Friday, February 26, 2010

Joy like a child ... Part II

Thanks Aunt Jenny - the Easter duck continues to bring her joy...

Can you believe that smile? Those happy eyes??

So blessed.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow Angels, Snow Birds (Hopefully!), A Sophisticated Baby, & Thoughts of Spring

{yesterday I helped ever to make a snow angel with me, she loved it}
{papa hung a birdfeeder outside our bedroom window so we can enjoy the birds from upstairs too}
{my sweater found a much cozier fit on cousin rowan}
{i love the way just a few flowers can make a home feel fresh and welcoming}

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Problem with Sweaters

I've been knitting now for almost a year and a half. I do ok. I almost always finish projects, imperfections included. (That way you know they're homemade, right?).

Anyway, I first planned to knit Ever a sweater last summer. I LOVE the pattern. It's so cute, called the Baby Sophisticate Sweater on Stockinette or the Grampie Sweater on Soule Mama. I was making really good progress until I realized that Ever had grown faster than I had knitted. I just finished it yesterday hoping that cousin Rowan might get to wear it a few times before he too outgrew it. As you can see, it is clearly much too small for my sweet girl ...

So, I decided I needed to find a new sweater for Ever. Jo bought a really cute book called 'The Expectant Knitter' while we were in Cordova last fall (and she was expecting ;)). This is called the Shawl Collar Sweater. This time we clearly do not have the problem of being too small. However, we do have the problem of having only one sleeve ... hmmm. If you walked through our house, you would guess that I kept every scrap of paper my hands ever touched. However, I cannot find the tag from this particular yarn. I'm hoping next time we go to Anchorage that I can go back to the store where I originally bought it and (crossing my fingers, saying my prayers) they will still have some left. Otherwise, we may have to get creative with this one ....

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter Babies

As promised, here are some photos from our afternoon outside with sister-in-law Jenny and cousin Hayden. It's been so fun to see these winter babies outside. They are pretty good about the getting bundled up part and really enjoy the sled rides and taking rides in Ever's birthday wagon. Ever doesn't even mind when the sled dumps over (which Mama tends to do at least once per walk, the wagon is much better in this respect) -- because getting to eat the snow is her favorite part of being outside anyway :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I just have to share ....

Today I was lucky enough to take some pictures of my sister-in-law and my new, sweet-as-pie nephew, Rowan, who's two months old already. The pictures just make me feel fuzzy inside ... nothing like a Mama with her bundle of love ...

*spoiler alert*
Tomorrow I'll show you my other sister-in-law and her not-quite-so-little bundle ...

P.S. Happy Birthday Uncle Justin! We hope you like your present :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Joy like a child ...

When's the last time you enjoyed your toast and jam this much?!?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Bundled up ...

Can you believe just one year ago:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Morning yearning

I truly love, love, love living in the country. But sometimes I really wish we could just hop in the car and go grab some coffee.

Or, better yet, maybe a sweet little elf will show up at my door with a hot french vanilla latte or coconut breve ...




Every day I look at our fridge and windowsills, full with pictures of friends and family. I love getting Christmas cards in the mail. Love seeing them in the mailbox, love opening them. But even more, I am so thankful for those bright, shiny faces smiling at us from the fridge, day in and day out ...

That said, I fully intended to do a card this winter ...

First a Christmas card. Then a New Year's Card. Then a Valentine's Day Card.

We've even taken pictures two different times with this result in mind. I apologize, but no card has been made ...
Thinking of you.
Bry, Ever, & Jack

If her face is any judge, this recipe's a keeper.

We love pancakes around here.

And every once in a while I enjoy trying different versions -- the recipe for
Oatmeal Pancakes from Orangette, with a few blueberries thrown in, is definitely a keeper. They don't replace the standard Krusteaz or cowboy pancakes, but they're a nice change-up when you want something a little heartier.

Everything's better with blueberries . . .

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wolf Moon

To get peace, if you want, make yourself

a nest of pleasant thoughts to curl up

inside each night.

- John Ruskin

... easier to do some nights more than others. We're trying though.