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April 7

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather for the past few days, but I wanted to pop in. I promise not to breathe on you.

June is going to be seven months old on April 9, this Tuesday, which would have been my dad’s 84th birthday. Brandon says that she has my eyes, and if it’s true, then she has my dad’s eyes, because that’s where I got mine.

She and I are flying to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, to visit my mother. June’s first trip to my hometown, to the house where I grew up! It feels like a big deal. But if you’re on our plane, I would like to apologize in advance: June is chatty, and by chatty, I actually mean screechy, shrieky, chirpy, gargly, and generally deafening. It’s totally adorable, and then you lose your hearing.

In any case, we were roughhousing in the living room this afternoon, before Brandon went to work, and I took these pictures. I don’t know how to explain it, but June is developing a real sense of humor. She’s a very funny person. Or maybe I’m just amused because I am her mother. Probably. I’m going soft.

I have a cream cheese pound cake recipe to share with you shortly, as soon as I can type it up - before I leave, I hope! - but in the meantime, some nice things for your Monday:

I always appreciate what Sarah has to say.

Mr. Rogers + a rad breakdancing kid = yesssssss (via Youngna).

I would like to someday cook like Margot Henderson, and I’d like to live in her house, while I’m at it. 

Sarah Farr of Harbor Herbalist blends excellent teas, and her monthly tea subscription is brilliant.

Back soon.


Anonymous Daytona @ Outside Oslo said...

Hi Molly, as someone who traveled 20,000 air miles (that's 40 hours of flying!) with a toddler within three weeks last month, let me tell you that you can do it, that June will be just fine on the flight, even if she "chats" the whole time.

Last month, I traveled from Seattle to Honolulu to Auckland to Honolulu to Seattle to Kauai and back to Seattle with my son in March (yeah, seriously), and I feel like I could probably write a book entitled "All About Flying with Toddlers."

But the main lesson I learned is this: If the parent can be strong and handle the situation (and not stress out about other people's reactions), then the parent will ultimately end up in control (which will leave all the other initially-irritated passengers quite impressed and not so annoyed anymore). And that equals a pleasant flight for all.

Have a great time, and I look forward to seeing the new recipe!

9:58 PM, April 07, 2013  
Blogger Hello. I'm Junita. said...

Ah! That second to last picture of June. Such glee on her face! Thank you for sharing the adorable photos :-)

10:02 PM, April 07, 2013  
Blogger patricia said...

We took our three kids to England and Ireland when our youngest was seven months old. That baby did not stop chattering, and shrieking and ba-ba-ba-ing throughout the entire trip. I had to leave a tour of the Globe Theater because of his happy sounds. Nonstop.

Well. I will warn you. That kid is now 11 years old, and he has rarely stopped talking. Rarely. The ones that enjoy the sound of their own voices as babies do not seem to grow out of it. Prepare yourself for a life of listening. Mostly entertaining; sometimes mind-numbing. But mostly entertaining.

10:13 PM, April 07, 2013  
Blogger Heather Woollove said...

I've always thought that the last half of a baby's first year is the welcome payback for the trials of pregnancy and childbirth!
Yes...they do 'get the joke' all of a sudden...and it allows each family to create its own set of silly games that they play together...in order to cause this wonderful, raucous laugh...
...and occasionally, these games are still 'trotted out' for a laugh with grown children! (But I'm not naming names!) :) XO-

3:34 AM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous SarahB said...

Oh, thank you for those lovely baby photos!

I'm sure June will charm the pants off her fellow passengers. We've been pleasantly surprised when we've traveled with our little one at how understanding folks have been.

Also, welcome to the club of "parents traveling with small children" with whom you can chat and exchange sympathetic glances and ask about that cool piece of gear they have. Safe travels. :)

5:58 AM, April 08, 2013  
Blogger Monica said...

What a ball of personality! Love these pictures...and love seeing a post from you. : )

6:04 AM, April 08, 2013  
Blogger Dana said...

June is so adorable! Happy almost 7 months!! Enjoy your trip, ladies!

6:23 AM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous Mari @ Oh, Sweet & Savory said...

Such lovely captures of your family's fun afternoon - thank you for sharing! They certainly brought a smile to my face on this Monday morning. Have a wonderful trip back home!

7:12 AM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous Emily Teel said...

Oh goodness. She's a adorable. A good friend of mine had a baby girl - also named June! - at the end of August. Every time I see her I'm surprised with how much her little personality has grown. I hope your trip is a good one and that you get patient, friendly baby-smiling-at airline seatmates.

7:32 AM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous BWL said...

She is just adorable. And yes, kids can display a sense of humor (or lack thereof) very early on.

8:06 AM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous molly said...

true story: a good friend once traveled form LA to Seattle, two hours, maybe, by plane? with her one year old. by the time they hit SeaTac, the entire plane had been treated to complimentary booze. three rounds.

chatty's nothing ;) safe travels.


p.s. i've been looking for an ace cream cheese pound cake recipe for almost ever. don't let me down. pretty please.

8:18 AM, April 08, 2013  
Blogger Lydia said...

