I took a shitload of mundane photos today in order to participate in this Flickr pool, which I was thinking would be kind of a nice distraction — a LARK! — and really, I mostly just ended up getting my camera wet, and then it took forever to resize and process the images, and THEN after submitting some of the photos to the Flickr thing I got an auto-rejection because the camera’s date was wrong, so I had to manually reset the date on everything, and jesus, anyway, here’s some BORING PHOTOS OF MY THRILLING DAY.

Waking up this morning. Another snow day! Hey, this stopped being exciting about, oh, 48 hours ago.

I remember when breakfast was really quiet and involved reading the whole paper. I guess I prefer the new version, though.

Ohhh. Mmm. Mmmmmm. What? Ufffffff, god, it’s not even right how much I love coffee these days.

Okay! *brisk clap* Time to tidy up around here. Dylan, you put away the knives.

Riley, you pick up your room. Dylan, you can help by trying your damnedest to locate any of the small, choking-hazard type toys.

I’ll pick up some of the many books cluttering my nightstand. Yes, that IS Gossip Girl, shut up, at least there’s some zombie stuff in there too.

All right, time to leave the house before we all kill each other! Here I am performing the Last Minute Um I Think the Baby Might Be Hungry maneuver.

Very glad JB put studded tires on the truck a couple weeks ago before his trip to Bend.

“Mom! Moommm! Take a picture of my BURRITO BLANKIE.”

Dude. This poor girl needs a burrito blankie of her own.

Now this guy? Just kind of a jackass. No sympathies for your likely discomfort, sir.

We went to Fred Meyer’s and it was nearly empty, which was profoundly eerie. That place is NEVER empty, and this weekend would normally be a complete madhouse. The tinkling, echoey holiday music made me think of post-apocalyptic movie scenes where corpses would be lining the aisles and the heroes would tiptoe gingerly around them in their search for non-perishable food items. (To be clear: no corpses today! Just poinsettias for 50% off!)

Obligatory Self Portrait in Truck Window.

We ate lunch at Ivar’s for the second day in a row. I know, fast food, blecch, but it’s close by and kind of loud and Dylan likes the clam chowder.

Also, there are crayons.

Frozen Lake Sammamish, taken in a nearby Fancypants We Have a Killer View and You Don’t neighborhood.

On our way home we saw a car stuck in a parking lot and JB stopped to talk with the driver. He offered to give him a tow, but dude was driving a lowered PT Cruiser (too low for tire chains) with a custom lowered bumper, so the tow chain couldn’t be hooked on. How you like your goofy too-low-for-speed-bumps ride NOW, hipster?

After naptime, it started snowing again. And snowing. And snowing. My god, I have never seen anything like this in the Northwest.

What to do but bake some more? Tonight I made a variation of this fantastic recipe without the chocolate and adding clove, cinnamon, nuts, and cranberries. Both versions are wonderful, but the original is the one you want to do for Christmas. SO GOOD OH MY GOD.

Dylan likes to hang out in the kitchen while we’re in there, gnawing on everything except teething toys.

Pre-bedtime snuggles.

Hee. Cuteness.

After we put the kids to bed, JB and I tromped outside a bit, and took this picture of our house. The snowbound saga continues, but we’re managing to stay pretty happy.


44 Responses to “Day in the life”

  1. Cari on December 21st, 2008 11:08 pm

    I love all of your photographs.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jenn D on December 21st, 2008 11:11 pm

    Beautiful pictures.

    I know, I know…snow out there is DIFFERENT. It’s HEAVY. And WET. And y’all aren’t prepared for it….but I would kill for some of your weather. It’s always warmer when it snows, and it’s damned cold in Saskatchewan right now. (-46 celsius, anyone?)

    Anyways, beautiful pictures, and your boys are adorable. If You’ve not arranged marriages for them already, I have two lovely girls who are close in age…. :)

  3. honeybecke on December 21st, 2008 11:12 pm

    A day in the life, what fun! And a snowy day at that. I like the progression. It’s like we were all along for the ride today, you know, just in case you got stuck and the monster studded tire truck wasn’t bringin’ it and needed a push or something. Always good to bring a few extra peeps along if not for the pushing then def for the extra weight in the back. Heh.
    Anyways, awesome pictures. I always love the orange glow of a pending snow storm.

  4. Sarah on December 21st, 2008 11:25 pm

    I love Sue Miller! Great book While I Was Gone. Always makes me wonder if I would have the guts to run away…nah probably not! They would find me too quick. I suck at hiding. : ) Love the blog and the pics are great!

