Elsie’s first haircut

On a sunny Seattle afternoon in the merry month of May, Elsie got her golden locks trimmed for the very first time. Sandy had pondered the style (bob) and the timing (now) long enough and took scissors to hand, Stella shot video, Frances gathered curls into a ziplock for posterity’s sake, Aunt Steffi offered artistic guidance, and Elsie put on a brave face and sat through the ordeal as if she’s been to the salon on a regular basis for years and years.

I took pictures. Here are a few of the good ones:

Elsie gets her picture taken

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to have a professional photographer show up at our house to take take pictures of Elsie. Sandy dressed up our little darling up in a vintage Hanna Andersson dress, handed down from cousin Frances. Our unkempt yard was the perfect backdrop. If you’re looking for a photographer, we highly recommend Lisa Loop. Elsie warmed up to her right away, and the pictures turned out beautifully.

Bear hugs at Holden Village

We made our annual pilgrimage to Holden Village over Labor Day weekend. This year’s expedition included Steph, Kendall, Stella, Frances, Sandy, Elsie, and myself. The weather was perfect, if a bit on the cool side. We took several kid-friendly hikes, saw some bears, ate our share of good Holden bread, and met Senator Maria Cantwell, who was also staying at the village. All in all, a very fun weekend.

We really missed going last year. The village was closed due to forest fires in the vicinity. This was Elsie’s first trip, and she clearly loved being there. It was very fun for her to have Frances and Stella to play with. I managed to get a short video clip of the 3 girls hamming it up, so I’ll make a valid attempt to post that in the coming days. In the meantime, I am putting an album of photos on my photo gallery page. Be sure to check it out.

Family photo album

I’ve posted a summer photo album online which includes lots of baby pictures. Enjoy!