Alaska Rosalie
How you know that your child is Alaskan… Her cousin gave her a drawing of a beautifully rendered female figure with an elaborately detailed dress and coiffure.  My daughter was touched and pleased and wanted to reciprocate.  Her drawing is a polar bear eating a seal in the snow.  Obviously.  I think it is the bloody muzzle that really brings this tableau to life.

How you know that your child is Alaskan… Her cousin gave her a drawing of a beautifully rendered female figure with an elaborately detailed dress and coiffure.  My daughter was touched and pleased and wanted to reciprocate.  Her drawing is a polar bear eating a seal in the snow.  Obviously.  I think it is the bloody muzzle that really brings this tableau to life.

Best birthday card ever.  Made to welcome home her new baby sister.

Best birthday card ever.  Made to welcome home her new baby sister.

Not so little becomes middle…

Not so little becomes middle…

New York in July: picking plums for jam… (photos RML, me, WBP)

New York in July - Another birthday while waiting for the birth day…

New York in July - Another birthday while waiting for the birth day…

New York in July:  Wineberry pies and a magic show for my father’s birthday.

Some catch up photos from July…   (Photo RML).

Some catch up photos from July…   (Photo RML).

Welcome to our adventure, little one… (Photo WBP)

Welcome to our adventure, little one… (Photo WBP)

Letting the chickens out in the morning -  She and my uncle spend a fair amount of time trying to figure out where the chickens are hiding their eggs.  The chickens appear to be quite inventive despite their small brains. (photos by my Mom).

Coming into the home stretch here.  Lordy but it is hot.  (Photo by my Mom)

Coming into the home stretch here.  Lordy but it is hot.  (Photo by my Mom)

Slip and Slide -  Alas, not recommended for the 9 months pregnant. (This is a video).

Learning to swim without her water-wings.  She is swimming with my uncle.  I can remember him teaching me to swim.  She is much braver and more confident than I was.

AlaskaRosalie on Maternity Leave - We are staying with my family and waiting for this baby to make her appearance.  I am happily reliving the sultry summers of my own childhood.  Here we are, catching frogs in the pond.  I am certain that I caught the great-great-many-time-great grandparent of this handsome fellow myself when I was their age.  

The Girls And The Machine - We had a little dirt work done around the timber frame.

The Girls And The Machine - We had a little dirt work done around the timber frame.

Rainy day craft: cereal box masks…

Rainy day craft: cereal box masks…