May 31 2016

Poetry

I have taken my camera out exactly one time since we’ve gotten home from our Minnesota trip. Partly because I am not as good at capturing daily life with the big camera as I used to be, but mainly because I’ve had bronchitis pretty much since we got back. My view of my feet at the end of the bed or of my latest Netflix binge just aren’t inspiring.

Not surprisingly, and much to poor, amazing, tired Ned’s chagrin, life continues to move at its usual pace even when one of the two-member parenting team is down. Tilly still runs at breakneck speed through the house, Josephine still needs to be brought to and from school, food still needs to be procured and turned into edible meals, and, apparently, poetry needs to be memorized.

My aunt and uncle gave us a beautiful book of poems that celebrate the seasons. Josephine is enthralled and likes finding the poem that correlates to each person’s birthday. We read Tilly’s birthday poem the other morning over breakfast before school and when she got home, she presented me with a piece of paper on which she had written out the poem from memory. She wanted me to write out the poem so she could check her work. Nailed it.

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May 17 2016

meeting august

a month ago, my sister had her second child, a baby boy named august. the girls and i were powerless to resist the promise of baby snuggles, so we headed to minnesota to welcome august to the family. we have been calling him “baby gus,” but the way tilly says it is identical to how she says “baby ducks,” so he might have a new nickname. august is as sweet as can be, which is no surprise, given the amazing people he’s lucky enough to be surrounded by. we all slowed down (well, all except tilly — there’s no slowing her down) and soaked up the newborn pace of life for a few days.

big brother rowan and josephine had so much fun together running in the yard and exploring. we watched the derby, making bets on the horses with fake money and taking turns wearing tilly’s fancy hat. the girls and grandma and i made yet another visit to laura’s little house in the woods. we sat in the shade on a 90 degree day on my aunt and uncle’s deck at their beautiful farm. i got a hug and a visit from one of my oldest friends. and i got to share a mother’s day breakfast picnic with my two favorite moms in the world.

i took far too many pictures. here are a handful.

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May 3 2016

reading, snuggling, gardening

this about sums up april…

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May 1 2016

friends, family: phoenix

in april, spring break hit and we headed for warmer, sunnier climes. ned’s brother’s family moved to phoenix last year and we still hadn’t seen their new place. my dear friend erika and her family live there, too. so it was a two-fer. or, actually, a bit more than a two-fer, as there are nine kids between the two families. the girls had a blast playing with cousins (tilly is working on their names and loves to shout out “peter!” at random moments) and friends and we all soaked up sun and love and laughter. we ate oranges and pecans that fell off the trees, spent hours playing in the shady yard, watched two cousins sing and dance in “fiddler on the roof,” fed peanuts to goats, and tried to avoid prickly cactus. i hope we’ll go back soon.

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