October 31, 2009

Pumpkin

pumpkin
[real life.]
seeds
[baking.]
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October 30, 2009

Moose & Peanut: Then and Now

fall 2006

boys

fall 2009

Xavier came for a visit yesterday and I caught them doing a secret hand-shake-high-five thing that friends do.

Remember that?

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October 29, 2009

The Sakura Bloom Triathlon: Round One Winner!

Each one of the Triathlon contestants submitted and/or posted their answers to three questions asked by Lynne at Sakura Bloom for Round One of the Babywearing Triathlon.

Every single answer was unique and wonderful to read. I encourage you to read them all.
Lynne from Sakura Bloom, Summer from Fawn & Forest, and myself have chosen our winner....




Be enchanted by her answers to questions one, two, and three.


Sara Sophia wins a $100 gift certificate to Fawn & Forest.

The contestants' second batch of slings are shipping out now. Stay tuned for Round Two!


What is the Sakura Bloom Triathlon?

Visit our contestants' blogs:


Marvelous Kiddo
DGVE Law
8 year olds & Babies
Crooked Eyebrow
Crunchy Yuppie
tout-est-des-roses
4 little men & girly twins


[Also, I've been a bit behind on adding links to the Babywearing Blogroll but will be working on it tonight. Please email me or leave a comment if you've added the button and would like to be included in the blogroll!]



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October 28, 2009

Leaving.

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[shufflerustleshuffle.]

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[yellow.]

autumn4

[red.]

autumn2

[collected.]


autumn

[a leaf bouquet.]



You Capture: Autumn

More of our Washington St. photos and how I long to live there.


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Washington St.

Every time I drive down Washington St.,

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my heart makes its wish

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and I say a prayer...


Someday
and imagine my family all big and grown...

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coming to visit with plenty of rooms to spare,

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in one of the homes on Washington St.


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October 27, 2009

Things Are Good

goodthings
(The view from here.)

I had a moment just sitting here, I didn't realize how low I must have been lately because in the past few days, I have been feeling very good.

Like, I forgot how this felt. And I don't want to forget ever again.

Oh, and we took the scenic route today.


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October 26, 2009

Monday Afternoon

Mondayafternoon
Hubby set up a tent in the playroom so the kids could campout last night. I was going to let them stay up late (and hope that they sleep in late!) but Noah decided he wanted to go to bed early so he wasn't going to stay in the tent, but was too lonely to sleep by himself in his room. I need my brothers with me.
My heart smiled so big it squished any guilt I had about them having to share a room. They wouldn't have it any other way.
They all three ended up in their own beds and were up niiiiice and early.

It's fall break here and there's no school today. (Neighbor kids came over. Tents do not cause children to multiply.)


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October 25, 2009

On Sunday Morning

sundaymornings


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October 24, 2009

How I do it all.

I just made this: Chipotle Black Bean Chili and am going to sit down here for a moment to write out some things while I eat it.

I'm thinking about going vegan again. I can't decide.

We were supposed to try a new church tomorrow, but Ivy's been sick. It seems like just when we finally get back to life and on a roll, someone gets sick and we are set back again. Thankfully she'll nap all day long on hubby and I can do some things around the house.

Something I'm emailed a LOT by people: How do you do it all?

Answer: I don't.


If I've got a good thing going in one area, it means there are probably a bunch of other things being severely neglected in another area. I try to find the balance but...

Things gets so behind, and I find I am just taking care of what's on the surface and under my feet at that moment. So everything else in the corners and against the walls and behind the doors piles up and up.

I have four tiny (loud) voices wanting to tell me stories or to ask me questions or to just say Mommy Mommy Mommy Mommy Mommy Mommy over and over and over again while I make their meals and wash their clothes and nurse the baby and try to sneak in a little work (stuff to write) and sometimes what gets me through (aside from the caffeine) is the promise that after they all go to bed, I can finally sit down with quiet and eat dinner or watch a show and do some knitting or cross-stitching or reading or writing and you know what?

When they finally are all in bed and I look over them, pray over them, my heart filled to over-flowing, I forget about lots of the earlier stuff and hope hope hope they do, too.


Then I usually collapse, exhausted, close my eyes for what seems like MINUTES and awake to another day to do it all over again.


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October 23, 2009

Inside Looking Out

The boys are off school until Tuesday. It's dreary and raindroppy and cold outside, so we're in for the day.


peeky


It's warm and peaceful and smells like coffee inside, so we're not complaining.



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October 22, 2009

A Clone Trooper, Dorothy, Football Player, & Dinosaur Pirate

A clone trooper, dorothy, football player, & dinosaur pirate

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The Great Rescue!

