December 24

We awoke to a winter wonderland this morning. I hadn’t even considered the possibility of a white Christmas. What a treat! The kids had an absolute blast playing in the snow–jumping, making snow angels (not Clara’s favorite), catching snowflakes (Simon and Ian both posed for the camera, but Clara did it on her own without […]


December 23

Usually we do new jammies, a ride to look at the Christmas lights, and a special meal of tempura on Christmas Eve, but this year we opted for a saner option and did those three things on Christmas Eve Eve (don’t worry, we have plenty of traditions to carry us through tomorrow as well). After […]


December 16

So, truth be told, the help today didn’t last much longer than the photo op. He lost the scissors, I guess? I don’t really know how that happened. I won’t complain, though, that’s two less gifts I have to wrap this year. * Ian is pretty much always game for helping to wrap gifts.


December 15

Ian came home from school yesterday with a bad stomach ache. Clara, ever with an opinion, helpfully instructed him, “Now, Ian, if you feel like you have to frow up, you just go to the baffroom and put your mouth over the toilet.” Her advice eventually came in handy, so he is home from school […]


December 7

No, the little daydreamer did not make the shot.


December 6

Ian is a well-known introvert. Most mornings he wisely spends a bit of time in his own little world before joining the larger one.


December 1

December is a ninja–sneaky, sneaky last month of the year snuck right up on me. And December means it’s time for the December Photo Project, one photo a day for the first twenty-five days of the month. One of the traditions we started a couple of years ago is wrapping twenty-five winter or Christmas books […]


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 […]