Friday, January 31, 2014

{this moment}

 A Friday ritual: A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.




Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

ho-ho-ho!




update

It's been busy - school holiday programs (Cora was Persephone in her class's winter play - it was, as she says, "so dramatic!" And also fabulous), Amelia's ballet recital (hilarious), a bit of Christmas baking, present making, moving offices at work (as when moving at home, I found I'd accumulated a lot of stuff I didn't need, including a box that hadn't been unpacked since my last office move - am proud to say I just got rid of everything in it!), work projects . . . . So, I found myself ditching the blog again for a bit.

Cora asked repeatedly to do Christmas at our house, so we are.  But we made a short trip home this past weekend to see a few people



 

We changed travel plans at the last minute, leaving earlier than planned to beat an ice storm.  We still drove the last hour or so in freezing rain, but made it without mishap & then spent a lot of time by the fire at my parents'.


There was cookie decorating, of course.  And lots of cookie eating.


My mom had a new puzzle that was a bit crazy to work.  Also crazy was our decision to set it up on the coffee table rather than a full-size table.  My knees & tailbone were not happy about that!


 Amelia got a doll, which she promptly christened "Baby Jesus." At one point in the visit, Baby Jesus was found in the clutches of a mob of ravenous alligators and a daring rescue was staged.




With such a short trip, we didn't get to see everyone, and the girls were disappointed about an insufficiant amount of cousin time.  But it was definitely better than no trip at all.  We'll just have to plan another family trip soon.

Monday, December 9, 2013

where's Ben?

holding pattern


Stuck in Detroit since yesterday  Three cancelled flights, including one already this morning. Have been traveling since 9 a.m. yesterday. Supposedly I'm on a plane to DC mid-morning, but I have my doubts. Was headed there for a research symposium on intimate partner violence intervention in the health care setting, which I was actually pretty excited about, and was hopeful I'd at least get there for the afternoon. Not too optimistic now. 

On the plus side, am getting a lot of knitting done. 




holding pattern


Stuck in Detroit since yesterday  Three cancelled flights, including one already this morning. Have been traveling since 9 a.m. yesterday. Supposedly I'm on a plane to DC mid-morning, but I have my doubts. Was headed there for a research symposium on intimate partner violence intervention in the health care setting, which I was actually pretty excited about, and was hopeful I'd at least get there for the afternoon. Not too optimistic now. 

On the plus side, am getting a lot of knitting done. 




Saturday, December 7, 2013

thanksgiving, part 2

We spent the 2nd half of Thanksgiving break out at Ben's dad and stepmom's place.
 


Good times were had with cousins.




 

As usual, there was plenty of cow watching.







And lots of exploring.







Treasures were found . . .





Amelia insisted she found a "sheep bone."  Althought later she revealed it was really a "duck bone."


We made it home from the trip Sunday.  Getting back into the swing of things on Monday was tough - 6 days off makes it awfully hard to go back to work.   But we've settled back in, and are looking foward to seeing family again in a few weeks for Christmas.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

thanksgiving, part 1

We spent the first part of Thanksgiving break at my parents'.

 
 Of course there was crafty business.  Even the big kids got in on it.



Cora was very impressed with the jumping spider my cousing Brent made.


And there were games.  Amelia hogged a lot of Quirkle tiles to build a house.



 And there was a lot of dressing up, on Amelia's part.  And plenty of hanging out with cousins.
 

And of course walks to explore the golf course and introduce one's sister to bagworms.
 

There was tree climbing.


And some breaks for relaxing.



And some walking on all fours. Because that's what the golf course calls for sometimes.



 And of course, we found treasures.  Some rather questionable, in my book (e.g., the above-mentioned bagworms). Some without question.  Like evergreen with blue berries.
 

And, my favorite, leaf prints in the ice in a neighbor's birdbath.