Monday

 For the past couple of weeks, Q's daddy has been back in his whites, helping out in a friend's restaurant a couple of nights a week. He left the restaurant business (after many years of cooking) back when we were in the final stages of the adoption process, knowing that the food biz is a difficult one for a new father. But cooking is in his blood, he's good at it, and he enjoys it. Q misses him terribly when he's away, but she could not be more proud when she gets to stop into the restaurant and peek in at him through the food window. She loves his white uniform, and she loves to watch her daddy cook for other people, and she sometimes tells me that when she grows up she'd like to cook, too.
 When her daddy and I were first dating, and he was the culinary director at a sushi restaurant in the Vail Valley, I used to watch him through that same sort of window, with the stacked plates, and the rows of well-used pots and pans behind. So I love to look through that window and see this.
 Tonight, early on a slow Monday evening, Q had the privilege of being in the restaurant kitchen with her daddy while he whipped her up some pasta Alfredo for her supper. Oh, the pride and adoration on that face! It warms the heart of a mommy and proud wife.
This is maybe my favorite set of photos ever, ever. My family. The ones that I love. 
How lucky can one mommy be?

10 comments:

Ana Degenaar said...

This made me cry for several reasons, you are so lucky and your little one is so precious.

alliot + iza said...

This is BEAUTIFUL!
The pride and adoration.
LOVE love your images.

marion said...

oh, ces photos!......

kenza said...

They are precious!

Natalie Thiele said...

Funny, just as I was scrolling down to the last set of photos, I was thinking that these were the best photos you had ever shown. Then, I read your comment.
The mutual love and pride they have for each other fills the room.

....... said...

these pictures are priceless!
:)

Paula

Yoli said...

Such an emotional set of pictures. It moved me beyond words.

Jeanne-ming said...

pretty lucky! Handsome Chef, Leggy kid, plates of food and the FROG!!!!!! Bliss

Darja Charapova said...

I agree with you, beautiful pictures! There just so true, so warm, you really captured a moment of pure love betwwen you 3 :)
Best wishes:)

the habitpattern said...

i love this post!

i catch myself having moments like this with joe and faye. i'll stand and look through the crack of the bedroom door while they play or stare at them on the beach. makes my heart swell.