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Hudson is two years old today! The last year has screamed by and taken my baby boy with it, leaving a full-blown toddler in his place. Every day is more exciting as he becomes ever more capable and knowledgeable.
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Happy eight month birthday, Hazel! This has been an exciting month of firsts from beginning to end. You're becoming so adept and are so pleased with each new accomplishment.
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Hazel is five months old today! This was a particularly eventful month for us–some expected and some not–but Hazel has been a champ as usual to roll with interruptions just as we were trying to settle into a new routine.

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Four years ago, we were unpacking boxes in our new Maryland rental house and taking in the reality of the fact that we were no longer in Colorado, our home for the previous eight years.

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Taking flight

Against all logic and reason, Bart and my 30-week-pregnant self hauled our 13-month-old on a plane to Arkansas for a family trip last week. With a baby on the way, our opportunities to make it back home in the foreseeable future are numbered, so we made use of our last reasonable window for a while to go spend some time with our families.

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Screen time 

Everyone who comes to our house oohs and aahs over the screened-in porch we have right off the kitchen in the front of our house. It’s definitely a unique feature of our home and a big selling point. Who wouldn’t want to sit out there in the cedar porch swing on a warm evening under the shade of our 80-ft high oak trees, watching the squirrels scamper around our dogwood tree and hearing woodpeckers tapping away in the distance while having the baseball game on a small TV in the corner?

The thing is, we didn’t do that. We went out there occasionally, but generally we never felt compelled to be out there. We basically didn’t want to be out there. It took us a couple of years to figure out why, but once we realized the obvious, we made a few simple changes to make this one of the most desirable spots in the house.

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Hudson is ten months old! We’ve had a lot going on in the last month, not all great but plenty of fun things, too. I think we are all glad it’s finally summer.

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