Tuesday, April 30, 2013


I'd been wanting to share a video of the daily dance parties that the kids do, and I've put one in here at the bottom.  I'm not confident it's the best, but I haven't got up the energy to figure out how to upload from our regular video camera.  It shows a lot of the good stuff -- Ever's special socks for her special move "the heel slide" that's just for Johnny Be Good (the socks come on and off in between songs).  A little of Tell's air guitar.  Tell can air guitar on anything, Bry says the best he's seen so far is Tell air guitar-ing a gummy bear.  They have so much fun.  Here's Ever putting on her Born to Boogie show for Grampa, which of course she would need her boots on for:

Yesterday I got some dahlia bulbs planted.  I know it's super late, but the company I ordered from wouldn't ship to Alaska any earlier.  They have the potential to be incredible.  I'm so excited because I've been in love with Alaska's dahlias since the first summer we moved here and I watered our friend Betty's incredible dinner-plate size yellow ones.  I planted sixteen different varieties and I have two hopes for them -- 1) that they actually bloom this year; and 2) I can successfully winter over the bulbs for next year.  Wish me luck :)

Love watching them dance ....

Friday, April 26, 2013

Coming This October.

Well, I've finally got the nerve up to officially "announce" it -- we are expecting another baby this October!  Most of you family members have known for a while, but I thought I'd post it for the rest of you family and friends that stop through here now and then :)

We are hopefully going to find out next week whether it is a boy or girl, so I'l keep you posted.

Love and lots of prayers for this wee little one ...  we can't wait to meet unique little you.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


The constant sense to want to hold time.  To want to freeze time.  It's such a good thing, such a blessing.  I feel so fortunate to live a life with so many moments that I wish could last forever.

Lately we've been trudging through the last of winter hanging on as we daydream and prepare for our summer sprint.

We're loving the snow buntings (birds in the picture below) peeking in the windows everyday.

I'm loving the sweet and hilarious things Ever is coming up with daily.  Yesterday she said she's going to have three things -- a horse, an airplane, and a snowmachine.  Go for it, my girl.  Dream big.
She is loving her yellow cowgirl boots from Opa (one of these days I need to post a video of the dance party that happens at least twice daily).  Last week she was saying Opa made them from dragon skin and they were made in the USA!  I love the infinite possibilites in children's minds.  She seems to have a thing for cowboys as she was smitten with the last hunter who was here, a bonafide cowboy from New Mexico.  She had to wear her four-sizes-too-big boots up to Grama and Grampa's to show him.

The other day at the library with both kids I was struggling to get even a minute to browse the adult shelves for myself without a, "MAMA!" or "Peepee!"coming across the room.  I'd been craving something new to read and said a quick prayer that would God please lay something in my path.  As we went back to look at the cartoons and DVD's, I gave a quick 5 seconds look to the closest shelf and came out with this book:

Sometimes we simply cannot deny how God looks after us.  I just finished reading it today and most definitely came away with pearls of wisdom and breaths of encouragement.  Specifically for someone like me -- someone filling the often-times seemingly small role of mother/homemaker/housekeeper/maid.  A plan to see God's love and blessings in the every day and to acknowledge them.  It's worth your time, trust me.

Another very short read that is worth the click -- Starting your child's day with JOY
So simple, yet so very powerful and meaningful to anyone, but especially those small souls with big eyes and open hearts that look up to us.


::snow buntings out the kitchen window::

Friday, April 12, 2013


I am not one that is very good at keeping in touch or always showing my appreciation for people.  It's on my "refining myself" long-term to-do list.  But I checked into the Life In Grace blog today and this C.S. Lewis quote really struck a chord and I wanted to share it.  And then I stumbled on to some incredibly beautiful new fabric by Anna Maria Horner and wanted to share that too :)

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”

― C.S. LewisThe Four Loves   found here

Charisma PaletteParenthetical Flight by-the-yardFlower Circuit by-the-yardGhost Wing by-the-yard
If you feel like you need some of this, like I do, it can be found here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Losing the battle...


I realized my ship is sinking, not for the first time, the other day.  It was when I realized that I had decorations from almost every holiday and season still adorning the house somewhere.  And I believe Tell's ultrasound photos outnumber the actual pictures of him in the house as well... dang it.  I knew I was extra embarrassed when a visitor stopped by, now I realize how far I've fallen behind.  But ...


We're going to get back on track though.  Tell and Ever are dancing to some Bon Iver on the record player, we're slowly chipping away at some spring-ish cleaning (deep clean for the dishwasher and washing machine -- that's a first!) and today was off-and-on a slightly productive day ;)  

There is hope for us yet.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Makin' It.

After eight full days of stomach bug ravaging our house, it *appears* we may be on the other side of it.  I'm crossing my fingers.  I believe Bry and I may be trying out flu shots in the next year, because three different rounds of stomach illness in one winter seems more than enough.  We're making it though.

And what better time than when your house is full of dirty sheets and throw up clothes to start potty training?  Why not :)  Tell's stomach bug seemed to also implant him with a new sense of purpose as well, since he seems to be more capable of throwing much more impressive tantrums now and exerting his opinion through shrieks and hollers and 'NO's'.  When even Bryan said a few days  ago -- "I think you may have missed the easy window of potty training...." -- I thought, oh boy I better get with it.  So we're on Day 2 and it's going OK.  It may be a slow process, but I'm determined we're going to make it.  This kid doesn't seem to be getting any easier or milder anytime soon.

The house is it's usual disaster and top priority is cleaning and disinfecting the floors.  Too bad I already had some coffee this morning, because I've a hankering for this:

It keeps finding me every time I flip through my newest Ina cookbook .... maybe tomorrow's the day.