Category Archives: Life

And it is Summer

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Right after an early dinner, we went down to the beach for an hour or so, yesterday. It was just the thing to kick off our Summer vacation. Despite the freezing water, my Falafel was enjoying it all by herself. She splashed around for the entire time with such enthusiasm that I couldn’t help  but smile at her.

There were two dogs on the beach that shared her enthusiasm for playing in that frigid water. They all had such a nice time.

What have you done to start your Summer?

Last Day of School

We are here. Last day of school.

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This was the two of them on the FIRST day of school. I cannot believe the whole school year has flown by so quickly.

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This is them the night before the LAST day of school.

We’ve had teeth fall out and come in, a haircut or two, a new boyfriend,  ears pierced, piano and fiddle lessons, many arrows shot, jam sessions, and we finished paying off those braces. Plus all the countless minute triumphs and accomplishments and struggles for our family. There has been growth of the academic variety and also the physical kind (and let’s not forget the emotional roller coaster growth). We have ALL had another year of learning and experiences and I’d like to think we are wiser for the wear.

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 We have funny little traditions that I don’t even know how they got started. The kids always get to choose what we have for dinner and dessert (this year they chose this incredible cashew cream ice cream that even I can have!) on the first and last days of school AND I always surprise them with a small gift (usually a book).

Ultimately, at the end of the day, we will now have a High School Sophomore and a 4th grader in our house. Wow.

*letting that sink in*

Now… BRING ON SUMMER!

What is in our world right now and a garden update

Before school is out for the Summer, and the kids are home full time, I am taking on many little projects. I completely organized my sewing closet (it felt SO good), and then got into a bin of photos that span decades. I had just dumped them into a bin without order, and this weekend I made sense of them all. Piles and more piles. And our poor second child has almost no hard copies at all. When she was born, we switched over to digital and I hardly ever print them out. So it looked like she only had a few (when in fact, there are thousands of digital ones on our computer).

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*We found out our library was showing “Mary Poppins” the other day, and decided to go. Falafel threw this costume together, herself.

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My husband came across a video recently about growing lettuce in some water, after you have eaten it. We normally buy these organic Romaine hearts, and thought we would give it a try. Guess what? IT TOTALLY WORKS! Now we have lettuce growing in our bathroom. I also stuck a bok choy in some water too (since it kind of looks like lettuce) and it is sprouting too!

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This is a total game changer for us. We had been tossing the left over stumps in the compost. Now we can grow them! I was really surprised at how very fast they are growing. That green in the photo above grew in just a few days.

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Our outside garden is growing too! I know it doesn’t look like much, but it feels so good to see something green coming up!

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We planted cauliflower from starts.

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Green beans, peas, kale, cucumbers, carrots and lettuce from seeds.

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I would love to put in a cutting flower garden too. Falafel just planted some sunflowers out in another bed, which is a start.

So there is, clearly, a lot to tend to. But I keep finding more.  My New Year’s goal was to be intentional (and I haven’t forgotten). I am trying to do that in every aspect of our lives. Just look at it, and intentionally keep it or intentionally purge. It feels really good!

I think it is just in time, since my kids seem to have a completely different goal of collecting just about everything. Ha.

What is in YOUR world?

Fleurs

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The weather has been so lovely and perfect for anything blooming. We are still finishing up the school year. ALMOST DONE.

This weekend we are all working hard in preparing for wrapping this year up with a bow.

Happy Saturday!

Bloomin’ Heat

This weekend, the temps reached the low 80’s (F), and I think we just about melted.

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I know, East Coast people. We are weather wimps. BUT I will say that the lack of sun makes us so very sensitive to it. My girls both put on tons of sunscreen and actually BURNED THROUGH IT.

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The flowers, however, are thriving.

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It actually is nice to see the sun again. Like anything, I think we need to get used to it.

How hot is it where you live?

Not being perfect

I have seen many many posts where women debunk the “perfect image” that is portrayed on the internet. Does anyone really think that any one person has it all or is perfect?

I have always thought about those beautiful pictures and stories as people sharing the good in their lives. Sharing what makes them smile. Cause really, there are so many terrible things in this world, and I honestly would like to see some more pretty. It never has meant that the ugly or imperfect moments don’t exist. But do I want to see you when you first wake up in the morning or the dirty diapers that you cleaned?? Uh not really.

