Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30

Been plugging away at a few big projects this week.  It feels good to get them completed.

Trying to be more dedicated to some practices, including this space.  So on this beautiful fall morning....
 :: Grateful for a sunny day
 :: My baby being able to grow in a house filled to the brim with love
 :: Hot coffee, warm oatmeal and a fresh banana
 :: Peace in my heart


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

23 months

Our final month before you turn 2!  I can hardly believe how fast you're growing, my sweet, sweet boy.   These days you still zoom your cars and trucks across the floor, you have about 10 books that you read almost every day - pointing out your favorite parts of each page, you would watch Teletubbies and Mother Goose Club cartoons all day on the ipad if we'd let you but we try to contain it to only after dinner or a weekend afternoon.   You are super affectionate and will hug everyone without hesitation.  You never say goodbye without also blowing a kiss.

When we go to your room in the morning or come home from work, you greet us with a look of such sincere and true love.  My heart just melts as you excitedly yell "mama!!!" every time!
Sweet Baby Joseph, you are pure and simple goodness.  You have made life so good.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Petit Lemon - free print

Did you know that the site - Petit Lemon - offers this alphabet poster FREE.  that's right.   No cost.  I think you pay $3 for s&h and that's it.   I ordered it last week and it arrived yesterday.  Not only is it super sweet for a nursery but it's a great learning tool for an almost two year old who likes to practice the alphabet.

I also ordered these sweet cards.   They are small, but perfect for those occasions you just need to tag a gift with your name and you don't want to spend $5 at Papyrus or run out to CVS.   I'm always glad to have cards on hand.  Most of them are birthday, but there are some more neutral cards that can be stuck on a shower or miscellaneous gift.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Desserts

Cute and not complicated Halloween dessert inspiration...

Friday, October 24, 2014


Struggling to get things checked off...  I feel like I swim in this sea full of stuff and it clutters both my life and my mind.  I'm trying to simplify and clear some things out.   Wish me luck. 

I just ordered a fantastic print on Etsy for our master bath.   The house has been stuck in terms of decor and organization.  I'd love to get a gallery wall up in our second floor hallway, some things hung up in J's playroom, a print above our console table and a storage system for our coats, bags, shoes etc.  Realistic goals for the weekend, right?   As I tell our teenager, there's enough time for work and play.   Now I need a dose of my own medicine.  

(via etsy.  Drawn to the organic simplicity of this sketch.  It's a print, so hopefully it can stand up to the moisture of the room)

Monday, October 20, 2014

What we do.

The fire got started and a few fierce hours of cards were played.  Trying to cultivate a home of gratitude, I asked my family what had been their favorite moment in the past few weeks. Mine was right there.  When the house is quiet, all are fed and bathed and the baby is asleep in his crib.   The dog curls next to the fire.  We play and laugh and talk.   More than anything else, we feel the love that binds us as a family.  I am grateful to be surrounded by such wonderful people.   

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


A few weeks ago, I started a new morning ritual.  Each day, the dog and I go for a walk in the woods behind our house.  It is perfectly peaceful and we've yet to see another person.   Alone in the fresh fall air, walking on damp pine needles and fallen leaves has been a wonderful way to start my day.
We walk until we reach this bridge.  I say a quick prayer of gratitude for another healthy day and we turn back.

These walks help me get quiet and disconnect.  I feel in touch with the seasons of nature, as a great reminder for the seasons of life.  Like the forest, my life is always changing.  To stay with the knowledge that it is a continuum - and although the day to day might not feel that different, to evaluate it at various points in time, would show quite distinct change.  I am grateful for that change, the opportunity that is always available to start anew.