Springing along

Spring is definitely in the air with balmy breezes and loads of rain. Gratefully the cool days have a bit of weight to them making them not so shivery. We are in full throatle bathroom remodel upstairs and have a new renter (in our previous guest bedroom) as of June! Future guests beware! We have plenty of space but do give us a wide heads up to ready for you!!! Meanwhile, treehouser is finally back at work again. And like every summer, looks to be busy well into the fall. I’m gonna have to figure out this cutting grass thing with two kiddos…trickier than you’d think.

The babes are both thriving at school making huge strides. Our wee family is quite content and cuddly. We are all thrilled for our new guest, Emily whom I’ve been working with since day one at Colgate. She is a welcome addition. The plan is for her to stay through December…but after that, all is unknown! Mystery abounds.

As for current activities, we celebrated Memorial day in the Catskills with our Treehouser friend, Christina and her friends and son (Hagan’s age!). It was quite the adventure of kids being wild in the rural country-scape while adults ate beautiful food in a beautiful place.

We are looking forward to a mid-June getaway to the Shore with the Yunkers to watch the mating ritual of the horseshoe crabs…. until then, I’ll be using my half day Fridays to…mow the lawn, perhaps?

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Working again….

After taking just over three months off… longest time off perhaps ever without a looming deadline of some significance, I am now back at work. The time off was initially a whirlwind but ended in some very quiet, solitary time. Treehouser has been able to stay home for the remainder of the month with the new babe. They are so close, it’s incredibly sweet. Sloane will start daycare with her brother this week…so, changes are afoot…again. Daddy will do some house fixes, go to Seattle for a minute then home again before driving off to another treehouse later this month in VA. So, solo parenting for two coming up…

Spring has been flirting with us while winter weather keeps checking back in…buds abound then snow.. we are looking forward to warmer weather and getting outside some more. We have started an initiative to make new friends and expand time with current friends… so, dinner parties, lunch outings have been on the agenda. We went to Natural history museum in The City with another family for a SUPER fun day, had dinner with a Seattle local and found a new family to play with in town. We are a buzz with the new found fun.

Hopefully, pix to come of outside fun and entertainment coming right up…

Until then….






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Our Snow Sparrow Winter 2016-17

December came in by house prepping for holidays and guests (The Yunker Grandparents and our friends dog, Rohn)… it flew by and the house guests were here for a month (the dog for only two weeks or so). It was all a bit much for me as I prepped for another baby but Christmas was really exciting for wee Hagan- I think it’s the first Christmas he really understood what was happening and he is still talking about it (even though it’s well past Valentine’s Day).

Kris and Tiffany were here all through the holiday but now that it’s the new year, they have left in different directions for greener pastures. Hagan misses them so very much. Tiffany became like a second mother or certainly a very close friend. We both miss her.

Our wee babe came into the world on January 8th, Sloane Aalahandra. Aalaha is Sami for Snow Sparrow and Alexander/Alexandra is SX family name- so, Aalahandra is a mashup of the two. She is so very different than the Hagan baby we knew so well- she is very particular, very social and wants nothing more than to stare at your face or surroundings. She is adjusting very well to night time and it seems like she’s already trying to tell us ‘hello’ and smile. She’s a little chunk of a muffin. All of her is such a departure from Hagan. Meanwhile, Hagan is LOVING the baby…and wants to snuggle and torture his little sister all damn day. It is quite a lot to handle but also very cute. I cannot wait for them to be able to play together without worrying for her life. I have been able to have this whole time off with Sloane and SX…which has allowed me a couple dates with Hagan solo… but all of that is coming to an end with SX headed off to a treehouse tomorrow. I still have some time off and will be practicing two kids solo… overall, it’s been a whirlwind of a year and I’m starting to look forward to having a normal work life again…. but will be easing into it mid-March.

enclosed are nearly 100 photos from all this time between posts:

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Fall to Winter

Fall to winter is a funny time around here. It seems that the summer just fades into crunchy leaves with tepid temps and then one day out of the blue comes the freezing temps. And so it has started. And we find ourselves in winter…

The move-in was a haze of boxes, paint and lessons in cohabitation. We had the Yunker family in the RV and the Kriffany couple adjusting to Jersey. It all finally settled down and we were graced by several visitors. Treehouser visits for east coast builds, Uncle Bruce and Auntie Kathryn, Godfather Mikee and the lovely CB. We had many Philly visits, a couple trips to The City and lots of getting to know our backyard/park. I even managed to squeeze myself into Seattle for a moment….I did a whirlwind family tour and sat on the Lake Washington beach for Top Pot donuts with the old Bestie, Annie.

Meanwhile at work, I traveled to Italy for a conference and although it was brief, it was also amazing. Both the science and the localities were stimulating and wondrous. The Treehouser was very busy all summer and fall but is now home for the holiday. I put in a small gym in the basement for the winter and I’m happy to have the Treehouser home to help with the last item, THE BENCH PRESS. So exciting.

We just got our tree yesterday which Hagan is positively captivated by- he wants to watch all things christmas and sing songs and play with all the ornaments and open all the advent days of the lego-star-wars calendar (that was purchased by dad for son? or for dad? it’s truly hard to say)

The winter christmas new years project that everyone is excited over is the little girl coming perhaps around January 5th. Another Zenobia to add to the tree. And so we wait and celebrate and grow.

