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Momma and Daddy do fun stuff too

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

While Lucy is growing and changing and learning, we are too!

I learned to sew:
check out that hat


matching pj pants (you should see the ones I made for Eben!)

Which means shopping at fabric shops:

with very patient family members….

And Eben is getting closer to his New Year’s Goal of making something in his shop

First you need an anvil

Then you need inspiration

Then you just need to figure out how to get the gas home to make it all happen!

It’s important to us that Lucy see us learning new things, making new things, and truly enjoying the things we do just for ourselves. It warms my heart each time she exclaims: “Momma made for Lucy.” And lately she’s picked up our habit of thanking one another for making dinner each night “Thank you Momma for making dinder for us.” You’re so very welcome Lucy.

Orange soda and crushed ice

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

… and banana pudding pops. Those are the foods I remember from my childhood days spent at Grandmom and Granddad’s house. I remember as a kid playing in their backyard with my cousins and my grandparents’ next-door neighbor, Larry. When we’d get tired and thirsty, Grandmom would crush up some ice, fill up the colored aluminum cups and then pour in orange soda. I remember how the cups would turn frosty on the outside – dulling the bright colors and warning that they were super cold to touch. Somehow orange soda tasted so good that way.

A few years back I asked Grandmom if I could have those cups, and they are now displayed in our dining room. Lucy knows them as the cups that we drink the smoothies out of. Whenever I pull out the blender, she walks over and gets our cups – one for each of us. We often drink our smoothies outside (less mess that way) and always with a straw. That’s our routine, much like the crushed ice and orange soda routine of my childhood. Every time those cups come out I think of Grandmom and Granddad and how much I miss their presence in my life. And how grateful I am that I had such loving grandparents – just like Lucy.


Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Dear Momma,
I’m dictating to Daddy since he’s so bad at writing posts for this blog. I just want to say I love you and Happy Mother’s Day! You are the best momma a girl could ever have. I know I can be tough some days, but you are so so patient with me (even when you think you aren’t). You are so inclusive. I get to come along on so many adventures… like hatching a butterfly:


Or baking:


Or knitting:


You share your love of the world with me every day. I do so enjoy taking you with me to the Children’s Museum, the Aviary, Phipps, the Zoo, the park, and all the other places we go together (especially if there’s ice cream involved).


I really like all the things you make for me. You are so good at knitting and sewing. Creative and practical – two things I will certainly be as I get older! You’re already helping me get there with all the painting, crayons, markers, bathtub crayons, and sidewalk chalk.


I love you, Momma. Thanks for putting up with me when I’m fussy, cranky, clingy, screechy, “no”-y, bite-y, and/or otherwise unpleasant. You are so good to me; I’m one lucky kiddo – all around.

Happy Mother’s Day!
I love you,

PS. Daddy says Happy Mother’s Day, and he loves you, too.

All Kinds of (yummy) Things

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Happy 15-Month Birthday, Lucy (only 2 days late)!


[note: this picture was not taken on Lucy's birthday, but the activity had a celebratory vibe]

Lucy is growing and learning and absorbing the world around her like a little sponge.  On her birthday, she had her 15-month check-up (including shots :-( ), and while her height is in the 50 percentile and her weight is in the 75th percentile, her head circumference is off the chart! All the things she’s taking in have to go somewhere…

Tonight, I was getting ready to take Lucy up for her bath. Laura was chopping veggies for our dinner (halibut on a sweet corn zabaglione), and she offered Lucy half a cherry tomato. Lucy took it and started to bring it to her mouth, but at the last minute, she stuffed it in my mouth. I don’t know if she knows that I don’t like tomatoes, but there was a certain impishness to the act. I thought I would get her back by feeding her a sliver of raw onion, but again, the joke was on me: she seemed to like it and ate several more slices before we adjourned to the tub (where she lifted her foot out of the water to feel the running water on her toes).

New experiences abound for the Goose. Above is a short video of the two bucks (one of which had at least a 10-point rack) that we watched for several minutes from our backyard.

The picture below is proof that Laura and I left Lucy overnight for the first time (we’re in the 2-seater convertible we rented during our 27-hours in San Francisco). Lucy’s Grandmom and Granddad came to stay with her while we were gone, and she barely seems to have missed us (thank you soooo much, Barb & Rick).

