A year ago, on January 1, 2011, we trekked out to Roosevelt Island with our newly expanded family in order to run the little guy around a bit. A now-long-lost friend used to say Roosevelt Island was his favorite place in the D.C. area. I didn't ask why, and I regret never having asked to tag along. It's a beautiful, secluded yet easily accessible, little nook of national park. We got some great pictures of Boy in front of various Roosevelt sayings (Teddy, not Franklin) and even a couple of the 7 day old Girl nuzzled up to me in her wrap.
A year later and we're in Tallinn, where we've (finally!) been graced with a little bit of snow. What an amazing mood lifter. Estonia gets about 6 to 7 hours of daylight this time of year, and even that is more gray than anything anyone would ever call sunny. But a little snow brightens up the place, and for the past couple days we've actually seen the real, honest to goodness sun. We spent some of this New Year's Day outside. Boy and I had our first snowball fight. Girl drove her coupe around the neighborhood. The snowy trampoline got a bit of a workout. It just felt good.