October 31, 2006
Here's Finn getting a kiss from his friend, Francesca, at daycare. Predictably, it looks like he's going for a little French kiss there.
October 30, 2006
(Great) Grandma Baggerman's 90th Birthday!
This was a big family weekend. Baggermen (and spouses) far and wide gathered in Kalamazoo, MI for Grandma Baggerman's 90th birthday. In all, there were more than 20 of us from four different generations, four different time zones, and nine decades. It was really wonderful to have everyone gather to celebrate wonderful Grandma Baggerman.
This was the first time that the extended family met Finn and his cousin, Anna. And believe it or not, this was the first time Finn and Anna met! They were definitely interested in one another from the very first moment, and such a study in contrast. While Finn is like King Kong in miniature, stumbling around, toppling toys and furniture, opening cabinet doors, and emptying various recepticles of their contents, Anna is docile and smiley, shyly grinning and waving at all the new people. (Finn, on the other hand, would heave himself into their laps and thump their heads.)
In one very tender moment, Anna bent down to kiss Finn. He gave her a little kiss back, and then took a little chomp with those well-worn teeth. Luckily, Anna was quick to recover and forgive.
Ever the ham, Finn decided to take this weekend to take his first steps. More photos of this exciting development to come!
For more photos of the weekend, look no further.
October 25, 2006
Halloween costume idea?
barely tolerating me
When the dog costume our next-door neighbors gave us was too big for Finn, we thought, "You know what Santos should be for Halloween? A dog! But a different kind of dog. Like maybe a dalmation!"
As you can see here, Santos does not share the enthusiasm for this idea. But he does look pretty cute.
October 23, 2006
Paintings for sale!
My friend, Kimberly Applegate (perhaps you know her better as "The Sexy Artist"?) is selling her wonderful paintings online. Her stuff is absolutely elegant and she has a range of gorgeous work to choose from. Just visit her blog to see what's on the block this week and follow the links to eBay to place your bid. Just don't bid on the Eames stool. That's mine, folks!
October 19, 2006
Upside Down Baby!
October 18, 2006
Back to our regularly scheduled Finn coverage...
Enough about me! How cute is this guy?
October 17, 2006
What Lisa's been up to, October edition
Since I got a shout-out on the very popular 37signals blog, I figured that today was a good day to show you all what I'be been up to. (Especially since my portfolio is is still woefully—woefully out-of-date.)
On newsstands now! My HOW article on 37signals. Pilates Pro recently launched. I designed a mini-site for the No Plot, No Problem sweepstakes. And another for Stuff on My Cat. I've been consulting with the brand-new matchwriters.com site. I wrote a bunch of email newsletters. And wrote a ton of entries for SheFindsMom.
Coming soon! The site for the National Center for Lesbian Rights' 30th anniversary is almost ready to go live. And hopefully, I'll launch mystery writer Sara Paretsky's redesigned site next month as well.
To the Effin' Class of 89
Last week was great, because on of my favorite friends in the world—Ann Garibaldi was in town visiting for an entire week. Really, not since we all went to Hawaii years ago have Amy, Ann, and I had such great one-on-one time.
We went away to a spa about 90 miles south of Chicago. Well, it actually turned out to be less of a spa than a fat camp. Actually, kind of a fat camp meets elder hostel. People, let this be a lesson to you. When the Web site looks suspicious, heed that as a warning. We were the youngest people there by a good 25 years, and it was a little too country even for Ann, who lived in Alaska for 13 years, for heaven's sake. Luckily, we smuggled in wine (alcohol and junk food are strictly prohibited) and sat up late chatting in their room. If only we could have ordered a pizza.
We also had a great night out in Chicago where we ate our weight in pasta at Terra Gusta and a fun night at Amy and Steve's where even Aim's college-aged cousins hung out with us all night. I can't tell you how great it was to see Annie, and for the Amy/Ann/Lisa trio to be reunited. I literally talked so much when we were together that my throat hurt.
And because you know there was one, here is the gratuitous slack-jaw photo from the evening. (Featuring Bob in the Rocky River mashup, too!)
October 15, 2006
Welcome, Jane Elizabeth vonderSitt!
Congratulations to Carrie and Rob, who welcomed little Jane Elizabeth Friday, October 6th. She came in quite a hurry--I had talked to Carrie the night before, who said her doctor told her that "this baby isn't coming any time soon" as she wasn't yet dialated or effaced. The next morning, I get a call from Lisa telling me that Jane has already arrived! Jane is gorgeous, tiny, and has a cleft chin and a head full of hair. We love that she's just around the corner in the neighborhood!
October 14, 2006
October 13, 2006
It's only October!
Finn's first masterpiece.
October 09, 2006
He loves blondes!
Here's Finn at a neighborhood Halloween party with Emma (left) and Shannon (right). The girls have their faces painted, but that's just cookie all over Finn's face.
October 08, 2006
October 06, 2006
Brenda sweeps through en route to Paris
It's not the best photo of either one of us (one of those hold-out-the-camera-with-your-arm-and-shoot shots), but I had to document that I got to see San Francisco's own Brenda Tucker. Known to Finn as Auntie Wren or Auntie Two-Shoes. Brenda had a six-hour layover in Chicago on her way to Paris. We had a delightful lunch, she got to see the house, and she looks absolutely gorgeous. Beware, hommes de Paris!
October 04, 2006
Finn's development has been absolutely exploding lately. He continues to explore the house with the focus and intensity of your typical Law and Order detective--it's like he's trying to find that one clue that will put the bad guy away. And for GOOD this time. He plays ball with the dog, and helpfully says "ba! ba!" to let you know he wants to play. When he sees a dog, it's "da!" and when you leave, it's a wave and "buh-ba".
But last week, he blew me away. I went to pick him up from daycare. A bunch of the moms, kids, and caregivers were standing around outside, chatting. Finn was in the yard, playing with a toy. When he turned around and saw me, he said, clear as day, "mama!" With intonation as if to say, "What a pleasant surprise, mother! Please join us!" It was the most adorable thing I think I have ever witnessed.