I met NJ from A Cookie Before Dinner at a baby group in our local hospital when Scarlet was only three-weeks-old. NJ was bouncing her son, Malone, on a bouncy ball in the center of the room. I don’t think they stopped bouncing for three months so I only saw her in motion then. She stops bouncing, these days, to enjoy her family and to have western Mass adventures.
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Be sure to check out NJ’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. I know you’re still unpacking your feelings about the big wedding this past weekend. But I’m dying to know what caught you by surprise during your sister’s wedding?
I started to get the surprised feelings on the morning we drove up on the Friday before the wedding. It was just.. action-packed. I could not believe just how much work the bride and groom had put into this wedding. And my brother said it best when we were having dinner in the big tent. He said, “We’re at Mom and Dad’s house.. but… it’s been transformed.” So it had that comfort feeling, as well as that excitement. There was a point in which it all got to me – the intense cold, the nerves, the excitement. I was able to sneak upstairs to put on warm socks and boots and sit for a second on the bed I bought over ten years ago.. and just take a breather. Then I was refreshed to come back downstairs. So I was surprised by the intense combinations of feeling both comfortable AND exhilarated beyond belief. I miss it SO MUCH, but I have my niece’s baptism, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas coming up with family. It’s all good. It was fantastic, but good times are coming.
2. We all know you’ve got lucky socks! Does Scarlet have a lucky article of clothing?
She’s never really been one to get attached to just one thing, but she did have a favorite dress for YEARS:
And today she asked if she could wear her flower girl headband to school. She seemed so surprised that I agreed, but hey, the wedding is over. I know she will always highly value her entire flower girl outfit.
3. If I had to describe you in 10 words, I’d pick sundresses, books, photography, writing, cookies, moose, Maine, summer, flannel shirts, and Dr. Who (and bonus, hates cilantro). What words would you use to describe Scarlet? How about Des?
For Scarlet I’d say: strong, princess, believes, angelic voice, artistic, sensitive, dreams, sweet tooth, and as a bonus: Fruit Snack Bunnies!
For Des it is: strong, sponge brain, great hair, goofy, big eyes, lisp, appetite, giddy.
4. Your house is full of so many great pieces of art. What is your favorite and why do you love it so much?
I think my favorite will always be the painting I commissioned as a wedding present to Cassidy, by an artist named Tamara Cassidy! I found her while looking to get a URL for our wedding website. She painted a festive, post-wedding scene, with a moon, moose and wolf. The whole painting took awhile and really taught me a lot about the artistic process.
5. Give us a kitten update! I know for quite some time you were feeling lukewarm at best. Have those feelings changed?
Hmm.. I’d say warm enough. I do love our kittens. Ever since Bella had her overnight adventure outside and we feared the worst, I’ve felt better about her because secretly, I always felt like she didn’t belong. We only wanted one kitten for Scarlet and the extra one happens to be a freak of nature. That said, when I thought she was gone, I was REALLY upset. And REALLY happy she’s back. Also, she spends entire days on my lap. Hard to hate that. And Dinah is always a dear. I hate their litterboxes. I just hate that whole process and I want something better. However, they’re awfully warm and cuddly.
6. Malone and Scarlet have been friends since they were born. Who is your oldest friend (that isn’t family), what is your favorite memory of them, and how did you meet?
I have friends from toddlerhood and early school days, but it’s more that we’re Facebook friends, or really only see each other once in a decade. So my first thought is Jessica. I have always called her Jessi and we met in 4th grade at Hebrew School. We have dozens of incredible childhood memories, and we have seen each other through some of the best and worst days of our lives. I love that I drove to NJ and surprised her for her 30th birthday. One of my favorite memories of her is that she had just had her second baby, I was pregnant with Scarlet, and our other good friend was pregnant with her first child. We all decided to meet together at Jessi’s house and just bask in the joy of the fact that we were pregnant at the same time!
7. I know that both you and Cassidy love to foster moments that tie together a magical childhood. As the kids get older, do you ever think about how this might happen? I ask because Malone is starting to lose some of his innocence (he’s currently obsessed with WWII and I am struggling with how much to really tell him about it).
I think about this sometimes, because the world really is full of sh*t that they’ll sadly have to step in. I think about that a lot. On the other hand, they do have two parents and a slew of grandparents, aunts and uncles who help to work to build this magic and whimsy, and who believe in it themselves in their own lives. So all we can do is keep doing what we’re doing, and follow their leads sometimes. We have to be honest with them when they ask probing questions, but sometimes the honest answer is just about the most magical answer. Sometimes. And we’ll do our best to explain more of the good than the bad. And even WWII is filled with heroic stories of strength and love. I took a class on it in college, so I get the fascination.
8. Describe a perfect fall day.
I’m hoping to be having two of those this weekend, because October has really been about big plans and this will be our chance to do some fall things. It would include hot coffee, cookies, maybe a jumping pillow, corn maze or hayride, breakfast at Outlook Farm, some foliage driving, sunshine, leaves, a long nap from Des, an early dinner, some popcorn and Doctor Who at night. I like having a fall-themed photo shoot in the morning while Cassidy does something with the kids.
9. You’re making a mixed tape for a road trip. It only has room for 12 songs. What are they?
In no particular order, and just how I’m feeling TODAY or on a perfect fall day:
“Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty
“Cloud on my Tongue” by Tori Amos
“Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities
“Into the Great Wide Open” also by Tom Petty
“Alive and Kicking” by Simple Minds
“Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast” also by Capital Cities
“I Can’t Go For That” by Daryl Hall and Chromeo (not the usual version) In fact, HERE.
“Showbiz Kidz” by Steely Dan
“Badge” (Live 24 Nights version) by Eric Clapton
“The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby
“Canary In a Coal Mine” by The Police
“Digital Witness” by St. Vincent
10. What chapter books are you looking forward to reading aloud with Scarlet? Malone and I just recently read The Wizard of Oz and Charlie And the Chocolate Factory. Little House On The Prairie is next!
Honestly, and I know we have many years before this, but I can’t wait until she falls in love with Harry Potter!
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