June is so adorable. Don't worry about the flight, she has as much right to be there as anyone else! I hope it goes smoothly though. Enjoy your visit.

10:05 AM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous dervla said...

she does look like she's got a sense of humor! I love when they develop that. I think we all think our children are the world's best comedians. I love the thought of your dad's eyes being passed down. Hope the flight goes well and you feel better soon.

10:08 AM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Molly, that third pic made me tear up a little bit. Such lovely pure happiness in that photo. I also really appreciated the Mr. Rogers video. :) - Melanie

10:55 AM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous wandering educators said...

that second to last photo of june is my very favorite of her, yet. that smile! those eyes! YES.

family travel is amazing - eye-opening! you can do it! my friend ashley wrote the art of family travel - it's a fun book, for when june gets a bit older. think of taking her to paris... ah!

11:18 AM, April 08, 2013  
Blogger tigerlille said...

What an adorable little poppet June is. More pictures, please!

11:31 AM, April 08, 2013  
Blogger natalie said...

Adorable! She looks like she's having the best time ever!

4:19 PM, April 08, 2013  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

We haven't tried flying with baby yet but I have friends who take along bribes (chocolate, ear plugs) and buy drinks for their fellow passengers when they travel with theirs... but June is so very cute she'll win them all over I'm sure. Happy travels!

4:22 PM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous Jade Sheldon said...

That daughter of yours. I can see why she melts your heart. And how beautiful is it that she shares a birthday with your father?

I always look forward to your posts and your beautiful land camera shots (I'm a bit of an instant film addict)... Can't wait to see your poundcake recipe...

5:28 PM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss you so much, you can't imagine. So glad to see you posting more often. And love the pix of your little imp. She's quite the girl! Have an amazing trip, and don't forget the toys!

5:46 PM, April 08, 2013  
Blogger Lisa said...

Feel better soon, Molly! June is so adorable--Safe travels to all of you.

Thanks for the various resources. I love Mr. Rogers and the video is great!


6:11 PM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I often check in, to see if you have checked in - and when the two align, I'm so happy. And June is so lovely. Enjoy your trip!

8:11 PM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous Tiff said...

Darn it Molly, you've made me want to have another baby - and I've already had 3, so that's really saying something! =)

Thank you for the adorable pictures. Your posts are always such a pleasure.

8:24 PM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June is just adorable! And she will win the hearts of everyone on the plane. Enjoy your trip.

9:13 PM, April 08, 2013  
Blogger Cheryl Arkison said...

She's a cute thing! I remember realizing how much personality these little creatures come with and being totally blown away by it. The personality and the fact it was there. My oldest is almost 7 and the things we noticed at 7 days are still defining features of her personality.
Have a great trip home.

9:41 PM, April 08, 2013  
Anonymous mariah said...

yes this cream cheese pound cake sounds like what i need. yes! oh traveling with children... it certainly makes you wonder how you ever found flying alone troublesome? a book, a snack, and hours of quiet.... but my three year old now is quite smitten with the whole flying experience, narrating each move the plane makes as it ascends into the clouds (at the top of his lungs mind you, but other passengers seem to think its amusing at least) and that in itself makes it all worth it.

5:05 AM, April 09, 2013  
Anonymous Heidi said...

Molly get June some "Earplanes Junior" earplugs - will help her little ears not feel the pressure changes on takeoff and landings - which often is what makes them cry. You can usually find them in airport shops. Happy travels - she is a darling!

5:39 AM, April 09, 2013  
Anonymous AmyM said...

What beautiful, beautiful photos, Molly. Thank you for sharing with us.
Enjoy the flight -- "Daytona's" comment about the parent being strong and handling the situation *despite other people's reactions* is totally on the money. I find that when I freak out on my kids in public it is often because I'm worried about what other people are thinking, and don't want them to think I'm letting them get away with anything. What silliness!
You can do it. I've flown with both my girls, and we always come out the other side relatively unscathed. :) And if you're lucky, you'll have a lovely older woman sitting beside you (as I did on my last flight with my youngest), who entertained her the entire time and only smiled and cooed when she fussed. Perfect.

6:33 AM, April 09, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today, April 9, would have been my father's 84th birthday, too! He died in 2005.

7:41 AM, April 09, 2013  
Blogger rb and jaw said...

Hilarious. I think i met that baby and am due 3 martinis.

8:49 PM, April 09, 2013  
Blogger Victoria said...

travel safe lovely ladies x

10:02 PM, April 09, 2013  
Blogger Maggie said...

What a cutie your little June is!

6:00 AM, April 10, 2013  
Anonymous susan said...

goodness! she is the cutiest patootiest little bug. she must be so much fun... enjoy!

11:36 AM, April 10, 2013  
Blogger sarah said...

Thanks for the baby pictures!! My 3rd baby is 20 months not such a baby. I miss babies.

I just made the Russian Egg and Mushroom Salad you posted - with Easter eggs last week. And posted it here: http://twoclevermoms.com/egg-salad-worth-a-try/

10:16 AM, April 11, 2013  
Blogger lauren alysse said...

june is so adorable. i hope the trip goes well! can't wait for the pound cake :)

12:28 PM, April 11, 2013  
Anonymous Molly said...

