two minutes long and was nothing but her wiggling her little body and cooing a little bit. i grinned the entire time i was watching it. that baby is turning into such a kid. she’s happy and funny and daring and just bursting with enthusiasm for life. happy year-and-a-half, tilly!

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*the baby and the sweater

Mar 15 2016

a great great-great aunt

ned’s great aunt marie-louise turned 91 in january and we got to be there. she lives in a really lovely assisted living home and her daughter planned a great birthday party, complete with cake, balloons, and live music. we felt so lucky to celebrate this wonderful woman’s first 91 years.

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Mar 15 2016

before they all blew away

we went out in a 30 mph windstorm to see the cherry blossoms on the UW campus before the wind took them all away. probably not our smartest move as parents — look out for the falling branches, girls! — but the blossoms were lovely, as they always are, and tilly was THRILLED with all the mud puddles. she got this suit for christmas. it’s called a muddy buddy and she calls it her “munyon.” she knows that when she gets in her munyon, fun things are in store. and munyon PLUS rain boots? look out. josephine, ned, and i got a few glimpses of the trees while keeping tilly from rolling around in the mud. and, please note, we weren’t the only fools out in the wind.

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Mar 1 2016


ned attempted to have tilly join him and josephine for their weekly saturday morning swim session at the neighborhood pool…

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Mar 1 2016

aunnie and oh-row

aunnie and oh-row. that’s what tilly calls auntie and rowan. we have talked about them a lot in the past few weeks because they came to visit and it was awesome. and then they left and tilly asked about them every morning for a while. aunnie? oh-row? but let’s just focus on how great it was when they were here, shall we?

maeta and i took the little kids to the zoo on friday while josephine was a school and we peered through the light drizzle at a lot of sleeping animals. on saturday, seattle gifted us with a gorgeous, sunny day and rowan wanted to ride on a “ship,” so we took a ferry across the sound, got off, and then got back on and rode it right back across the sound. then we spent the rest of the day on the beach. it was blissful. the next day was colder and wetter. we went to the locks and out for lunch and then aunnie and oh-row headed for the airport. come back again! or, wait. no. we’ll come see you! ALL of you.

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