  5. Pete on December 21st, 2008 11:29 pm

    What’s wrong with shorts? It’s not like it’s cold. Cold is flying into Denver in shorts when it’s 7 degrees out. Sitting on vinyl seats in the was the worst.

  6. Trina on December 21st, 2008 11:37 pm

    Dude we went to Fred Meyer today and it was a flippin mad house and they were out of EVERYTHING I needed.

    We went to Red Robin for dinner (YAY crayons and balloons!) and there was no one there. That totally made up for Fred Meyer.

  7. Jon Bell on December 21st, 2008 11:46 pm

    Isn’t it eerie how bright it is outside? I could read a book in my backyard right now.

    Also noticed you say “in the Pacific Northwest” with regards to the crazy snow. You were in Virginia for a while, right? DC/MD/VA got some killer snowstorms in the 80’s/90’s.

  8. Carol on December 21st, 2008 11:52 pm

    Yeah, I’ve been blogging non-stop too. Other than working from home for the fifth day in a row, what else is there to do… and this snow is so incredible! We have a good 18″ here!

    But Freddies, EMPTY?! I just saw a photo on Twitter of Freddies with lines all the way to the back of the store! You must have been out at we-have-young-kids-who-wake-up-at-ungodly-hours hours.


  9. Alexa on December 22nd, 2008 12:03 am

    I’m a bit over the snow but so happy I have AWD.

    We made it to the Seahawks game today. Left the Kirkland Park and Ride only to have our bus get stuck at 5th and Pike. So we walked. . .we made it to the game in the middle of the third quarter and Ivars was out of clam chowder. The bf though I was going to launch myself across the counter – I’m sure someday I’ll find it all very funny :)

    Ivars out of clam chowder? That’s like A&W being out of rootbeer. . .oh wait that’s happened before too :)

    Stay warm and safe!

  10. Jennifer on December 22nd, 2008 1:20 am

    Great photo journal day today, thanks for the fun!
    (1) totally with you on the coffee love.
    (2) that chick on the bike could be me (did she have studded tires?) her snowsuit is awesome. But OMG girl, wear some ear warmers and probably a balaclava judging by how red your poor face is.
    (3) Ivar’s isn’t fast food, it’s good local food!
    (4) Is Lake Sammammish really frozen? Really?
    (5) Dylan’s face in “cuteness” – adorable.
    (6) So what’s Seattle going to do if this keeps up? They can’t just close businesses and stop buses and have snow days for a month. It’s already sorta been a week, right? Bizarre. What do Minnesotans do?

  11. JMH on December 22nd, 2008 3:36 am

    Love this post! Also:

    1. When you have young children, I think your love of coffee multiplies.
    2. I live in Ohio and I see idiots where shorts in the snow / bitter cold ALL. THE. TIME. I just want to smack them.
    3. You know how you are feeling a bit sick and tired of the snow? That is how I feel in March when we usually get a huge snowstorm. That happens after 3 months of snow and it makes me crazy.
    4. At least you have gorgeous views and pretty Christmas lights to look at for now :)
    5. Your kids are adorable!

  12. Angharad on December 22nd, 2008 3:54 am

    Love The Walking Dead. Waiting impatiently for new issues!
    Have you read any “Y:The Last Man”? Not zombies, closer to McCarthy’s The Road but mostly not so bleak.

  13. Swistle on December 22nd, 2008 4:34 am

    OH SO FUN.

    Now I need some coffee.

  14. Hillary on December 22nd, 2008 4:57 am

    Love the snow picture. It’s so pretty.
    The boys are adorable. My favorite is the breakfast one — love Dylan’s sleepy eyes and bedhead.

  15. Eric's Mommy on December 22nd, 2008 5:54 am

    We got about a trillion inches of snow too, but that is normal for New England.

    Love this post, so cute!

  16. Michelle on December 22nd, 2008 7:04 am

    Gorgeous pics! What an adorable family. I’d love to see the final product of your baking… ;)

  17. Lori on December 22nd, 2008 7:12 am

    That girl on the bike – with all the panniers. Has she started on some cross country trip in the winter? That didn’t look like your normal Seattle bike commute.

