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celebrating holidays

11 Apr

Now it’s April and many holidays have come and gone since I last blogged. And I didn’t celebrate a single one of them. Crap! I’ve felt like I’ve been kind of in a no-man’s land of holiday celebrations for the last few years where Mike and I are too old for it to be cute anymore and (more recently) the baby is too young to know what’s going on, so we do nothing. But I actually really miss it. I mean, the only holidays we really “do” anymore are Thanksgiving and Christmas, which leaves a whole lotta year with nothing going on.

I got to thinking about it this last weekend (Easter), when once again I hadn’t planned anything at all but one of my friends invited us over for dinner and a plastic egg hunt for the kiddies – and you know what, it was really nice. I think maybe we humans need these periodic celebrations to help focus us on important things to be thankful for like family, friends, and our amazing food supply and to help psychologically mark and honor the passage of time and seasons. Otherwise everything is just the same all the time and the years just kind of blur together. We don’t have harvest celebrations anymore really, but it seems like we’ve retained the want for *something* to celebrate so we do silly things like the weird mainstream co-option of holidays like Groundhog Day and St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo.

Well that got a little long winded and brain vomit-y. The short version is that I want to get back in the rhythm of celebrating the passage of the year, being aware and present in each season, savoring the time I’ve been given on this planet, appreciating my family and friends, and teaching my little one. 🙂 I’m going to start planning our May Day right now.

I wanted to write this without sounding like a pretentious asshole and I don’t think I quite succeeded. Oh well.  If I sit on it with the hopes of editing it I know I’ll just never publish it though, so here goes.

And for sticking with me, here’s a picture of the baby dressed up on Easter:



17 Dec

We’ve been a bit topsy turvy lately so I haven’t posted in awhile. The baby had emergency surgery for an incarcerated umbilical hernia a day or two after my last post. It was an exhausting ordeal involving lots of vomit, the ER, an ambulance transfer to the children’s hospital, surgery under general anesthesia, multiple failed IVs, an overnight hospital stay, and some new gray hairs for me and Mike. At least the baby’s only memory of it will (hopefully) be the tiny little scar under her belly button.


postop from an incarcerated umbilical hernia
My brave little baby sleeping the anesthesia off post-op.

Being a parent is some seriously scary shit sometimes.

some crappy cell phone pictures

21 Nov


She might look innocent, but right after I took this picture a little girl tried to elbow in on her space and my sweet little baby GROWLED at her. Teeth bared and everything. It worked – the other girl tucked her tail and skedaddled. As a mama bear, I was kinda proud.


put the baby to sleep and noticed a certain similarity...

Put the baby to sleep tonight and noticed a certain striking similarity.

backyard shenanigans

13 Nov

Rainbow legwarmers make every outfit a little more fabulous.


When attempting to climb stairs almost as big as you are, a good walking stick is a must.


Sunkissed baby.


She scaled the boulders for the first time and was so pleased with herself that she broke out in a crinkle-nosed grin and started doing a happy dance. Not pictured here: the grin or the happy dance.


My budding naturalist/mulch-eater found this caterpillar for us. Yesterday I learned that caterpillars don’t actually sprout wings and become butterflies – instead, they liquefy into a messy pile of DNA that the butterfly is then assembled out of. It’s kind of like a phoenix, only, you know, disgusting.