Tuesday, March 01, 2011

We're super! How are you?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Atlanta weather is completely strange. After what seemed like perpetual cold, we had a 60 degree day today. Linden and I spent the afternoon in the park, pulling the wagon around. She is absolutely obsessed with dogs, our own included. On a day like today, the park is full of dogs and their owners. Linden was bound and determined to kiss EVERY ONE.
"Mommy, kissy dog-dog? Kissy? KISSY?? MOOOMMMYYY!! KISS-SSYY DOG-DOG??!!" It was the neverending refrain of the afternoon. Some dog owners were happy to let Linden slobber all over their pooches (and vice versa), some warned us to steer clear. Luckily, everyone was amused at the little pigtailed kissy-monster.

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we joined our friends the Millers and the Frilingoses for breakfast at West Egg. We had a great time!

Erin and Rybolt at our HUGE table.

All the stinkers: Baikal, Rybolt, Eli, Linden, Jack and Paul

Eli worked hard on a coloring page. Serious business.


Jack and Tim count pencils. Paul had the right guess!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Linden's 21 month check up was this morning. Healthy and smart, she's 28.2 pounds, 35.5 inches. She took her immunizations like a champ, too. Way to go big girl!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I have mentioned this before but it never ceases to entertain our kids: the patio in our backyard often gets clogged after a hard rain. The kids think that the giant puddle it creates is the most fun feature of our yard.
Now that Linden is old enough to enjoy it, I like putting them in slickers and rainboots to see what they'll do in the water and mud.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

We are at the park every time the weather is within a decent range (and sometimes when it isn't as proven by the day we went to the park during Snowpocalypse 2011--desperate times). It is crazy to think of how many pictures I have taken of my kids at this park over the last five years.
I'm pretty sure this was the first one, April 2007, Eli was 6 or 7 months old.

Last December, I took advantage of a beautiful day to take a few of both kids:

Saturday, February 05, 2011

You may have heard that we had a little snow "event" in the beginning January. Now, I am a native Atlantan and I've lived through a few little snows but I've never seen anything like this. The Yo-Sims were trapped inside for along long time but we managed to have a great time. Here are a few shots of our exploits.

It snowed while we were asleep!!

Daddy and Eli doing a little pre-emptive shoveling. It didn't work. We still had a skating rink in the backyard.

And then there were cookies, of course!

Everyone helps

Decorating and eating!

These pictures don't really tell much about the fun we had outside, sledding, snowball (ice ball, really) throwing. We also made box forts inside, had dance parties, read lots of books, watched lots of movies, played lots of games. The ice storm was an inconvenience, for sure, but we ended up having a really good time and spending a lot of quality time together.

Enough about the rugrats!

I have been given the generous gift of a three-month sabbatical this summer, May-July. The family and I will be traveling around, visiting people we love. While we do this, I am going to be working on a photo project about people's hands, the Eucharist and how we respond tot he call to "be the hands of Christ" in the world.

I am also running the San Francisco Marathon on July 31.


Back in October, I injured my knee. Not too bad, nothing to worry about, but I did have to take some time off of running. I just started back in the last couple of days (great timing, the weather has been atrocious) and so far, I feel pretty good. I've had two 30 minute runs. On one hand, I am so glad that I was able to do those two with no pain. On the other hand, I am so aware of how far I have to go. I've run a half before and that was a big milestone, but a marathon? I am terrified that I'm not going to make it and at the same time aware that I am so stubborn that I'll kill myself trying.

In another couple of months, I am going to start a sabbatical blog that will tell stories of our travels and will serve as a journal of my marathon training.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Rats! So much for blog-a-day February. I can't believe I already forgot one!

A recent conversation in the car.

Eli: Mommy, I am the handsomist guy in the whole world.
Me: Oh? Really? I think you're pretty handsome. But there are other handsome guys, too.
Eli: Nope, I am the handsomist.
Me: How nice for you. Who told you that you are the handsomist guy in the whole world?
Eli: No one. I just looked in the mirror.