We are still alive.
June 13, 2013

Evelyn’s first taste of food was a mulberry, plump and dark on my parents’ tree.  Two weeks later, I found a ripe boysenberry perched in the middle of our bramble.  I tiptoed through the patch and plucked it and squished it between my fingers and let the baby take it off my fingers at her own pace.

She has tried banana, tomato, carrot, mulberry, boysenberry, loquat, zucchini, and sweet potato.  Boysenberry is her favorite.  She likes them bitter and barely ripe and warm from the sun.  And when her face is covered in the juice and she is smiling happily at me, I feel like the luckiest woman in the world.

Charlotte will be four in a few weeks.  This year Charlotte asked us if we could celebrate her birthday and if she could have a party and if it could be like the circus.  I said yes, baby, of course we can.

She is finishing up her first year of preschool and her French is phenomenal.  We raised silkworms this year and gave some to her teacher for the class.  They are all in cocoons right now, still and snug, and we are counting down the days until they burst forth.  Charlotte is very curious about them and asks to see the cocoons every morning.

A few days ago, Charlotte learned how to catch a ball for the first time.  We have tried to work on this skill before but she has never shown interest until now.  Donald was over the moon.  He bought a tiny little mitt for Charlotte and every afternoon they play catch together in the yard.  Sometimes I peek out at them and I think that these moments are the reason I became a parent.


What a difference two years makes!

My e-mails tell me that people are wondering where we are and what we are doing.  Some of you are worried that we are dead or that someone is ill or that something is very wrong.  Thank you for your concern – and I am so sorry to leave you hanging!

We are busy, so there is less time to blog.  We are tired, so there is less energy.  And right now we are dealing with a very complicated personal matter, so there is less inclination.

But we are alive and we have our health and I miss blogging and our lives are mostly the same as always, so I will try not to neglect this blog quite as sorely in the future.  Pinky promise.


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  1. By on June 14, 2013

    Boy do I hear you!  Whenever you double your kids you quadruple your chaos :). Hang in there!

  2. By on June 14, 2013

    Good to hear from you. I thought it was just life getting in the way of blogging but it is good to hear you confirm that.  Thank you for taking time in your busy life to share a few moments with us. Family is first, always.  Hugs to all of you.

  3. By on June 14, 2013

    I’m glad to hear from and see your beautiful girls. I just assumed you were off somewhere private pooping in your pants!!!

  4. By Sarah Christensen on June 14, 2013

    Julie G - GAH!  That made me blush!  LOL.

    Actually, last week Donald and I watched “Hunger Games” on Netflix and settled in with some snacks.  Anyway, I was nursing the baby so when I dropped a piece of chocolate I didn’t want to move and wake her so I decided to get it later.

    Only then I forgot and I shifted positions and wound up sitting on it and it melted and I had a big chocolate stain on the couch cushion and my pants.  I was really bummed out and I muttered something under my breath about how now it looked like I’d pooped in my pants.

    Donald instantly goes: “At the grocery store?“

    Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

  5. By Roar Sweetly on June 15, 2013

    I pop in on your blog every now and then to see how you are. It’s crazy for a while when you welcome a second child into the brood (I worked out that 1 + 1 doesn’t equal 2!) Love the poop in the supermarket story but mostly love the tone of the post…so down to earth. Your girls are growing up beautifully.

  6. By on June 18, 2013

    Evie is going blonde :) I just had my LO two weeks ago, and she has a full head of dark brown hair just like E did. My oldest had no hair and when it finally came in at 1 1/2 it was blonde. So I’m curious to see if his sister will remain brown or go blonde.

  7. By Ellery on June 18, 2013

    Is your picture on The Stir from June 5th?

  8. By Sarah Christensen on June 18, 2013

    Ellery - I don’t think so?  If it is, they didn’t talk to me about it.  I wouldn’t even know how to find that out?

  9. By Ellery on June 18, 2013

    I’ll email it to you. Let me know. It looks like you nursing probably Charlotte, but maybe it’s Evelyn. Or maybe it’s not you at all. Haha.


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