Last two weeks (ish)

Belly flopping - 📸 Bob Ring
“your father and I have been talking” - She’s more and more like the adult she’s going to be. She spent an hour explaining various Pokemon to me, and I’m just missing that part of my brain so I’m convinced she just told me about the same three in increasing and excruciating detail. I loved it. I love getting this time with them … Continue reading “your father and I have been talking”
Drawing - Eleanor has watched a tutorial, and is busy producing adorable drawings. This one is my favorite and it’s called Hunny Bear.
Grant’s point of view - Grant asked if he could take some photos on my phone yesterday, so he cruised around for quite awhile, taking photos (and showing me after each one he took). I hear “mom” a thousand times a day, if you couldn’t tell. It’s really interesting to see what he’s interested in, although not very surprising.
Snow - I just recently started following a twitter account that posts photos of Canadian paintings. It’s called CanadianPaintings. The reason I started following it is because it’s posting some amazing paintings of snow in particular. We can all stand to better appreciate Canadian art in general, but right now I’m in it for the snow paintings. … Continue reading Snow
What is… summer? - This morning over breakfast, my 9-year-old daughter asked me, “mom, what is … summer? Like, will we have … school? Still?” She looked genuinely puzzled. She’s been on a system of school/summer for four years now (she didn’t get summer breaks in daycare), except the past year has been such a weird, oily mix of … Continue reading What is… summer?
Walnut - Walnut is chilling downstairs with us this morning.
Ok, 2021 - I don’t think I’ve personally ever had such a rotten first couple weeks of January. Obviously, we’re all living through some things at the same time (the ongoing pandemic, the coup that is dragging out, remote schooling), but it’s been worse than that. I’m not just talking about Grant’s ongoing, flat-out refusal to poop in … Continue reading Ok, 2021
Heart in a heart - Henry found he can send me double hearts, both with his hands and with his arms.
Increasing Our Happiness with Cats and Dogs in the Office - Originally posted on Happiness Everywhere:
Working from home doesn’t have to be lonely. In fact, many Automattician’s have pets to keep them company during the work day. Supporting customers gets a little easier when you have furry companions like these to make you smile during the most unexpected moments. This month we invited our Happiness…
The sailor man - This morning when I came downstairs in a flurry to get children dressed and fed before their zooms started, Henry was lounging on the couch picking out potential cake recipes for us to try, based on their ease. A battenberg might be up next. Previously and preciously, he was Popeye.
A falling knife has no handle: 2020 - I’m sorry to report that the knife is America and also our lives. When you drop a real knife, a sharp one, you need to jump away from it immediately. Instinct tells you to catch it, as if it were a baby or a scoop of ice cream; something precious and splattable. But a knife … Continue reading A falling knife has no handle: 2020
8 years at Automattic - If you had told me at my seven year anniversary that my eighth anniversary would fall during a global pandemic, that I’d change roles out of Happiness (technically), and that I’d be directing the Happiness Experience, I wouldn’t have believed a single one of those things, in decreasing order of credulity. But indeed, all those … Continue reading 8 years at Automattic
The puzzle - Originally posted on Henry's Creative Legos:
It may not look like it at first, but all those pieces are used to make a cube. This idea was inspired by a lego book.
Tiny house - Henry and I spent some time playing legos today. Among our projects were these micro houses. We are both very proud! I especially like Henry’s boat, which I think is super creative.
Cake - “you know mom, I bet a lot of the baker’s didn’t get it right the first time. But they kept trying! Nine out of ten for me, mom.”
Post-thanksgiving valentines - Grant and I made each other valentines today. I feel like they have the same vibe.
Thanksgiving - The kids sitting at the table and just chatting and relaxing before dinner. We ordered in from The Old Library and it was perfect and amazing.