Moving Day

Today we say goodbye to the house we’ve enjoyed for almost a year, and move into our very own home!


We’ll see you on the other side!

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Happy Mothers Day


Mothers Day

Note: this shot was conceived by Agnes (6 at the time). Here’s her original writeup.

Muthers Day

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Phineas – 9 months

Just a quick update because I’m packing!

This month, Phineas got to meet my folks in Brooklyn. He is almost standing unassisted, but not quite. He’s much surer on his feet, though, and can easily cruise around and use one hand to prop himself up while standing. He also figured out how to climb stairs and has even used furniture placement to navigate onto higher surfaces (like using the trundle to climb onto the bottom bunk). He has had a sound explosion and makes any and every sound as he babbles day and night.  He’s a very exuberant boy and my dad gave the perfect description of him after meeting him. “Every other kid is coaxed into smiles. Phineas is always the instigator: ‘Hey, whoever you are, wanna smile with me?’ followed by the goofiest wonderfulest grin on earth. TRY not smiling back.”

Enjoying his swing ride at the playground20150409untitled shoot-_MG_1748

really enjoying it20150409untitled shoot-_MG_1768

scrounging for food, poor hungry boy, haha20150412untitled shoot-_MG_1844

playing peek a boo

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first time in an airplane


being loved


seeing Brooklyn from his royal carseat20150417Brooklyn-_MG_2093

experiencing a bona fide Auntie Beccah party20150419Brooklyn-_MG_2370

saying goodbye to Grandma20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2651

scrounging for more food20150430untitled shoot-_MG_2946

Plotting to wake a sleeping Papi20150501untitled shoot-_MG_2966

waking up20150503untitled shoot-_MG_3053

happy to be alive – and we’re so happy he is, too!

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Eight on the First – May 2015

This is our last “first” in this house! We are moving this month. A whole new house to explore. And maybe, one day, a longer couch.

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I wanted to take this photo of them standing across the road with the curve leading out of the frame behind them symbolically, but shooting with one hand, holding the 6′ sail, er, reflector in the other, and managing 8 kids while watching for cars at a time when everyone’s getting home from work, while their attention was on the two small neighbor boys doing flips on their bikes behind me, I guess my perfect composition was the first thing to go.

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We were a little early for an appointment today so we went to check out the playground that is a few minutes from our soon-to be new home. My jaw dropped and then I couldn’t stop smiling. It was an overcast day and still the photographic possibilities were swirling in my head. I am soo excited about this!

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We also had our first encounter with law enforcement in the area. It was so funny. We were the only ones there, and there was maybe one or two cars that drove by us without lingering. Soon after we got there, two sheriff cars showed up. Apparently they were called because Dave was waiting in the car with sleeping Phineas. Someone thought he was suspicious (sitting in a parked van in front of a playground). As soon as the officers realized we were all together they laughed and we chatted a bit about the area. I am glad we met them, now they’ll “know” us if we should run across them again. Dave said that it was a good indication of the kind of area it is (must be pretty safe if they respond to that type of call so quickly).


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My little amanuensis

As I was making dinner, a little voice kept piping in behind me. “Mom, did you put salt in the beans?” “Mom, was there any other seasoning you added to that?”

I finally peeked behind the wall where I saw Christina (8) taking notes on my every move. She was writing down the recipe in real time for later replication. <3

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Brooklyn – Bonus Day

My mother made me some delicious gluten free banana muffins. 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2528  20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2545

Clinging to Auntie for dear life. “Please, Auntie Esther! Come with us!”20150421Brooklyn-_MG_253520150421Brooklyn-_MG_2556 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2562 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2567 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2569

one last lush breakfast spread20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2571 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2573 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2575 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2580 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2582

the next two are Esther’s work20150421Brooklyn-_MG_258620150421Brooklyn-_MG_2593

I’ve got some fine genes, for which I am grateful.


Smiles from Dorothy20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2605 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2625

a last play with the skylight20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2629

Another round of hugs before heading to the airport20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2637 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2640 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2645 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2647

On the tarmac around sunset20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2671 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2674 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2677 20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2692

The most laughious flying companion20150421Brooklyn-_MG_2705

the moon and jupiter (I think)


coming in for a landing


Waiting for my ride home with Atlanta under my feet.



And that concludes the photo journal of a most excellent visit!


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