meeting minnesota

we’ve been in minnesota for five days and josephine and i have been outside for about 15 minutes total, including a walk that shrunk from a long wander around town to a quick scurry around the block.  it’s very cold here–sub-zero windchills–and even the locals are acknowledging that they live in a frozen tundra. it’s supposed to warm up in the next few days (you know, into the 20s) and we’ll get our cabin-feverish selves outside. in the meantime, luckily, there’s plenty to do inside.

my smarty-pants sister graduated from college last week; the main reason we came home so early in the month.

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josephine is very proud.

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after the excitement of graduation, we settled into some more low-key activities.  josephine took her first bath in a sink.

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my mom, josephine and i went to a fabric sale at a studio perched on a bluff over the mississippi.  i drooled over the colors and saw my dream sewing machine station.  josephine took a nice nap in the moby.

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while waiting for the weather to warm up, josephine has been spending lots of time working on her hand-eye coordination.  my sister’s been teaching her how to grab. she’s getting to be quite the expert.  video to follow.

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i’ve been enjoying little snippets of quiet time while my family does an excellent job of entertaining the baby.  today, i looked through stacks of old photos (while eating my billionth christmas cookie), trying to find pictures of myself as a three-month-old in an attempt to determine whether or not josephine looks at all like me.  conclusion: she looks like ned.  shocking.

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ned joins us here on saturday and i’m glad our little family will be reunited.  i look forward to enjoying josephine anew through the eyes of a dad who hasn’t seen his baby for over a week.  (and, let’s be honest, i’ll be glad to have yet another person to hand off a poopy-diapered kid to…)


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