Friday, April 22, 2011

Feeling Grateful

Not a day goes by that I don't think about how lucky I am, and how happy I am to get to do what I do. Here are a few things from this last week that called out this grateful feeling, and sung it like a ballad.

Llama, Llama Red Pajama, read in red.


"Knitting" in the front porch sun, unaware of mama
snapping pictures through the screen.

Mornings warm enough to go to the park to slide.

He learned how to pump his legs and swing on his own!
Hooray for my tired arms!

Fierce concentration, painting with watercolors.

Dental exam, no cavities for either kid.

Jumping for joy at gymnastics.

I am so, so grateful.


Monday, April 18, 2011

It Isn't What You Think

My girl got some clay for her birthday. She plays with it every day, mostly making little balls and lining them up. Sometimes she just squeezes it or holds it. A couple days ago, her brother joined her in playing with the clay.

I looked over and saw this:

Hmmm. That's interesting. I looked at it closer.

I said, "Hmmm. That's interesting. Can you tell me about it?"

The response?

"It's a baby wearing a hat and that blue thing is the bilical cord."

Apparently it was a request from his sister, who had recently looked through her newborn pictures with me.


Monday, April 11, 2011

The Party, The Rainbow Cakes

Yesterday we had a small crowd at our house to celebrate my girl turning 3. She had requested a rainbow party and of course I obliged her.

Her birthday was Saturday but her party was Sunday. This was made more confusing by the fact that I made her cakes Saturday morning, and we went to a friend's birthday party Saturday evening. She kept thinking it was her party. I'm not sure if we ever explained it sufficiently, but kids are pretty good at going with the flow and enjoying the moment.

This cake was chocolate. It was a bundt cake cut in half. Easy!

Waiting for everyone to gather to sing to her.

After we sang to her, I said, "Make a wish and blow out your candles."
She tucked her head close to mine and said, "I want you to."
So we did it together.

The tall white cake had a surprise inside. That was fun.
It was hard for me to keep it a secret, but I did.

The cake slices were huge, just the way I like them.

Presents! She got a lot of really great stuff.

We were lucky and the weather was great. The kids spent
most of the afternoon outside. That means the kids' room
did not get destroyed. Woo!


Saturday, April 9, 2011


Somehow, it has happened. My daughter has turned 3.

Three years ago I birthed her into the world after a few short hours of labor and 24 minutes in the hospital. The power and love and awe I felt on that day has only continued to grow as I've nursed this child and loved her and watched her reveal herself to us.

She is so, so funny. The other night we were lying in bed together trying to fall asleep. We had our backs to each other, but were sharing a pillow. She scootched over closer to me and said, "Butt to butt!"

When she asks me for something and she thinks I might say no, she scrunches up her face until her eyes are slivers and dances her pointer finger like an inch worm on a spring.

She loves yellow, strawberries, Boo and Baa books, sliding, Peep and the Big Wide World, snuggling, playing catch, and as ever, babies.

I think she might be giving up her nap. She naps maybe twice a week, but we still try every day. We lie there until she says, "I think I actually don't want to nap."

When people ask her what she wants for her birthday, she says, "A rainbow cake." She will have one tomorrow, at her party.

I can't believe she's 3. I can't believe she's mine.

I am so lucky, so blessed, so happy to be her mama.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Girl In The Yard

Sunday when I was doing all that yard work, my husband took some amazing pictures of our girl. I feel like these pictures really capture her essence. Her birthday is on Saturday, and so I wanted to share them to honor the age of almost three.


Monday, April 4, 2011


Yesterday I spent 8 hours working in the yard. I went to the greenhouse and bought pansies, marigolds, lamb's ear, some other plant I can't remember the name of, and a japanese maple tree.

Meet Mabel the Maple

You can see that I also trimmed bushes and spread mulch. 2 truckloads of mulch. It was a lot, but I had help.

The Help

Seriously, this boy helped me nearly every minute I was working. He shoveled and dug and hauled and kept me company. That was the best part, the company. He said his back is sore today too. I believe it: we went to his friend's house this morning, and he sat in a chair nearly the whole time, too sore to get up and play.

My girl helped too, but mostly she spent the day with Dada, or napping. She did get a little garden trowel and shoveled the mulch with us.

Gardening isn't generally my thing. I find myself wanting to just hurry up and get it done. I hate weeding.  But I love the way the yard looks now. Worth it.