April 16, 2014


"Pictures of the everyday once in week in 2014."
1.  Enjoying playing outside in the sun on a 70 degree day!
2.  Selfie in the truck on the way to our camping trip.
3.  Toys scatter all over the floor.
 4.  Forget-me-nots blossoming on the side of a trail.

April 14, 2014

Nature: lessons from a seed

I remember being younger and hearing people talk about how gardening holds so many life lessons.  I also remember brushing off those ridiculous comments because really, it was just a garden!  Then I dipped my baby toe into the world of seeds and soil.  Last summer was my first official garden, and we enjoyed our strawberries, green beans, herbs and zucchini.  (why is there a "h" in zucchini?!)  I marveled at what happens when seeds meets water and sun and earth.
It is truly amazing, miraculous even, to put a dry crumb of a seed into the ground and watch green life sprout from it.  Somehow that teensy seed held just enough potential to be transformed into an abundance of green leaves and fruit!  Seeds are nothing exciting to look at; they easily get lost or swept into dustpan.  Seemingly lifeless they sit on their shelf until someone decides they are worth it.  Moved from the coziness of their package they are placed in the often cold, wet, dark earth.  When surrounded by such a difficult, suffocating place, they push towards the warmth, the sun, and find that they have transformed completely!  Gorgeous leaves soak in sun rays while their roots continue to soak in the wet from the earth.  Life from the seemingly insignificant.
Are you drawing parallels here?  Something about each person holding immense potential, awaiting the right circumstances?  Letting difficulties push you forward into a better place?  Allowing someone to call to attention your strengths?  Something about stepping out of your comfort zone?  Maybe? Ok, soapbox is being put away.

 P.S.  Stephanie, your herbs survived a winter outside, and are sprouting new growth already!  Thanks for the start.

April 11, 2014

Color Palette: Ice blue, grey wolf, ocean blue and twig

Or, light blue, grey, medium blue and light-ish brown

Did I ever tell you about the time I had help inventorying my classroom?  It included all of our construction paper...I set loose some male family members on the paper cupboard, and the list handed back to me looked like this. (names are actual, numbers made up)

brown - 48
tan - 16
poop tan - 26
lightish poop tan - 50
lipstick red - 10
light red - 9
slime green - 3

It was hilarious!  I bet you can imagine the colors that those descriptive names invoke.  Probably the best inventory ever turned in, and yes I turned it in like that.  :) 

April 8, 2014


"Pictures of the everyday once in week in 2014."
1.  These delish biscuits with strawberry jam.
2.  Someone is growing more and more curious...especially about technology.
3.  These little purple flowers are everywhere.

April 7, 2014

When your child screams all the time and you have no idea whats wrong

This is definitely a long post about parenting/baby, so if that isn't for you, skip to the end and see a pretty picture or leave a comment about your best or worst experience with children.

James has had a hard go of it, thus we have as well.  But lets back up three months because that is when it started.  Around three months old, James stopped eating meals and started all day snacking.  We are talking 3 minute sessions here people!!!  He would pull away like he hated it.  This was not exactly easy when it came to nursing.  Not only did James hate it, but it also became difficult for me.  Millions of questions swirled around my head: why didn't he like it?  was I doing something wrong?  was I not making nutritious enough stuff?  did he not like the taste?  was I holding him wrong?  did I eat something weird?  does he need to burp again?  what is wrong?!

He also started crying screaming between the hours of 6pm and 10pm.  Everyone said it was probably colic...that his tummy hurt him.  Clearly something hurt.  Those ear-shattering screams could only point to pain because they weren't the cries of a cold/hungry/fussy/angry/emotional baby.  So we changed and rocked and walked and sang and whispered and snuggled and swaddled and loved our crying little fellow.  Bad days could include screaming/crying for 6+ hours a day.  (How can you be a stable parent when that is happening?  I have no idea because I failed...alternating between tearful compassion and sobbing overwhelmed irritation)  He is/was such a sweet boy when he wasn't crying, but how to you explain that to someone who was taken aback during the sounds that came in the evening hours.  Then came the bloody diapers.  I had previously altered my diet to exclude all gas inducing foods as well as milk, thinking it would help  Long story short, he is allergic to something (it's looking like dairy), and I've been on a restrictive diet to find out exactly what.

Five weeks into an animal product (dairy, eggs, butter, cheese etc.), nut, seafood free diet our little fella has made major changes!  He no longer screams!  Of course he cries when he is upset, but those blood-curdling screams are gone...as are the bloody diapers.  I cannot tell you how relieved we are.  It was SO sad to see James having such a rough time.  He is such a happy boy now!  I don't know if we will be dairy-free for life or what, but his happy face is enough to curb any dairy craving.  (especially now that I finally found a tasty vegan cookie recipe)

Maybe it was colic early on; maybe he was allergic.  I don't know, and I don't care now because it seems that we have found the answer!  Hooray for a "simple" (albeit sometimes hard) solution for us!  All I have to say is DIET MATTERS!!!

And because you made it through that long and somewhat pointless story about food and crying...here is a totally random, pretty picture for you and my favorite moments with James:
The best: Freshly bathed, lavender scented James sleepily cooing on my lap, as he smiles at me in recognition and slowly drifts off to sleep, completely content.

Ok, now read the best again...go do it...he's totally worth it!