Mixing Patterns: Thea is Ten Months Old

Thea is ten months old. She is very busy with the following activities:

  • Army crawling, but not crawling-crawling. And also log-rolling to her desired location.
  • Clapping and “dancing”
  • Eating all the baby food like a maniac.

I’m completely in love with that sweet tuft of hair that sticks up. We traveled with her over the winter holiday, and learned that she does NOT enjoy sleeping outside of her own bed. Noted for future reference.

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And since I adore the cute little star shirt that Thea is wearing in these pictures, I will take a moment to go on about how I love patterns. As I have mentioned before, I simultaneously like and dislike so many things about kids clothing: I dislike how overly gendered it is, and the very limited color palettes, and design themes for the assigned gender. But I love seeking out the stuff I really like, and putting my kids in fun color and pattern combos. They won’t let me do this forever, so I may as well enjoy it now.

Little toy rocket ship from Bannor Toys.

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Hanging out with Elliot and Lucy

Happy New Year!

In honor of the new year, yesterday I ran approximately 0.5 miles on a treadmill before nearly collapsing in exhaustion. #newyearnewme

In all seriousness I am not usually one for resolutions. They just don’t stick with me. And it seems to me, if you can’t stick to something, it probably doesn’t really mean all that much to you. So maybe reexamine why you think you want to do that thing you resolved to do.

There is one thing I’d like to do this year. I won’t call it a resolution; its more of a goal. And goals I can definitely get behind. I’d really like to get paid for one or more of my creative hobbies. Be that photography, visual design, or illustration; I’d like to start freelancing on the side. It’s not really a matter of how much money I make, its more about validation and actualization for me. These are things that I have been passionate about my entire life, and it’s time for them to become a more active presence in my life.

These are some pictures I took in November. And this little outing was one of the catalysts for my 2017 goal. It was Lynn’s idea to get our families together, head to a local park, and take some pictures that we could use for holiday cards. Her family was much more cooperative than mine! But, I still think we got some good shots, and I love the one of our boys on the tire swing together. (which Lynn actually took!)

Fun fact(s): Lynn and I went to high school, college, and grad school together about 250 miles from Pittsburgh. Counting our summer jobs during high school, we’ve worked together at five different organizations. So glad we both ended up in the same city!

Here’s to 2017! May your resolutions be stickier than mine!

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Eddie Puts Some Sprinkles On It.

Holy crap its December. It’s about to be 2017, people. Good grief.

Before it was December, it was November. Matt’s birthday falls around Thanksgiving.  Some years, including this one, it falls right on top of Thanksgiving. It’s kind of nice to celebrate Matt’s birthday at home, with our family, with some time off.

As part of the celebration, Eddie and I made some cupcakes for him. Usually when I say things like that, it means that I made the cupcakes while Eddie was present. But he actually helped pour and mix ingredients this time.

Its true that once you have kids, adult birthdays can kind of take a backseat to kid birthdays. I’ll be honest and say that I used Matt’s birthday as an excuse to make cake with my kid.

Of course I let Eddie put the sprinkles on.

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Eight Months.

This baby girl is eight months old today. TODAY. This might be timeliest post ever posted by me. Might I finally be escaping the brain-fog of having a new baby? Am I inching back towards competent? Too early to tell. I sometimes think that if I ever again paint my fingernails – as in, there is time in the day for me to apply nail color and let it dry without a child or a chore smudging it, and that time happens to occur while I am alert and awake enough to do so – that will surely be a sign that I am back to my normal self again.

Oh. Back to Thea.

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She’s pretty cute, right?

She is great at sitting up, and has been for a few months. No real signs of crawling yet. No teeth. She is a super pleasant baby, thank goodness, and a great smiler.

It’s funny how even at this age their personalities are so evident. She’s just a totally different baby than Eddie was. She’s less boisterous, and more… gentle? Or something? It’s hard to really describe it, but they’re just different. Although he is pretty introverted now, Eddie was fearless as a baby. Thea is quieter and more reserved. She doesn’t care for strangers.

Let’s compare to Eddie at eight months. Geez that seems like a long time ago.

Alright, now go vote!

Deep Creek

In August, we took a trip to Deep Creek, Maryland. I had heard lots about this fun place, but had never been. So we did it. We were joined by Matt’s brother, sister-in-law, and their two sweet kids for a weekend of cousin fun!

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Eddie insisted on taking his favorite monkey into the sand/dirt. Why not? His favorite monkey is also technically a dog toy, so I figure I am already not winning any parenting awards.

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Thea does what Thea does best, and adorably grabs her feet.

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Eddie wasn’t a huge fan of the lake water. But he did love squishing his toes into the mud.

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My nephew was much braver about the lake water and had a good old time swimming.

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I got this lens a while ago and am still trying to get the hang of when to use it and what to do with it. The name is deceptive because its really not like a macro lens.

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My nephew is not sure what to think of my photographing. I wish I got to see these kids more often. I feel so lucky that Eddie has cousins close to his own age.

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Eddie confidently led the way on a hike to see some waterfalls.

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Thea enjoyed the hike more like this.

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Some falls.

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Eddie scaling an Eddie-sized mountain of rocks.

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Backyard.

You can tell I took these pics a while ago because you can actually see Eddie’s face under his hair. It’s currently very mop-like.

Here is where I originally posted about our backyard. It’s special because there is actually no grass. It’s all brick, with the exception of a little courtyard with some small trees. It’s still working out pretty well for me. It’s low maintenance, and I think its pretty cute.

We didn’t really need to do much for the backyard except hang up some string lights and get some cute furniture… But even that took us forever. I’d still love to put some impressive container plants out there someday. And further in the future, hubs and I may remove one or two of the trees in the courtyard and replace them with a garden of sorts.

Here are some pictures of my family enjoying our yard-patio hybrid earlier in the summer.

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Butter Chickpeas

I mentioned here that I was making some butter chickpeas. Someone I know made this and brought it to a picnic. And I had to get the recipe.

I just wanted to tell you; this was so good.

Recipe here.

I like my tofu a little crispy, so I oven-fried it in a little oil first. That’s pretty much the only thing I changed. And of course, no cilantro for my cilantro-hating husband.

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Photo Friday.

I say that like it’s a thing I’ll do every Friday or something. Naaah. I can’t make that kind of commitment.  Just a few images of my kid partaking in some screen time, amidst some unfolded laundry heaped on the couch, and a few toy cars cluttering up our coffee table. You know. The good stuff.

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