Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Dash drew a shark.

I cut it out & glued it onto a clothespin.

And added a bloody human hand.

Dash is having a different sort of childhood than I did.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lucky in Love

Made with Shapely
Since our very first Valentine's Day together (holy shit, thirteen years ago), Josh and I  have celebrated with pizza and a movie in our jammies at home. (We've since added a See's Candy portion to the celebration. Because nuts and chews.)

But that doesn't mean we don't take a moment to acknowledge how truly, truly lucky we are. This Valentine's story was waiting for me last night when I got home from work. I'll probably stop weeping over it eventually, but it won't be anytime soon.

Made with Shapely
We also like to do a little something special for the other people we're lucky to have in our lives. I made this strawberry jam with Meyer lemon juice & zest for Dash's teacher, Mrs. McCoy. Dash made the label.

And the tag. We like a pun in the Engel house.

Here are Dash's school Valentines. I printed them out onto card stock (blank arms can be found here, courtesy of the generous & talented April of  Secondsister) and added a lolly and a fun temporary tattoo.

Hope your Valentine's Day is filled with love (and chocolate), too!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Grocery List

grocery list
Dash has made a contribution.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ollie's Valentine



It's very, very loving-hands-at-home, but I've wanted to do something like this for Oliver since the day he was born. I finally got it together in time for his second Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Passing Notes

Dash made us a couple of pre-Valentines Valentines. Except he put the wrong names on them. Obviously Josh is a better coach & I am a better soer (sewer). Also, they're from Dash and his friends. His friends being Cuddles & Puss. Because Jesus Christ the kid is fucking adorable.

This card came home with Dash the other day. How sweet! She drew him a snowman!

Then you flip it over and boom. Though I think Lainey's gonna have to work it out with Dash's fiancee.

How to Scoop the Dooks
In our house we call cleaning the litter boxes "scooping the dooks" because we're adults. This weekend Dash assisted and took some notes. The tally marks were for each step completed, per box.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


It's basketball season in the Engel house.


On the court

Team mates