Sunday, November 11, 2012

Backblog: The Shire

Back at the end of August, a big group of my girlfriends and our kids ventured out to rural Issaquah to the childhood home of my dear friend Stephanie. I've been hearing about this place for forever. Stephanie's parents are self-proclaimed hobbits. Norwegian hobbits--does that make them gnomes? Her dad even talked about installing a round door on the front of the house, which is befittingly referred to as The Shire.

When we arrived, we were given flannels and buckets and the assignment of harvesting the blackberry brambles. Later, I climbed a tree to shake out apples for a pie. There were four babies, four kids, five girlfriends, six Platters, and two husbands over the course of the afternoon and evening. There was a blue moon (the last until 2015!), formal tea with homemade pastries and chicken salad, an evening blaze at the firepit, and an impromptu dance party in the Platter kitchen.

These are the kind of days born of a summer dream. 


And these were the photos Bridget captured from the evening--some great shots of the porch and sunroom, pie baking, and Auntie Stephanie with the little ones. She did a (much timelier!) post about it here

Backblog: Corin, Month by Month

You may remember me doing a blog post for Miss Avonlea every month throughout her first year.  Although I may not have the ambition to be quite so detailed for Corin's babyhood, we definitely take a lot of pictures of our sweet little dude. Here's his month-by-month so far. 


1 month old:

2 months old:

3 months old:

4 months old:

5 months old:

6 months old:

I had to seriously cull down the number of pictures I wanted to use--WAY too many for a single post. If this isn't evidence enough, trust me, this kid is cute.

And what is he like? Very chill. Easy-going. Sweet. Affectionate. Sensitive. Athletic. Bouncy. Bashy. Focused. Happy. Ticklish. Enthralled with Avonlea and the kitties.

These days he has 2 bottom teeth with seemingly two on the way above. He eats three solid meals a day and he quietly protests anything that isn't sweet. He loves applesauce, carrots, bananas, sweet potatoes, squash, and pumpkin. He can roll or spin his way around a room, but no actual crawling yet. He channels his inner Bam-Bam, zeroing in on any object in his grasp and very seriously bashing it hard against the ground when he finally gets ahold of it--he seems convinced that he's engaged in some very important work.

He's a good sleeper--2 or 3 naps a day and 10-12 hours at night. His favorite things are hopping like a bunny in his Jonny-Jump-Up, petting the kitty, and grabbing people's faces--smiling and pinching like a Jewish grandma. He went through an unfortunate bald stage at about 2-months-old and his hair has come back in light and soft. He has big baby blue eyes like daddy, and daddy's sweet, relaxed temperament.

We love him. I think we'll keep him.