Monday, February 29, 2016

Snowy Day

Winter gave us one last (maybe?) storm and it was delightful! Also, a doozy: we got somewhere in the ballpark of 8-10 inches in a 24-hour period!! As a result lots of schools in the area were canceled and I had a day off of work. We took advantage of the situation by going out to play.

Miriam liked the snow but didn't like how cold it was, I think. She sat and played for a little but pretty quickly wanted to get back in the baby carrier.

Nikolai, on the other hand, could have stayed out for hours (in fact he went back out later with a friend!)

And we went sledding!


Nikolai was a bit underwhelmed by sledding, but I'll win him over to its awesomeness one of these days.


Thanks for the great storm, Winter! We loved it!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Miriam!

Our wonderful Miriam is one year old today! It is mind blowing to think that a year ago we had just met our vibrant little girl. She is an incredible little person and we are so glad she's part of our family. 

Sleeping & eating patterns: Same old same old! She goes to bed around 9 and naps twice a day, and drinks lots of milk and eats anything and everything we do.

New discoveries she made: Miriam is realizing quickly that if she wants a snack or toy that Nikolai isn't feeling inclined to share, she has to be quick! She'll run up to whatever he's playing with and quickly snatch whatever she wants before he can get mad. Clever girl! She's also discovered that playing peek-a-boo is THE BEST in any form (see below).

Accomplishments: Walking!!!!!


Places she went: I'm not sure we went anywhere special this month, but she was a trooper anytime we went anywhere.

Special Memories: Ohhh baby. There are so many special things Miriam has been doing! 

Exhibit A: Kisses!!

Miriam gives kisses ALL THE TIME. She usually kisses anything in her reach if she's in a good mood--knees, shoulders, heads, arms, faces. She'll give a kiss if we ask her too ("kiss kiss baby!") but most of the time she just does it because she's a sweet person.

She is also incredibly patient with kisses from her brother, most of which involve either grabbing her head and kissing it or pinning her in a corner for a kiss (we need to talk about consent!)

Exhibit B: Learning to be stubborn/angry!

I think I've mentioned this before, but Miri has definitely inherited the family stubbornness and need to control your anger. She often gets her hands on things that we don't want her to have (usually ink pens) and when we try to take them from her she gets SO MAD. Most of the time she exhibits this by crying and rolling around on the floor with great gusto (which often results in her bonking her head, which only exacerbates the situation) but the other day she was so mad that she looked me in the eye, frowned and head butted me! Twice!! I was astounded!

Exhibit C: "Wearing" things

Miriam loves grabbing random articles of clothing and wrapping them around herself (usually around her neck or on her head) and then walking around and grinning. It is ADORABLE. 

Hats, being the most easy to put on, are obviously a Miri favorite. They make her so happy, especially when she gets one on by herself! 

Finally, here's some 1 year old pictures of our awesome Miriam:

Our Miriam is sweet, patient, stubborn, tender, and all-around incredible. We love her so much!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Some perks of being a storytime librarian is that I get paid to read kids books, put together paper bag puppets for a craft, and make things like this: 

(a felt board adaptation of a lovely wintry book that I made)

Ok, technically I made this one at home while we were closed for renovations (because I was getting paid while we were closed and I wanted to have something to show for my time off, even though that wasn't expected of me...) but last week I spent some storytime prep time making clothes for puppets so I could use them to tell a story (The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, in case you're curious) and it was great. 

I love my job!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


An almost daily request from Nikolai is "You wanna wrassle?"

Often his request comes at 7:25 when we're just about to get him ready for bed, or when we're both feeling too lethargic to really give it a good go. But most of the time we try to acquiesce, even if it means a large portion of our wrestling is spent with the grownup lying/sitting on the ground while Nikolai charges at them (and sometimes shouts "why're lying down? You're not wrassling!!") 

Anyways, it almost always ends up being a fun silly way to end the day with our energetic boy.

Monday, February 22, 2016


As I type this, it's 45 degrees outside so perhaps this is an ode to Winter passing us by. However, for the better part of this month it was either hovering in the 20s or in the single digits, so I think it's fair to say that winter really happened around here ;)

Winter in Michigan (as stated above) can be SO COLD but it is also incredibly beautiful! I have amassed some evidence for you, as seen below.

Exhibit A: We had some slightly warmer weather earlier in the month wherein the snow melted but then refroze again in little icy puddles in the grass:

I know, it doesn't look frozen, right? But it was!! I loved how the little clover leaves were perfectly visible under the ice. So lovely!

Nikolai had a fun time crunching the ice, which admittedly was very fun.

Exhibit B: Falling snow. Really though, a nice snowfall here is so incredible peaceful and it makes everything so quiet. I love it!


Exhibit C (the best for last): At about 7:40 on a clear morning, the sun rises low on the southern end of the horizon and fills the sky with a chorus of vibrant red and orange color. It is, by far, my favorite thing about this time of year.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The kids

Well hello there! February has apparently been an incredibly busy month because I haven't blogged a single time!!! Oy! 

At the beginning of the month our library reopened after being closed for most of January for renovations, so that obviously made us busier. Jesse is in the throes of his LAST EVER SEMESTER OF SCHOOL and is working on writing his master's thesis, so that also takes up a lot of time. I also spent all of February working on applications for Master's of Library Science programs, which is exciting but took way more time and emotional energy than I expected. They are in now though! (Which means that I'm less busy but more anxious, as I try to not check the university websites every day to find out if I've been accepted...gack!) Finally, last week we managed to acquire the norovirus (aka stomach flu) that has been going around our town, so we spent the last few days in a nauseated stupor ("I've just sucked three days of your life away. How does that make you feel?")

In the time that hasn't been occupied with those things, we've been doing lots of normal things like going to the hands on museum, trying to keep the house more or less tidy, and taking care of our awesome small people. Obviously, our awesome small people are kind of the highlight of the whole affair. They are ridiculously sweet and silly and fun and are a great way to take the edge off of a stressful paper/application ;)

Without further ado, pictures of said awesome people:

Above: Eating a snack/lunch at the hands on museum. I can't remember now why Nikolai was making that silly face but I love it. Also our Miri is the cutest baby ever.

Below: Freddy is over at our house 2-3 times a week and him and Nikolai are basically cousins at this point. One day they were watching a show and ended up on the couch like this (shortly thereafter Nikolai said "I need some space" and moved, but it was cute while it lasted).

Above: Can you tell from this photo what a happy baby Miriam is? She is incredibly, almost absurdly happy. She brightens all of our days (including Nikolai's) and is becoming a fun playmate too (slowly but surely!)

Below: The cushions on the couch are almost always in some state of askew (as I type this one cushion is flopped over and 3 out of 4 pillows are on the floor) which for some reason drives me BONKERS, but one day the kids climbed on and around them and it was really cute, so that made me less grumpy (always a good thing).

Above: "Hey mama, wanna take a picture of my airplane?" Why yes, sweet creative child, yes I do. 

Below: Best hot cocoa mustache ever.