Monday, April 23, 2012

Six months!

Marie is halfway to her first birthday! Her first day felt like the first day of my life in such a new way. And indeed, we have been transformed by having this precious creature in our life. She is such a sweet girl, delighted by animals, entranced by hair - on the head or the chin, content with her feet as her only toy, happiest of all in the arms of someone who loves her.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Marie has been expressing her opinion on a variety of matters lately and it seemed like a good idea to write it down for posterity. Here are the results of a recent interview.

Favorite nursery rhyme: Baa Baa Black Sheep
Favorite band: Abba
Favorite song: Barbara Ann (The Beach Boys' cover version)
Favorite broadcast journalist: "Babwa" (Barbara Walters)
Favorite period haircut: the bob
Favorite classic film: The Blob
Favorite Russian legend: Baba Yaga
Favorite Middle Eastern food: baba ganoush
Favorite current US president: Barack "Obaba"

We feel that despite her tender years Marie is showing discriminating taste. We are hoping to encourage these open-minded tendencies and further broaden her horizons by introducing her in the near future to the Dada movement and Lady Gaga. We still haven't figured out who introduced her to Abba, however, as we never listen to them.

Marie's First Easter

Marie mixed up the solemnity of Good Friday with the joyfulness of Easter. No smiles at picture time!
Meeting the Easter bunny, Abigail. So fluffy! So fun to grab the fur!
Grandma and Grandpa got Marie an Easter basket!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

...And... the Cutest Person in a Hairnet EVER Award goes to....

Marie!!She rocked it better than anyone else! We took Joel's parents on a Theo Chocolate Factory tour the other day. It was wonderful... besides eating lots of chocolate, it's interesting to see the process of making chocolate. They really focus on the reasons they are organic and fair trade, and by the end I am pretty sure I'm not the only one who pledges to herself to stop buying chocolate that isn't fair trade. They are the first organic fair-trade chocolate makers in the US, and they are here in Seattle! We will take each of you there when you visit us.

They also made Joel wear 2 (!!) beard-nets this time, because one just doesn't cover it all!