Thursday, January 31, 2008

and, I missed it...

So it looks like I missed the boat, and stumbled as the wagon rumbled by so I couldn't jump on. It's color week at so many of my friends blogs and I wish that I had been able to participate! Check out Fairlight, Amanda, Chelle, and Leslie for all of the inspiration!
Perhaps I will have to give it a try next week.

Why is it that I always find myself so inspired to do so many things while I am at work and by the time I get home, get dinner, clean-up, and spend some time with my boys, it's gone! *Poof*
Plus, the new season of this fabulous show begins tonight and for the next sixteen Thursdays at 8 p.m. I will be sitting infront of the TV totally ingrossed. Sure, twist my arm, I admitt it, I am addicted. It's David's fault, he introduced me to it and now I can't get enough. :)

And now I'm begging...no more snow! No more below 0 temps. I've said this before and I will say it again...Spring, spring where fore art thou? Sure it's still January, but a girl can dream can't she?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Uh Oh!

*Gasp*
I cannot believe that I have not blogged about this sooner. Elijah has found his first word. For the last two weeks he has been non stop saying "Uh Oh!" He knows what it means and gets great pleasure in dropping things to the flooor such as Cheerios or cell phones, saying "Uh Oh!" and then looking at David or I longing for us to say it back. It is delightful. He still jabbers on with a vast range of sounds. He loves it when I mimick him. He'll oo and ah and I do it right back which cause him to get louder and more excited. Good times...
More snow today. My love of Spring grows with each and every snowflake.
David has been sick...no fun for him. I hope he will be on the mend soon. We need Spring to come so that I can open all the windows and air out the house. Being cooped up causes us to just pass the germs back and forth. I can see more and more how Spring cleaning is important.
Until then, I will pull out my homemade cleaners...I need to wipe down all the doorknobs.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

List, List, List...

More lists have sprouted from my pen...

William Steig - good to read aloud (was recommended as such, I haven't read any as yet)
http://www.lunchinabox.net Bento, I am in love!
Diaso - related to the above
Ichiban Kan - again related to the above, and above that
Recipes to try @ Happily Ever After/ Meals made Easy
Repurpose Inspiration
New foods for Little Man - I could use some help with this one.
Help! I want to broden his horizons with foods, safely. We are stuck on little squares of oven-roasted deli turkey and chicken (he adores these), freshly baked sweet potatos (love, love, loves these), apple sauce (need I say it), mashed potatos, bananas, oatmeal. I tried fresh peas cooked until soft and gently squished last night and he kept pushing them out of his mouth with his tongue and then dropping them on the floor...lovely. What foods did you feed your one years olds? What did they love? He only has two teeth at this point, but I want him to have more vegetables. He loves food of all kinds, I am just stuck in the preparation to prevent choking and I am drawing a blank. Any suggestions would be fabulous!

Note: The link to Lunch in a box was not correct, I have fixed the issue. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Brrrrrrrrrr...

This is the view out our front door. It snowed all day yesterday, 8.7 inches and below zero temps. Still so cold. After awhile it's just cold, the temp doesn't matter.
As I drove to work there were cars in the median and a double tractor trailer had lost it's second trailer. I slipped and slid a wee bit.

How can you resist this??? He wanted to help with the laundry. Mostly he pulls out things and throws them on the floor. I appreciate the thought...

We are all well...cold, way too cold, but well. Thank you David for giving me this. I have been toasty warm on the long walk to the office. It's not quite the same jacket, mine is a lovely turquoise, but this gives you the idea.
Oh, Spring how I long for thee.




Sunday, January 20, 2008

That's amore.

We didn't leave the house today. It has been bitterly cold. I had to go grocery shopping last night and when the inside of my nose started to freeze, I decided the great indoors is where I would stay, we all three should stay.

We looked out at the snow.

And warmed our toes on the heat vent.


We had pizza from scratch for lunch.

Elijah loves the Kitchen-Aid mixer. He points, chatters and laughs as it mixes and kneads.

Laundry was done, a bathroom cleaned, dishes washed, chocolate peanut butter cookies were baked, sheets were changed, and knitting was accomplished. Plus, we managed to play and watch a wee bit of football.
By 7:30 p.m. I crashed. David sweetly put Little Man to bed and worked on the last of the laundry. After my cat-nap, I decided a pot of Good Earth tea was in order. Note: I had a cookie too, bringing today's total to four. They are tasty if I do say so myself!

And now to blog walk a bit and then to bed. Good night...

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Makings of a Perfect Saturday

Knitting...a sock.

Coffee.
A little vintage sewing perhaps. A wedding dress is being contemplated.

Cheerios.





Playing.



Pure sweetness.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bliss

All days are gifts, but some feel like they are specially gift wrapped.
Perhaps with a beautiful sunrise at the beginning. But many times it is the surprises inside those days that make them tremendous.
This past weekend David surprised me with a weekend away at a ski resort.
On Sunday morning, David asked me to marry him...

...I said yes.

On this coming Monday it will have been two years since David and I met. We clicked instantly and spent the next months talking, going to movies, concerts, etc. The end of June of that year took our relationship to a new level when we found out that I was pregnant. After many conversations, hugs, tears (on my part) we both chose to continue with our relationship, but not to get married at that point, just because we were pregnant. If and when we decided to get married we wanted it to be because we wanted to, not because of a feeling of pressure that we had to. This decision didn't diminish how we felt about each other or our relationship. We continued to take care of and love each other much as we had been and to look forward to the arrival of the baby. I feel that because of not putting that pressure on ourselves we were able to continue to grow together. I have always prayed that God's will would be done in all our lives.
Since Elijah's birth, we have relocated and have settled into a routine of being a family. Now we will be in every sense.
I am thrilled! David and I had a wonderful conversation and then David totally suprised me by getting down on one knee in front of me, presenting me with a ring and asking me to marry him.
I cried...it was lovely.

