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Watch as our 1923 rowhouse goes from crappy to less crappy.

Serious blog fail

So it’s been a really long time since I’ve updated this thing. Here’s the garden and the beautiful green back door. There’s lots of other stuff to document. Maybe I’ll get to it.

Thinking about…

Black bathroom floors. I dream of someday having a half bath on the first floor of our house, so I can go to the bathroom without going up or down the stairs. It’ll probably be close to never before we have one—especially after the torture of this last round of home improvements—but I can’t help myself. Black hex tiles on the floor are the perfect little tweak to a classic bathroom.

Jack’s Birthday

The cake was lopsided, but otherwise, the party went well. I’ve never seen Jack have so much fun. And the dinosaurs had party hats, which basically makes Jack’s second birthday party the best party ever.

Jack’s Birthday: A Preview

Jack will be 2 on March 8, so I’m prepping for another party. That means making a test cake—or in this case, making a second test cake. The first one I made just didn’t do it for me at all. This time, I went all out and used a recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar. Lots of food bloggers have been doing Milk Bar challenges because the stuff they make is so crazy—and apparently crazy good, though I’ve never eaten there. The Milk Bar’s birthday cake looked like the perfect cake for Jack’s birthday (I found the recipe here). It involves some uncommon ingredients, such as glucose and citric acid, and it also involves making these amazing, crunchy cake crumbs, which I could eat all by themselves. My first try wasn’t too bad, but I can definitely improve on the presentation.

I am more pleased with the look of Jack’s birthday shirt. Last year, I went with a simple “1,” but this year I got a little more creative. It’s not hard to guess what the party theme is. I can’t wait to tell you what we do with all those tiny dinosaurs (besides play with them day and night).

Keith’s Birthday
Going to the Super Bowl was Keith’s big birthday gift. We also went out to dinner and a movie. But Jack and I painted a birthday cake for him, too. I let Jack do all the painting (as you can probably tell, especially if you compare it to our inspiration).

Keith’s Birthday

Going to the Super Bowl was Keith’s big birthday gift. We also went out to dinner and a movie. But Jack and I painted a birthday cake for him, too. I let Jack do all the painting (as you can probably tell, especially if you compare it to our inspiration).

The Best Gifts
For Christmas, my sister, Katie, made us this adorable family portrait. I finally hung it in the upstairs hallway. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s not a drawing—it’s a paper collage, which gives it a nice 3-D effect. Everyone seems to be into the portraits on Etsy these days, but this is way better.

The Best Gifts

For Christmas, my sister, Katie, made us this adorable family portrait. I finally hung it in the upstairs hallway. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s not a drawing—it’s a paper collage, which gives it a nice 3-D effect. Everyone seems to be into the portraits on Etsy these days, but this is way better.

Jack’s Monthly Photo

Jack turned 23 months old yesterday. Only one month left until he’s 2. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by. (And I also can’t believe how old I sound.)

The back door, with better light. That shade of green is killing me. It’s so great.

The back door, with better light. That shade of green is killing me. It’s so great.

Small Victories

This latest round of home improvements has been dragging on for way too long. And, sadly, it’s still going. But we are making small steps toward completion. They finally put up the porch light that I bought so long ago. And I’ve included a very badly lit photo of the not-quite-finished back door.

Jack’s Monthly Photo
Jack turned 22 months old on January 8. Yes, I’m way behind on posting this. But I think this photo makes up for the delay. 

Jack’s Monthly Photo

Jack turned 22 months old on January 8. Yes, I’m way behind on posting this. But I think this photo makes up for the delay. 

Family Stockings

I finally made Christmas stockings for the three of us. They were finished before Christmas, I promise. I made the stockings and the garlands from felt, and I cut the letters out of an Ikea curtain I never used. My sewing skills were never great, but I am seriously rusty, so try to ignore how misshapen the stockings are in some places.

Jack’s Monthly Photo
Jack turned 21 months old yesterday. Two is almost here. He’s speaking in short sentences now, knows all his colors, and is even starting to count things.

Jack’s Monthly Photo

Jack turned 21 months old yesterday. Two is almost here. He’s speaking in short sentences now, knows all his colors, and is even starting to count things.

This is starting to look good. And the door only has tinted primer on it so far.

The house improvements are slowly moving along. Now if we could just get some trim around the door so that the cold air isn’t just rushing into the house.

Jack turned 20 months old on Friday. Better late than never with the photo, I guess.

Jack turned 20 months old on Friday. Better late than never with the photo, I guess.