Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A January in Massachusetts

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Family walk in Menotomy Park on Jan 1st.
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Sledding at Robbins Farm Park. The foam baby bathtub did not work as well as was hoped, so Piercen became the sled for Luther.
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We should really get Piercen some snow pants.
Blizzard Jan 27, 2015
Blizzard of Jan 27th; over 19 inches of snow in Arlington.
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January started out cold and dry, and ended very cold and very wet. Luther has actually enjoyed playing in the snow, a far cry from last year, and I did go out and buy a couple of real sleds so that Piercen doesn't have to continue to sacrifice his body and jeans to the cause of winter sporting. The Great Blizzard of January 27th came and went, dumping more snow on the ground than I have ever seen before. We all were impatiently hoping for an early arrival of Baby Girl Oliver, but she has decided to be a February baby. February is a good month to be born in. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tea Party with Luther

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It occurred to me recently that I was doing Luther a grave disservice by not having tea parties with him. Boys like dressing up and having tea and sandwiches and cake just as much as girls do. So we went to the grocery store and picked out some pastries, made cucumber and cheese sandwiches, brewed some decaf tea, put on our "fancy dancing" outfits (as Luther calls any dress I wear or any tie I put on him), and had a delightful party for two. He was a very proper little gentleman, making sure that I always had plenty of tea in my cup, insisting that we "Prost!" or "Cheers!" after every sip, and even nibbling on a cheese sandwich before asking if we could move on to the desserts. A wonderful boy at a wonderful age. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thrifted What I Wore: Late Pregnancy Edition

Thrifted What I wore, Pregnantly: everything on me was thrifted; L's two shirts were thrifted. #wiw #twiw #thrifted #thrifting #thriftfashion #thriftedwhatiwore #whatiwore #kidsfashion #kidsthriftedfashion #instalutherThrifted What I Wore, Pregnantly: everything on me but the yellow tank and the jewelry is thrifted. On L, all the clothes under his space suit are thrifted. #thrifted #thrifting #thriftfashion #thriftedwhatiwore #whatiwore #instaluther
Dress: Motherhood, Sister Thrift in Watertown
Shirt: About a Girl, Savers in Madison (WI)
Leggings: not thrifted
Scarf: gift from mother-in-law
Boots: unknown brand, Savers in Madison (WI)
Earrings (which you can't see): Sister Thrift in Watertown

Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft, Sister Thrift in Watertown
Jeans: do not remember if thrifted or not
Shoes: unknown brand, Savers in Madison (WI)
Glasses: no brand, Sister Thrift in Watertown
Necklace: gift from Piercen
Thrifted What I Wore, Pregnantly: everything on me but the sweater is thrifted. You can't really see them but I'm wearing killer earrings. On L, everything is thrifted but the shoes. Also, his sweater has elbow patches. #instaluther #whatiwore #thrifted #Pre-Messiah posing next to the Christmas tree. #merrychristmas #messiah #friendship
Sweater: not thrifted
Jeans: Indigo Blue, Savers in Madison (WI)
Shoes: unknown brand, Savers in Madison (WI)
Necklace: made by me from various thrifted and salvaged pieces

Dress: Forever 21, St. Vincent De Paul's, Madison (WI)
Leggings: not thrifted
Boots: unknown brand, American Family Thrift, Hellertown (PA)
Necklace: gift from Piercen

Some of my more recent thrifted outfits; there have not been as many as I would like. For a month or two after the move, I was too scared of Massachusettian driving habits to venture beyond the beaten paths I knew in search of thrift stores. This meant that when I really, desperately needed more maternity clothes, I was left only with Old Navy as it was right next to the grocery store. Not one of my finer shopping or fashion moments. However, Luther and I have ventured out since then to both Watertown's Sister Thrift and Somerville's Goodwill without any traffic incidents, and I've been able to ease my way back into the good graces of the thrifting gods and into clothes that actually cover the Great Expanding Belly. 

On a weather-related note, we survived yesterday's Great January Blizzard of 2015, and for the first time in two weeks, I'm grateful that Sinclair decided to not make her entrance into the world just yet. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cloud Mobile for Baby Sinclair

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I finished up the cloud mobile for Sinclair last week, and Pierce hung it above the crib in our room. Luther's mobile has been hanging above his toddler bed since we moved, and he's pretty excited that Sinclair gets one too. I was a little concerned that the colors would be too "bohemian circus tent," but I really like how they work together, especially in our slightly lavender painted bedroom. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Prepping for Baby: Luther Gets a Baby Doll

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When I was 2 yrs old, my aunt and uncle gave me a baby doll right before my brother was born to help me adjust to upcoming upheaval. I have no idea how I took brother Tim's arrival, but Baby Joey was my favorite toy for a long time.

To prepare Luther for his baby sister's arrival, we bought him a Corolle doll, and I altered some old newborn clothes for it and made some cloth diapers. Piercen put together a doll bed we bought from Ikea, and we set it all up for him to wake to on New Year's Day. He was pretty thrilled, promptly named her "Maya" (after we vetoed naming her "Raisin"), and after taking her clothes off and on multiple times, he introduced her to his Duplo legos. Since then, he insists that she sleeps right next to his bed (just as we have the crib set up in our room), and that he be the one to put her in her "car seat," a wooden basket outfitted with blankets, every time we go somewhere. I think he's going to adjust to the new baby just fine. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

December in Massachusetts

Luther turns 2.5! 
Luther's Half Birthday
Catherine came for a visit a couple of weeks before Christmas. 
Messiah Concert with Catherine
Catherine's Visit
Menotomy Park
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Menotomy Park
Gifts from Oma on Christmas Eve. 
Christmas from Oma
Santa brought Luther a toy kitchen set. 
Christmas 2014
Robbins Farm Park
Robbins Farm Park
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Robbins Farm Park
We had a quick reunion in Lowell with Kelly as she made her way to New Hampshire to visit family. 
Meetup with Kelly
Meetup with Kelly Meetup with Kelly

Happy New Year! What better way to start out than recapping the last month of 2014. We celebrated Luther's half birthday on the 3rd in our usual way with his birthday dinner of choice (chili) and half cupcakes for all. In early December, Catherine came up from D.C. and treated me to the Messiah concert at Trinity Church. Piercen took a couple of days off at Christmas, and the three of us explored local parks and found the perfect sledding hill (and an incredible view of Boston) for whenever the snow gods decide to bless us. On the 21st, Pierce and I hired a sitter for Luther for the first time ever, so that we could go out and celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary with a real date. Christmas was spent at home with lots of Facetiming with family. I got my first massage, courtesy of my brother and sister's generous gift card for my birthday, and now that's all I ever want as a gift. At the end of the month, we met up with our friend Kelly in Lowell where we imbibed coffee, sushi, and the history of the textile industry. And I wish I could tell you that we closed out the year with mad partying, but we just watched a movie (during which I fell asleep), and we were in bed with the lights off at 11:45pm.

And now we can't wait for 2015 to start unfolding. We'll have a new baby soon with new routines and new family dynamics. Locals keep promising large snowfalls in Jan and Feb, and Luther can't wait to try out his new snow boots. We have plans to start container gardening in Feb, and all are looking forward to visits from the grandmas once the baby arrives.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!
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