Friday, December 07, 2012


Copyright Monica L. Shulman
Having a post-nap discussion regarding whether to read The Little Engine That Could or Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! first.  A growing tradition.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about traditions and celebrations.  The traditions we had growing up and the ones that my husband and I have slowly been creating over the last 11 years that we've been together and especially since the baby was born.  This year, like every other year, we went to pick out a Christmas tree on the corner of where we live.  We checked out a few, haggled a bit and then carried the winner to our building.  Actually I carried the kid and my husband carried the tree!

When her dad put the last ornament, a giant crown that my mom bought me what seems like a million years ago on the very tippy top of the tree, Lucia hugged me so tight.  Her eyes were glowing from the twinkle lights on our tree when she looked right at me and in her sweet, small voice said "Mommy I see me in your eyes".  I had a flashback to my own mom and how my sister and I would sit with her on the floor every Christmas.  There are so many pictures of all of us together doing things that seemed like nothing but that now I realize were everything.  I gave my baby an enormous hug and kiss and she started applauding and we were all so excited that the three of us started to clap in the middle of our living room.  Why not celebrate everything?  Tis the season after all.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are some links from around the web.

A lament for the photo album.  I especially loved reading it since I wrote this a few weeks ago.

Famous pictures made into arms-length self-portraits.  This is awesome.

A recipe that includes two of my kid's favorite things via who else but the Smitten Kitchen.  God, I love that woman.  Roasted pear and chocolate chunk scones.

Whimsical street art.

Speaking of whimsy...the Adorable Flying Henry book is here!

The best photography blog posts of 2012 according to Photoshelter.

A holiday gift guide that include a tiny, wooden camera for the three and under set.

I discovered this wedding photographer the other day by pointing and clicking and procrastinating my way through research for a new project.  I have no clue how I found him but I wish I was having another wedding so I could hire him to photograph us.  Damn you, Pinterest!

Speaking of Pinterest, I think this is my favorite pin of the week.

Everyone has their own recipe for chicken noodle soup and I'm kind of in love with this one.  So simple.  So delicious.

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