  18. Amy on December 22nd, 2008 7:18 am

    I am so glad I found your blog. Not only can I relate to your experiences with your boys, having two that are similar in age, I also love hearing about Seattle. The snow is amazing. I’ve been living in the DC metro area for almost 8 years now, and am amazed to see all that snow in Seattle, when we haven’t had any here. I’m flying out there for New Year’s, so I hope some of it is still around. Your boys are adorable and I hear you on the coffee – I feel like I’m a zombie until I have my morning coffee. Today my day started at 4:45 thanks to my three-year-old who didn’t want to go back to sleep. So tired.

  19. Joy on December 22nd, 2008 7:24 am

    I was thinking of reading Gossip Girl, but I was afraid I was too, uh, mature to read it. And by mature, I meant someone older than the intended audience. I am glad to see someone of my “mature age group” has also read it. Now I have to go set my DVR to record the next episode of the show…

  20. Christina on December 22nd, 2008 7:28 am

    Mmmm Ivar’s clam chowder. Apparently I like fast food clam chowder too since I kind of drooled when you mentioned it :)

    The Snow in Seattle. That is wild. I live in Indiana and today it is just flippin’ colder then ahhh… something cold. No snow and it is supposed to be like 50 degrees for the next few days including a forecast of sunshine and 50-ish for Christmas day so that sucks my rump. The one time of year I actually like AND want snow. Apparently we live to far south for snow to occur at an appropriate time of year and winter generally makes an appearance around freaking Valentine’s day… Okay am I really babbling/complaining about this.

    Me likes your photos. Thank you for sharing (the coffee photo made me smile and feel all warm and happy and O.M.G. I love coffee to!) Oy, going now…

  21. Maria on December 22nd, 2008 7:34 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful family and beautiful photos.

    Are the Gossip Girl books any good? I am hopelessly addicted to the TV show. It’s shameful.

  22. Anonymous on December 22nd, 2008 7:45 am

    Am so jealous. I love snow. It used to snow all the time in North Carolina when I was little. And of course it NEVER snows here in Florida. Sucks. Oh well. I love seeing your pictures, though. And at least you’re getting out and about and not staying home eating too many cookies (although I’ll have to try that recipe!).

  23. Korinna on December 22nd, 2008 7:47 am

    “Diary of Ignities” is freakin’ great. Enjoy.

    Did you ever stumble upon his blog/website when he was posting regularly? Am not sure if it’s still up, but his posts on attending his family Christmas and a Renaissance Fair were wet-pants inducing.

  24. Colleen on December 22nd, 2008 7:52 am

    Ah, what a nice entry. Thanks.

  25. Niki P. on December 22nd, 2008 8:01 am

    I live in Upstate NY and we just came out of a snow filled weekend as well. 24 freaking inches from Friday afternoon until it stopped at about 10 last night. Un Freaking Believable!
    We watched the Civil War Butt Numbathon- Gettysburg and then Gods and Generals. We also hit the Wii pretty hard- Tennis, bowling, fishing- I RULE!
    Great pics, good times. Merry Christmas!

  26. nonsoccermom on December 22nd, 2008 8:50 am

    Awesome post! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: your kids are precious!

  27. Carrot Cake on December 22nd, 2008 11:15 am

    K, lady….I must know. What products, tools, techniques do you use on your hair? I have naturally wavy/curly hair too. Also, do you sweep your kitchen floor, like, constantly?

  28. Mo on December 22nd, 2008 11:45 am

    Ha! That dude in the shorts could totally be my husband, but only if he were wearing them with Sorrel SNOW BOOTS. Yes, he’s quite the fashion plate.

  29. jakesmom on December 22nd, 2008 11:47 am

    How do you like your VW truck?

  30. Anonymous on December 22nd, 2008 11:51 am

    Your day looks delightful!

  31. jen on December 22nd, 2008 12:05 pm

    Where did you get those pjs Dylan has on? Love them. Your kids are so adorable…burrito blankie.

    Such a good idea for a snow day. I am impressed you actually ventured out. I never go outside on snow days.

    What is it with babies and chewing on everything besides the teethers? Mine was happily munching on a box lid and a Christmas card yesterday. So weird.

  32. wordygirl on December 22nd, 2008 12:08 pm

    LOVE the caption about Dylan putting away the knives – too funny! We have been housebound for a week here too. Like you say, we’re just not used to this kind of weather in this area (I’m on Vancouver Island). I’m going a bit stir-crazy to say the least. As is Gwen: http://bloggingfortwo.blogspot.com/2008/12/gwenlog.html

  33. Trenches of Mommyhood on December 22nd, 2008 12:19 pm

    That poor bicyclist DEFINITELY had snotsicles.

