Posts about 'Lucy'

Blizzard 2013

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

We had a little over two feet of snow here in Concord during the great Blizzard of 2013. At least it happened at the beginning of the weekend.

Six hours of shoveling yesterday, in which I got almost the entire driveway done. Probably another six hours today to do the end of the driveway (where the plows dump all the snow from the busy street we’re on), the mailbox across the street so the mailman can get to it, my mother-in-law’s car, the path to the oil tank and the path to the front door. Oy.

At least I got a couple of good pictures out of it. Here’s what it looked like when I opened the garage door to get started.

Sadie and Lucy liked going out in the snow. Lucy made sure to enforce the “If I go out and play in the snow, then I get hot chocolate” rules.

With any luck, I’ll be done shoveling by dinnertime tonight, just in time to get ready to go to work tomorrow.

Lucy conducting at soccer practice

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

It’s tough when you are hanging out at your older sister’s soccer practices. The time drags.

Luckily, Lucy is quite capable of entertaining herself (and me). Sometimes by conducting imaginary orchestras.

Lucy at the soccer field

Lucy the bug scientist

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We live across the street from Walden Woods here in Concord, and we take family walks through them every couple of weeks or so.

Yesterday, Lucy was fascinated by the types of bugs one finds under a leaf. She may have found her calling as a entomologist.

Little girl with bug

The unkillable PlanetAll hat

Friday, June 8th, 2012

I got this PlanetAll hat in 1998. A lot has changed since then, but the hat abides.

And the girls like it:

Lucy PlanetAll hat

Sadie PlanetAll hat

Even my students when I was living in China liked it:

Jason PlanetAll hat

Lucy the karate preschooler

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Lucy’s started karate. She’s very excited and doing pretty well — even though she’s the smallest one in the class. She’s already earned three stripes, and is testing for her yellow belt next week. We’ll see if she makes it!

Lucy the preschooler in her karate outfit

Feminism essay

Friday, May 11th, 2012

I just published my newest essay about feminism and daughters.

It’s pretty obvious that I’m not going to hit the initial target of getting 39 of these out this year, but I’m still going to keep writing them. We’ll see if I can speed up the process a little bit, though.

For now, I’ll just quote the great Douglas Adams: “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

Lucy Dress Up

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Lucy loves dressing up at her pre-school. I believe this one is Cinderella…

Lucy dressing up

So, what do you want to be?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

If you’re five? You want to be WordGirl. You want to use your grand vocabulary to foil villains.

And if you’re three? You want to be WordGirl’s sidekick, Captain Huggy Face. You want nothing more than to be with and like your big sister.

And if you’re their parents? You want to be the type of parents who can wield a glue gun and cut some felt. And sometimes, you succeed.

WordGirl and Captain Huggyface

Happy Halloween.

Status Update

Monday, October 10th, 2011

It’s been a while.

First, a professional update. I’ve transitioned away from day-to-day involvement with Practically Green. I’m still an advisor and shareholder, but I’m not going to be in the trenches any more. I believe deeply in PG’s mission of helping people go green, and I’m looking forward to the great things they will do.

As for me, I’m taking a little time off. I’ll take a few classes, bake a few brownies, rake a few leaves.

And, of course, by “rake a few leaves,” I mean “throw the children into the leaf pile.”

Sadie in the leaf pile

Lucy in the leaf pile

Sadie and Lucy, March 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

I don’t have time right now to do proper blog posts (damn you, startup world), but I can pull it together enough to put up new pictures of the girls. Enjoy!

Sadie, March 2011

Lucy, March 2011

Halloween 2010

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

I’m still the worst blogger in the world, but I can pull it together enough to put up a decent Halloween picture of the small children.

They are both girls. They both wanted to be Buzz Lightyear. What more could you want?

Early Summer Pictures

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Ok. I suck. Also, my main camera is broken. And, I’m a little busy. That said, I feel bad that I haven’t put any pictures up in here in a while. So, here you go!

As part of having the house on the market, we’ve been working a lot on the garden. Lucky for us, both Sadie and Lucy really enjoy gardening.

Sadie gardening

Lucy gardening

Lucy also helped up sweeping the sidewalk, keeping everything pretty.

Lucy sweeping the sidewalk

Lucy is now very much a two-year-old. She has pretty strong opinions about what she wants to do, what she wants to eat, and even on the proper way to hit a baseball.

Lucy with an innovative batting style

She’s keeping up with her Toddler Room friends, texting constantly.

Lucy with her iPhone

She’s also the social butterfly, hosting tea parties for all her friends.

Lucy at a tea party with Lightning McQueen

Sadie’s been ripping it up as well. She’s patriotic:

Sadie with the American Flag

She’s a blur on the hippity-hop:

Sadie riding her hippity hop

She rocks the tricycle up and down the road.

Sadie riding her tricycle

And, in the end, we’re all in this together. Very fun summer.