With that said, I personally feel a need to balance things out. I do show my triumphs as a sewist, but I also want you to see the stuff I mess up on. Not all of it, mind you. Just as I show only a glimpse of the good, I will show you a glimpse of the difficulties because I learn from every one of my mistakes..and maybe you can too.

To read more, hop on over to Sew Can She where I share a few not so pretty stories.

What is around our home

Yesterday the temperature hit somewhere in the 70’s (F), which around these parts, feels like Summer! So I took my camera to see what was blooming around our yard in all that glorious warmth.

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We planted a vegetable garden this year for the first time. Tiny little sprouts of promise are out there right now. veggies3

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Which reminds me that we need to do a little thinning.

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Then I came inside and washed 90 juice pouches! Even if you don’t drink juice pouch drinks (which my kids don’t), there are plenty to be found. We asked around and got some from Falafel’s school, and from the camp at my husband’s work. We will even have leftovers, so that I can play around with them! Eeeeeeee!

What is around YOUR house right now?

As slow as growing Teeth

I tell you, friends, lately my mind is SO FULL. It only gets full when there is a lot going on that isn’t resolved or finished. So I thought I would give you a little peek inside my head and share what is happening in there. Not all of it, of course, but some of the major ones.

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*I am sharing photos of Falafel to illustrate my point. This girl lost four front teeth last OCTOBER. They are just growing in.

As I was saying, lots going on in there. Especially learning new things. I am currently taking an online workshop for digitizing patterns! You CAN apparently teach an old dog new tricks, OR a 42 year old mom new skills. Whichever. There is so much to it. I am slightly overwhelmed by it all. I have made up my mind to give it a whirl and start my own pattern line. BTW: Feel free to let me know if there is anything you would like me to design. I have some ideas that I will start with, but I always love hearing your ideas too!

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The other thing I am learning is how to use my new sewing machine. It is amazing and also overwhelming at times. It is relearning a lot of what I knew how to do, in a different way. I am taking it slowly, stitch by stitch. I didn’t realize how much of my sewing was done by muscle memory. I wouldn’t have to look at my machine, I just did it, lighting quick. Second nature. Now I have to look. I have even embroidered for the first time ever! Lots to learn.

END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IS ALMOST HERE. That takes up an entire section of my brain, really. There is planning how to honor all those hard working teachers and staff, end of the year activities to help with, and Summer to plan. Yup. That’s a lot.

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For some reason, this time of year is when we are all due for one kind of appointment/check-up or another, and I find myself on the phone talking to people to make appointments…which takes up a lot of space in there.

Having a garage sale this weekend, so there’s that. My lovely friend comes over and we try and sell all the stuff that has been accumulating in our respective households over the past year. At least after this weekend, that one will be out of my head. There’s limited space in there, afterall!

And the cherry on top is, I have been dealing with chronic pain in my foot for months now. That doesn’t really take any brain power, but it sure does distract me.

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All these things feel as slow as growing teeth right now. I know they all will be replaced with all new things after I have mastered/conquered/checked them off my list. Honestly, I think orthodontia for child #2 is going to be on top of the new list!

What is your brain filled with lately?

Mother’s Day recap

I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating the fabulous Moms in your life.

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My husband made me Eggs Benedict (which I had never tasted before!) in the morning, and then ribs for dinner. In between meals, we gardened. This year is the first year we put in raised beds, and there was so much to do to prepare to plant. Then Falafel and I created our annual Fairy house together.

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Then I actually got some photos of me and my girls.

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Is there something in my teeth?

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Look at the camera!

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Ack! The sun is in our eyes.

It was a lovely day where I didn’t actually have to do any dishes.  And that was really all I wanted.

How did you spend your Mother’s Day?

On-Our-Shelves: Happy Mother’s Day!

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To all of you incredible Mamas, Moms, Mothers, Ma’s, Mommies, and Mums:

Happy Mother’s Day.

I hope you spend it surrounded by those you love, doing whatever it is your heart desires.

Here is one of my all time favorite picture books that I used to read to my girls when they were wee ones. It just happens to be about a Mama and her baby:

Where’s My Hug? (Don’t You Feel Well, Sam?)

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What are your favorite Mama/child books?