The weather was positively edible yesterday, a warm lie-on-your-back-and-whinny sort of day, as if Seattle finally got some belated memo and was trying like hell to make up for its poor performance record of late. Everything was aggressively green, a rampaging Chlorophyl Gang; the sky was blue and yellow and it pumped Zoloft directly into my veins. We took up residence in the backyard and there we stayed for the majority of the day:


(Dylan’s stationed off to the side not because of noxious odor or anything — although did you know a properly steamy, stealthily-escaping-from-the-blankets babyfart can kill an adult STONE COLD DEAD? This is why you should never be fooled by their charming, squishy expressions: babies are always just waiting to kill you, either by cuteness, loudness, annoying-ness, or Dutch Oven-ness — but because Riley was throwing a ball around.)

(Also, the camera timer took this photo, although I like the notion that Dog might have.)

(PS: Do you think Dylan will be as suspicious as Riley when he gets older? It will be like living with two pint-sized CSI Miami actors.)

Spending time outside with the kids, in comparison to being cooped up for days at a time inside? No comparison, actually. Night and day. Tomayto tomahto. Dogshit sandwich, crème brûlée. Come on, SPRING.


34 Responses to “Going green”

  1. Naomi on April 27th, 2008 9:44 am

    YAY for spring! It’s been in the 80’s here this weekend. We are having a BBQ today with lots of organic vegan delights (and some meat for the meat-eaters) WHEE! :)

  2. Pam on April 27th, 2008 10:05 am

    God the grass? It blinded me. My grass is yellow by comparison.
    And also? Zoloft pumped directly into your veins is such a good idea.
    Ya’ll look so great!

  3. Emily on April 27th, 2008 10:14 am

    Am so, so jealous. I will trade you an orange day for a green one … come on, orange is such a FRIENDLY color! Soon enough, though.

    You all look so lovely and content. Seriously, it’s kind of Zen-ifying just to glance at that photo.

  4. bleeding espresso on April 27th, 2008 10:16 am

    What a gorgeous family photo! I did wonder about the distance of Dylan, but I just figured it was his choice ;)

  5. Emily on April 27th, 2008 10:18 am

    I will never understand how some people can wander outside on a beautiful spring day wearing SOCKS. Especially with a lawn like that! But that’s just me, and I suppose I should go ahead and confess that in high school, when I went barefoot a lot, I also got a lot of warts.

    So, wait. Nevermind.

  6. Janssen on April 27th, 2008 10:34 am

    Wow that green is just ridiculous! I wish our lawn looked like that.

  7. mandy on April 27th, 2008 10:35 am

    I wondered who took that picture. I was thinking, awww,they have nice neighbors…I wish ours would pop by and take family photos for us..I feel better now.

  8. Jennifer on April 27th, 2008 10:51 am

    I might as well tell you, I’m moving to your backyard. Right there up on the grassy knoll in the top right corner of the picture. Seriously – what kind of steroids are you feeding your grass because it looks AMAZING. Our yard is brown and crusty with a few patches of gnarly weeds. I’ve seen better lawns in suburban Fallujah.

    Yay spring!

  9. Kate on April 27th, 2008 11:04 am

    I second that. As a fellow Pacific Northwesterner, I have been doing my own begging,pleading,praying,threatening,crying over our lack of springlike weather. Heck, we’ve had six damn long months of winter! I was afraid that that one day of beauty a couple weeks ago WAS our summer. Yesterday restored a small flicker of hope.

  10. Eric's Mommy on April 27th, 2008 11:15 am

    You said it, come on Spring!
    Of course today it’s pretty cold here….

  11. kalisah on April 27th, 2008 11:28 am

    OMG… ‘CSI actors’ – Totally! He’s like a little David Carruso. You should get him some mirrored shades and teach him to pull them off before making that face.

    Also? I realize the season’s pretty much over, but I think he might be growing out of those pants.)

  12. Marie Green on April 27th, 2008 11:54 am

    We had two really super totally awesome, ok flat-put GLORIOUS, but then it snowed on Saturday, and today… 35 and windy. There is something so satisfying- like on a cellular level- when the warm finally comes.

    Especially after months of the COLD with CHILDREN.

  13. sooboo on April 27th, 2008 12:53 pm

    That is a frickin green ass lawn. 92 degrees down here today!

