Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Kings & Wild Things

a few snapshots from this rainy / windy morning
to prove that we are alive (hah!)
and to serve as a reminder to savor the littlest of things
like these two
and their paper crowns leftover from yesterday's homeschooling*
*we made the crowns a part of a "K is for King" lesson and they were SUPER easy to make:

just cut a zigzag pattern down the middle of a sheet of construction paper, 
then line up the two pieces side-by-side & tape / glue where the two ends meet
let the kiddos decorate then wrap around their heads to measure crown size
once you've determined how big the crown needs to be, use tape to secure the ends
sit back and make dinner in peace while hours of imaginative play ensue.


p.s. i've written countless blog posts in my head lately & have been stockpiling recipes to share
hopefully soon we'll figure out enough of a groove for me to post more consistently

until then
hope you are all well!!! 
(assuming anybody still reads this!)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Flashback Friday

it's a grey friday morning
i'm leaving for a girls weekend getaway in less than 8 hours
and instead of picking away at my packing
or cleaning my disastrous kitchen 
or heading out to the grocery store to stock up for the hubby,
who, bless his soul, will be wrangling our wild children all on his own while i'm gone
i've decided to take a moment...
...to sip on my americano
...to listen to a random youtube indie-folk playlist
....to look through these pictures from exactly one year ago
because as much as i've loved the seemingly endless summer we've been enjoying
grey days and slow mornings have a nice kind of feel to them too
also, these pictures were taken
exactly where i'm heading this afternoon, 
exactly one year ago today
and i had this conversation with my girlies this morning:
Me: My babies aren't babies anymore...frown emoticon
A: You're silly mama, babies have to grow up!
Me: But my babies were supposed to stay teeny tiny forever.
A: No mama, that's not how babies work.
I: Don't worry mama, we'll always be your babies.

true story.
apparently, my babies have to grow up - it's how babies work, after all

you know, you get a lot of advice when you decide you want to have babies, 
but they never tell you about that struggle in your heart
the one where you want to watch your babies grow up into who they were intended to be,
while simultaneously keeping them as your babies forever and ever

oh wait, they do

but words can't convey what a mama's heart feels
so sometimes you just need to look through old pictures, 
and gush over your babies
then look up and watch them grow up right before your very eyes
and realize how blessed you are to have the past memories and the here-and-now moments

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas in July

because it's July 25th
and i still haven't sorted through most of my pictures from Christmas
here are a few from our Christmas morning
when my babies were such...babies!!!

ah...these are sweet, sweet memories
i feel so blessed to have them frozen in time
this mama's heart = warmed & melted through and through!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

saturday bloggin' aka photo vomit

i don't normally blog on saturdays
but yesterday we got together with friends
and made tie dye shirts

then we had to wait 24 hours to unveil the final product
and i went a little camera happy

because tie dye

and toddlers

let's just say, i think this will be the first of many tie dye adventures
now on to the photo vomit part...

p.s. if this has inspired you to do some tie dying with your littles, 
here are some "resources" / what we used:
* how to & inspiration courtesy of sheena's first and second tie dye extravaganzas

* this tulip brand tie dye kit 
(except i hit up my local michaels store and used a 40% coupon so it only cost me $10ish)

* $3 t-shirts from good ol' walmart

* dollar store tablecloths left over from the girlies' birthday party:  
...one to do all the dyeing on, so that once we were all done, we could wrap up all the bits and pieces in it and chuck it
...and one more to lay our (still pretty wet) shirts on when we unwrapped them, once again so that we could contain the mess then wrap up and get rid of it easily

the girls still haven't tried them on yet (you have to wash them before you wear them), 
but they're pretty stoked about them, and it was a super fun process!
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