Us in our convertible

Finally, Lucy’s ability to communicate back to the world is growing by leaps and bounds. She has mastered the appropriate use of “Hi” and “Bye” including waves and kisses (blown and otherwise). In the video below, she demonstrates (and says “Night night” for the first time that we know of).

Many (many) more photos and videos are up on Flickr.

7 Months and Counting

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Happy Birthday Lucy!


Today was Lucy’s 7-month birthday, and I must say, she’s growing up fast. She now has 4 established teeth (with which she can bite quite hard, I might add), and she’s eating lots of different foods. Lucy’s gustatory repertoire now includes banana, barley, carrots, oatmeal, rice, squash, and sweet potatoes, and she’s (sadly) rejected avocado.

On the motor-skill front, Lucy’s beginning to try to imitate claps (even if the above video has more clapping from Laura than from Lucy). She’s also drumming on her chest, exploring sounds. She is very good at flapping her arms in excitement, which sometimes works as a kind of wave (as when I arrive home after work and am greeted by a flapping, smiling Goose). And this video proves her enjoyment of bouncing (or maybe just being mostly naked).

Though we don’t yet have it on video, Lucy is starting to play with phonemes. There are a lot of generic squeals and babbling, but there are also a lot of goo’s and gaa’s. She says “ca” fairly frequently, and while we may be imagining it, “ca” does seem to be linked (very loosely) with Lucca. “Ca” could be short for LucCA or for CAt. We’re probably just projecting though…

Lucy’s hair is getting quite long. I’m not keen on cutting it (for sentimental reasons), so we’ve been trying some different methods to keep it out of her eyes.


The hair ties seemed to work ok, but we seem to have settled on barrettes for the time being.


She still enjoys the guitar though:

Happy Birthday Lucy Goose!

More pictures and videos are on Flickr in the Lucy in January set.


Sunday, December 7th, 2008

It’s now been a week and a half since Thanksgiving, but I wanted to take a minute to post some things that we’re thankful for… (and, of course, pics from our Thanksgiving holiday in VA and MD)…

Laura says that (according to Real Simple magazine or the NY Times or something else she was reading) it’s important to be thankful for the small things along with the big ones. There’s all the little things that make our lives a little easier or a little more fun like Grilled Stuft Burritos from Taco Bell (which are remarkably compact and easy-to-eat in the car), bubble baths, knitting needles, public transportation, the Times on my Blackberry, eggnog, good gas mileage, the internet, etc. There are many more, but these are a few of the things that come to mind tonight.

For my part, I am thankful to have a job that I love, working with smart and talented people on projects that challenge me to learn and grow. And I am especially thankful that our family has had the good fortune to have choices where many people have none.


Most of all I am thankful for the family that surrounds us. It is wonderful to have supportive, generous, loving parents (we love you, Mum, Dad, Alice, Rick, and Barb) and siblings (we love you too, Beth, Joe, Justus, James, and Jana — and soon, Emily). And we are so lucky to have three wonderful great grandparents for Lucy (love to Bop, Grandpa, and Grandmom aka Great Granny). And aunts, uncles, cousins, and everyone else; we love you all. Of course, we are also thankful for all of our amazing friends who enrich our lives in so many varied ways. And where would our family be without Safi and Lucca?


Having a happy, healthy Lucy Goose in our life is cause for major gratitude. I feel so lucky and happy when I come home and see Lucy watching for me in the window (I feel even luckier when she waves her arms in recognition and excitement). And then when I get upstairs, to be greeted by a warm house, my daughter, and my incredible, beautiful, generous wife, I feel like the luckiest man alive.


Thank you, Laura, for being an amazing partner. You are my love; you are my family. I love you, and I am thankful for you most of all.

Another Birthday (hint: it’s Laura’s)

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Today is Laura’s birthday, and we’ve already had a very nice day. I made french toast, and we went to the Handmade Arcade (where we each got a present or two — a belt buckle for me, a scarf for Laura, and a knitting book for Laura, signed by the author). This afternoon, I’ll be taking the Goose for a little errands trip so that her mother can enjoy a little time to herself. Then, we’ll be making carrot cake (Great Granny aka Grandmom’s recipe).


Happy Birthday Laura! You are my family, and I am so happy to share whimsy and wonder with you every day.

Everyone, please leave your birthday greetings for Laura in the comments here!

PS. It’s also the Goose’s 5-month birthday today, but we’ll let Mom have her day…