Wednesday, March 30, 2011


bag, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

I am almost at the the end of my diapering career, but I think I'm about to buy a big old diaper bag. My cool messenger bag has finally broken both zippers. We had such a good run, and it was a bag that even John didn't mind carrying. Now I feel like a need even more of a diaper bag because I need supplies for three kids, perhaps my knitting, and my camera. What if I even started carrying a book for myself?

crockpot falafel

This is from Stephanie O'Dea's Crockpot 365 website. This may be the best falafel I've ever had. I've never been a real crockpot cooker. I never mix anything with a can of cream of mushroom soup, and we are mostly vegetarian. My kids don't like casseroles or things that are mixed together, but lately I'm the queen of the crockpot. The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy Singla is my current obsession, and I'm cooking my way through her bean recipes.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

milo vest

milo vest, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

I finally knitted something other than a scarf, a hat, or handwarmers. I thought I'd make a size four and Ruby would be able to wear it next winter when she is three, but this size four turned out really big. Maybe I'm a super loose garter stitcher, and next time I'll use smaller needles for the top garter stitch section. A certain five year old model in the photograph made me swear that I would not show his face.

I've been taking a knitting class in our middle school, and this was my first class project. I absolutely love the Kureyon yarn, its rustic handspun quality and the amazing colors. Kureyon means crayon in Japanese.

The pattern is on Ravelry, Milo by Georgie Hallam. I'm looking forward to making Ruby another one that is a little longer that can be worn like a tunic dress. Maybe my next project is the Rainbow Dress.

first tooth

lost a tooth, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

John lost his first tooth this weekend. The tooth fairy brought him a dollar, and he was pretty thrilled.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


sun, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


spring, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

sea and sky

edge, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

Just the five of us went to the beach, our first family beach trip since Ella was two years old and we were a family of three. We rented a house in Edisto, South Carolina to enjoy the early spring warmth and the empty beaches. We all got sick, but at least we were together. We had the space and time to sleep. liberated from our usual obligations. We returned with bags of starfish and shells, telling stories of kites and castles on the edge of the world.

running for the sun

running for the sunset, originally uploaded by ellajohn.


edisto 010, originally uploaded by ellajohn.


fly, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

the castle

starfish fortress, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

edisto island

edisto sunset, originally uploaded by ellajohn.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

driving south

We are driving south for a week in Edisto, South Carolina. The internet is not coming with us. We are staying right on the ocean, and there will be much sea shell collecting, drawing, walking, digging, and castle building.

science with john

sink or float science with john, originally uploaded by ellajohn.