Grayson's beloved doggy slipped from his hands while walking along the bridge above a fast-flowing creek. You could hear his broken heart as he screamed for his doggy being swept away in the stream.

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We ran along the creek to see if we could find a low place to grab it. Next thing I knew, Lovelyn had her jeans rolled up and was in the water.

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Doggy floated by and she scooped him up, rung him out, and saved the day!

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Bystanders cheered. We all sighed in relief. And went on our way.


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October 21, 2009

Bunnie



A rocket has to go 25,000 miles an hour to get into orbit... that's a lot of force, keeping us right where we are.

So, go ahead and tell your daughter to reach for the stars. Just, give her a break if she falls a little short.


(As heard on an episode of Samantha Who?)

Originally posted October 22, 2008.


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October 20, 2009

the new yarn.

This is the dress I made with the new yarn.

the new yarn


For those who were asking about the pattern, I posted it on Ravelry.com (I'm BabywearKnittery if you're on there) - the pattern is Little Girl's Sundress or Jumper by Diane Soucy and I found it to be super easy, especially if you already know how to make a sweater or hat.

You can see more of my knitting projects at Ravelry or at my old knitting blog- And She Knits... guess I should update it a bit!


I took the boys to see Where the Wild Things Are this past weekend and posted my thoughts about it at Real Moms Guide. See below for all of my most recent articles there if you would like to check them out.



Also, the winner of the necklace from Uganda in support of Lovelyn is: Kalee



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October 19, 2009

On finishing what you've started even if it's pretty messed up.

A couple weeks ago I was having one of those lives days and mentioned that I knitted up a dress for Ivy that I didn't like so I started over with a new yarn. Robin commented and encouraged me to finish the one I didn't like. That it might be good for me. Groan.

ivy in a knitted dress

So I did. And even though it looks kinda nice on the Internet, if you saw it in person it has many flaws, but it did turn out quite beautiful anyway.

Maybe tomorrow I'll share a photo of the "new yarn" one. I'm very proud of both.


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October 18, 2009

Comes A Time

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Comes a time, when you're drifting

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Comes a time when you settle down.

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Comes a light, feelings lifting.

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Lift that baby right up off the ground.

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Oh, this old world keeps spinning 'round.

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It's a wonder tall trees ain't laying down.

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There comes a time.

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You and I, we were captured. We took our souls and we flew away.

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We were right, we were giving.

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That's how we kept what we gave away.

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Oh, this old world keeps spinning 'round.

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It's a wonder tall trees ain't laying down.

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There comes a time.

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There comes a time.


-Neil Young, "Comes a Time"

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October 16, 2009

She pointed to his picture and said this is my baby brother.

grayellie


Yesterday we had a playdate at Lovelyn's home. Ellie immediately showed her future husband Gray a photo book of pictures, pointing, "This is my baby brother."

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Soon, Clayton won't just be in her picture book. He'll be in her home. He'll be in her arms.

I feel honored to call Love a friend. If you aren't familiar with her story, please catch up here.



Love has been selling t-shirts and beautiful necklaces from her trip to Uganda to help raise funds for the adoption.


I purchased two necklaces yesterday. One for me, and one for one of you.

Just leave a comment below to be entered to win. Open to anyone, no matter where you live.


Today is actually Love's birthday! Wish her well! Follow her- she's letlovegrow on Twitter.


And then leave a comment here if you'd like to win one of her necklaces that helps to bring Clayton home.

I'll choose one winner at random from the comments below sometime after 11:59 PM (CST) Monday October 19, 2009. (following Love on twitter is not a requirement, just a suggestion!)

Contest has now ended. The winner is
Kalee.


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October 14, 2009

A Fall Day

a fall day

You Capture: still life

More about our day (what a day) yesterday.


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Sakura Bloom Triathlon: Round One

A special message from Lynne at Sakura Bloom!


Helpful instructional videos:
Putting on and adjusting a ring sling
Tummy to tummy hold in a ring sling

Lynne will be working on more instructional videos throughout the challenge weeks, so if you have any demonstrations you'd like to see, please let us know in the comments!

And now, the first challenge of the Sakura Bloom Triathlon, three questions for our seven contestants:
  1. What first interested you in babywearing?

  2. How is your personality reflected in your parenting style?

  3. If you could spend a year traveling with your family, where would you go and why?

Sakura Bloom Triathlon contestants have until October 28 to submit the answers to the three questions, via email or a post on their blog. One contestant will be recognized for her answers and awarded with a $100 gift certificate to Fawn & Forest.

Meet the contestants.

Play along if you'd like! Leave your answers to the questions in the comments below or link to your post on your blog so we can check them out!

More information about the Sakura Bloom Triathlon.


