The boats are suspended in ice right now. Winter settled in last week with single-digit temperatures, treacherous roads, and excuses to stay in. And though it’s still cold, the sun came out again today, sweeping most of the ice remnants into shady corners.
We’ve been busy. Paint is being painted. Rooms and closets are still being organized. And G is doing so much amazing work that neighbors are stopping by to ask if he’s a carpenter, a builder, a home-fixer extraordinaire. One of our first priorities was a run for the pups — the days are long right now without a dog door and fenced yard. Long ago when I started saving pictures of what we were going to do at this house, I showed G several photos of horizontal cedar fences. He fell in love with a 3-D, mixed-width fence.
We couldn’t find anyone to build the fence for us — apparently, it’s “not traditional” — so G took on the project himself, from design to build.
And after days and days of hard work, G finished making an incredibly beautiful contemporary cedar fence. More than a dog-holder-inner, it’s a statement fence — part of the architecture of our house from this point forward.
I wish I could point to some equally amazing project that Nellie and I had been tasked with, but we haven’t been up to anything nearly so ambitious. We’ve definitely been busy, though. For starters, she’s been making cupcakes all day long.
And cooking shoes.
Over the past couple of weeks, Nell’s capacity for independent play has increased dramatically. We can almost always find her in her playroom these days, engrossed in her toys and happily narrating the entire experience to herself. Perhaps it is a coincidence of timing, and perhaps it is a result of more space and better organization of her stuff — everything is more accessible to her these days — but it seems that since we moved in, she has been growing up in leaps and bounds. And she’s happy. She’s really, really happy here.
And we couldn’t be happier either.
…we’re a little concerned…
…with her obsession…
…with all things girly.
Where did this come from??
I don’t have many good transitions tonight. My mind is tired, and my blogging is suffering. So instead of stretching to connect pictures, I’ll just post a few more.
G and Nellie shared an ice cream sandwich with sprinkles at dinner last night. She was hesitant at first, but eventually decided she really, really likes ice cream sandwiches with sprinkles.
She picked these out yesterday, and is obsessed with them. She’s kind of a funny kid.