Friday, May 27, 2011

posing baby

azalia rose petals 2
azalia is now five months old, and has recently grown her first two teeth! she can also roll from her back to her belly.
azalia rose petals 1
and she enjoys being photographed on this quilt. what can i say? i can't help myself! the baby! the quilt! (handmade by stephinie - excited best wishes to you for squam!)
azalia rose petals 3
i have an entire set of these, and there will surely be more. hope you enjoy them as much as i do.
azalia rose petals 4

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

belated birthday love

party flags
we celebrated marc's birthday last week, and colden and i worked together on this lovely party banner. (thanks to marc's mother for the sewing time! - and for bringing marc into the world and all.)
colden and i worked together on these papa props too. the facial expression is key. hot glue + recycled wool + sticks = mustaches! several styles, of course! we love you, papa!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

the fox diaries

i am very excited to share 'The Fox Diaries' here with you today. yes, it merits capitalization. so does Valarie Budayr. perhaps you already know that she is a magical story weaver? her piece in the rhythm of the home, 'the fairy loom', truly captivated me. it also had me asking her when she would be publishing her own books. (i would be remiss to omit her other contributions, but there are so many!)
thanks to the little fox family that took up residence in her garden last year, that day has come to pass. i love how Valarie has created both a playful and factual account of the foxes. she both captures their spirit, and gives insight into their world. thanks to her generosity, i am pleased to offer a giveaway copy here. (you may also purchase a copy here with 15% off, by entering the coupon code: foxes.) please leave a comment for a chance to win! (comments accepted through 5/22).
fox diaries
"Throughout the year The Fox Diaries will be making it's way across the country and around the world. The whole idea is for people to feel connected not only to each other but to our magnificent planet as well. These little foxes did that for me. Gone were the barriers between myself and the natural world. It was through them that I realized that we all share this planet and no separation exists except for the division and thoughts in my mind. During this very magical and enchanted time, our worlds melded together. It is a sincere wish that the foxes continue their daily life lessons by connecting all of us." - Valarie Budayr

edited to add: the random number generator selected #11. congratulations to mary! i will send your e-mail address along to valarie right away! thanks to everyone who commented!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

trajectory of a clover bouquet

clover leaf
colden picked a bouquet of crimson clover yesterday, and asked me to put them in water. i did. then he spread them out all over the table, took a sprig to the front window, and removed its leaves.
he also dissected some on the couch (and in the bedroom on the bed). and he put a flower in azalia's pocket too. i mostly stayed out of it.
at the end of the day, he returned the flowers to the table and arranged them in their jar again. lovely. have you visited erin's imagination in action flickr pool? erin created this as a way of looking at messes differently and appreciating our children's creativity. i have been enjoying capturing images to contribute, and seeing other imaginative creations!

p.s. be sure to come back tomorrow for an exciting giveaway!

Friday, May 13, 2011

mind games: loving life

more thinking on messiness...

i am enjoying erin's 'a year of choice.' (let's make it a lifetime, shall we?) and yes, i choose to see the beauty of the messes - life, fully lived and loved.

ever since reading meg's post here about setting up a water station and striving for neutral reactions to our children's “mistakes”, i have had a heightened awareness of my own reactions. but i have not been able to change my own responses as well as i would like.

do you know louise hay? i knew i could turn to her for an endless supply of positive affirmations, and sure enough, she provides them here daily.

and you know what i found? what it all comes down to? me. so. i make mistakes. i make messes. i am not perfect. how human of me. despite that, here is my new mantra:

“i love and accept myself.” (thank you, louise.)

yes, mothering messes and all.

p.s. other strategies (besides radical, adamant self-acceptance) to include these mind tricks: seeing messes as a political act (reducing unrealistic expectations of homemakers - example: from 'spiritual tasks of the homemaker': "...her bad conscience plagues her, for her ideal is unachievable."), and also, asking the magical people (house-elves and whatnot) for assistance. love to you, mamas.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

yarn along - still snug

snugging along
still not quite done, but i think it will still fit! - there's always the cool summer nights, right? oh, and the oregon beach! i just had to try it on azie (rhymes with daisy) to give me that extra adorable encouragement.
fox diaries
we are so enjoying 'the fox diaries' by valarie budayr. i've noticed fox names popping up in colden's stories, and he wants to know how we can 'get foxes'. please come by next wednesday, may 18th, when i will be hosting a giveaway for a copy! thanks, ginny, for the yarn along inspiration! now i am wanting to pick up that baby surprise jacket too!

p.s. thanks for the thoughtful comments on my last post - more thoughts on this to come...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

mandalas, mess, mothering

backyard bouquet
i almost always want to apologize when someone enters my house. i see all the things that need doing; the dog hair, the piles, the unfinished business...but when i enter your house? i see beauty. even in the dirty dishes, i swear.
mixing flour
sometimes i fancy myself a tibetan monk; creating exquisite sand mandalas that are to be purposefully swept away. perhaps i could adopt a similar healing rite for when my work is undone? photographing a clean sink or a floury boy helps my perspective and gives me validation. but i'd love to replace "i just cleaned that!" with something a little more profound. bless this mess doesn't really cut it. any ideas?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

happy mother's day!

azalia on mother's day

Friday, May 6, 2011

this moment

doggers nosinginspired by soulemama's this moment

Thursday, May 5, 2011

you are beautiful

you are beautiful
when we lived in chicago, there were various 'you are beautiful' art installations around the city. they always always made me smile. a true and good reminder. our big front picture window afforded me the opportunity of seeing neighbors walk by and read. i also drew a hopscotch there. i felt such delight and joy when i saw people jump. i can never resist jumping, how about you?


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

yarn along - horsing around

blue horse 1
we finished the blue horse! (actually, i still haven't sewed his belly up completely...). incidentally, there is an excellent album of the same name.
blue horse 2
since he is a little under-stuffed, he sits up quite nicely...we also cut up some felted sweaters to make a little pasture for him. complete with pond and hay bales. (joining the yarn along, minus the books today.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

first harvest - radishes

delicious radish water
for some reason it hadn't occurred to me to wash our veggies outside - of course! we harvested (and replanted) some radishes this morning, and washed them up right in the grass. colden enjoys the hose so much. lola enjoyed some radish-infused water.
radish pose
we like to cook them up in various meals, or grate them for salad. i've been thinking of making some radishy krauts this year too. what's your favorite way to eat radishes?

Monday, May 2, 2011

happy may day!

colden in crown with corn
azie laying in the grass