With regards to the skiing.
I had never skied before...I did not like it.
David was a very patient teacher and very reassuring with lots of "good job" and "well done."
I still did not like it. Skiing is not something that I would ever care to do again. But, I would happily sit in a lodge knitting and reading while David skis.
It would have been nice to have found this to be something that we could enjoy doing together, but alas, no. We do have lots of other things we enjoy and I am content with that.
He had had grand plans of proposing on the slopes with the snow and the pine trees surrounding us...but my lack of athletic prowess and overall crankiness with skiing forced him to plan B. He did it perfectly just the way it was.
Even though I did not take to skiing, his enormous thoughtfulness truely blessed me.
He took me to the resort to spoil me and to slip the ring on my finger.
I will always cherish our ski weekend.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

For the Love of Lists

I am quite fond of lists. Grocery lists, to-do lists, movies-to-see lists, wish lists...
I often find myself writing lists on different pieces of paper throughout the day. And I find that I am drawn like a magnet to papers of all sorts on which to write those future lists on (does that sentence make any sense? In a nut shell, I'm drawn to pads of paper and notecards, which I have two drawers full of).
Here is a combo list from several pieces of paper that I have unearthed as of late...

baker's twine
arborio rice
chicken pot pie
quilting with chenille
elf clogs - allsorts blog
peanut chip cookies
race car blocks idea
books - "Hold on to your Kids"
~Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate
"Protecting the Gift"
~Gavin de Becker
"Selma"
~Jutta Bauer
reciept pockets - small object blog

Just snipets of what flits through my brain and things that I want to remember or want to make etc. etc. etc.
Now if I could just keep from losing those pieces of paper...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The scoop

We have been busy.
Last week I made treats for the birds and hung them on the trees in the backyard.
The birds have yet to find them...I have every confidence they will. Hopefully soon

Little Man was sick on Friday Evening and Saturday. I will save the details of the illness as it requires a strong stomach. He was much better today and more like himself, i.e. the DVDs are back in a pile on the living room floor.





So today we went and played at IKEA. We got the bookshelves that I had been hoping for. Plus, a couple of other pretties. I resisted falling in love with too many things. There is a time for everything.

The snow is all melted...nearly 60 degrees today...wow! Positively balmy. It was a lovely day spent with my boys.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Whisps of our lives...

Such ribbons and threads of inspiration have been knotting in my brain lately.
So many things...so little time.
Sewing projects have been at the forefront lately.
All I want to do is stay at home and craft.
I adore the thought of this idea, I think I shall have to add the word "eat" to my kitchen wall. And in red too! This is a gift I plan to make several times over. And I really like this project as well (scroll through, you'll see the lovely bit of sewed goodness).
I have also been making a few things from sctratch myself and if I can get myself in gear I will attempt to post pictures this weekend.

I have also been pouring over gardening books, in anticipation of spring and summer.
I now have a big beautiful yard to play in.
I certainly want to plant some of these as well as these.
These are necessary, as well as these and oh, these too!
David calls me a hippy. There is truth there...I would much rather plant heirlooms than hybrids. Imperfect is beautiful. Bring on the spotted apples and alien looking tomatoes...my happiness lies there.
I may have to hold off until next year in an attempt not to over-stretch myself (*ha* when have I ever been successful at that?), but I also want to have an evening garden full of fragrence and white flowers that shimmer in the summer twilight. There will be chairs for sitting in filled with comfy outdoor pillows and perhaps a basket close by with various asundries that will be much needed...jars for catching fireflies, a star chart of the summer night sky, a corkscrew and bottle-opener, candles, matches, a light blanket, a paper fan and so on. Oh to dream...

The sweet little boy was bit not once, but twice at daycare yesterday bringing the grand total to four in the last two months...unacceptable. I am thinking it is time to find a new daycare. I have talked to them and talked to them and I am not seeing the changes that need to be made being made. It would be one thing if Elijah was provoking in some way and I have been assured that he is not; but the monitoring of the child that does the biting needs to be stepped up. The feeling of having no control is unbareable and wondering everyday when I drop him him off if he will have it happen again is nerve-racking. Having to even put Little Man in daycare breaks my heart and motivates me all the more to get things in order so that we can pull him out someday soon and I can stay home with him.
His sweetness spills over our lives in so many ways. He is currently enamored with bathtime. He would stay in the water for hours playing if I would let him. He wails when I pull him out and dry him off. When I start running the bath water he crawls at top speed to the bathroom. He then chirps and giggles and stands at the edge of the tub longing to get in with a look of such excitment on his face that I wonder at my lack of emotion for my own baths. Perhaps I could take a que from his enjoyment of things. He also, points. Right now I think it's more about the act of pointing then about pointing at something specific. And he has learned to feed me cheerios with much relish. He finds putting cheerios into my mouth almost as fun as putting them into his own.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Lazy...I want to be lazy

This image is actually from last year, however, the scene is much the same (different house and city, but you get the idea). I am just not in the mood to upload new pictures, chalk it up to laziness.
Happy New Year to all! It snowed today and I stayed indoors making black-eyed peas and corn bread. I hope ya'lls was just as lovely!

Big snow filled hugs (the light and fluffy kind of course).