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October 13, 2009

I can't

stop thinking about this photo.

littleivy

From when Ivy was less than one day old. Was it all a dream? She was really that small and tiny and new?


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Babywearing Triathlon: Meet Brittany

Brittany is Mama to 4 wild and crazy boys... Grayson- 9, Vance- 7, Gavin- 5, Ozzie- 2, and beautiful identical twin girls Eliza & Nolia- 1. Their home is in the midwest but they are slowly making a new home on the family farm in the great plains. Brittany chose Spice from the Sakura Bloom Pure collection as her first sling for the challenge.

"I've been babywearing for 9 years. I wore a horrid suggli with my first, a pouch I couldn't figure out with my second, my arms with my third, and finally discovered the amazing world of real babywearing with my fourth."

Favorite song (right now): Your Hand In Mine by Explosions In The Sky.

Favorite quotes: Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have. -Unknown

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
-Albert Einstein

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
-Lao Tzu

Brittany blogs at 4 Little Men & Girly Twins.

The Sakura Bloom Triathlon officially begins this week. I'll be introducing each contestant through today. Watch for a very special announcement tomorrow.

Meet Leigh Pennebaker
Meet Marcela Beatty

Meet Danielle G. Van Ess
Meet Sara Sophia

Meet Donya
Meet Becca Speer


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Babywearing Triathlon: Meet Becca Speer

Becca Speer lives in a suburb of Dallas, TX and is mama to Jack - 2 years old. She's expecting baby Graham in early December. "I love being a boy mom and can't wait to raise brothers." Becca chose Spice from the Sakura Bloom Pure collection as her first sling for the challenge.
"I began babywearing as soon as Jack was born. I began with a Moby wrap and a Hotsling and my stash grew from there. I'm an AP-minded mama, so I knew I wanted to wear my son not only because of the many conveniences of babywearing, but also for the bonding, cuddling and discreet nursing opportunities it provides. I imagine babywearing is going to be an absolute necessity once I have a newborn and a toddler on the go! I enjoy helping others wear their babies as well. Myself and two friends run a local babywearing group that meets monthly in the DFW area. It's a great opportunity to spread the love and satisfaction that babywearing can bring to other mothers and their babies."

"My favorite band is definitely the Dave Matthews Band. One of my favorite DMB songs is One Sweet World. One of my favorite quotes is from their song Two Step: Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain."

Becca blogs at Crunchy Yuppie.

The Sakura Bloom Triathlon officially begins this week. I'll be introducing each contestant through today. Watch for a very special announcement tomorrow.

Meet Leigh Pennebaker
Meet Marcela Beatty

Meet Danielle G. Van Ess
Meet Sara Sophia

Meet Donya

Meet Brittany


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Babywearing Triathlon: Meet Donya (Crooked Eyebrow)

Donya is Mom to JC age 8 1/2 and Eden less than one week old! in Northwest Indiana. She chose the Sakura Bloom Pure Collection linen sling in Plum for the first challenge.
"I'm a long time wannabe babywearing mom, who thankfully was given the chance to just this week wth the birth of my daughter."
Favorite song, at least for this week: Pictures of you by The Cure

Donya blogs at Crooked Eyebrow.
The Sakura Bloom Triathlon officially begins this week. I'll be introducing each contestant through today. Watch for a very special announcement tomorrow.

Meet
Leigh Pennebaker
Meet Marcela Beatty

Meet Danielle G. Van Ess
Meet Sara Sophia

Meet Becca Speer

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Babywearing Triathlon: Meet Sara Sophia

Sara Sophia is Mom to children ages 7, 6, 4 and 1, residing in "Neverland", GA. She chose Sakura Bloom's organic Raven linen sling from the Pure collection for her first challenge.

"I've been babywearing since the birth of my eldest in the form of a "snuggly". You remember those? The pitiful little off-brand Baby Bjorn? It wasn't until the birth of my youngest son that I discovered the magic of slings and have been hooked ever since. I love the idea of being close to my children--and babywearing is the perfect way to facilitate that. It allows me the freedom to accomplish without having to push away the tiny arms that beg to be held. All of my little people are big sling advocates"

Favorite quote, from her Grandmother: "Whenever you get frustrated with trying to change the world--focus on making the spot you're in beautiful."


A favorite song:
When in Rome by Nickel Creek

Sara Sophia blogs at Tout-Est-Des-Roses.

The
Sakura Bloom Triathlon officially begins this week. I'll be introducing each contestant through today. Watch for a very special announcement tomorrow.

Meet Leigh Pennebaker

Meet
Marcela Beatty
Meet
Danielle G. Van Ess
Meet Donya
Meet Becca Speer
Meet Brittany


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