Daddy fix it
Daddy fix it
Sick day #198
Sick day #198
Sometimes Julia is all you need
Sometimes Julia is all you need
Happy Birthday to whoever, doesn't matter.
Happy Birthday to whoever, doesn't matter.
Playroom
Playroom
Uncle Boop
Uncle Boop
Chicago, mid-February
Chicago, mid-February
Friends are magic beings
Friends are magic beings
Debut album cover
Debut album cover
Teenagers these days
Teenagers these days
Best friends
Best friends
Pancakes
Pancakes
Sometimes I can't believe she's only 2
Sometimes I can't believe she's only 2
Life is beautiful
Life is beautiful
Sandcastles
Sandcastles
Moods are contagious
Moods are contagious
Welcome to the good life
Welcome to the good life
Watermelon in the sun
Watermelon in the sun
Outnumbered 3 to 1
Outnumbered 3 to 1
Fashion Forward, Hat Backward
Fashion Forward, Hat Backward
RUBYCLOSEUPBLUEEYES.jpg
RUBYCLOSEUPPROFILE.jpg
Ruby in a tubey
Ruby in a tubey
RUBYINATUBEAPRIL2.jpg
RUBYJULESSNUGGLE3.jpg
When indie kids have indie kids
When indie kids have indie kids
they appreciate radiohead
they appreciate radiohead
but will still dance to Beiber
but will still dance to Beiber
RUBYSUNSHINEPARK.jpg
RUBYTOPOFTHESLIDEAPRIL.jpg
ALPYANDRYANBESTSHOT.jpg
BUBBLESFORFRONTPAGE.jpg
ICLIMBDOWNWITHALITTLEHELPFROMMYMOM.jpg
SLEEPOVER15.jpg
SLEEPOVER18.jpg
SLEEPOVER33.jpg
THETEENYEARSBEGINAT2.jpg
DSCF1335.jpg
DSCF1376.jpg
toddlerpark16.jpg
waterpark12.jpg
waterpark15.jpg
Daddy fix it
Daddy fix itWhenever anything doesn't work the way Ruby wants it to, then it's "broken" and it falls on me to fix it.  This is either a quick and easy opportunity to be the hero or the lead up to a lot of tears.  In this particular case I saved the day.
Sick day #198
Sick day #198Ruby, like all toddlers, is sick a lot.  We obviously never want her to be unhappy, or feel unwell, but when she's under the weather she tends to be unusually snuggly and particularly adorable. 
Sometimes Julia is all you need
Sometimes Julia is all you needLook at her face.  This was a day where she wasn't feeling well, it could have been teething, it could have been fatigue, or it could have been one of the many illnesses she's endured in her very short lifetime.  Regardless of what the issue was, Ruby knew what she needed.  Her mom is a comforting presence, and when Julia is what you need, nothing else will do.  I'll remember this feeling every time I see this picture; it's just so apparent.
Happy Birthday to whoever, doesn't matter.
Happy Birthday to whoever, doesn't matter.Birthdays are a tough concept for a 2 year old to get their head around.  Ruby couldn't figure out if "Happy Birthday" was just a salutation, or if the phrase had some deeper significance, but it didn't really matter.  Any birthday is exciting to her, and this one happened to be Mark's.
Playroom
PlayroomGiving Ruby a dedicated space for her toys was the best decision we ever made.  She loves the playroom, and the best part about it for us is she will hold your hand any time she wants you in there with her.  Those tiny displays of affection add up, and I'll never forget what it's like to hold her tiny little hand when she's full of excitement, and I'm the one she wants in her favorite place.
Uncle Boop
Uncle BoopThat nickname is a story for another time, but this picture really captures the bond Ruby and Matias have.  Sure, he's a fun guy to have as an uncle, but as his friends will tell you, there's a lot more to the guy than simply being fun to be around.  To know him is to love him, and sometimes all you want to do is sit next to your Uncle Boop and absorb his presence.  His enthusiasm is hard to match, but it rubs off easily and he's a master of cheering people up.  Ruby knows this better than anybody.
Chicago, mid-February
Chicago, mid-FebruaryThis is the face you make when you remember it's 10 degrees outside at home, but you're in Florida with your family and all you have to do for the entire week is play in the sand.
Friends are magic beings
Friends are magic beingsClaire and Ruby shared a nanny when they were both right around 1, and quickly became best friends.  Claire started calling her "Oowa" before Ruby could really speak, so naturally when she started she called Claire the same thing.  Oowa, give Oowa a hug, you haven't seen her in such a long time!Claire's presence at Ruby's second birthday party made her day, and there were a lot of things there that could have made her day.  It's great to see your kids have friends, and it's sad when they can no longer spend every day together.  I hope there's a way we can make that happen again.
Debut album cover
Debut album coverSometimes toddlers look like infants, and sometimes they look like teenagers.  Here, Ruby looks like she's 24 and has had a tough time with her record company over the creative direction of her debut album.  She's thinking about breaking her contract and going indie, you can see it in her eyes. 
Teenagers these days
Teenagers these daysTeenagers these days are a mystery to me.  The 90s were simpler times, we had much less to deal with.  Today's teens have to grow up faster than we did, even as the world continues to treat them like children.Cool hat.
Best friends
Best friendsWhen you're sick and lounging around on the couch, the only people you're able to tolerate are your very best friends.
Pancakes
PancakesRuby loves pancakes.  Ruby loves her mom.  I love them both, and I made the pancakes. It was a great day.
Sometimes I can't believe she's only 2
Sometimes I can't believe she's only 2And sometimes I think she acts her age.  It's a wonderful thing to be a parent.
Life is beautiful
Life is beautiful
Sandcastles
SandcastlesAnd that one of a kind bond a girl has with her grandmother
Moods are contagious
Moods are contagiousIt's impossible to be grumpy with this girl around.
Welcome to the good life
Welcome to the good lifeIf you're feeling me now, put your hands up in the sky and let me hear you say: I'M GOOD
Watermelon in the sun
Watermelon in the sunOur trip to Florida in February was amazing in so many ways, but what dawned on me when we were there was just how much we tend to hibernate during these Chicago winters.  We have plenty of fun, but there's no substitute for warm weather and sunshine. 
Outnumbered 3 to 1
Outnumbered 3 to 1And I wouldn't have it any other way.
Fashion Forward, Hat Backward
Fashion Forward, Hat Backward
RUBYCLOSEUPBLUEEYES.jpg
RUBYCLOSEUPPROFILE.jpg
Ruby in a tubey
Ruby in a tubey
RUBYINATUBEAPRIL2.jpg
RUBYJULESSNUGGLE3.jpg
When indie kids have indie kids
When indie kids have indie kids
they appreciate radiohead
they appreciate radiohead
but will still dance to Beiber
but will still dance to Beiber
RUBYSUNSHINEPARK.jpg
RUBYTOPOFTHESLIDEAPRIL.jpg
ALPYANDRYANBESTSHOT.jpg
BUBBLESFORFRONTPAGE.jpg
ICLIMBDOWNWITHALITTLEHELPFROMMYMOM.jpg
SLEEPOVER15.jpg
SLEEPOVER18.jpg
SLEEPOVER33.jpg
THETEENYEARSBEGINAT2.jpg
DSCF1335.jpg
DSCF1376.jpg
toddlerpark16.jpg
waterpark12.jpg
waterpark15.jpg
info
prev / next