Saturday, January 31, 2015

january joy

this past week has gifted us more than our share of snow.
23 inches in tuesday's blizzard.
and 6 more inches yesterday.
they tell us there's more on the way monday.
thankful for bluebird days after storms.
and little ones who remind me that snow is not just shoveling and cold wet feet & hands...
no, snow is pure, fresh, amazing, fun.
especially 8 foot snow pile hills in your own driveway.  
perfect for belly sliding.  
january joy.
i needed reminding.

Friday, January 16, 2015

winter beach

this winter has been far more ice than snow.
i prefer snow ANY day to ice.
but this past week we finally got a good fluffy snowfall, so i took myself to the beach.
january in maine.

Monday, December 08, 2014


yesterday was tree day. 
one of my very favorite days of the year. 
and this the first of many christmases in our new home.
we were gifted sunshine and blue skies!
grab a saw. 
walk til we find "the one".
cut it down.
see santa. (casey asked for 2 stuffed puppies, and kellen a new land of stories book) 
pick out a special ornament for the year. (kellen picked a wooden winter scene and casey a hedgehog)
drink warm cider and eat a hot cider donut & free candy cane.
drive it home.
deck the halls. (in your fuzzy pjs)
place the star. (this year was Casey's turn)
then grab your pillows, blankets and art stuff and just hang out right there under your tree.

a truly wonderful day.
all is merry and bright.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


it's early.
i can appreciate this beauty with un-winter weary eyes.

our little home is surrounded on 2 sides by woods.
winter woods.

hello winter.
welcome back. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

happy halloween

we've had a fun week carving our jack-o-lanterns, gathering the last bits of costumes, and then getting dressed up twice. once for school (dug out stuff from our dress up box) and then tonight for treating around the neighborhood.
first the pumpkins. kellen always sketches out a whole page before choosing his perfect design.
casey knew what she wanted right away and went for it. i love their pumpkins every year, but i do think these are my new favorites.

kitty and blockhead

they both decided to be book characters this year.
Casey chose Ladybug Girl
and Kellen was Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit

we met up with Minecraft Steve and a friendly ghost for a walk around the hood for treats.
it did not rain, or snow, so it was a win! a bit chilly but nothing a hot shower and cup of cocoa couldn't cure. 

happy halloween everyone!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

october hello

well i have neglected this space terribly through summer and here we are well into october!
life is good, and full, and busy.
we moved.
we settled in.
we soaked up as much summer as possible.
a girl i love cut 9 inches of her hair off and donated it.
a boy i love played a fall season of soccer where he really bloomed into a good scorer this year. (having only scored one goal all last year)
school is in full swing and they are both doing amazing (3rd and 5th graders!!!)
that soccer playing boy, picked up the trumpet and is giving it a try.
making me i am a soccer momma and band momma.  :)
we are busy readying up for winter.  ordered and stacked 3 cords of wood.  this is a new life skill for us having never had a wood stove before now. we are excited to see how well we do this winter with it.  learning curve!
i've been making a lot more crock pot meals lately, they seem to suit the colder weather.
we have yet to fit in our annual apple picking trip. and we have a porch full of pumpkins waiting to be carved. halloween is fast approaching too! i better finish up those costumes.
busy gathering leaves, bittersweet and chestnuts.
taking walks and leaf peeping drives.
getting outside as much as possible before winter gear is required...

some recent photos:

 pre haircut

 after   :)
 happy october everyone.

Monday, July 28, 2014

summer nights

end of july is creeping ever so near, yet it feels like summer has only just arrived. oh summer please slow down. we just saw far away family off today after a few days visit. so nice to share our new home with them. i spent the day stripping beds, cleaning, and rearranging our space back to just us 4. the rains fell hard early, then gave way to clearer skies this afternoon.  we had a simple dinner of blt sandwiches (SO good), then packed a basket of books, beach toys, cameras, and 2 travel mugs of coffee and headed to the beach.  evenings at the beach are an entirely different thing. the sand is wide open. dogs are there. usually a kite flier or 2. many couples walking hand in hand. it's quieter, feels more private and intimate. i love that time. i need to remember to do this so much more.we made it home just in time, as the rain arrived once more.

are you reading this summer? my husband found me the book in my hands above, that i have been seeking unsuccessfully at our local libraries, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson.  so excited to dive in. i'm also finishing up the Plainsong trilogy by Kent Haruf and then i have Delancey waiting in the wings. what are you reading?

happy july.