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I’m always looking for good books to add to Henry’s library. Currently I’m focused on a creating a little board book collection, and I recently picked up a little gem called Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett. It’s simple, beautifully illustrated, and perfectly silly.

I just love the apple-colored bear.





Hanging out with dad on the back porch, stealing mama’s glasses, weighing in at 20 pounds, 10 ounces at his last physical. He has officially doubled in size since he was born!

Every time we take a trip down Rt 67 to Vermont, we pass Bill Hodges’ antique store. The last time we made the trip, we stopped in to see if there were any treasures waiting for us.

I came home with an old deck of tarot cards, a vintage washboard sign, and some partially-faded cobalt thread. I was pretty pleased with my little haul, and it was lots of fun walking down aisles and aisles of antique treasures looking for little gems to take home. We’ll surely be stopping at Mr. Hodges’ store again soon. I can’t stop thinking about some beautiful vintage wood crates he had that would make excellent planters.






Five months. What a joyful age this is. Henry is so full of love and energy and baby-sized adventure. And those facial expressions – oh my!

So many changes seem to have happened this month. While just two weeks ago he would have flopped right over, now he can sit up straight with no assistance. Not for too long, of course, but it’s a big development. His finer motor skills are also developing quickly, and he’s become very precise with his grabbing. His favorite thing to grab is my face. He loves to give me big, sloppy kisses or pull my chin into his mouth. It’s slimy and drooly and totally sweet. It seems like he really understands silliness these days. One of his favorite things to laugh at is a little game called Stinky Feet. When we get him dressed or undressed, we sniff his little feet and then crumple our faces and let out an exaggerated “peee-ewww!” to which Henry cracks up with big baby giggles. He also loves to laugh at Rosie when she plays, and gets a real kick out of mama’s hiccups.

This little guy is growing right before our eyes. I’m trying to enjoy all the new things he can do, while also cherishing the things he can’t do because I know these sweet baby days will be gone before I know it and he’ll be walking and talking sooner than I’d like to admit.

Next month we start our next big adventure – solid food!

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1. I picked up Barnheart in Manchester, VT on a trip we recently made to Northshire Bookstore. I had just read this author’s book on keeping chickens, and her memoir seemed like a story I could relate to. And relate I did! Turns out, the author lives on her farm in the next county. 2. In honor of National Poetry Month, I picked up one of my favorite books of poetry. 3. Full of useful tips, I’ve been perusing Making It for advice on saving money, using less, and becoming more self-sufficient at home. 4. This is one of the most important books I’ve read recently. A great read about the impact of nature and spending time outdoors on the psychological and emotional health of children. I’m not quite done with it yet but I’m so glad I stumbled upon it.




This morning we took a short drive into Troy for some amazing Italian baked treats and a little thrifting. I picked up lots of pretty white ceramic dishes, a beautiful stoneware tray, a thermal pitcher, a bread pan, a globe, and a few other odds & ends for exactly $20. Plus Stu found a gorgeous turquoise blue vintage Schwinn that’s just the right height. A good Sunday morning if you ask me!

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A few weeks ago I joined lots of lovely ladies in Vestal to celebrate my dear friend Julia’s bridal shower. It was a wonderful day, full of laughter, friendship, family, and wedding chitchat. Before the shower, Julia’s sister Laura sent an invitation to everyone with a note requesting that they bring a special recipe as part of a community shower gift. In keeping with the theme, the sweet favor bags Laura assembled contained a special recipe from her to all of us. The recipe was for a lemon icebox pie, and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’m not a big pie-maker or pie-eater, but I love a good cold pie. I made it as soon as I got home, and it was positively delicious. Only one problem: it never actually became pie. I think it may have been my embarrassing inability to patiently whip cream to the proper consistency, but it just never set. Even in a cup, it was one of the best pies I’ve ever had. Turns out, I’ve got a bit of a thing for lemon. It was especially good for breakfast with a a hot cup of coffee and a baby on my lap. I’m going to give it another try soon and post it here soon after so you can all experience the lemony goodness of Laura’s lemon icebox pie!

This post is about two whole weeks late.

Life has been…busy. Busy and changing and quiet and settled all at the same time. The library is demanding, but it’s also peaceful and friendly and thoroughly enjoyable work. Henry is joyful and sweet and playful, and less predictable than ever. I suppose no one ever said babies were too predictable. Over the past few weeks, Henry has started to do a whole lot of things. He grabs onto objects (not to exclude your mug of hot coffee, the dog’s ears, or every single library book I try to scan with him on my lap) with increasing precision, and he is starting to love his toys. About a week ago, he began, with feverish intensity, to try to blow bubbles. I had read that blowing bubbles is a little baby milestone at 4 or so months old, I thought it just kind of happened. I had no idea he would work so hard. This kid will spend every minute he’s awake with his lips pursed making funny little sounds trying as hard as he can to blow bubbles. He has succeeded a few times, and it’s completely adorable. More so because I know he’s been working so hard at it!

This month also brought a fun heat wave our way. For about a week in March, it hovered around an unseasonable 80 degrees here in upstate New York. It was a brief glimpse into the fun we’re going to have this summer – chubby baby legs, sun hats, and walks through the woods around the lake. I think all four of us (Rosie included) are pretty excited about that.