Temperate

Published on Wednesday January 9th, 2013

The new year opened with a sparkling clear day, which I like to think is a good omen. I have some dreams for this year, although I’m still raking them out of the clouds and seeing what kind of a pile I might be jumping into. More on that to come. 2012 was a year of hard swimming for our family—with a favorable current, happily, but it’s been breathless effort at times, especially for my husband as he steers his start-up through a rapid expansion. I’ll be the first to say it’s a good problem to have, and I’m terribly proud of the way he has handled the incredible demands of his work without giving up family time, but I truly hope 2013 will be a year to settle and breathe just a little bit more.

January 2 brought us a rare snow flurry, and this time I was quick enough to bundle the bairns out of doors before the tiny flakes had vanished entirely. We tried to catch them on our tongues. (You’ll have to take my word for it that there actually were snowflakes, as the photographic evidence would suggest otherwise.)

One of my hopes for this winter is to get up to the mountain at least once so Ada can taste the joys of snowballs and -men and -angels. (Also I suspect I’d be missing out on a rite of parenting passage if I didn’t have to whip a toddler back out of her cold-weather gear in time for a dash to the potty.) It’s one of my only regrets about our temperate, sea-level home, that there isn’t a real winter. My New England blood makes me pine for ice skating and skiing and snow shoeing. (I’ve never even been snow shoeing, but I’m convinced I’d love it.) On this day, it was excitement enough to scamper about our bare yard with tongues—two human, one canine—lolling. Baby Jolly, hastily swaddled in several layers of wool, took it all in and didn’t judge.

(Pikku-Pete cap still fits! Mama will be so sad when it doesn’t.)

4 Comments to “Temperate”

  1. Jennifer Comment Says:

    My goodness! What a beautiful baby!!

  2. Elisabeth Comment Says:

    You WOULD love snow-shoeing! It is the best! Awesome photos. 🙂

  3. Seanna Lea Comment Says:

    Ada looks cheerful in her tongue catching expedition. It looks like a lot of fun.

    I know it isn’t much consolation, but the last of our snow from a few weeks ago has almost completely melted away in the burst of warm weather that is rapidly melting my husband’s backyard rink. It is hard to feel like we are actually in New England with all of the warm weather we’ve been having.

  4. Kristyn Comment Says:

    Oh my those blue eyes are killer.

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