Sadie and Lucy in the Street

I’m probably going dark for another couple of months. See you September (ish) with lots of new pictures and new life updates.

Youngest in curls

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The teachers at school like to dress up the girls sometimes. Lucy got an extra ponytail yesterday, and was rocking the Cindy Brady.

Lucy looking like Cindy Brady

A couple of new pictures

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Things are a little insane at the Butler household at the moment (and about to get insanier). My photography duties have been dropped. Badly. I’ll try to be better. Here are a couple of pictures to keep you going.

Sadie and Lucy love playing Superman on the swings. They lie on their stomachs and are given giant swings. It’s like flying!

Sadie and Lucy doing Superman

Sadie’s all about the Patriots shirt with the pink. This will be a tough combination for 2022 boys to resist. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to that!

Sadie in her Patriots jersey

Lucy’s second birthday party is this week. I’ll try to get some good pictures from that.

Lucy in the chair with animals

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Lucy loves her little stuffed animals. Sadie helped her out yesterday by burying her in the chair with some of her favorites.

Lucy with her stuffed animals

Can you identify them all? I see Squirt, Elmo, Otto, Thomas, Sharky, Cowpuff, Eeyore, Bluefish, Froggy, Wally, Snoopy and Tigger. Did we miss anyone?

Some new pictures

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

We’ve had a busy month or two here in the Butler household. Here are a couple of pictures I’ve managed to capture while in the center of the maelstrom.

Lucy’s been feeding her book obsession. Her newest fun trick is to sit in the big green chair with her stack of books. She finds this an excellent use of fifteen minutes.

Lucy reading her books

Lucy has very entertaining hair sometimes.

Lucy eating her corn

It’s very sweet that Sadie and Lucy both want to help me clean the house. They find the vacuum very useful for picking up the stray pieces of corn that someone managed to drop while eating dinner.

Lucy reading her books

More soon!

Lucy is demanding the big toys

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

You had to imagine that this was coming. Lucy has had enough of playing only on the little climber and swinging only in the toddler swing. If Sadie can play on the big-girl apparatus, then, dammit, she can too.

I’m not sure she’s really figured out how much of a challenge climbing the ladder to the clubhouse is really going to pose her, though. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish through sheer force of will and hard-headedness.

Lucy climbing up the big ladder

The payoff at the top was totally worth it, though. She got to ring the bell, spin the steering wheel, and, most importantly, go down the BIG slide.

Lucy going down the big slide

After that, it was on to the big swings. These require a little more coordination, but after a couple of falls, she has grasped the meaning of “hang on.”

Lucy climbing up the big ladder

Next spring, Lucy will be all over the swingset. No more toddler for us.

Sadie and Lucy are ready for football

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

They had “wear Patriots colors” day at Sadie and Lucy’s school yesterday. Luckily, we were able to make that happen. The teachers at school even gave Sadie a little war paint.

Sadie is ready for opening day

Lucy was excited too, but she was more concerned about bottle security. No way Meriweather is stripping that.

Sadie and Lucy are ready for opening day

Sadie and Lucy in Central Park

Monday, August 31st, 2009

We took Sadie and Lucy to New York last weekend for a little vacation and a chance to catch up with some of our old friends. It was a great weekend, and I’ll probably write up some notes a little later this week. For now, I figured I’d just start with a couple of pictures.

We left the hotel and wandered through Central Park until we hit the Heckscher Playground. They renovated this playground since the last time we visited, and it was a big hit with the kids.

Sadie found a tire swing. That was enough for thirty minutes of sheer bliss.

Sadie on the tire swing in Central Park.

Sadie on the tire swing in Central Park.

Lucy was too little for the tire swing, so she was sitting in her stroller watching Sadie swing. She was a little bored, though.

Lucy in her stroller in Central Park.

So, we let her out to be free-range baby for a little while. She toddled around for a little while, but then found a mud puddle at the edge of the swings area. She circled it for a minute, then decided to investigate further.

Lucy sitting in Central Park.

As it turns out, you can do a lot of splashing in the mud puddle. It’s great fun.

Lucy splashing a mud puddle in Central Park.

Nothing makes Lucy happier than a little mud.

Lucy a little muddy in Central Park.

Sadie then wandered around the “castle” a little bit. Whoever designed the park did a nice job pulling this section together. There’s lots for a three-year-old to explore.

Sadie exploring in Central Park.

Sadie exploring in Central Park.

Sadie exploring in Central Park.

At the end of the day, Sadie was very happy.

Sadie in Central Park.

The girls even got to share a big hug back in the hotel lobby.

Sadie and Lucy in New York.

I’ll write more later (especially about the Museum of Natural History), but I wanted to get these pictures up quickly.

Quick July pictures

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

We’re back from vacation. I’ll have a longer Cape post coming up eventually. (Did I mention I’m launching this week?) In the meantime, here are a couple of cute pictures of the girls to tide you over.


Lucy on the rug


Sadie on the Cape