How do you handle the car seat? I'm so terrified of having to install one upon our arrival, we ended up driving to DC (from Boston!) this past weekend to meet my sister's new son.

6:54 PM, April 11, 2013  
Blogger FutureChefKeen said...

While I do not have a ton of experience either flying or doing such with toddlers, none of the noises you described, even if deafening, should make your fellow passengers too cranky. I have found "happy" toddler noises, even if ear-splitting, are far better than crying. If all else fails, simply take that picture of June with the grin from ear-to-ear and the sun shining in the background. If anybody so much as peeks over the seat, just flash it to them. Only the supremely dead inside and terrorists would be immune to that face. Either way, you'll know what kind of person and can alert the onboard Air Marshall accordingly. :) P.S. The comment about June having your eyes and therefore your Father's eyes actually made my eyes tear up. Thank you for the memory.

7:34 PM, April 11, 2013  
Anonymous Melissa said...

What a cutie! Adorable pictures. Enjoy these times, my daughter will be 3 in May and it seems like it wasn't that long ago when we brought her home from the hospital. Goes fast.

7:45 PM, April 11, 2013  
Blogger Stephanie said...

That third picture in the post has totally made my day.

5:27 PM, April 12, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for donating to the EELP auction. Much appreciated.

Re travel, I recommend the Sit n Stroll. It won't replace your usual stroller or car seat at home, but the combo makes traveling with baby so much easier. It's great to use on board if you buy baby a seat or there happens to be an empty seat available. And you don't have to lug a separate car seat.

10:27 PM, April 14, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you, Molly. June is just gorgeous.
Do you know about this group?

7:11 AM, April 16, 2013  
Blogger Karista said...

I love how you are completely in tune with your little gal. I'm certain she is and will be how you describe her. Her sweet face makes me smile. Clearly she is given much love and attention and is returning the love with her chatter. Precious!

11:47 AM, April 17, 2013  
Anonymous Melanie said...

She is so beautiful! I remember flying with Nathaniel for the first time. I was pretty nervous about it, but he did much better. :)

12:38 PM, April 18, 2013  
Blogger Dominique said...

Congratulations on your gorgeous baby girl! Beautiful photos. I also love the Mr Rogers clip. I watched and loved that show when I was a child growing up in Connecticut. Now that I live in England nobody has the frame of reference, really nice blast from the past! Safe travels.

5:55 AM, April 22, 2013  
Blogger vicky katsarou said...

you're not going soft! i totally think that kids and babies can have a sense of humor. i have a very funny son while my daughter is a very serious 11-month lady!

7:28 AM, April 22, 2013  
Anonymous Jenn said...

We moved to Spain temporarily and brought our three along on the journey. You'll do fine. Just make sure that you GO TO THE BATHROOM before you get on the plane. No time for that mama nonsense when you've got a little one in tote.

I miss your articles in Bon Apetit!

2:57 PM, April 29, 2013  
Blogger Alison Jenkins said...

What a treat to get to eat at Delancey (and guzzle some cocktails at Essex AND get to meet you and June briefly) this week! My mom and I trekked miles around Seattle the last few days- a marathon of walking and eating- and your restaurant was a highlight.

7:03 PM, May 02, 2013  
Anonymous fischtail said...

That is one flippin' cute kid.

12:51 PM, May 03, 2013  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Yay for Pasquini. That is my last name. I should probably get more into espresso. My in-laws have Pasquini coffee mugs.

12:37 PM, May 06, 2013  
Blogger Ruben said...

Don't worry. Once I flew from Cardiff to Barcelona with my (then) 2 girls and fortunately for us, people can't open plane windows, because someone would have thrown them away. And my wife and me afterwards!

6:33 AM, May 07, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok just put the pound cake in the oven.
I did add a bit extra vanilla (habit) and I zeted 2 lemons and macerated that with the sugar and let it sit for a bit.

Topped it with course sparking sugar mixed with a lavander vanilla sugar I had on hand.

All of this of course plays second fiddle to that June girl... she steals the show !

Will post how it all turns out.

Now making Farro salad from a few weeks ago.

Thanks... Heidi

11:20 AM, May 18, 2013  
Anonymous Kate Brennan Hall said...

I love these photos! I was having a bit of hard day but then your writing/photos of your sweet wee one totally cheered me up. Thanks!

4:40 PM, May 20, 2013  
Blogger jen said...

you might not see this comment, but I wanted to know what type of polaroid you use. Love the sweet pictures of little June. Also, thank you for your postpartum depression post, it hit home, and I was grateful for your words. xo

11:38 PM, May 29, 2013  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi Jen! I used a Polaroid 600 - like this - with Fuji instant film. Such a wonderful camera! I was thrilled to find one a few years back.

11:39 AM, May 30, 2013  
Anonymous tunie said...

Wow. Your child is surreally cute - like a toy! In a good way, lol...

3:23 AM, June 17, 2013  

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