Oct 28 2016

sisters

Tilly: I’m the best sisters! I’m the best sisters!
Me: You have the best sister.
Tilly: Yep! Her name is Joey.
Me: Joey is your sister.
Tilly: And mama is our friend. I love you. I love Joey, too. She likes to play Farming Farm with me.


Oct 25 2016

Who needs a pumpkin patch?

mud puddler

Tilly made her own fun at this weekend’s trip to the pumpkin patch.


Oct 17 2016

mazama!

it sounds like a magician’s magic word: MAZAMA! it’s nearly as magical: a tiny town tucked in a little valley in the north cascade mountains of washington. and, even more magical, our friends — meera and her family — have a house there and they invited us to join them for labor day weekend. it was josephine’s 7th birthday while we were there and being on vacation with her BFF made it an extra-special celebration. ned and i celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary here, too, and got to go out to dinner. just us! no kids!

i don’t think i need to add much narrative to these photos. it was a fun-filled, beauty-saturated weekend.

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Oct 17 2016

back to MN

i’m so behind on documenting our life on this here blog, i’ve almost forgotten about the trips i haven’t posted about. looking through the photos brought this late-august trip to minnesota back to life, though. it was a wonderful one filled with all the things we love about minnesota: family, a cute baby, a barn full of cats, reading, trying to get tilly to sit still for a picture, good food, early birthday celebrations, and love love love.

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Oct 7 2016

saying goodbye

My grandad Harold died earlier this week. The week before, he was on his way home from the hospital after bringing my Grandma there for trouble that she was having swallowing. He had a massive stroke while driving home but, in his usual in-control way, managed to pull his car into a parking lot and not run into anyone. It was quickly clear that he was not going to recover. He was 91. A dozen family members (and one adorable baby) gathered in their town in Oregon to say goodbye. Although the circumstances were quite grim — the family patriarch was hours or days from dying and the matriarch was recovering from her own medical issues — there was so much laughter and smiling and telling of good stories. Nobody was oblivious to the fact that we were hanging out in the hospital or that we were about to lose Grandad, but everyone was grateful to be there and to be together. I think we gave him a really good send-off.

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