The Tragic Optimist

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catching up with the rock hammer

I’ve been terribly remiss, I know. How about I make it up to you with some rock hammer for scale pictures? We forgot to take a 6 month photo, but I have the stats.  She weighed in at 20 pounds, and was 28″ long (she’s fallen down to the 97th and 98th percentiles, respectively). Advertisements

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you’re not alone

When Hazel cries while Zoe’s around, Zoe will usually run to her and hold Hazel’s hand or give her a hug.  “You’re not alone,” she’ll tell her little sister, “big sister is here.” It pretty much melts my heart into a pile of goo. Recently, I’ve found myself repeating the “you’re not alone” part to …

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2010 – a review mostly in pictures

2010 started out with us here A cozy house for our little family (the year always starts out cold in Minnesota) In the middle was a lot of this and a sad farewell to this but, we ended up with a better house in nearly every other way and oh yeah, there was this which …

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Hazelnut

I’m happy to announce that Hazel Edith was born early in the morning on Friday, October 15. She was 8 lbs 9 oz, which I know isn’t huge, but compared to Zoe’s birth weight (5 lbs 1 oz), she seems massive.  She’s 20 1/2 inches long. Her birth was surprisingly quick given that it was …

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birthdays

Zoe’s 4th birthday was yesterday. I won’t say that I can’t believe she’s 4, because I can, and she’s been talking about being “almost 4” for a long time now.  She told anyone willing to listen yesterday that she was 4!  And 4 is big. ~ ~ ~ Zoe didn’t get a baby sister for …

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October

First thing, thank you everyone for being so open in sharing your stories and thoughts on my last post.  It was extremely helpful for my friend.  I am so sorry that your wisdom and thoughts meant that you had been through such a loss or losses. I’ve been terribly remiss in writing, and October was …

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deep fry wisdom

Each year in mid September, friends of ours host a deep fry party.   They have 3 fryers running for the event, and everyone brings food that they think would be good (or just fun) to deep fry. There’s a couple of brilliant things about this deep fry event.  First, it’s not at my house.  …

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34

In less than 90 minutes, that will be my age. I’ve never been one to complain about aging, and I’m not going to in this post either. Just felt like mentioning it. I’ll get back to blogging more. I will. I hope. What would you like me to write more about? I’m feeling overwhelmed with …

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Quick, shameless request (begging)

Ok, I have a request …  The Children’s Eye Foundation is sponsoring a photo contest for its “I Care for Eyecare” calendar, with the theme “It’s a beautiful thing to see.”  I’ve entered a picture of Zoe, and I’d love if you vote for her picture (it’s titled “Zoe looks out over Lake Superior”).  No …

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Kite Festival

The great thing about living in a place with lots of lakes and really cold winters is that you end up with neighborhood festivals like the kite festival at the lake a few blocks from our house.  It makes sense.  The lake is completely frozen, and it’s a bit flat space with no trees.  Perfect …

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