Thursday, November 10, 2011

7 quick takes

[My first time participating in any kind of 'link up'... yeah, big time stuff.]

1. I can't stop thinking about the last book I finished, Conceiving Parenthood by Amy Laura Hall. It took me almost 9 months to read, mostly because it was pretty heavy and academic, which makes it hard to read for a person who gets interrupted approximately every 10 seconds. But I made it through and I'm glad I did. The book is basically an overview of the changing conceptions of family life / reproduction / parenting throughout the 20th century in mainstream American culture. Fascinating. And also, yikes.

2. I was late to the Pinterest party but now that I've arrived I am finding it to be every bit as delightful and time-sucking as promised. However I'm excited to report that I have actually done one of the projects I pinned! And it was sort of crafty! And I didn't completely screw it up! I'm as shocked as you are.

jersey knit headband

headbands & belts I'm hoping to sell at our preschool holiday fair

3. Do you ever think about people's blogging selves as being separate from their actual selves? Lately I've been more and more aware of the separation between who we are online and who we really are. I try to be honest and real here, but this blog does not authentically capture the full extent of who I am or what my family is like. And I am very OK with that because for one thing, it's public, and for another, if human beings and their relationships could be fully captured by a website... well that would just be sad.

4. The other day I was having leftover spaghetti for lunch and Z asked for a bite. Spaghetti is one of the only things he has loved to eat since we first met him and I got all nostalgic as I spoon-fed him a few bites. He was looking up at me with the sweetest expression and marinara sauce on his nose and I don't think I've ever loved him more.

5. None of the kids have school today so we're going swimming at the Y with friends. I'm hoping to keep the kids in the water a lot this winter so we don't lose all the progress we made over the summer and in Hawaii. D in particular made huge strides in Hawaii and can now swim at least 15 yards independently. Maybe I'll have 2 on the swim team next summer??

6. This weekend we are stopping by our agency's international adoption training for a bit to share some of our experiences with prospective adoptive parents. I'm excited! And kinda nervous.

7. Last Saturday was the annual fall leaf rake in the backyard. This was the first year when the boys were old enough to actually be reasonably helpful (well, 2 out of 3 anyway). We raked, piled, ran, jumped, and took the obligatory photos, followed by hot chocolate and hot tubbing at Nana & Papa's.


  1. 1. I love that you have an annual fall leaf rake day :)
    2. Eden and I ate spaghetti yesterday as well
    3. We were invited to the training but can't make it because I have to work (sad face). It would be fun to sit talk to those families along side you guys.
    4. Your jersey heanbands/belts are rad.
    5. I love that picture of Dex and was actually wondering if you'd find a way to keep swimming through winter.
    6. You have totally sucked me in and now I too, would like to read that book.
    7. I wrote these all out of order because I know how you are and it may make you just a little bit crazy for a second. :)

  2. Love your list. If you were late to pin interest....I have been hearing about it but have no clue! Now I am off to figure that out.

  3. @jen - hope you enjoy pinterest! it's addicting. :)

    @melissa - ahahaha you are so right, it did bug me for one tiny second that your numbers did not line up with mine! oh girl, you know me to well. :)

  4. I tried to comment on this the day of and google was being stupid... I love your quick takes. So fun! I might have to steal the idea. I'm newly addicted to pinterest too. And on Melissa's number 6, I realized she was writing them out of order and then LOL at #7 because that kind of thing makes me a little crazy too.