Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Things

April is shaping up to be a very busy month for us! Vet appointments (for a dog who is seriously costing me a small fortune), Dr. appointments, Easter preparations, birthdays (so many birthdays!), to-do-lists, work trips...the list goes on. Amongst all of the hustle and bustle, poor little April has the potential to quickly slip away, unnoticed. Thankfully, I have this blog.

My little place to slow down and string together snapshots and memories. Proof that April is in-fact alive and well, and full of good things to offer:

Spring Things.

Park Things.
Near, far, whereeeeever you are...
Lakeside Things.
Sydney's first fish!!

April is having to fight for attention in our home. Luckily, she is quite a fighter.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome Spring

I've been feeling a little uninspired lately. It could be that this long winter is to blame, or maybe the business of life right now, but whatever the reason, I feel like I'm stuck in a little bit of a rut.

I asked a question on Facebook a few weeks ago looking for some ideas for making the work-week evenings more purposefully enjoyable, especially during these shorter, colder days. I got some great responses back, many of which revolved around family mealtime and fun ways to involve the kids, and I'm trying to incorporate these when I can.

I've also been slowly working the gym back into my morning schedule. It's hard to get up so early, but I have to say that, once I'm actually up, I've really been enjoying starting my day this way! I have no goals for loosing weight, I just want a strong, healthy body so I can live a long, active life with my family.

Maybe it's time to join in on a photography project again. I haven't done one of those in a while and I miss the creative challenge they give me.

There see, thinking about all of these things makes me feel like I'm climbing out of that rut already! Booya!

In other news, the snow is gone! Fingers crossed that it stays gone for the season. The snow melted to reveal a few exciting surprises: First, apparently some small critters (voles and possibly rabbits?) were really enjoying the protection of the snow-pack. Our lawn is a maze of vole tracks and our garden beds are full of mounds, holes, and tracks. Unfortunately, I'm betting this means that all of the bulbs that we planted last fall are gone. Second, I found a ratty twenty dollar bill in a pile of leaves that we cleaned out of the bushes. Mother Nature must have felt she owed me for surprise number one.

Hooray for the first official day of Spring! If you need me, I will be obsessively watching my flower beds for signs of bulbs that survived the winter critter destruction.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion

This dude.
I get him.

I mean, clearly he is as tired of this never-ending winter as I am.

Cheer up fella.

It's March, and that means Spring has to be on it's way soon.


Everywhere I look there seem to be little promises of the approaching seasonal shift.

Geese flocking northward.

OK, so not much flocking is actually happening in this photo, but you get the point.

Greenhouses hard at work.

Tracks that lead to bins, soon to be filled with peeping chicks.

A Sunset that is sloooowly pushing later and later.

Spring is near, and mopey-man and me?  We are so ready.


Shifting gears now to give you a few important life lessons and tips from our home:

Monkey see, Monkey do, according to the almighty Wikipedia:  "the learning of a process without an understanding of why it works... implies the act of mimicry, usually with limited knowledge and/or concern of the consequences."

Monkey see, Monkey do happens all day up in this house. It's the last bit that gives me pause.

The shower really is the best place to sing.

Reading is always better when done in a comfy nook.

And finally...this is my dog.

This is my dog on drugs.

Any questions??

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kickin' It Old School, Felt Board Style

Motherhood has made me nothing if not sentimental and in one of my many attempts to recreate pieces of my childhood for my girls, I thought it would be fun to have a good old felt board! I fell in love with some storyboards from an Etsy shop that is unfortunately not currently doing business, so I decided to do my best to recreate some on my own. The easiest way I found to make the more detailed pieces, was to draw the image on freezer paper, iron it (shiny side down) to the felt, and then cut the shape out.

So far we have…

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie:
…The Itsy, Bitsy, Spider:
…The Very Hungry Caterpillar
…and a slightly incomplete, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?:
Sydney, "Uuuh, that doesn't really look like a white dog."
The board is a craft store canvas, wrapped tight with felt, and stapled on the back.

So far Sydney loves it, although she has already requested that I make more pieces. Luck for her, they are kind of fun to do. I'm planning on making some generic "scene" pieces, (barn, trees, grass, pond, etc.) so that she can create her own stories too... and maybe an ocean creature set. Or trains, planes and automobiles? Endless possibilities!

Monday, February 17, 2014

All Things Love

Last Thursday we made sweetie-pies to take to daycare on Valentines Day. These little pie pops were so easy to make and really good too!

Our Valentine's eventing was relaxed, cozy, and lovely. Jon made an awesome fajita dinner and brought home sparkling wine and we let the girls go crazy with dessert pancakes and a movie.

On the right is my favorite drawing of Sydney's so far. Her name, (which she proudly writes on everything now), hearts, and our family. She said, regarding the little blue one, "This is Lillian. I'm holding her hand because I love her."

P.S. - Why is Jon the only one who gets pants and shoes?

It's a good thing Sydney loves her, because Lilly is her shadow. She follows her everywhere and imitates every move.

I feel like I owe my big sisters an apology; gosh that must have been annoying!

My bad.