Happy the Birthday!

Around here, December 28 is called “the Birthday” (definite article, capital B) because it is both Ian’s birthday and Clara’s. Ian turned 5 today, and Clara turned 3. It was a happy one indeed. These are some of my favorite shots from the day, but I realize that this little collection is hardly representative of […]

December 16

Ian really, really, really wants to help wrap presents this year. He asks every single day if there’s another one we can wrap. When I run out of gifts for not-him, he asks if we can wrap ones for him too. “I’ll forget what it is! Christmas is so far away!” he reasons. Nice try, […]

December 9

Today’s picture was snapped by Ian. He picked up my camera and spent a long time peering through the lens, lining up just the shots he wanted. It was a joy to watch him. After he took this one, he reviewed it on the screen and whispered, “Oooh, that’s good.” I don’t think I could […]

December 1

Every year I get a little nervous on December 1. It’s because the beginning of the December Photo Project feels much the same to me as having a brand new blank journal. So exciting, so many possibilities. So probable that as soon as I fill up the first page (or the first three) I’m going […]

These Days: Harvest

These Days

These Days


Ian at 4

I have no words for how great this kid is. Here’s a little interview we do each year on the kids’ birthdays. I realize how inadequate it is in describing what they are really like, but it’s useful as far as it goes in helping remember some of their favorite things. And for all the […]

December 19

Today we had a little birthday party to celebrate Ian, who will turn four next week. I love my quirky little guy who loves camels of all things, and I love all these little buddies who made him feel really special today. DPP pics from past years: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

December 16

I’m trying to get a jump on my wrapping this year, hoping to avoid my usual late-night gift-wrap marathon¬† the 23rd or 24th. Ian wanted to help, and, I’ll tell you what, the kid knows his way around scissors and tape. DPP pics from past years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012