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Signs of Spring

April 21, 2011

Watching a bird build its nest in a tree right outside our window…

If you look carefully you can see the red breast...I didn't get the best picture!

The finished nest

Watching our little caterpillars crawl and eat, and waiting for them to change…

Our caterpillars right after we got them. They're bigger now, but a little too creepy for a closeup

Lots of watching right now.  What are you watching?


What do you see?

April 20, 2011

This is day 2 of a two week Spring Break. Day 1 did not go so well. Play date? Yes please! Some of you may see a picture of a poor little toddler exhausted and having to sleep in the car seat. I see remnants of an exciting and fun-filled day. Today we were invited to the most perfect play date. There were kids the same age as both my boys, and a little girl that loves playing with my daughter. When I look at this picture I don’t just see crazy tangled hair, and exhausted toddler, and lunch crumbs on her face. I see hours of uninterrupted playing, lots of giggles, lunch with friends, and oreos of course! Nothing better than spending quality time with lots of friends. She played hard today!

Happy Birthday!

April 18, 2011

My sweet 7-year-old.

Full of laughter and smiles, hugs, and jokes.  I love to hear your questions and ideas, your rock star guitar sounds, and of course that wonderful laugh.

Finding joy

April 14, 2011

I was not born to be a housewife. I was the girl that went to school for business so I could work in an office and wear a cute suit. Mature, I know. After the birth of my 3rd child and the realization that daycare equaled my take home pay, we decided that I would stay home TEMPORARILY. Two and a half years later I’m still here… dishes, laundry, cleaning, homework, dinner, bedtime, wake up and do it all over again.

However in the midst of these mundane chores, I’ve also discovered new ways to find my joy. In my search for creative outlets I have found a new love in gardening. I started 2 years ago with only squash and zucchini and now I have a small fenced in area with several different fruits and vegetables. Do I know what I’m doing? Nope. But that’s what Google is for. I am learning and improvising as I go. It’s not pretty but it works for me.  I find extreme satisfaction in planting a tiny seed and watching it grow into something amazing. The whole process is fascinating to me. What’s even better is the fact that my kids love to be a part of it. We’ve spent countless hours weeding and tilling, checking out all the cool bugs in the dirt, and planting. When the vegetables are ready the kids will be first in line to pick them. Whether they eat the veggies or not, it has given us some great quality time together – stress free, no fighting, just playing in some dirt. Pure joy.


April 2, 2011

I have a few fun memories of Becky and myself as teenagers, driving in the car, and quickly pulling over so one of us could hop out and snatch a bunch of pretty wildflowers we had spotted. It was a little silly, but it always made my day.

I experienced a similar joy when I came upon the quote by Louisa May Alcott…We gather simple pleasures like daisies by the way.

Right now the little treasures handed to me come more often in the form of “wormies” found after a good rain, or one of the many rocks in my middle son’s endless collection.  (I’ll probably have to wait until my baby girl is a little older before I’m handed many wildflowers.)  But along the way I also hope to collect other treasures…like the sound of our kids playing together, the taste of a good meal enjoyed with friends, tender conversations with little ones trying to make sense of the world…or the joy my middle son encounters when he walks on a gravel road.  Mommy, rocks!

My hope is that this space can be a place where I can gather these little treasures and remember them.  Thanks for joining me!