Wednesday, January 23

New year, new name

January 1
Office Doorway
We started off our 2013 very productively. First, we recorded our height in the door jam that will someday be repaired. Second, we cleaned out the office and threw out tons of old and unneeded paperwork. Stuff like that feels real good.

January 2
Adah's Room
Checking in on this kid. Her latest trick: feet grabbing.

January 3
Family photo. We only have one chair in front of the computer so when we are looking at something together, I get Andy's lap. And apparently Z gets mine.

January 4
Side Patio
Splitting some kindling. He does look like he's about to go vampire hunting or animal sacrificing.

January 5
Nate's House
I borrowed this photo from Katherine. She'll probably never know it. It's a fancy celebration of Bekah's thirtieth!

January 6
Washington DC
Guest contributor, Andy, was in our nation's capital visiting friends and seeing the sights. Here are two strangers also seeing the sights.

January 7
I had a lasagna party, Andy had a venison pie party, and then we had a dinner party with Robbie, Julia, and Jasmine!

January 8
Burger Bach
This place is the talk about town, or at least the bakery at Whole Foods. Some people have been known to go three times a week for a burger with all kinds of toppings. On my first and only visit so far, I had a veggie burger (naturally) covered in all kinds of stuff including avocado and bacon (also naturally).

January 9
I got my new license in the mail. Note my new name! Also note that I had my hair back so I look like a man!

January 10
Dauphin Island (June 2011)
This is a picture of my mom and two of her sisters at our yearly family beach vacation. Kathleen on the left and Carolyn in the middle. They are both no longer with us. Kathleen passed away in October of 2011 and Carolyn passed away today. It was fast and no one was ready (if there is a such thing as being ready). It's heartbreaking for all of us they have left behind, but it must be so fun for them to be together again. There are so many things in my life that remind me of each of them and I am so lucky for that.

January 11
Elisabeth gave me an orchid to celebrate Carolyn. She also gave me M&M's and beer (to go with popcorn). A true care package.

January 12
Pony Pasture
Can you believe I had never been here before? It's, like, the most talked about Richmond destination in warm-weather times. I came on a foggy Saturday morning and had the place nearly to myself.

January 13
Celebrating Meg's birthday with the family!

January 14
A new knitting project that's not nearly as time-consuming or time-sensitive as Andy's sweater. What a relief.

January 15
Day off = delicious breakfast.

January 16
That's Andy holding me upside down by the legs trying to look strong and fierce.

January 17
Living Room
Our first snow of the year! Which happened to result in our first power outage of the year and our first domino game of the year. For my domino-playing friends Jeta and Julia, I had to buy a new set of dominoes because apparently it is possible to lose a twelve-pound box of tiles.

Wednesday, January 2

wrapping up a pretty spectacular year

December 1
Schemmel House
Adah got a bunch of hand-me-downs so even though it was neither Halloween nor Easter, we had to put this chicken costume on her. I mean, look at those feet!

December 2
Our Christmas decorating began with the Weiner Schnitzel, as it is known in these here parts.

December 3
Peter Chang's
Natasha shows off her "pancakes."

December 4
Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department
We clearly don't have to drive two and a half hours just to get a Christmas tree. Richmond does sell them also. But it's our tradition: Pick out a tree and see old friends! 

December 5
Main Street, Purcellville
Our friend is buying an old pink Victorian-style house and pretty much starting from scratch. It might be a shame to say good-bye to some of these patterns.

December 6
Living Room
While watching PeeWee's Christmas Special and Christmas Vacation I got the tree all festive and ready for celebrating!

December 7
Living Room
Z's new sleeping spot. I think it is because there is a cat that comes to the front window in the middle of the night to torment her. She freaks out, tries to attack it through the glass, and I wake up from the raucousness.

December 8
Mine is the top; Andy's is the bottom.

December 9
Butcher Block
After hours of cookie making with Sister and Adah, the cake stand and the Hooter are full. So is the freezer!

