Monday, March 7, 2016

Someone in One!

Time for some party hats! 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sorrow and Joy

It's been a rough few weeks. Back to back colds, our old cat having surgery, then having to have surgery again as she got infected, and then having to make the hard decision that is was time to let Miss Barkley go, at the grand old age of 15.5. She'd been getting progressively worse, stumbling went to falling, no desire to go for walks (not that she ever was much of a fan!), missing many food fall events, and taking a long time to eat. It was so hard, as still in the mornings she'd play like a puppy with your fingers, but her butt got lower and lower to the ground and it was obviously becoming hard for her. I'd always been told "you'll know when", but now i've been through it I don't think that's true. I think if we'd waited until we 'knew', we'd have waited to long. I didn't want her to get to the point of being in pain all the time, but it had got to the point of her having more bad times than good. Our wonderful vet came out to the house and helped us say goodbye, in front of the fire with a fistful of cookies. We already miss tripping over her every time we walk through the kitchen, as she was always there, ready for food fall. I feel pretty honored to have known Miss Barkley and had the opportunity to look after her retirement. She was a weird and yet amazing dog, so much personality rolled into a mix of fluff and growl. We did well together, we met Brandon, we had our little family (even before Dylan arrived), it'll be weird going on from here in Maine without her.

And then this happened the next day (planned that way so we could feel some joy again). His first birthday photos (we haven't seen them all, this is a "sneak peek"). Though timid at first, he warmed right up when the cake came out. Hard to believe our little monkey will soon be one. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


We got back from Alaska a few days ago, and have just about readjusted to East Coast time. We had a great time - my research went well, and Dylan is quite the easy traveller. I loved having my boys with me on this trip, made the 2 weeks far more bearable! Next stop, Sweden in April!

The pictures are in a weird order....not quite sure why....but....

Our hotel in Juneau

Having a swing in Boston pre-flight

Sleepy boy on the plane, he was so so good on all four flights! 

Luckily Alaska has his favorite yogurt! 

The Mendenhall Glacier

Daddy and Dylan out for coffee 

Out for a hike around the river. 

Walking on Mendenhall Lake

Mummy's dive gear is fun! 

The airport in Boston....diving and baby + ton of gear! 

Just going for a stroll....

The shrine

Mummy's science box is fun....

Reading about Alaska's bears

Someone loved playing in our kitchenettes cupboards...

The Shrine

Looking out over Douglas Island we saw humpbacks and Orca

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from Maine!

Some pics from the season and a promise to update more often! Little guy is growing fast, we all survived Antarctica unscathed, he's crawling and climbing up a storm (and pulling up on everything!), we're all headed to Alaska in January (I have fieldwork and we didn't want to be apart again!). Should be a fun year - hope you've all had a great 2015 and Christmas season!