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Happy Easter!

Last week was the usual whirlwind — I was raised by a church musician and am now married to one, so I have never known what it is like not to be s-w-a-m-p-e-d during Holy Week. Seth sang at seven services last week! (But it is my favorite week of the entire year, so I’m not complaining.) One day maybe I will be back with some substance… in the meantime, here we are on Easter!

(I can’t seem to make the above photo non-blurry; click on the photo to enlarge and see a better version!)

Anna had a great day singing hymns and sometimes choir anthems (sorry, choirs); enjoying the string quartet, brass, and percussion; charming fellow churchgoers; charming the staff at brunch; and exploring her Easter baskets from parents & grandparents. Here she is clutching her seasonally appropriate lamb and wearing Mama’s “vintage” (well, 1979 anyway) Easter dress.

Happy Easter!

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Happy anniversary!

Anna Justine was baptized one year ago today!

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Still here!

What a week. Last Friday Anna had her 12-month check-up, and was consequently fussy the next day. I thought it was from the shots, but then she got sick in the middle of the night on Sunday. I still thought it was from the shots… but then I came down with it. And then Seth did too. Anna recovered quickly and was blessedly snatched up by our fairy godmother my mom for a night at Nana’s (my dad was on a business trip) while Seth and I grappled miserably with the stomach flu. Think Charlotte and Harry lying on the bathroom floor. Thankfully, it’s all over now and we can turn our attention to enjoying the Winter Olympics!

And happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

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More birthday photos

These are especially for Em, who was wondering about cake. (Not surprising since E is something of a cake expert – hers are masterpieces!) Indeed there was cake. I opted for easy cupcakes, but the chocolate cake and chocolate frosting were delicious and showed up nicely in our little blondie’s hair. We think Miss Anna was wondering why we’ve been holding out on her so long…

And one shot from what we hope will be an annual tradition – my parents always took a photo of us on our birthdays (from 1-18) and it’s really fun to look back on the years. Anna is sitting in a chair that belonged to her Grandpa Hartwell when he was little.

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Happy birthday, Anna Justine!

How quickly she went from this…

… to this!

Last year at this time:

And this year!

Happy birthday to our sweet, silly daughter. We love you to bits!

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Back in the saddle

Today is my very first day working in the new decade. I have been thinking a lot about how far we’ve come in the past ten years. Ten years ago I was 22, working here (and not liking it all that much), and dating somebody else (whom some of my readers remember fondly, I’m sure). Fast forward a decade: I’ve gained a husband and a daughter; lost my brother, three grandparents, and a dear friend; am starting my fourth year working as an attorney. And I’ve gained innumerable other things: cherished friendships, a few pounds, and, I like to think, more inner strength and confidence. My thirties have certainly been wonderful so far. It’s funny to think that I thought I should have things all figured out by age 22! I don’t have them figured out now either, but at least I am wise enough now to realize that I’m still learning.

We spent New Year’s in Tempe, Arizona, where Seth cheered Iowa State to victory in the Insight Bowl and I went to IKEA. Funnily enough, we each thought we got the better end of the deal! It was a wonderful little getaway. Though I prefer the four seasons and winters that feel like winter, I have to admit there is something very alluring about palm trees in January! Photos to come…

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And some Christmas Day photos…

This ball is actually a cat toy – ahem.


Poor kitty – we took the tree down, so his safe refuge is now gone.

Many more photos are here. Merry [fifth day of] Christmas!

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