  34. Janssen on December 22nd, 2008 1:03 pm

    Wow, that bread looks so so good. Definitely going to be making that soon.

  35. Angella on December 22nd, 2008 1:26 pm

    So. You pretty much have the cutest family on the Internet (aside from mine, of course).

    Also. I’m pretty sure we have the exact same dishwasher. Why I noticed that, I HAVE NO IDEA.

  36. MRW on December 22nd, 2008 4:21 pm

    My god, we passed stir crazy about two days ago and now full blown cabin fever has set in. Thank god the neighbor kid is my son’s age – they have been playing every day for two hours just so his parents and we can get some work done because we don’t actually GO to work anymore. It just keeps snowing and snowing and Portland can’t handle it. ACK!

    Also, why is there always at least one jackass who wears shorts every single day? I grew up in Massachusetts and all through high-school and college there was always some joker who wore shorts every day, even when temps were near zero. I mean I understand having a high body temperature, but that jut suggests total lack of nerve endings in the legs (or in college more likely extreme inebriation at all hours – both equally depressing).

  37. Olivia on December 22nd, 2008 4:56 pm

    I’ve been seeing the morons in shorts around town too. So crazy. This is my first winter in Seattle, and I know snow is generally a rarity around here, but geez, people…get some frickin’ pants already!!

    So I was actually commenting just to say I loooove “Diary of Indignities”. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a book in my whole life. And the author is still blogging, although very infrequently, at his new site: http://domesticatedshithead.blogspot.com/

    It’s a bit different from the Diary of Indignities stuff, but still very funny. He’s out of his mind…love it!

  38. Kari on December 22nd, 2008 8:29 pm

    That second to last picture – of Dylan and J.B.? OMFG. Did he go through a major growth spurt in the recent past? Like Riley, I can now see what he is going to look like as teenager.

    Great pics. Also, again, thanks for the oil-less turkey fryer tip. I ventured out to the Lowes on Rainier Avenue South and got the last two. Excellent.

  39. Scott on December 23rd, 2008 12:18 am

    The guy in the shorts–that’s me! Or at least I’d like that to be me! I have lived on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast since birth, and I insist on wearing shorts and flip-flops all year! But even here, I can’t do that (it’s in the 30’s outside right now)! If a leprechaun gave me three wishes, one of them might be imperviousness to cold!
    That way I could visit New York and London for Christmas!

  40. Alyson on December 23rd, 2008 10:19 am

    Made the Orange Chocolate chip bread last night (sans the chocolate chips, with dried cranberries and toasted pecans)….YUM! That’s going in my quickbread repetoire!

  41. Karin on December 23rd, 2008 11:10 am

    I love these pics! And just an aside, I scanned through the DILO pictures and of all the coffee shots – yours most definitely reigned supreme – since it forced me to go make a pot to enjoy almost immediately!

  42. Amy on December 25th, 2008 3:58 pm

    Obviously I am catching up and haven’t had a computer on in a few days!!! I love being on vacation…this working mom last worked on the 19th and doesn’t have to go back until the 2nd oh joy! But I digress. My boys just wanted to me to tell you that “What the hell….they have the same red chair and bean bag that we do!” yeah, great language for a 4 & 6yo! Hope you had a fabulous christmas and a very juicy cat, I mean ham.

  43. Josh on December 29th, 2008 2:54 pm

    1) I don’t think that’s a female on the bike, it looks a lot like a dude with tools and such. But what do I know, arctic peoples often look ambiguous. (Siberians, Eskimos, Seals, etc)

    2) There is nothing wrong with wearing shorts in the snow. I do. It’s probably because he’s a man and therefore not chilly in all temperatures under seventy five degrees. (like a certain other blanket hogging gender is, ahem ahem) We burn hotter because our manliness is powered by an internal man engine that uses a combination of nuclear energy, steam engines, and volcanic magma. Maybe TNT too, nobody really knows because everyone who’s ever tried to study pure manliness has died tragic and mysterious, lumberjack linked deaths. Turns out scientists aren’t manly enough under normal lab situations to handle it all, unless of course they are cartoon scientists, who always seem to turn out more bad-ass than the real thing.

    3) You look like a teenager in pigtails and it’s kind of weird. Well, not weird, but some other word that means the same thing but is less blunt.

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