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February 15, 2012

Naturally, we like to dress up on the rare occasion that we go out to eat.

note to self: don’t thrust camera into hands of random woman on cell phone, lest she cut Dan’s antlers out of the photo.

How was your Valentines Day? I took Rose to our local candy store to buy some chocolate hearts for her preschool friends, and then like the festive mom I am, whispered to her as she was falling asleep: you have already forgotten the candy store exists. The truffles were enjoyed and Dan got me the watering can I asked for and a bottle of Irish Cream. All he requested for Valentines Day was a creme-filled pastry, which given the accompanying winks, must be a double entendre.

Also, I have another essay published on It’s about Col turning seven and the improbablity of that sperm joining up with that egg and becoming this family that feels as immutable as stone, but really contains more chance than a night in Vegas. You guys have been great at helping me get paid, y’know, clicking and sharing. Thanks, again!

And, drumroll…new 6512 sponsor: KnitKnot and Gumdrop!

Liz, creatress of KnitKnot and Gumdrop is a Colorado, stay at home mom to 2 kids, 1 wonder mutt and a well loved coffee pot. She loves to create, travels with knitting needles, and can be found sewing during naptime and on evenings, knitting in coffee shops while listening to NPR podcasts. She and her husband hope to someday buy a chunk of land in Oklahoma and open a small-town knitting/craft shop where likeminded, yarn-loving folks can gather to drink coffee, sip wine, and knit.

We LOVE Liz’s aprons. Also, a face like that gets you twenty squeezes, five kisses and innumerable sighs of incredulousness.
Rose calls her apron a “kitchen cape” and feels very professional in it. The pockets are key.
“Coley, you’re supposed to put stuff in the pocket.”
Making bread at a recent homeschool co-op day (studying “hearth and home” because we make up our own subjects! Plus, you wouldn’t believe the opportunity for studying fractions in cooking.)
Knitknot Gumdrop is offering to one lucky commenter a free apron from her etsy shop (or custom made apron from her awesome fabric stash). Also, receive 15% off any item in her shop (the sun bonnets are insanely cute) with the coupon code 6512GROW. Leave a comment below to be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway closes Sunday 19th. 
Comments closed. Winner is Sabrina! Contact Liz via her etsy shop to pick out your apron.
27 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2012 8:44 am

    Goodness you guys look amazing! So funny!! The aprons are super cute :)

  2. February 15, 2012 9:14 am

    Love reading your blog… Awesome eating out costumes!

  3. February 15, 2012 9:37 am

    i can picture someone i know in that little apron. she would officially be ‘too much’ really! those are darling!!! and woman, our brains run on parallel tracks. matt and i are always marveling at the extreme random nature of something as grand and wondrous as a ’normal’ family?! he and dan seem like peas in a pod with that cream filled pastry business, too. just sayin. (and for the life of me i can’t get his photo off my profile, but i will spend another 3 or 4 hours trying….)

  4. February 15, 2012 9:41 am


  5. February 15, 2012 9:41 am

    ha! he’s gone! but ‘read aloud revolution’ isn’t what i was after either….i guess it just unofficially went public. BTW, love the costumes very very much. did dan take out any eyeballs?

  6. February 15, 2012 10:04 am

    i apologize for littering your comments. now i am just using you as a guinea pig to see if perhaps, i fixed it all. It’s ivey, in case you haven’t figured it out, (and i haven’t fixed it) does this mean i have three shots at winning the apron? :)!!!

  7. February 15, 2012 10:14 am

    ok, i have no idea if you guys were really going out to eat, but you look like the very best kind of superheros. the ones who materialize in your kitchen after the sourdough bread turns out flat and you’ve lost confidence in your DIY abilities and your own kids are running around screaming. *POOF* there are the four of you, and after you work your magic, the world seems filled with possibility again and everybody remembers how to laugh. in fact, my morning is already better. no wonder col wants to know if he can live in the same town as you when he grows up.

    • Emily permalink
      February 16, 2012 9:21 pm

      yes yes! DIY superheros. I concur.

  8. February 15, 2012 10:36 am

    Your get ups are full of love. That’s what Valentine’s Day is about. Cute aprons.

  9. Naomi Greenberg permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:36 am

    I would love to win an apron for my little guy.

  10. February 15, 2012 10:51 am

    I’m totally going to start calling my apron a “kitchen cape,” though mine is an ancient hand-me-down from my mom and not nearly as fetching as Rose’s.

    I love Dan’s antlered bike helmet. They need to get those in pro bike racing; it’d make for more interesting sprint stages for sure.

  11. Daryl permalink
    February 15, 2012 12:31 pm

    are you homeschooling 100% now? Rosie’s so big..and Col looks like a mini-man, especially in that baking photo. And you guys look like nut jobs in that first picture. Funny that it’s “fastnacht” here (German Carnival) and that’s the time of year they dress up. And you guys are dressed up. Because you’re nut jobs, though.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      February 16, 2012 1:26 pm

      Funny, I often think of my kids as nut jobs, I guess the nut never falls far from the tree. Col’s at public school 2 days/week, the rest of the time he’s stuck with Nut Job Mama.

  12. February 15, 2012 1:42 pm

    super cute aprons

  13. katy permalink
    February 15, 2012 3:22 pm

    My daughter could really use her own apron, instead of wrapping mine around herself twice or…thrice. I wonder when the last time I used “thrice” was.

  14. Diane Petersen permalink
    February 15, 2012 5:36 pm

    Cracking me up, as usual! I just wish we were neighbors!

  15. Christine D. permalink
    February 16, 2012 9:00 am

    Love the apron and LOVE your going out to eat outfits :)

  16. February 16, 2012 9:05 am

    “Kitchen Cape” is the best new term I’ve heard today.

  17. amberelegance permalink
    February 16, 2012 4:14 pm

    I’ve just read this entry on the laptop as opposed to my phone. Thought I’d mention how I like the new layout (although I am sure it’s not so new anymore – my phone looks the same regardless!)

    Lovely post as always x

  18. Mindi Clark permalink
    February 16, 2012 6:01 pm

    I love the antlers, matt and i dressed up as unicorn hunters for halloween a few years ago, i’ll have to send you a photo sometime. Owen is almost ready for an apron! xo

  19. Andi permalink
    February 16, 2012 9:48 pm

    “Kitchen Cape”?!? I love it!

  20. February 17, 2012 12:03 pm

    Those are adorbs! (My new shamefully favorite word.) Do they come in adult sizes?

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      February 17, 2012 12:06 pm

      Apparently they do, because my mother-in-law has already ordered one for herself. Also, how adorbs would you look in one of those?

  21. February 17, 2012 5:44 pm

    Adorable apron – so many uses indeed. So, that pic at the top is divine. I think next year for holiday cards you should plan on a pic (that one first) of your fam in each season. LOVE it. xoxo

  22. February 18, 2012 9:45 am

    Oh, that picture of you all makes me smile. What a cute bunch!

    I looked at Liz’s shop and I fell in love with the pear harvest apron. I think that’s what it’s called. I would look very professional in that while I’m knee deep in dishes and food scraps.


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