A Handful of Things

  1. We’ve been a bit homebound, what with the recovering and the newborn, the colds and the freezing weather. Lucy spent half of the week crying, leaving me no choice but to join her on a number of occasions.  But one day it was 57, so I got out of the house.  I bought a pair of jeans that fit, then drank tea at la Madeleine’s while reading a book, and later the three of us walked to the library for the first time in months.  It turned the week around.  So in an effort to keep getting out of the house, yesterday we went to Toys R Us and used a Christmas gift card to buy a big box of Duplos and then had a lunch date at McDonald’s.  And after nap time Henry and I sat on the floor of the family room and built a city.  It was a good way to end the week.


  1. My mom and her siblings have been hard at work cleaning out my grandparents’ farm and dealing with their estate. Auntie Fay found this picture and sent it to us in a text.  I love this so much.  Don’t we look like friends?  I still feel this way about these people.  And it’s so fun to see how much we all look like our kids.


  1. This week I decided to get familiar with the timer on my oven, which means we get roasted veggies and baked sweet potatoes with our dinner without eating at 8 pm. I have long struggled to balance a desire to make a real dinner each night with the fact that I don’t really have the time or energy to make a real dinner each night.  For this season, my freezer, my crockpot, and my oven timer are lending me a hand.  Perhaps by summer I will have achieved a better sense of “dinner peace.”


  1. One morning this week Henry and I were playing with a peaceful! calm! Lucy, and he looked at me and said, “Mommy, I really love Lucy. She is my favorite.”  Pronounced:  “fravowite.”  Love.


  1. Yes, we are the insane parents who bought our two-year-old a set of drumsticks. Would you believe me if I said it was self-preservation?  Otherwise everything was a drum and everything—silverware, flashlights, knitting needles (just kidding, but only because he hasn’t found them…yet)—was a drumstick.  This is the better choice…right?


3 Responses

  1. Jackie Allen
    Jackie Allen February 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm | | Reply

    I enjoy reading your blog so much! Maybe it’s the fact that we’re spring babies, but this time of year is hard for me too. Probably, it’s just that it’s hard for everyone though. Now that the kids are older and we get to make out Valentine cards and put up window clings to decorate everything, and we can make Valentines every single day for no good reason, it’s not so hard anymore. Living in S. TX may have something to do with that too though. It was almost 80 a few days ago. :o) I have a few Christmas decorations that stay out until March 1st and beyond and it’s the only time of year I forget about our nest egg (…for the VA house down payment!) and succumb to the temptation to buy fresh flowers anyway. Henry & Lucy are precious. Thank you for sharing your family times with us. I can’t wait to meet them and see y’all again too.

  2. andrea
    andrea February 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm | | Reply

    love all the updates. lucy is such a dear :).

  3. Amanda
    Amanda February 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm | | Reply

    I think of you and your family of four often. Enjoying the updates! I look forward to watching the friendship between Henry and Lucy continue to blossom.

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