Friday, May 30, 2014

Spring Updates

I meant to post and spread out the photos over the past month but it got away from me.  So our spring update has arrived.  

Baseball season is in full swing, and actually almost over.  Eliot is in the next level up from t-ball this year and blossoming in the sport.  He is a very consistent hitter and is getting the rules down a little better this time around.  He still bats lefty and throws righty.

We took a little family jaunt to the beach on one of our warmer days.  It was nice to see the water after so long!

Willow loves collecting rocks just like her brother used to.  It's funny how the memories flood back at each little stage she is having.

Thankfully we have now put away the hats and warm coats now.  We were admiring the purple flowers in the background of this one and Eliot is just out of frame telling her not to eat them.

The daffodils were beautiful this year!  They seem to have taken to where I planted them so hastily several falls ago.  I am planning for some more this fall, too.

Easter was fun this year with our little egg hunt.  Willow got it a lot more than I thought she would.  She had some coaching from big brother in the days leading up to it.  She had graham cracker bunnies in her eggs that she LOVED.  Wow, she begged for those for a long time afterward!

More of the spring flowers that were in the woods right behind the house.

I love these white ones.  They are so fleeting and I watch for them on our walks every spring.  They are lon gone now replaced by the biggest dandelions I have ever seen!

She loves picking the flowers off of the bleeding hearts.  Thankfully the plant is so profuse it doesn't seem to be doing any harm.  The perennial garden is so over grown at this point it is going to take a ton of work to get it to where I want it.

I've gotten most of my seeds in now, too.  A lot of things are peeking up and several things self seeded.  I'm waiting on the squash and tomatoes and some of the cut flowers until the weather warms up a bit more.

We had a nice visit from Texas Grandpa and Willow loved sitting in his lap.  She doesn't let many other people hold her so I was pleasantly surprised to see them cuddling and reading.

Some more fun photos:

Monday, April 07, 2014

This week:

Keeping busy as usual.  We have had some nice warm days lately!  I say warm and I mean in the 50's but I'll take it.  It is great to get outside and move our bodies!  Eliot is practicing for his upcoming baseball season. He has moved up from T-Ball this year.  

I have been doing a lot of photography on the weekends.  An old friend of mine is starting a caramel business so I did a series of product shots for her.  Next up will be some editorial style shots and hopefully a fun family portrait mixed in.  

I'm following along with a photography blog taking photos thinking about particular themes.  'Form and Repitition' are the subjects this month.   It's been a nice way to take more photographs that perhaps have a connection to each other.

Another trip to the dentist for my boy.  Poor kid does not have good luck when it comes to teeth.  He is awesome about brushing, we are working on a floss routine but still winds up needing work.  He got a tooth infection and had to get a root canal!  I'm scared to think what the bill is going to be - hopefully insurance covers it.  He is so good at the dentist - just Novocain.  He didn't need sedation and was told he was better than the adults that have it done!

Another arty photo.

Here is a to-do project I have been thinking about for at least a year now.  My dad and I found this old chair.  I am meaning to recover it and refinish it.  I think it will be a nice addition to Willows room once I get it organized.  It is a very low chair, a Victorian corner chair, if I am not mistaken.  Right now it makes for a good rest for whoever is over playing darts in the 'man cave' with Kevin in the middle of the night!

And finally enjoying the twilight hours.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


When you live in Maine and the snow starts melting what do you find?  Mostly mud but a buoy struck me as funny.  We keep getting glimpses of spring and then snow and cold. 

This was a warmish day at 40 something.  Puddles and umbrellas.

We ended up cutting down a tree in our backyard in the fall.  It was the tree that had the wooden swing on it.  Unfortunately it had been dying and loosing branches for quite a while.  It is now firewood in the 'man cave' and we are trying to decide what to plant.  I am thinking a willow or a flowering tree.

Here's hoping we don't get too much more snow from the storm that is headed our way.  But - we will manage.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Spring

We are watching the amaryllis bloom in hopes of the outside flowers coming up.

Watching the birds (or booya's as Willow calls them).

Cataloging, folding and sorting the cloth diapers to sell / give away.  A chapter closes.  She is still in diapers I just don't have the energy for cloth this time.

Howling at the full moon.

 Drinking hot chocolate

Trying to decide what to do with scraps.


Thursday, March 13, 2014


Ahh light.  Although the time change has been wreaking some havoc on our sleeping and eating schedule at least it is light out in the evening again and we can start going on our night walks again!  Next hope is for the snow to be totally gone and green things to start growing.

Serious business with the typewriter I dug out.  It is so nice when such a simple thing can be so entertaining for everyone.

Our first 'night walk' in ages!  It was fairly warm at 45 and the twilight was beautiful.  We found this little nest with birch bark woven in.  I wish I knew what type of bird it was!

Taking in the scene.  She didn't stay in the stroller long.  I don't think I'll be using it much longer on these little walks.

Eliot lives for climbing giant snow piles.  Thankfully they are dwindling.

The handsome hubs putting up with me taking lots of photos.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Why Hello!

Hello there!  It has been a while... This winter has been packed full of cabin fever and chasing a very busy toddler.  Not too much crafting going on, a lot more cooking than crafting in fact.  I have some more crock pot meals to share as soon as I get some links straitened out.  Here are some recent photos to get my feet wet a bit:

A rare date night, or afternoon technically, to a Vietnamese noodle bar.  The Pho is amazing and really huge.

A trip with the kiddos and their cousins to Joker's.  Willow just wants to be just like her brother, it is SO cute.  Willow got stuck in the giant fun house so I had to go in and get her.  That was a challenge!  I was actually sore the next day - I guess I need to start working out.

Very serious about the video games.

Willow is an insane climber.  It is a constant battle to keep her off the tables, chair arms, back of the couch, etc.  She has a book that she loves called Pete's a Pizza about a boy who's Dad puts him on a table and pretends to make him into a pizza.  It took me a while to figure out that's what she was trying to do here.  I can't wait until spring where she can go climb everything outside!

Pouty little tired face.  

Another rare Mama alone moment  Cup of tea and knitting.  I am almost done with this shawl, another 2 inches to go!  I have been knitting it for nearly a year now.  Thankfully I still like it and it is easy to tote around.

Whew that is the last two weeks or so in recap.  I hope to get on here more often now that I am finding my photography groove again.  Here's to a rapid onset of warm weather and snow melt, perhaps a few moments of creative pause as well.
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