Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pour Yourself a Cup of Tea

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams.

These days there seem to be constant reminders of the impermanence all around us... muddy leaves decomposing in the garden, snow slowly melting to reveal an earth on the verge of something new,  growing children that make me tear up thinking how swiftly they change each season, each day. There are friends and acquaintances in the hospital, friends who gave birth and some who are soon to give birth. Another doll sewn, another meal made, laundry, dishes, laughing, crying... and the birds are there tweeting somewhere. The drum beats on, even when we are not able to keep the rhythm. I am trying hard to climb out from under my rock, get out in the sun, but like the Earth around me, I've not quite wakened from my winter sleep, and I can't seem to keep up with the changes that must take place. Ah well. Sleepy as I am, I must trudge through this mud season, must except that is part of the reawakening of the earth in these parts and like the daffodils hiding under ground begin to crawl upward to the surface again. How are you? How is your world? Muddy? Rainy? Sunny? Cold? Blissful? Tiresome? I'm drinking some orange tea right now and very ready for bedtime. If only the littlest was on my time clock.

 friend shared this with me, so I am sharing it with you for a little extra beauty in your day:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

12/52 and 13/52 Mud Season Ramble

Week 12
Elsa: she is a very serious little person these days
Oona: squeezing her baby oh so tightly

 "A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015 (most of the time, anyway!)"

Week 13
Oona and Elsa: a trip to big city to visit friends and then a trip to our yard to find all that mud season has to offer


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring is Hiding

Some handmade gifts for the girls from way back when --- Valentine's Day 2015.
Happy Spring!  It's not much like Spring here yet, save for the mud. It's still plenty cold, though I guess you could call it warm compared to the sub zero temperatures in February. I think I am always chasing rainbows this time of year. I try to employ every bright color possible in my crafting. I'm starting to feel a bit a embarrassed about all the baking we've done this winter.... mostly about all the cookies we've been eating. I'm becoming more snow woman-like than person. I told Jake the other day that this winter has made me feel very faded... both physically and mentally. I see a ghost-image of myself in the mirror... The girl's and I played on the porch the other day in the sun. It wasn't for long, the wind was pretty biting, but we needed a taste of sunlight. On the Equinox Oona and I went to pick out some seeds at the hardware store. She's going to have her own little garden this year. I can't wait for those long days in the sun digging in the dirt. I haven't started any of my seedlings yet... soon, but I wanted it to feel a little more like Spring first. (Perhaps that's a case of the chicken and the egg!)

Delicious baguettes made from this recipe and inspired by the awesome one's gifted to us by my friend Megan.  

 The preschool teacher asked me to make curtains for the classroom, and I had initially thought I'd just whip up some quick rectangles out of printed fabric, but nothing I had seemed quite right. I started thinking, "What would Oona like?" and suddenly appliqued flowers seemed to be the only answer. I was happy to bring Spring to the classroom even if it's hiding from me everywhere else!

Extra time indoors has meant lots of crafting.  I feel like there's a whole stack of projects I haven't gotten around to sharing here... that faded feeling I was talking about... lack luster about everything. And Oona draws non-stop, and Elsa is beginning to love it too, though she often prefers drawing on things other than paper... like doll faces and walls and computer screens! They've also been playing together much more... one of the good points of spending far too much time indoors. I am hopeful that we will be venturing out a lot more in the coming weeks... re-instituting daily walks... plotting and planning for our gardens, jumping in mud puddles and finding our energy again in that golden sunlight!

"Spring Flowers" by Oona

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

11/52 Snow Birds

" A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

My Family: trying to escape a little cabin fever last week and forcing ourselves to enjoy this endless winter


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

10/ 52 Sand, Butterflies and Kittens

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona and Elsa: bringing the sand box indoors


Sunday, March 1, 2015

9/52 Lollipop Kids

Oona: movie star glasses and a little blood sugar
Elsa: too cool for school, don't mess with this one

Disclaimer/ Mother's Guilt: I am not really a big lollipop/ hard candy/ teeth rotting Mama as these pictures might implicate me to be... we bought a small bag of organic vitamin C enriched lolli's to help with sore throats. I admit, it was probably a mistake... one, because I tried one and they really are better than the average lolli and two, because Elsa started asking for her daily lolli which led me to hide them in the car for long car rides so she didn't become dependent on this quick sugar fix. Oh, to be young again and not worry about the state of your teeth. Disclaimer Two: I am also not nearly as saintly about sugar as I'd like to be... we get our fair share in many ways, to be sure.