There are family photos. And then there are pictures of everyone in the family posed awkwardly and looking in slightly different directions. Ours is the latter. We usually don’t have it all together. And I’m usually behind the camera. But this is us, and you get the idea. There’s me (Katy), my husband (Andrew), and our daughters (Rosemary and Anthea).
How it began
I’m originally from Seattle. So as you might imagine, I am into recycling, my dog, indie music, chilly and overcast days, and have been a vegetarian since 2003. I am sturdy and tall, like an evergreen. And perhaps I even look best decorated at Christmas. Um, too far? Anyway… in addition to those Northwest-y things, I like photography, travel, swimming, hiking, pretending I’m good in the kitchen, and have a mild addiction to Diet Coke. In May 2006, just a couple of months later, I met Andrew. He was in a band, he had a good job, and I thought he was the bee’s knees. On our first date, I was so immediately smitten and nervous, I pulled out of his parking lot and drove on the wrong side of the road. Despite this, we hit it off immediately, and by our second date, we were inseparable. I have the most amazing memories of that first summer. I had just graduated college, gotten my first real job (with Microsoft) and life was taking off. Andrew and I moved in together two months later.
This is our first picture together. Taken downtown Seattle at the Pride parade. I changed jobs to follow my passion for journalism (but ended up ordering office supplies, answering phones, and doing “news stories” on a cat who routinely escaped from the local nursing home). We learned to snowboard, I met Andrew’s family, we traveled to Europe together, and we got engaged in April 2007.
We got married in Las Vegas in the first days of 2008. Our wedding was pretty much one fantastic party.
By the time we got married, Andrew and I were both working for the same company. We had the opportunity to move to transfer and work for the international site of our company in London. We jumped at it, and left Seattle in October 2008.
This is us during our first week in London. We lived in Notting Hill and spent a lot of time looking for a place to live and exploring London’s little nooks and crannies. We’ve been here ever since, traveling and seeing as much as possible. Some of our favorite places and travels have been in Greece and Wales.
We first talked about the possibility of having a baby on a trip to Belgium in August 2009 and we stood looking at a positive pregnancy test on Halloween 2009. I started this blog the next day, but kept it private. I had no readers, and we didn’t tell family about the new addition until I was closer to 12 weeks along. I had an easy, healthy pregnancy (see my growing belly) and my blog started to get quite a few readers (to my surprise). I planned to have a water birth, but the kiddo was overdue more than two weeks and I ended up being induced. Rosemary Agnes was born on July 25 (read Rosie’s birth story).
She looks like Andrew, but has my eyes. She’s stubborn and rambunctious.
She looks like me, has Andrew’s mouth, is super tall, and is seriously sweet.
We don’t subscribe to any certain parenting philosophy and are sort of making things up as we go (when in doubt, there’s always Google, right?). Rosemary and Anthea are breastfed babies and we do baby-led weaning.