  14. Heather C on April 27th, 2008 12:59 pm

    Spring? What is this “spring” of which you speak? It’s still freezing here. We had a friend stay with us this weekend. She only lives a few hours away, and has been wearing shorts and skirts and sandals for weeks. She was shivering with cold all weekend, because she figured the weather was the same here and only brought spring clothes.

    After the horrendous winter we had, I think Mother Nature owes us a lovely spring, but she seems to be holding out on us again.

  15. Ellen on April 27th, 2008 12:59 pm

    Hee hee! Pint-size CSI: Miami actors! Gotta get Dylan started on the David Caruso dramatic-removal-of-sunglasses early. :)

  16. Clueless But Hopeful Mama on April 27th, 2008 1:00 pm

    We’ve skipped spring here in So Cal and my grass looks like the patchy hair on a “bearded” 13 year old. So sad.

  17. alina on April 27th, 2008 2:11 pm

    Hey I just had a thought. Do you think maybe Riley’s suspicion is because he needs glasses? My brother made that face for a long time, until we got his eyes checked…

  18. Kate on April 27th, 2008 2:39 pm

    Riley + mirrored shades + The Who = teh win!

  19. Joanne on April 27th, 2008 2:53 pm

    You’re lucky that Dylan likes the outside. My daughter acts like I am dipping her toes in fire if we so much as step outside!

  20. warcrygirl on April 27th, 2008 4:37 pm

    I can just see Riley now wearing a pair of ass-kicking shades. If I weren’t so afraid I’d roll over a landmine or two I’d totally beg to roll around in your backyard. I only have a lawn like that in my dreams.

  21. Mims on April 27th, 2008 6:44 pm

    So. Jealous. We went outside to play out of desperation. In hats and mittens. It SNOWED here today!

  22. H on April 27th, 2008 7:03 pm

    Oh. My. God. I’ve been jealous of your green grass before, but we got 9 inches of SNOW this weekend and it SUCKS!! I am SO jealous of your green grass and warm weather – but I am happy for you, really.

  23. moo on April 27th, 2008 7:16 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous photo! It’s been spring down here for awhile, but I’m glad the rest of the world is catching up.

  24. Matt on April 27th, 2008 7:31 pm

    I’m living in northern England at the moment, which trumps Seattle for stupidest weather on earth. It’s now April 28th, and we’ve had one day that was semi-warm. The rest have been cold or rainy or both. It rains perpetually here, and when it doesn’t, the wind picks up and leaves you feeling like you want to die…

    But good times are ahead. Spring is here and I know, that in most places, people are enjoying it..:-)

  25. Corey on April 27th, 2008 8:18 pm

    Where’s that baby’s hat? Is he wearing sunscreen? Ok, sorry. Had to leave a dumbass comment. You guys look so happy. :-)

  26. biscuit on April 27th, 2008 8:28 pm

    I finally bought a SpeedLight for my D80 thanks to your rave reviews + awesome pix. I’m totally in love with my new toy! THANKS LINDA!

  27. Kristi on April 27th, 2008 8:59 pm

    Great picture! Wasn’t yesterday just awesome?!?!

    Truthfully, as a fellow large dog owner, the very first thing I thought was, “Damn, that’s a lot of area to pick up dog shit. Wonder how long that took before taking the kids out there?” lol

  28. Sarah on April 28th, 2008 5:16 am

    Beautiful family, beautiful day, beautiful picture. :)

  29. superblondgirl on April 28th, 2008 5:55 am

    Dylan looks less suspicious – didn’t Riley start off that way from the beginning? It’ll be more like good cop/bad cop, I think – one all angry and gruff, the other smiley with deadly gas. Or something. I need more coffee.

  30. Kim on April 28th, 2008 6:50 am

    One day was all we got! It was a tease because now it is raining again in Seattle. Bummer!

  31. Lidia on April 28th, 2008 7:09 am

    I just have to respond to Corey – maybe she snuck over here from ParentDish?? LOL ;) Just Kidding Corey!

    No sunscreen on babies till 6mos!!!

  32. ben on April 28th, 2008 11:41 am


    This is the last week of spring, here in Texas, I think we’re scheduled to start summer by the weekend and that will last until Turkey day (too hot to go outside, etc.)

    Beautiful picture!

  33. Anais on April 29th, 2008 10:38 am

    Now THAT is spring grass. Holy cow! That is green!!!

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