April 12, 2017

Dear Indigo: 4 months

Dear Indigo.

Sometimes I sit and hold you and just weep.  You were so anticipated, my dear.  We weren't sure if we would get another chance.  But here you are smiling, cooing.  You've decided that you are decidedly a night out and love to sleep in until at least 8 am.  (Of course that includes eating during the night)  Your smiles lights up your entire face!!! and your scowl is hilarious...even if it is around more often than not...those furrowed eyebrows...deep in thought.  You've gaining weight and height ahead of schedule.  You are in good control of your head now and thus are enjoying tummy time more.  You've also taken the habit of sucking your thumb and forefinger on your left hand.  We love you and all your little sounds.  James loves to hold you...as do I.  Your favorite thing is bath time and the quiet.  You love a quiet room with one on one attention and eye contact.  And my dear, you have such expressive eyes.

Love you dearly,
Mama for all
Indigo 4 months: James 6 months: Same overalls. same blue eyes.

April 6, 2017

Portrait of the Month: March

We're a bit late for ...mostly because this picture perfectly describes this last month...chill.
The kiddos have been fighting colds, fighting for attention, and one has been fighting with every word that comes from this mama's mouth.  Ah. The joys of parenthood.  Seriously I am so grateful to be doing this, but I've started a new note entitled: Things I Never Thought I'd Say.  It keeps me sane and focusing on the humor of it all.  

March 30, 2017

Recent Reads

I've loved reading since as long as I can remember.  When I was in the fourth grade I aspired to read 100 books in one school year.  Mission accomplished and then some.  The following year, my teacher, the mother of my closest childhood friend, thought my reading levels were far above so she pushed me to read above and beyond.  She gifting me two books to celebrate entering womanhood: David Copperfield and Jane Eyre.  I loved it, and them.  Jane Eyre especially...misty moors, brooding places, a large manor dripping in mystery.  What's not to love?  I read and read, some fiction, some non-fiction, staying up late into the night just to finish one more chapter.

I enjoyed reading for fun until graduate studies...which killed my love of reading for several years.  I am slowly moving back towards reading (3 years later), but life with littles doesn't always allow for such devoring as it used to.

I've been reading -

Show your Work: Austin Kleon - easy reading, encouraging and inspiring for doing creative work

William Morris by Himself: Designs and Writings - autobiographical look at his life and work

Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants for Gardens and Landscapes: Marianne Filbert, Kathleen Robson + Alice Richter - a great reference book for PNW native gardening

Wild at Heart: John Eldridge - giving some insight on a boy/man's heart (helpful for raising James)

Assimilate or Go Home: Thoughts from a failed missionary: D.L. Mayfield - an interesting look at downward mobility + living with refugees to the US,

March 22, 2017

Tea Time

I love tea.  There is no doubt of this if you peek into my cupboards...I have an entire section devoted to it.  I enjoy herbals, reds, and blacks.  There are loose-leafs and pre-bagged.  There is really a tea for every occasion, and I've even gotten my black coffee drinking husband to enjoy (yes, really) a cup.  So I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you, in case you want to expand or add a new flavor to your day.

Sleepytime (Celestial Seasonings) - best for an evening, sublte, cozy tea: chamomile + mint

Sweet and Spicy (Good Earth) - best as a zippy, pick me up tea (I love it iced): black tea + cinnamon

Chocolate Chai (Zhena's Gypsy Tea) - best anytime with a splash of milk: rooibos tea

Blueberry (Alaska Wild Tea) - best fruity tea: blueberries + chamomile

Egyptian Licorice (Yogi) - best "gateway" into the tea world: licorice

English Breakfast Tea (Twinings) - best classic tea + energy boost: black tea (I prefer it best with a splash of milk and dash of cloves)

*Most of these teas can be purchased at your local grocery except the Alaska Wild Tea, for that I provided a link.