Saturday morning.

New routine: *long run, *soccer practice for Hugo (flailing around in grass for Maisie), *donuts on the green. 

Repeat each week. 


A finished basement.

At long last, the finishing touches on our basement are complete! We had a stonemason overlay stones on the basement foundation last month, and it turned out beautifully. And with that, we're slowly running out of home projects around here (thank goodness :)). 


Wyoming, Part 2.

 We hiked up the Grand Tetons to Amphitheater Lake, which was one of the most stunning places I've ever been. Went for a swim in the freezing glacial water. Ran the six miles down. Went to a rodeo and a chuckwagon dinner where we danced into the night. Took a side-by-side nearly all the way to Idaho, returned caked in dirt and brambles. 


Wyoming, Part 1.

From a bachelorette trip out west, the weekend that our girl intended to get married before COVID struck. We made the most of it - stayed in a A-frame at the entrance to Yellowstone, went for a freezing dip in Yellowstone Lake one evening, wandered the wilderness with our bear spray, shared a chocolate cake and watched the geysers bubble. These friendships are a rarity. I love them so.  


First day of school.

First days for Hugo and Maisie this week, and both (plus Minnie, who joined every bit of the day) were big fans. Hugo has homework for the first time (he's loving it) and Maisie is super proud of her Moana nap mat. For now, the simple things that feel big to them. 


Bedtime stories.

a favorite evening pastime: chapter books in bed. last month we journeyed to Neverland, this month Hogwarts. we cuddle close under blankets, do all the voices, sometimes pause at a beautiful line. 

this one of note: "I suppose it's like the ticking crockodile, isn't it? Time is chasing after all of us."


Stowe 2020.

from a return to Stowe -- mornings at the pool and in the mountains, bike rides by the river, a hike to the top of Mount Mansfield, evenings of live music. a favorite tradition. 


Blake: 33.


33 years old, and where would I be without him? A human encyclopedia, champion of dreamers, incapable of deceit. I love him so. Happy birthday, B.


A weekend.

from a weekend in August:
a Friday night with cousins.
a Sunday morning by the sea, in the rain. 
a return to church (sans nursery, which proved a challenge), and how we've missed it.
a dinner with Blake's brother, visiting for the week. 
a farewell to a friend, moving on to change the world with her PhD. 
an exterior wall renovation (at last). 
outdoor projects and runs in glorious fall-like weather. 
more normalcy - with masks, with distancing, with hand washing - and I will take forward movement in any form.


From New Haven.

 we've both been working in Blake's (very quiet) office in New Haven lately, and what a breath of fresh air it has been. to be working outside of the house - imagine! what a world we now live in. still one that occasionally allows a post-work date, it seems, and I can abide with that. 


A dress.

my wedding dress: missing for a decade, found by my parents in a strange turn of events. it was an occasion that called for "The Book of Love" - danced to in the bedroom with the kids jumping around us. look at what ten years has brought us. 



heat so thick you can taste it. mosquitoes nipping at ankles and sweaty kids letting the cold air out of the house. looking not too far ahead and many months behind. wondering at when things will be whole again. still: the sticky-sweet sign of summer, chocolate melting in the corners of a two-year-old's mouth, a small boy sure that he can toast the perfect 'mallow and not get burnt.


Hugo reads.

From the week that Hugo started to read whole books. I'll never forget the look on his face when he read "The End." 


Evening at the beach.

with our Maisie. a little more than two years, full of life and sass. how quiet this world seemed without her. how devoid of some important thing. 


Bits of summer.

 ^^loads of LEGOs^^
 ^^ice cream truck visits^^
 ^^model T rides^^
 ^^picnics and pizza nights^^
^^cousins, totally unaware of how lucky they are to grow up together^^