Sunday, July 31, 2016


It is a time of upheaval in our lives, so it's only fitting that I've found some photos to represent the currently explosion.

Endless packing:

A silly child who wrote "NO" on 12 separate sheets of paper and made a trail of them around upstairs (including one GLUED to the door) when he was supposed to be sleeping:

An exploding watermelon that took WAY more rubber bands than we expected:

An explosion averted, when I let Nikolai eat dinner under the table:

With Jesse off taking the bar, there's been more than one moment when it looked like the toy cabinet exploded:

By the time this post has been published, all of the explosions should have subsided. Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 30, 2016


I have spotted some green things lately.

Green shorts with some dirty baby sandal feet:

Green pea pesto pasta, and later ice cream with green sprinkles:

A little girl with a green watering can:

A green Peter cake from Troll 2:

Friday, July 29, 2016


On my 27th birthday, I had possibly the best birthday of my life.

Jesse was incredibly thoughtful, I got to do a birthday-themed storytime, and friends and family members from near and far reached out to wish me a happy birthday (some with thoughtful presents!), making me feel incredibly loved. 

The final birthday greeting came from three friends who showed up at almost 11 pm to sing me a birthday song. It went through the letters of the alphabet, describing me with words starting with each letter, and there was some delightful singing and dancing as well.

Here's the letters and their accompanying words, because I know I'm going to not be able to read these later when my memory isn't fresh:

Adorable, Brilliant, Competent, Drink Dandelion Wine (not really but it was my book club choice last year), Eccentric, Fabulous, German, Happy, Intelligent, Joyful, Kind, Librarian, Melodious, Novel, Ovulator, Passionate, Queer, Reader, Swearer, Talented, Upstanding, Vibrant, Wonderful, eXuberant, Yummy, Zany.

I feel incredibly blessed to be loved by so many generous, creative, clever, thoughtful, and loving people!

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Immediately after the fireworks mentioned in the previous post, we jumped in the already-packed car and drove north to our favorite campsite. We got the tent up and a fire started just before sunset, and had just enough time to made some s'mores before putting the kids to bed.  

It was perhaps not my wisest idea to hand an entire s'more to miss Miri, who got half of the s'more stuck to her shirt and the rest smeared all over her face and hands. She sure enjoyed it though!

After putting the kids to bed, Jesse and I tried to be super quiet while they fell asleep. An easy going card game and some star gazing was the way to go!

This moth landed next to us on the table and it was WAY lovelier than whatever terrible insect was biting at our ankles! (whatever it was, I had bite marks on my ankles for 2 weeks after!!)

The kids slept terribly, in a way that was simultaneously awful in the moment and made me realize that I'd appreciate the memory and laugh about it later. A certain 4 year old was convinced it was morning, and those declarations woke up a certain 1 year old, who didn't want to go to sleep in her pack and play once she realized we were all in the tent together. Long story short: we all fell back asleep, but Nikolai was in my spot while I curled up next to Miri in the pack and play under Niko's tiny sleeping back with his tiny pillow under my head. 

Definitely not the best sleep I've ever gotten. Which reminds me to make my usual yearly statement: Mom and Dad, thanks for taking us on all those camping trips as kids! I have barely begun to appreciate your patience and longsuffering.

In the morning, we got up, had a lazy breakfast, and walked out to the pier to appreciate the morning's beauty.

Lily pads for days! (do people still say 'for days'?)

Running with rocks:

The wind up (doesn't he look like he's practicing shot put??):

The aftermath:

A red-winged blackbird in flight:

Also, have I ever told you the story of when I first met Jesse's dad Dave? I found out he was an excellent birder, so one day as we were driving along I spotted a bird out the window and thought I'd see if he could identify it. "What's the black bird with the red wings?" I said. Dave's answer was swift and matter-of-fact. "A red-winged blackbird." 

And now I can never forget it's name. ;)

After the pier we packed up our site and went for a little hike. Miri took a nap in the carrier, but Nikolai mostly complained about being tired and wanted to be carried (we tried to reply calmly when we said, "well bud, why do you think we're ALL so tired??").  To make him forget his tiredness, Jesse told him the story of the Hobbit, which was incredibly delightful. 

Eventually we decided Niko wasn't going to walk any further and Miriam had gotten as much of a nap as she was gonna, so we headed to the other lake to spend the afternoon swimming.

The water was a little cool for Miriam to want to get in much (which is saying something, cause this baby is a fish!) but the rest of us enjoyed it and Niko even found some little friends to play with. 

At one point I may or may not have fallen asleep on a beach towel and gotten minorly sunburned, but it wasn't too bad. Eventually we headed home, sleepy but glad we had gotten outside!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


This post is 23 days late, which should be a testament to the levels of chaos that have existed in our house the past 3 weeks. It's the same old same old (school, work, bar prep, moving, children) and it's almost over! As of this writing, we are t minus 3 days from moving out of our apartment, Jesse finished the bar today, I finished the last of my schoolwork for the semester, and my last day of work was a week ago. So the end is in sight! Unfortunately it's going to be a long three days of packing and cleaning...wish us luck!

In the meantime, I'm scheduling a bunch of posts to document all the other things we've been doing lately :)

So! The Fourth of July! It was a great, super busy day. I started it out by taking the kids to be part of the library contingent of the town parade, which was fun. I don't think I've been in a parade since I was 8 (Brownie Scouts, maybe? Mom, do you remember?) so that was relatively novel and enjoyable. 

Also, we were right behind the marching band, which everyone knows is the best part of every parade!

That evening, we had a potluck with friends and then all pitched in to buy the biggest package of fireworks that Costco had. It made for a pretty impressive fireworks show! 

The kids were definitely suitably impressed. 

Best of all, many of our beloved friends were there. These days I'm soaking up every moment of beloved-friend-time that I possibly can!

At this point, Nikolai took my phone and started taking pictures. Some of them were great!

I guess I should let Niko head behind the lens more often, so I can occasionally get a photo of myself!

Fireworks in the parking lot is one of my very favorite neighborhood traditions, so I'm really glad we got to do it one last time!