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Last Days of Winter (& Friday Links)

Only a few more days until it’s officially spring! And just in time for these last days of winter, the Sierras are finally getting some much-needed snow. We’re going to head up to the cabin with friends this weekend and do our best to soak it in.

We’re really hoping that Skyler will join in with the ski school this time. We had one go at it a few months ago and discovered that she would strongly prefer a female instructor—preferably one with a “fairy braid.” We’ve considered bringing a fake Elsa-from-Frozen-style white braid and just asking the instructor to clip it on, but that might be going a bit too far. (Is it?) I think we’ll just cross our fingers that she gets a “gurl.”

What are your plans for the weekend? Before we decided to go skiing, we’d gotten tickets to a Danú and Goitse concert of Irish music at the Mondavi Center—one of the first times we’d really planned a St. Patrick’s celebration since living in New York and attending the parades.

Those parade days were always so beautiful! I loved the bagpipes. Of course, I found that I wrote this on Hudson’s Nine Month photo post about one year’s St. Paddy’s celebration:

“We started the month on St. Patrick’s Day, a ridiculous scene wherein we made the mistake of trying to see the parade from Central Park and ended up fleeing the rowdy scene while trying to keep Hudson asleep in the stroller. That meant frantic side-of-the-street changes (as another group of chanting drunk students would approach) until we ended up walking down First Avenue past the UN with Aron pulling the stroller backwards to keep the high sun off Hudson’s face. I took a picture of the struggle for when I’m tempted to recount glory days and only remember what was awesome about having a baby in the city. I can pull it out and say ‘Are you sure?’” Ha!

Will you be doing anything for the holiday? 

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Green Beret Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day

Though there’s nothing wrong with raising a green beer or a stiff stout to toast on St. Patrick’s day, I prefer a cocktail. Recently, Aron has been making us batches of orgeat—a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and a bit of orange blossom water—and we’ve been sipping it along with rum and lime juice. I first had the combination at a local Irish pub, DeVere’s—they call it a Green Beret—and it inspired a request for it at home.

It would be the perfect drink to kick off a St. Patrick’s Day feast.

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Travelogue: California Adventure & Disneyland

Aron teased me a bit about my wish to return to Disneyland again this year for Skyler’s birthday: it’s the Southern Californian in me, perhaps, that sort of expects it to be a piece of the kids’ childhood when in fact it’s a rare privilege.

In fact, I feel incredibly lucky that we got to go again this year. It’s such fun to see the kids’ reactions to things at different ages—to see their eyes light up with the thrills and surprises, the theme park magic. And bittersweet, too, as we come to see that Hudson is already “too old” for some rides and attractions. As with Riley in the movie Inside Out, some his fantasy island is getting a bit more shaky. It only made me gladder that we took the opportunity to go again this year, to soak it up!

And this time, for the first time with the kids, we went for multiple days and visited California Adventure, staying at the Disneyland Hotel.

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