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19 Feb

One picture per kid per week for a year.







12 Feb

One picture per kid per week for a year.





kidbits: birthday edition

10 Feb

When I was talking to Holt about their upcoming birthday.

Me: Hey Holt.  Do you know that you have a birthday coming up?

Holt: K.

Me: You do?  Well, how old are you going to be on your birthday?

Holt: Santa!?

Win walking toward me carrying a toy that has been taken apart.

Win: Oh no!  Oh no!

Me: What’s wrong buddy?  Did your toy come apart?

Win: Holt did it.

Me: You’re already selling your brother out?

Win: K.






5 Feb

One picture per kid per week for a year.


Win: his first experience with snow.  Doesn’t it look like Narnia?


Holt: going for a walk on the beach, with his hands in his POC-KETS, on his birthday


31 Jan

You may laugh all you want, but when it snows here, it’s a big deal.  All it takes is an inch of ice and then a couple inches of snow and we are housebound for days (3 and counting).  And even though it takes an hour to dress both boys for the snow (and they only spend about 20 minutes outside), it is completely worth it.


I wouldn’t say the boys loved the snow, but they were definitely interested and liked it.




I really enjoyed having the appropriate occasion to wear my red boots I got for Christmas.  I have worn them quite a bit since Christmas, but this was the first time that actually warranted the wear.


And of course, no snow day is complete until you’ve had hot chocolate.



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29 Jan

One picture per kid per week for a year.

This was the first week that it was actually hard to pick just one.   This challenge has given me the reason to take pictures often, and I’m getting a bit better at pulling the camera out.


Win protecting one of the pair of stone bunnies that we walk by on our weekend walks.  The boys have named the stone “babbets” Win & Holt.


Holt hugging the “babbet”


22 Jan


Win and me on a walk


Holt: “birds! Where are you?”  {It also looks like he’s missing a finger in this picture, but it’s just the angle}


20 Jan

Win when he’s looking at this picture:


That, dear friends, is a picture of the slain Goliath in the toddler bible we have.

“Oooh Noooooo! Ooooooh Noooooo!”
-running over to me with the book to show me the picture with a very sad, worried face-
“Oooooh noooooooo!

Hunger Strike

4 Jan

My kids are staging a hunger strike. Their demands are simple: they get to watch Barney or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse all day long. And, in return, they will eat a minimum of one meal per day, standing – not sitting – at their table, get their daily value of calories and protein from milk alone, and steal food off my plate at other opportune moments during the day. They will consider eating a yogurt pouch – in the car…if I’m lucky.

I know the first rule of life is to never negotiate with toddlers or terrorists, so I’m not going to do that. I’m writing those terrorists toddlers a strongly worded letter.

Dear children:

I know that you’ve been able to watch a lot tv the past few days. Mommy and daddy have been sick. Both of you have been sick. There was nothing we wanted to do less than to actually get up and attempt to entice you to play with a toy…any toy. Even Mickey Mouse. Or a ball. So we, mommy and daddy, have bent to every request to watch Barney (or the French pronunciation, Barnier, which you have been throwing out recently. I knew our boys were smart when at a mere 23 months they could sense that using the French pronunciation of a word makes them sound smart, a little sophisticated, and a wee bit snarky). We have been more than happy to acquiesce to your demands of switching from Barnier to, what Husband calls high theater compared to Barnier, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. In fact, we were much happier to change the channel from the purple dinosaur and his singing munchkin friends to ANYTHING else.

But now, boys, now…daddy is almost better. Mommy is on her way to good health. And you….you two. I can tell by your running and screaming around the house, by you playing with toys again, by you pulling the dining room chairs into the kitchen to play with all our vitamin bottles, by your general good mood, that no one NEEDS to watch Barnier all day long…no matter how much you point at the tv and whine and beg for more Barnier with the most pitiful voice I’ve ever heard.


So, hear me now…we will go back to watching tv on a limited basis so mommy and daddy can use it as tool; so we can have a few minutes to do something that will go much easier and quicker while you watch tv and are not chasing our heels. Watching Barneir all day, and listening to Riff, his dinosaur friend, and his super fantastic singing voice (please find the sarcasm in that) doesn’t allow mommy and daddy to use tv as what it is meant to be: a free babysitter an educational tool. Too much tv and it loses its effectiveness.

Finally, you are also going to start eating real food at your table again. None of this eating a random piece of bread while watching the purple dinosaur who will remain nameless from now on. I know no one has really been enjoying food recently because we can’t smell or taste anything. But that time is coming to a close. And you will eat. And you will eat something other than Meetmow (oatmeal) or hot dogs.

We are your parents, and we love you to the depths of the ocean and back. But we are also the adults…and we will win.

Mom and Dad


52 portraits

1 Jan

I’ve been reading about the photo 365 project.  It’s the one where you take a picture everyday and do something with it and at the end of the year you have a picture from every day of the year.

It sounds so wonderful…but completely unrealistic to me.  I just can’t see myself really keeping up with it EVERY DAY.

But I recently found Bleubird Blog’s The 52 Project.

I love this idea.  Take a picture (or portrait if you’d like to call it that) of each of your kids once a week for a year.  I can see so many things I could do with this. I could take them all in instagram and make a flipagram.  I could make a real flip book from Artifact Uprising.  They have really nice craft and papers and a nicely-sized square book for instagram photos.  I could make a larger print book or a gif! Maybe it’s a poster with all 52 pictures.

And once a week seems so much easier than every day.

I’ve seen a lot of people in the blogosphere talking about “goals” instead of “resolutions”.  I’m not really sure I know the difference.  But New Year’s has always been a time for me, and I’m sure for many, to reflect about last year, and the past in general, and look to next year.  Whether it be a goal or something I resolve to do…I would like to do this.

Take one picture of each of my kids once a week every week this year. I’m excited to see the every day mixed in with the special times…all in one place.