Monday, July 04, 2016

Forty years ago today

Dad and I met at Wagon Road Camp in Chappaqua, New York, on the nation's Bicentennial. You've likely heard the story before, but if my computer weren't broken so that I have to type one-handed while bracing the broken screen with the other, I'd record it here for posterity. For now, suffice it to say, forty years ago tonight on a wide wooden porch on a summer night, there were fireworks -- and, my dear, there still are.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

A random collection of pictures from Memorial Day weekend

A boat race.  The paddle boaters lost.

 Bright eyes.
 A three-way conversation.
 Jake doesn't fit in his bed.
 But he likes his life vest.
 And he likes welcoming boaters back from the sea.
 Also, hanging out with the ladies.
 Jamie the artist was highly productive all weekend.  Here's a seahorse, with Margot "for comparance." You can count her fingers.

 Here's part of the family.  I didn't get one of everyone together, but I've got a lovely mental picture of dinner in the Newton dining room with everyone gathered, laughing and clapping.  It's framed in my memory, along with the family picture from Pittsburgh on a similar occasion a few years back.
 Ready for her close-up.
 More artwork, a joint project with Aunt Anna.
 And finally, Margot makes her way around the family.

Catching minnows on Memorial Day weekend

Or small fry, or larvae, or whatever they were.

Look closely.  It's in there!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Brother and sister

Update: Some similar photos from not so long ago.

Enormous changes at the last minute

You may have noticed that the blog doesn't look like this anymore:

At long last, we've updated to a new template. This happened because Dad and I have been noticing various bugs in the way the blog displays.  For instance, when we clicked through to look at an archived month, some of the posts weren't there.  They weren't gone - they were right where they belonged in the master list of all the posts on the blog on the Blogger dashboard - but they wouldn't show up on the blog itself.  Also, there was no "Newer/Older Posts" button, so it was hard to read the blog chronologically.

So, I asked for help in the Blogger Help Forum, and got a kind, prompt and completely helpful response from a knowledgeable soul who made several suggestions. Turns out the simplest answer was to enter the modern era, which I've now done. (The old blog is now safely mirrored on my hard drive, so we could revert to it if we ever needed to - something I learned how to do from the helpful articles provided by our friend at Blogger Help Forum.  I'll mirror the new one too, just for safety's sake).

I'm not entirely satisfied with the new design, so I'll be tweaking it as I figure out how.  So, go exploring and see what you think of the new layout. If you notice problems or have suggestions, post a comment! If you don't, post a comment anyway. I hate it when nobody comments.  :-)

One more thing: I invited Kate to be a contributor (It's about time - she's only been married to Caleb for six years) and re-invited Jason because he's identified as "Unknown" in the contributor list for some reason, and I can't seem to fix it. So, Kate and Jason, you should get an email.  If not, let me know.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy First Anniversary

to our newest newlyweds!

Have some fun today, see you soon . . . (and don't take out the trash)!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Meeting Miss Margot

 A family of four . . . 

. . . having fun!

A lacy little girl, all covered in Grandma's knitting.

Most of the time, of course, she sleeps (except at night.)

But she has lovely, fleeting moments of calm alertness.

In case the green-striped frog suit looks familiar, that's because it is.  Here's big brother wearing it four years ago.

Sleeping again, that sweet baby sleep.

Why a snail, you ask? Jamie's a sweet, delighted, affectionate and attentive big brother, but he was also ready to appreciate some sibling-free time outdoors We spent quite a lot of time hunting for nature outside in the soft new spring warmth, and we found a good bit, even among the streets and sidewalks.  Snails, ants, slugs, a pillbug, various beetles, an early butterfly, earthworms, lots of pale insect larvae that looked something like miniature white lobsters, and all kinds of new green spring growth.

When he's inside, Jamie spends a lot of time drawing - mostly sea creatures, naturally. The creatures in this drawing were outlined by me according to his strict instructions, and then colored and detailed by him. All of the creatures are chasing each other. He's telling Caleb it's a picture of a show called "Hunter and Hunted." When he tells you about things like this, he comfortably and naturally uses words like "beneficial" and phrases like "symbiotic relationship." 

The surprise of an unexpected kitty tail in your brand new face.

Half-asleep. You can hear her breathe.

She's tiny, smaller than any of my babies were at birth, darker-haired than Jamie, and just a dear peanut. I spent a few quiet nighttime hours with her sleeping in my arms in in the recliner in the living room that were too tender for words.

 I want to go back!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Happy Birth Day to Margot Catherine!

We are shamefully far behind on blog posts, but I'm not missing this one.  Photos stolen from Caleb's Facebook page.

She could be Jamie in this first one!

Welcome to the world, little one!