Child Rearing

Beatrix Ivy

January 20, 2012 · 5 comments

I really needed some good news after this difficult week dominated by fire and then floods (more details soon). Today I got just the remedy to soothe my heartache: my first visit with my brand new baby niece, Beatrix Ivy. I spent at least an hour rocking her and sniffing her newborn baby head. She […]


Snow Day

January 15, 2012 · 6 comments

It snowed last night, so we woke up to this. Luckily, we had no commitments today because there are four fairly treacherously steep hills between our house and anywhere we might want to drive. Generally speaking, when it snows, we just stay home, stoke the fire, put the kettle on, cook up a pot of […]


                We needed a little fresh air this afternoon before Charlotte’s nap, so we took a hike down to the pond. It’s about a half mile from the house, so Levi walked, and I carried Charlotte in the Ergo. I took a few photos using Instagram on my […]


                          At 5:24 pm last night, I looked outside, and it was completely dark. For most Americans, the onset of winter and Daylight Savings Time means that it gets dark outside in the early evening. For us, it means it gets dark outside […]


Happy Halloween

October 31, 2011 · 3 comments

                          This is as good as it gets for our Halloween photo shoot. The kids dressed up for the farmers’ market on Saturday, and I snapped these photos before they went off to a party at Henry’s mom’s church last night. Levi was […]


                          My little man turned four years old last week, and we had quite the celebration. Somehow we never seem to have enough dinner parties or play dates with our busy schedules, so we’ve started a tradition of inviting all our friends, family, […]


He’s 4!

October 10, 2011 · 6 comments

                          My kid turns four today. All that cliché stuff about “where did the time go?” applies, but really he looks and acts so grown up these days that his fourth birthday isn’t a total surprise. Levi is smart and strong and kind […]


Cheap Thrills

October 6, 2011 · 9 comments

It’s been raining here in Western Oregon for several days in a row. And it’s cold. It kinda feels like fall snuck up on us and then pounced, dragging us into a wet, cold, dark October. I don’t know why I’m surprised by the arrival of autumn every year, but maybe I’m just in denial […]


                          Charlotte’s birthday was on Monday, so we loaded up the family and headed out to the coast. Our fist stop was Panini Bakery in the Nye Beach area of Newport, Oregon. I had heard good things about it from several people, and […]


She’s 2!

August 29, 2011 · 11 comments

When I started this blog, I promised myself that I wouldn’t plaster photos of my children all over every post. While they do appear on here from time to time, I try to use photos of the kids that are in context or used for scale. In this post, however, I threw that rule out […]