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monday favorites: on thursday

monday favorites, along with our little family, took a holiday in honor of martin luther king, jr. this week. we ventured to the home of some lovely friends where we made a snowman, frolicked in the snow, ice skated on the neighborhood pond (i know) and made and ate a ton of sushi. 


tuesday chip flew across the country to shoot a commercial. eve woke up and burst into tears when she saw only charlie and me in our double bed. taking some comfort from the letters- complete with cartoons of the girls- that chip had left for each of them, eve decided to write a letter of her own to her daddy. as she dictated the letter to me (later to be copied in her own writing) she could hardly keep from total break down. she made it through the morning and went off to school with the news of her daddy's departure to share with teachers and classmates. 

clearly, a paper chain was in order. we love the paper chain countdown. to anything, really, but especially for a loved daddy's return. six little circles linked together and hung in the window to encourage my sad little girl who cannot stop telling me "i just didn't want my daddy to fly on that plane to california." she was giddy as she clipped off the links for wednesday and thursday. and i was a little bit, too. things really are better with a paper chain. 


an hour after i typed the above i walked out of the kitchen to find an empty window, paper chain scraps on the floor and scissors in an ecstatic ruthie's hands. "mommy! now it's evie's birthday! now it can be here!! hooray!" i love barely-three-year-olds. eve will not be happy. but at least now we we have a reason for another, much longer, paper chain.


more diary entries to come for next week's "monday favorites." more awesomeness from young chip. also, when i get the chance i'll put together the quilt tutorial. you will laugh with glee, it's so easy. 




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Well I'm sorry your girls are sad, but we are happy! Because we actually get to see Chip in person tonight! Hooray!

JR was on a trip last week, and we had fun taking photos of the kids holding signs up (like "I MISS MY DADDY!") on my phone and then JR would send back photos from his phone too (I MISS YOU TOO!)..

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

what a great idea, I've never thought of a countdown paper chain. What adorable girls.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercrysto

great idea, i am going to use that one for many things... I love the girls snow picture, so so cute!, ugg I just want to squeeze those girls!!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

cute pictures. i can't wait for the quilt tutorial!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin



1. I love paper chains too! :^[)
2. Eve cutting it down totally cracks me up
3. your observations of your family makes me smile so much!!!


January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterroxy

Ruthie just cracks me up! What a power... so confident and free-thinking! Love her! GREAT idea with the chain links to countdown... where did you come up with that? brilliant. Love and miss you.. keep the adorable pic's coming!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermom

Oh, I hate watching my kids upset over Daddy being gone. Give them extra hugs from me. We know how they feel.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

I love the countdown-chain idea. We usually have candlelight dinners when daddy is out of town...
I'm really looking forward to the quilt tutorial!!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPascale

aww! your girls are so precious! that paper chain is such a great idea! Can't wait for your quilt tutorial!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

what's happening? how is one family so impossibly darling? when is this blog going to be featured in some fun magazine? seriously. that snowman? ice skating on a pond? paper chains? have we ever done paper chains with the kids? no. when one of us goes out of town, the nonverbal message is: suck it up kids, this is a lot harder for me than you. how cute is it that eve burst into tears when chip wasn't in the bed in the morning? i wonder if our kids are attachment disorderd. the only time they cry for the other parent is when they are hurt or going to time out. they are also uber excited when babysitters come over and don't even bat an eye that we are leaving. ha! anyways, i just love visiting your blog, even if i do feel like i'll never get a grasp on all the creative wonderful ways you guys live life.

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