Easter 2021.

 from our Easter celebrations: three egg hunts and unreasonable amounts of sugar and living room church and bunny pancakes and more family time (!!) than last year. one really lovely day. 


A sister walk.

From a walk to celebrate Christy's 27th, my sisters and me. I am better because they're in my life - voices of reason and strength. Happy birthday, CB. 



We bought bikes! Your run-of-the mill road bikes that we took all over town / to the beach this weekend. We quickly learned why padded seats exist (and Blake has ordered his), but with that modification, we'll be good to go. You'll hear the kids cheering on their dad in the bike trailer from a mile away.


From Boston.

 From a long weekend in Boston: 
^^a trip to the science museum, where the kids were riveted by pulley systems and dinosaurs.
^^a stay at the Marriott Custom House, just above Faneuil Hall.
^^a beach visit with the Bishops, who we've missed so much over the last year.
^^and a stop at Gordon to see Rachel - dorm where we lived together just behind us.
^^our girls got to play together for the first time, too. they were tiny babies when they met!
^^movies on the sofa bed.
^^and walks to get Italian food in the North End.
^^an aquarium visit.
^^where we kept an eye out for octopuses.
^^runs along the Charles.
^^a sunset walk and dinner in Beacon Hill.
^^and views enjoyed from the top of our hotel. 


Sea glass hunting.

 A new Sunday pastime: sea glass hunting at a town beach, bundled to the brim, extra points given for blues and greens. Retraining ourselves to move slowly, to notice everything. 


From the last weekend in February.

from the last of the month: ballet and play dates with cousins. an Indian food date. trips to the post office, the grocery store, the car wash, the shoe store. visits with family. a big pot of chili on the stove. long walks and runs around town. church on Sunday. plans for the new house. plans for a new and purposeful project. small things that make up our lives, here and now. 



Another life update! I'm headed back to school beginning this summer, this time for a Masters in Public Health (MPH) with a specialty in epidemiology. 

Questions answered: 

1. Why MPH? Why now? 
I've wanted to go back for my MPH since studying nutrition science at Tufts (more than 6 years ago!). Now that the kids are no longer newborns, it was time. There is such a need for communications skill in the field of public health, and for public health expertise in communicating on nutrition topics. The two go hand-in-hand, which is why I'll be staying at Edelman for the foreseeable future. We work with many public health orgs and other major decision-makers / impact-drivers in the field. 

2. Where are you going? 
Yale! Their faculty, access to research / research facilities, track focus in epidemiology, and program flexibility (this program is tailored to the schedules of working professionals) made the decision for me. 

3. How does this work with your schedule? 
I'll be doing the program part time while working full time, because I'm not willing to pause my career at Edelman... and houses cost money ;) 

4. Why are you moving at the same time? 
Gooood question. When Blake and I talked about me going back to school, we decided it would be best to try to make the move before the program began so that we didn't need to navigate during. 

5. When will you be going? 
Program starts in June 2021 and runs through June 2023. Yay!