Feb 23 2018

During a painting lesson

Now, Tilly, remember: your paint brush is like a ballerina. She’s delicate and she likes to stay on her toes. And she doesn’t like being scrubbed around.

Feb 19 2018

A white Seattle Christmas

We got home from Minnesota in time to enjoy Christmas here at home. We had a delightful Christmas Eve dinner at Meera’s house and when we left their house it was a winter wonderland outside! Joey came down with a cold that night so wasn’t able to enjoy the snow for quite as many hours as she would have liked the next morning, but the sparkle and glitter added magic to the quiet, mellow day. We hadn’t made any plans so there was nothing to cancel, nothing to rearrange. We had a fire in the fireplace, unwrapped presents, gazed out at the snow, and enjoyed. Ninety percent of what Joey got was dog-themed and she was, as you can see, delighted. Tilly was also thrilled with each and every gift. They are in the peak-Christmas-enjoyment years and Ned and I soaked it in.

Feb 19 2018

Scenes from the Farm

I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of some nooks and crannies at the Farm…

Feb 19 2018

Remember us? (Christmas 2017)

Can we just pretend, dear reader(s?), that it hasn’t been multiple months since I last posted? If the few people who sometimes check this blog haven’t given up on me, I’d like to persevere. To that end, may I present: Christmas!

Way back in December, we traveled to Red Wing the week before Christmas to spend some time with my family. We hemmed and hawed about when we should go — tickets were more affordable and travel times were much more civil the week before Christmas, my parents and siblings didn’t really care one way or the other, and going early meant we could be back in Seattle for a quiet actual Christmas here. So it was a bit nontraditional, but it turned out to have been a very wise decision. The day we left Minnesota, temperatures were plummeting and my nephew was developing a troubling cough. We winged back to Seattle and avoided frigid weather and what ended up being pneumonia for both nephews and major colds for multiple grown-ups. Three cheers for strange decisions that end up being apt.

And three cheers for a wonderful visit! We were so lucky to spend half of the trip staying at my aunt and uncle’s beautiful farm house. They moved into a lovely house in town earlier in the winter and generously offered their farm as a sort of home-away-from-home for all of us. My sister and her boys and my parents stayed there, too. My brother and brother-in-law stayed late each night, laughing and playing games. The Farm holds a very special place in my heart. It’s where Ned and I got married and has been the host to countless other wonderful family events. Many childhood memories are rooted there and it was so special to soak in the atmosphere there again. We spent a lot of time as we always have spent time there — snuggled around the fire in the kitchen. The cousins roamed the house playing and enjoying each others’ company. And the grownups felt like they had a bit of vacation.

One noteworthy milestone: Tilly discovered she actually loves snow! After last winter’s extreme disdain for snow, we were hopeful she’d have a change of heart and she did. And just in time to enjoy sledding in Grandma and Grandpa’s yard and walking in the woods at the Farm.