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The Summer

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It’s been quite the summer- full of boxes, tape, paint, dust, sweat and crazy. My work has been absolutely nuts with two interns, a trip to MIT and one billion meetings while my home has been a limbo of workspace … Continue reading

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May: a whirlwind

We have been busy preparing for the move, running to Indiana and back, enjoying the Kentucky Derby, getting work done on the house and a myriad of other things. We started the month with the house purchase, SX went off to upstate NY to build a treehouse at Angry Orchard and came back to manage new house projects…like MOWING THE GIGANTIC LAWN! and other random issues (fridge seal, ordering billions of gallons of paint, septic updates, etc etc etc). Uncle Kris has been intermittently down to help- which Hagan LOVES. We took a small moment to celebrate the Kentucky Derby (and by we I mean Hagan and I) with a work friend who is from Kentucky… ate lots and gawked at the elaborate hat costumes. Then we flew down the highway to Indiana to gather family furniture as contents of the lake house were emptied. We got back and SX took off for another brief treehouse adventure in Kentucky. He will be back shortly to start MOAR house work! In other news, Hagan and I have been exploring new daycare centers and think we have it all narrowed down. New life, here we come.

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Buying a house n stuffs

A long awaited update… I was procrastinating a bit because I was waiting for confirmation but now I can tell the world that we are buying a house. We were gifted some family monies and we chose to purchase a house with SX brother and wife in New Jersey. It is on a very private drive, almost completely off grid, 6.5 acres abutting a huge nature preserve with (I’m told) great fishing. We will be taking possession later this month and moving at the end of June so that we can do some work on it first. There are pix below of the house and parklands behind. We basically have one neighbor…it feels very isolated despite being only a mile from a major highway…and very close to the darling town of Clinton.

We just got back from visiting the Treehousers on location in upstate NY at the Angry Orchard Brewery. A brief but fun visit. One of my coworkers met up with us there and we hung out while the workers worked.

The previous weekend was a lovely visit with longtime bestie, Jerret. He came out and stayed with us and we took him up to Times Square and saw a Star Wars costume exhibit.

It’s been quite the whirlwind of activity leading up to Easter and beyond- it’s turning into quite a monumental year. I look forward to showing more pix of our home and extended family.


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Spring Wind, Easter Bunny, Yunker visit and MOAR

I was dreading the Easter holiday because I thought I would be all alone entertaining Hagan. I made us busy by dropping by the neighbors to play with their girls, eat pizza and jump in their bounce house… I was just feeling so sad about Easter..but that turned out to be silly.  SX’s parents and brother ended up all coming for Easter (and more) which was so fun. The Bunny laid quite the trail with a lavish basket and extra special favors all the way from Seattle (THANK YOU, LOIS)! Hagan made sure to stuff his face all morning until not one piece of candy could be found. The Bunny brought craft projects so Uncle Kris and Peepaw Yunker set to work glueing and nailing together a catapult and candy dispenser (my secret for potty training…wish me luck). We had quite the holiday. Uncle Kris had to take off shortly after but Peepaw and Meemaw Yunker stuck around and we all waited together until the Treehouser came home.

Aside from some amazing wind storms…and downed branches…this waiting period ended up being quite full of excitement!

During this waiting period…we all decided to pull together and buy a house here in NJ. We offered on a beautiful home that sits on 6.5 acres which was accepted and are currently in the loan process now. The house will be home to the Zenobias as well as SX’s brother, Uncle Kris and wife, Auntie Tiff. It is a stunning colonial with ample space for two families and guests. Cannot wait to show it to you.


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Marching along

There were more viruses…and now the Treehouser is in Houston. After working from home several days, everything *seems* back to normal. I am really hoping we are over the hump of the winter yuck…it has been in the 60’s after all. Even though I’m told we are getting snow on Sunday?????

Anyway, we are running solo and enjoying each other. He dressed in green for Patty’s day and has been practicing easter fun at school. I can honestly say that between his new school program he is not able to nap as well as before which means a shorter night for us in the eve. It typically means I can do stuff like this…so nice.

I am getting prepared for easter and making a little something for a baby shower but other than that, i am just trying to keep up on chores and take care of the cute guy before i fall asleep every night around 9. Super party house over here!

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Ready for Spring

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I hesitate to say that I spent another weekend on the couch…but that’s exactly what happened. So sad given the beautiful spring sunshine and warmer temps. Hagan has been super sweet, checking in every time I cough or sneeze. So, hopefully the virus, ruptured ear drum and root canal can all go to hell and spring can finally arrive.

Hagan just started a new program yesterday with the local preschool to advance his language and POTTY TRAINING schedules. WE could NOT be more thrilled for the help. He will still be at his current daycare while being bussed to and from the preschool during the morning hours until noon. I can already tell in two days that he is loving the individualized attention and smaller class size that he’s getting from the new school.

The trees are all a bud and the daffodil leaves have popped out…at least that’s what I think they are… and so with Spring in the air, the treehouser is finally employed again and will be off for nearly the whole month of March. The easter bunny will likely take his place and the spoiling of the boy will ensue…

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