Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Through the Eyes of a Little One

Yesterday Little Guy got a hold of my camera which has been neglected by me since I got a phone with a built in camera for everyday shots. I decided to let him walk around for a few minutes and take some of his own photos. I enjoyed looking through his photos and seeing things from his perspective. He took photos of things that he enjoys everyday and I just wanted to share them since it gave me glimpse into how his little mind sees the world around him. 

Face with his mouth full

The swing set where he just learned to swing all by himself. 

Mama outside reading a book while the kids play

His buddy Stormy

Flowers filled with bee, moths and other bugs. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Leaves

Another weekend has passed, unfortunately many of our plans were cancelled due the ailments of our playmates. Colds are surely another sign that winter is coming. The extra down time gave us a chance to catch up on many of the small projects around the house that we have been putting off. Our camper was finally put away for the winter following a good washing and clean out. I cannot wait to see what adventures we will have next year.  The kids have enjoyed raking up leaves to jump into and with their teamwork they have worked out quite an efficient process. It also appears that the mud pies of summer have been replaced by the leaf salads of fall as evidenced by the multiple buckets and containers filled with leaves that are strewn throughout the yard. 

The big garden has been tucked in for winter with a layer of leaves on top. Here's to hoping that the soil builds up nicely and come spring time the hard work will be worth it. This summer our garden struggled a bit and I think it may have been because I underestimated the importance of building up and feeding the soil during the fall and very early spring. It's a good thing that there are cycles in the seasons with a little down time to collect one's thoughts, plan for the future and build up excited for a new opportunity at success. 








Monday, October 13, 2014

Non-productive Day

Today was one of those cold and rainy days it also happened to be Columbus Day which meant that one of the kids had off from school. Together we spent the morning gathering the last pieces for her Halloween costume and playing board games while little guy spent his morning at preschool. It was one of those days that was perfect for not accomplishing much of anything. 


With all of the comfy places to curl up and watch a show she picks to lounge on the landing of the stairs.

This was my "project" for the day. I emptied the shelf in the hallway coat closet. I remember reading some where a long time ago that any empty shelf gives a visual reminder that there is some free space left in the home. Here's to hoping that it's true with winter closing in and a new baby coming space feels less and less by the day. Now if only my husband would stop thinking of all the wonderful uses for this new found space.


Stormy dog has been on high alert. The change in weather has all of the animals outside in a full on rush to prepare for winter. The squirrels are constantly running through the front yard in hopes of finding the perfect place to bury the latest nuts they have found. Stormy being a hunting breed is perturbed by the new found hobbies of the squirrels and is dying to break through the door to chase them. 


Halloween decorations are out all throughout the house as it is one of my favorite holidays. Many of my decorations are hand poured and fired ceramics painted by my mom years and years ago. As time goes on she keeps downsizing her collections and I am the lucky recipient of these great things.


Little Guy who is always one to entertain himself "played" the keyboard and set it to auto play music so he could dance. 


I think at one time I could reach my toes but I could never do a rolling back flip touching my toes and winding up one my feet again in one single motion like he did. Oh, to be young.


In the midst of all this I found myself picking up the yarn and hook again to make a baby blanket. This time for a baby of my own. It was a wonderful nonproductive rainy day.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Catching up

Hey there, hi there, ho there! Long time no see, rather no post. The changing of the seasons has brought a new sense of chaos to our home. The schedules took some adjusting and even now we are fine tuning the new routines.

New Lessons

Co-schooling 

The garden I regret to say has fallen by the wayside and lies in a heap of dried, windblown dirt with very few plantings remaining. The kale is about the only thing still hanging on and the last of this years radishes have just made their last push to grow. Carrots and parsnips and trying their best to take root as the weather shifts but I fear they may be out of time.

I have spent most of my days trying to keep myself busy and my mind quiet, but I must say that the busy mind still seems to win. I find myself thinking of the children, this home and the life we are living. I question my choices, doubt my decisions, and wonder repeatedly if we are doing everything right. I know deep in my heart that whatever makes us happy is what is right for us but when emotions and hormones collied the result is rarely satisfactory.

So what is the root of all of this questions and emotions? We are adding another little one to our chaotic clan. We are all so very excited to be expecting the wonderful gift of a new baby but like with any change the little worries creep into our minds when we least expect them to. I do however know that in the end it all works out the two will evolve into three naturally and before long it will seem like this is the way it always was. I am eagerly awaiting those days while fully taking in the now.

I hope that if anyone still stops by here you are doing well. It was nice to catch you up on the ongoings of our household and would love to hear about the changes the new season has brought to yours.