December 10
Emergency Adah time. Sister and Steven got the bug so I intervened and hung out with the babe for a couple hours. She resembles me, yeah?

December 11
Chocolate cake mustache. Oh the fun, it can't be contained. redfcrfdc. (I just typed with soup on my finger and that is what I got when I wiped it off.)

December 12
The end certainly seems to be in sight. Now I'm just concerned about all the messing up I did in the shoulder seam area...

December 13
The bakery Secret Santa party. Somebody knows me! I also got to unwrap a box inside a box inside a box inside a box inside a box inside a box inside a box inside a box inside a box inside a box to get to a hat.

December 14
Living Room
Andy's stocking always cracks me up. It's like Carhartt overalls. It even has utility pockets on the outside for small presents!

December 15
Otter Cove
Andy had been at the river for a couple days so I went down after work so I could spend his birthday with him. I brought Proper Pies (totally recommend!) and we went to his cousins performance of A Christmas Carol at the little theater in town.

December 16
Larkum House
I came back so I could make it to Eva's first birthday party! She wasn't super in to the chocolate cake.

December 17
Kuba Kuba
Andy's birthday dinner with Abe and his mom. The food was pretty good looking and good tasting.

December 18
Living Room
Family time commences with this lame photo. Andy's dad and I went to dinner and then watched Something's Gotta Give on Netflix. Kind of a funny movie to watch with your father-in-law.

December 19
We went to see The Hobbit in 3D with Abe and Tim (Andy's dad). The glasses fit pretty well over real glasses so that was nice.

December 20
Schemmel House
My folks arrive! My mom tried to force us to eat these cupcakes she brought all the way from Little Rock after we had just finished Chipotle for dinner. 

December 21
Schemmel House
Dinner Number Two. We ordered pizza.

December 22
Dinner Number Three. Abe, my parents, his parents. 

December 23
Krispy Kreme
Andy, Mom, and I did some shopping and then went to Regency for the annual Smith/Peterson Santa visit. Afterward, we had to go to this place to buy a gift certificate for someone, but they were out. So we had to buy a fresh donut and eat it instead.

December 24
Brother Schemmel House
Christmas Eve church and dinner with Anna's in-laws. This is when the kids were about to go to bed but they had to sing and dance along to the Santa song first. They were so excited it was so dang cute. Mrs. Claus even called them on the phone.

December 25
Schemmel House
Uncle Andy playing with Adah on her first Christmas morning. 

Peterson House
Elisabeth put these popper/shooter things in our stockings. We had a popper battle for easily an hour.

I made it! I literally finished the last stitch ten minutes before Christmas dinner. Andy shows off how well it fits and how weird it doesn't look! I think I'm a little bit proud of it.

December 26
The day-after-Christmas lounge. It was a cold, rainy day so after my parents left, this is what became of us: a pile of blankets and movie watching fools in bed.

December 27
I woke up with the bug. And I slept with wet hair. This is a pretty accurate depiction of how I felt though. 

December 28
Day two of the bug was much better than day one. I even tried to go to work, but quickly realized that was a mistake. I finally felt up to getting out of bed so I watched Parenthood and started work on our thank you cards. 

December 29
COTU (or Code Two, according to me)
Day three of the bug was like it didn't even happen at all! That's not completely true, but you get it. Our friend, Mike came through town so we showed him some breweries. Like Center of the Universe (COTU) where you can play baggo while enjoying your fresh-brewed craft beer. Then we went to Hardywood.

December 30
Relaxing after a day of work. I don't read that much anymore. The subway was really good for that and now I have a hard time working it into my routine. But I did it! Next to the fire! And under a blanket! I didn't think it could get any cozier and then my cat came and sat next to me!

December 31
Larkum House
Our crazy New Year's celebration, potluck style. Seriously great food and a seriously funny game helped us all stay awake until the ball dropped. Side note: Andy made it out from the bathroom just in time for "one." He hadn't even finished buttoning his pants.