a weekend for hibernating

January 17, 2012 |  Category:   home life

Did you have a good 3 days weekend? The girls are back in school today, but we mostly stayed at home this weekend while Mark worked all 3 days. It was cold! The first string of frigid days we’ve had all winter, but despite snow falling everywhere else in the country, we are snowless so far this winter except for that freak storm back in October.


Much of what we did all weekend is what you see above: lots of coffee, looking at books, playing with all of their little calico critters, and drawing pictures. Mia drew the picture in the 2nd photo, but both girls have been drawing these houses on top of hills with these elaborate paths and mazes. Another favorite subject of Claudine’s is our family (last photo). We have endless sheets of paper with portraits of our family and in every drawing, she never fails to include Tobi, our cat who passed away last summer. The girls still miss and talk about him all the time. You gotta love the heart pointing to his butt.

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  • Cecilia Madden January 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    we did much of the same…it was glorious. we baked cookies and watched winnie the pooh and did a lot of doodling.

    …are those felt coasters? what a perfect idea.

  • Mary @ Noah Baby January 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I’m giggling at the last line on Claudine’s drawing – “I love me.” Adorable.

  • alexandra January 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I LOVED those fuzzy animal figurines!

  • Kiana January 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    HA! That last picture is so cute. I too miss Tobi :/

  • Atsuko January 17, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Their drawings are very cute. The first drawing somehow reminded me of Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. There are many houses on hills. The little kids are so free to express their feelings with many bright colors. It sounds you and girls had a great, relaxing weekend. Nice:)

  • gail January 18, 2012 at 6:18 am

    I love everything about this post, it brings me right back to when my girls were little. I especially love the calico critters and the last sentence on Claudine’s family pic, “I love me.” Just to keep it all covered!

  • Susan January 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I noticed your book on Vivian Maier. Pretty amazing story about her, and about how her photographs were discovered, don’t you think? I found her work to be fascinating.

  • Hong January 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    You’re lucky you’re not in Seattle right now. 4-8 inches of snow and of course the city is semi-paralyzed.

  • Meghann Chapman January 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Love the little drawings! That’s one of my favorite parts of motherhood: the art. I love seeing the world through their eyes. Nothing else like it.

  • soda January 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Wait…. they still sell those calico critters??! Wait… they’re called calico critters? I loved those!

    Btw, Claudine’s family picture is beyond adorable! 😉

  • taste area January 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    those drawings are unbelievable!

  • Lia January 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    We braved the weather to visit the 9/11 memorial. It was freezing and the kids were not happy to be there in the cold, but it was touching to see it and all the names printed around the fountains.

  • Zébulon January 21, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Jenna, your posts are just such marvelous things ! I share and do appreciate all these little moments of happiness in our everyday lives. Thanks for sharing your beautifull and simple pictures.

  • Jen February 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I used to play with those bunny figurines too! Back in Korea though, haha.

  • Megan Champion March 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I always feel so robbed, when I take Ethan to the toy store and I see Calico Critters, and I cannot buy any for him because he does not care for such things.

    I wonder if I had some as a child, and just dont remember. I love them so much.

    They seem like the perfect toys for little girls.

  • chai ling June 13, 2012 at 5:15 am

    adorable marimekko cup you got there 🙂