Monthly Archives: September 2014

Happy 4th Birthday to Our Darling Daughter, Ellie!

Today, Ellie turned four!  This morning she told me, “Mama, I can’t pick up Mark today, even though I’m four!” Clearly she didn’t grow new muscles overnight but she has grown an immense amount in the past year. Here’s the … Continue reading

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One More Time and Then No More (after 1,459 days)

Ellie turns four on Monday. Early in the summer, we started talked to Ellie about weaning and she declared to us that when she was four, she wasn’t going to have nursing anymore.  Frankly, I’ve been ready for her to … Continue reading

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Ellie Learns How to Use a Knife

A couple months ago, I realized that I was letting Ellie get behind on her knife-using education (i.e we hadn’t started yet).  So we began with chopping rhubarb for rhubarb crisp bars.  She is now IN LOVE with using a … Continue reading

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If This Isn’t the Craziest Way to Take a Nap…

…I don’t know what is! This is not the only time I’ve caught him sleeping this way! 🙂

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The Bossy Edition: Peel Your Eggplant! Make This Salad! Cook These Recipes!

In an effort to keep this blog from being dominated by cooking, this is a three-part post, full of bossiness.  If you follow all of my instructions, your life will be transformed.  Seriously, it will be. 1. Peel your eggplant! … Continue reading

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Classics Club, Book #8: Middlemarch (from August 2014)

This is my eighth post for The Classics Club (just a couple weeks late).  I’ll be reading one classic book a month for the next 4-5 years.  Track what I’m reading for the Classics Club here.  I’ll try not to … Continue reading

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A bit of an Ellie and Mark Fix

A boy with his bunny and an obsession with looking outside on the off chance he might see trucks or buses or any other thing that goes: Mark proudly inspecting the fruits of our garden from last week: Cuddle love!Mark’s … Continue reading

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First Fig of the Summer! Opa!

Our fig trees were killed back almost to the ground by last winter’s crazy cold and snow.  Now, thankfully, they’re growing great and last week we found one ripe fig!  Ellie, Nik, and I enjoyed it greatly although Ellie was … Continue reading

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Special Striped Visitors

My poison ivy is much better!  Thanks to you all for your kind wishes, prayers, and advice.  I still have some crazy looking spots on my arms but they don’t bother me anymore.  Poison ivy and I are keeping a … Continue reading

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