Sunday, June 23, 2013

he calls her shortstack

. . . or sometimes princess, baby, sweets or Allie Cat.

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She calls him all hers.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day 2013

Sometimes, you fall in love a little bit more with someone while taking photos of them.

Fathers Day 2013

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Fathers Day 2013

Father's Day 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

time flies

Alice, 1 month old.
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9 months old.
Alice, 9 months old. Chair Series.

18 months old.
18 months old

heading into Father's Day weekend

I wanted to start this weekend by thanking Rich for his mad fatherhood skills. This morning we were chatting about what he wanted to do this weekend. His answers "take the kids to the farmer's market, take the kids to the Discover Center, eat as a family on the patio." All of this while he was letting Alice sleep on his chest.


Many nights when I'm working late, traveling across the country or carving out time to take care of myself (gym, friend stuff, quiet time), Rich is home with two wild kids. Maybe teaching Charlie how to properly spray someone with a garden hose.

proper hose technique

When you meet someone at 15 years old, you really have no idea what kind of father he will be. When you are dating in college, you still have no sense of it. Even after you've been married a few years, you think you know but you really don't. It's not until he comes home from your son's preschool event proudly wearing his Very Special Daddy Tie that you know. You really know.

Very Special Daddy Tie

Thank you, Rich. Our kids are lucky.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I have this post saved in my drafts . . .

It's all about how much Alice cries. And screams and cries. I started writing it when she was about 14 months old and just couldn't find the right words to share my frustration without seeming bitter, evil and earning Worst Mother of the Year award.

So it stays in my drafts and maybe when I'm able to massage the words, I'll share it. But it will be a postscript. Because most of the screaming and crying has eased up.

These days, she's very quiet. Because she's usually run off to another part of the house and is up to no good.

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Alice, May 2013

 What my baby wants (and what keeps my baby from crying), my baby gets.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Party of 5

My friend Ann, whom I've worked with for 10 years (who can say that?!), invited me to take photos of her family again this past weekend.

Her youngest, Claire, and her twins, Megan and Colin, have birthdays very close together. Claire celebrated her first birthday and the twins their second.

I just love these people. Past photos here.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013


I don't talk to my brothers every day but we talk exactly enough. Sometimes just to gossip and catch up, other times to vent or for advice.

I've written before how important my siblings, those by blood and those by marriage, are to me. They are my support system. My nearest and dearest. Usually my first and last phone calls of the day.

Charlie and Alice seem to be starting off on the right path toward the same relationship. In these photos, Alice was frustrated and crying because she couldn't go out back. Charlie walked over, kissed her on the head, told her it would be ok and brought some of his toys over to distract her. He kept saying, "it'll be ok, Alice."

Comfort. Siblings.

Comfort. Siblings.

Scenes like this have me tapping Rich on the shoulder and saying "See, this is why we had 2. This is why."




My brothers, May 2010.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

May life in photos

May 2013. 

The view when I'm almost home.
L.A. baby

My Dad usually FaceTimes us every night. On this particular night, I was chopping up fruit to make my infused water. So he decided to go into the kitchen and get a piece of coffee cake to one-up me. 
facetiming with Dad

Alice chases this ball around the house, crawls over and picks it up with her mouth. Rich told our dog that if Alice learns to bark, the dog's outta here. 
if she learns to bark . . .

Rich captioned this photo "Look! I'm the Nirvana baby!"
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We have everything under control, I swear. So much so that Alice was bathing fully dressed. 
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Too tired and dirty to in chairs.
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Nature walk on Mother's Day. My favorite day last month. .
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These two. She climbs up and watches movies with him now on his iPad. Soon to be "their iPad". 

Every so often, this flies overhead. Charlie gets really excited. 
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Doing soccer drills in the front yard with his friend Giulietta.
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Learning proper "how to spray a hose with your thumb" technique from Rich. 
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Rich rescuing Alice from the hose. 
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Jacarandas. My favorite sign of summer in L.A. 
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

my kids: photo series 5 of 12

May 2013 photos of my kids. The entire series is viewable here.

Alice, 18 months old. 
Charlie, 4 years old.

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Alice, May 2013

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Digital Playdate: May

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Sharing my friends' kids in one spot, once a month. View all past playdate posts here.

Month #5.

My high school friend, Kim's daughter. Maddie, 2 years old. 

"My little gardener!"

Kim, May 2013

My childhood friend Lynn's daughters Abby, 5 years old and Ella, 8 years old.

"At the Tigers game, Mother's Day."
Lynn, May 2013

My post-college / pre-California friend, Crystal's sons. Jack, 4 years old and Ryan, 3 years old. 

Crys, May 2013

My sister-in-law Misty's daughter, Kayle, 13 years old.

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My college friend, Lesley's son Harper, 6 years old and daughter Isla, 3 years old.  

"Harper and Isla dropping off Harper by bike at for one of his last days as a kindergartner!"

Fwd: May pic


My sister-in-law Robin's sons. Aidan, 5 years old. Will, 18 months old. 

"Veggin' out to the iPad before bed."
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My high school friend, Jen's (Kitchka) son Owen, 7 years old and Lily, 4.5 years old. 

"We celebrated Owen's 7th birthday!"
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"Lily graduated from preschool!"
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My high school friend, Jen's (Lundgren) son Jameson, 3 years old and daughter Autumn, 8 months old.

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My daughter, Alice, 17 months old (just 2 weeks shy of 18 months).

"My mother-in-law calls pigtails like this 'buffies' - which is the best name ever for them. So here is my girl, her buffies, her bright red shoes, walking ahead of me. Rock on, Alice. Rock on."