…been riding the metro a lot, just because TRAINS ARE LIFE for a certain toddler. Plus, the metro allows us to have an outing indoors for rainy days, and my wild child is surprisingly calm and still on public transport. We are especially into riding the metro to the airport, getting coffee, and letting Henry watch the planes from the main hall (pre-security), or grabbing lunch at Chick-Fil-A. …been building a lot of forts. Pillow forts, blanket forts, book forts, chair forts- Henry can’t get enough. And I can’t get enough of being invited inside to snuggle. … been going to the doctor way too much. The back-to-school germs have slammed Capitol Hill hard, and an especially nasty strain of HFMhad Henry the sickest I’ve ever seen him. It went away, ultimately leaving a double ear infection with a side of pinkeye. …been really thankful that the full time jobs I applied for this fall didn’t pan out. My part time position does not make any money after childcare, but it gives me time for the train rides and the forts and the doctor visits and the cuddles and the books and the discipline and the growing and stretching and learning that our family is doing right now.
- "Art rediscovers, generation by generation, what is necessary to humanness. " -John Gardner
Lately, on InstagramLast night we had a cookie picnic under the Christmas tree. We used pull apart cookie dough that may have been licked by a toddler in the process. Henry insisted on wearing a football jersey over his pjs and told us that his favorite part of the Christmas story is when the shepherd gets eaten by the chicken. 🧐 Right before our picnic we had to clean glass out of the floorboards because an energetic toddler got excited at dinner. Etta was hanging on by a thread after a day of crap naps. Which is to say, last night we had a moment of beauty and calm in the midst of chaos. Which is to say- Christmas.I had some major parenting fails today. But ignoring that rope and letting Henry stick his face right up against the trains was definitely a parenting win. [Also, Henry is standing in one of several Spots Where Hannah Tried Unsuccessfully To Orchestrate Her Own Engagement -December 2011. They basically constitute a lesser known Christmas tour of the city.]