30 March 2011
one great thing about cambodia is their tradition of the lunchtime nap.
the lunch break here is two hours - leavings lots of time for eating & napping. before baby cedar joined us we used to work through the mid-day siesta, but now its fast becoming a family tradition.
27 March 2011
25 March 2011
they (or at least hilary clinton & people in africa) say that it takes a village to raise a child.
i haven't raised a child yet, but i'm pretty sure that hilary clinton & all those people in africa are right. what i do know is that i am thankful for the 'village' that helped to raise my brothers & me.
my parents have a group of dear friends who gather for WoW (wine on wednesdays). the WoWers get together weekly to share snacks & wine & their lives. together these friends have celebrated births, grieved the loss of loved ones, rejoiced in weddings, beamed at graduations, encouraged each other during the tumultuous teen-age years, supported one another during the ups & the downs, & of course, shared many (many!) bottles of wine.
this village modeled community & has always made me feel loved. & now baby cedar is lucky enough to be part of the extension of that love. even from so far away, my 'village' hosted a shoWoWer where they celebrated with my parents (with wine, of course!), made handmade onesies for baby c., & gave him a peapod, which will allow him to travel all over the world & still sleep in the same bed.
23 March 2011
while amanda's parents, jim & mary, were visiting we had the chance to escape phnom penh & explore a bit of cambodia. our first excursion was a long weekend at the seaside village of kep, one of our favorite cambodian getaways.
we stayed in bungalows, had leisurely breakfasts, played scrabble, took photos where we tried to look very serious & very cool, ate seafood, stared at the baby, napped in hammocks, walked by the ocean, went swimming, played more scrabble, stared at the baby some more...
20 March 2011
18 March 2011
16 March 2011
a friend asked me recently if baby cedar really is as calm as he looks from the pictures on our blog. the answer, most of the time, is yes. so far he seems to be an easy-going, relaxed baby, who is happy just to chill.
BUT no one can be happy all the time & this little baby does seem to have a bewitching hour in the early evening. the sorrows of the world just overwhelm the little guy & he is inconsolable.
because of his timing, he's not really a very fun dinner party date.
but we like him anyway.
12 March 2011
11 March 2011
[Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images from steps of justice lenten post]
wednesday marked the beginning of the season of lent. truthfully, with all the busyness of life with a new baby & guests & returning to work, i forgot all about it. & so today i am thankful to be part of a community that reminds me. maybe thats the real purpose behind church anyway, to be reminding each other of the hope we have in the death & resurrection of christ, because during different hours, days, & seasons of life we're all bound to forget sometimes.