08 July 2007

Mouse-eaten dolls

Mouse-eaten dolls
Originally uploaded by lizzyq19
I ran across this photo today as I was trying to keep my mind off of sweating. It is in the 90s today and we haven't installed our air conditioner in the front room yet. We live on the top floor of a three-story walk-up in Evanston (just north of Chicago, IL) and this bad boy can really retain some heat. Our living room window faces west, and from noon on, we are baking in a dark clay brick oven. Bleck.

Anyhow, I digress. These two awesome dolls were made by my Gramma (me mum's mum) for my cousin Christina and I when we were young. I recall Gramma asking what colour we wanted the eyes and hair to be. My doll at one time had luxuriant pink locks (she's the one on the right), while her cousin was a blond, blue-eyed beauty. Sadly, that yarn was tasty to some mice, and so they decided to give our girls a trim.

So here's to the sweetest dolls ever - they have moved on into that plane where dolls roam free of their own accord, no longer bound to be manipulated by tiny hand, or bent by the will of others.

03 July 2007

Welcome to Our 'Blog!

Welcome to our Blog - after various servers and re-invention, we have finally (most recently) settled on a family blog, which will detail our thoughts & experiences as a young family. We are members of the Baha'i Faith - the newest of the world's religions - and so this exciting world-view certainly shapes our thoughts and reactions, but this is by no means an "official" Baha'i view (for more information on the Baha'i Faith, click here).

Here's a little bit of our history:

Liz (or Mama) - studied Anthropology & Botany most recently at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (among other universities). Is a self-taught photographer & gardener (out of pots on our back porch), and the mother of a one year-old baby.

Nathan (or Da) - studied Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently works at the Bookstore of the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois. Is a
playwright & spoken-word artist, and the father of the same one year-old baby.

Olivia - the twice aforementioned one year-old baby. Is a patient & observant child, who enjoys silly time, has a funny little arm dance, and can show you where her "button" is.

As a family, we are committed to tasty organic food, low energy consumption, and cloth diapers. But mostly we are working to establish a healthy family & community life so that when we move on, we will leave the place a little nicer than we found it.

The Old Man and the Sea...

This is my face in Alaska. It looks pretty much the same here, too.