Monday, October 31, 2011

Day 9: Interview

Interview with a 2nd grader:

Me: Hey, how was your day?
H: The girls were mean on the bus.
Me: Really? How?
H: They said a mean rhyme.
Me: What was it?
H: "Girls go to college to get more knowledge; Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider."
Me: Really? "More stupider"? The irony...
H: Whatever...

Interview with a 1st grader:

Me: Svea, how was the playdate?
S: Henry was mean to us when we were playing.
Me: What did you say when he was mean?
S: I said, "Be nice, Henry! God! Is! Watching! You!"
Me: Okay. Enough said.

Interview with a one-year-old:

Me: Corinne, what do you think?
C: Ahhh. AHHHH. UMmm.
Me: Hmmmmmmm.
C: Is this thing on? Is it a phone?
Me: hug

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day 8: Newspaper


Day 7: Scattered

This is more of my process lately:

When I prefer to be more like this:

I know! "What the whaaah?" is what you were thinking!
This is my new painter's caddy that dear Annette sent me. So perfectly perfect and inspiring - I loaded it immediately and can't wait for the kids and I to venture out and USE it.
Now I won't be so scattered when I want to start painting!

Day 6: Treasure

One woman's trash know...

which is why I love the United Methodist Women's Annual Bazarre!!
Trail mix with candy corn, clothes, kitchen items, an embroidery hoop, an old suitcase I'll reline with Super Hero pictures with Henry (did you know that Marvel has a web site where you can create your own super hero pages????? I need to find who to write my Thank You note to...), and some old airline goodie bags with eye pillows and chap stick and comfort socks.
How could I NOT buy these treasures???? (though in Alabaster, we say "tray-zure).

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day 5: Sweet Dreams

Favorite lotion, fave lip balm, eye cover if needed.
Eye pillow full of rice for the morning easing awake time. Zonk.

Day 4: Jewelry

In a nesting frenzy last year, I took an old cigar box and cut cardboard pieces to make these dividers to organize my necklaces.

Time well spent, y'all.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 3: Fly


That song was all I could think of when I saw "Fly" for this challenge.

After my oldest child was born, of course THINGS changed, but the Quirky Things are what I like to think about about.
With Henry, I watched the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" every day and listened to Norah Jones.
After Svea, I stopped wearing dangly earrings (a BIG wardrobe shift) and wore clothes that didn't match. I also taught myself to quilt and listened to Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
After Corinne, I memorized "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" and ate the #4 from the Chick-fil-A drive thru.

Regardless, I want to learn to play the violin. So I paid $15 a month for 2 years to buy this old one and can't wait to start fiddlin' away. I hope the kids want to too.

Fly, kids, in whatever way you choose...

Day 2: Something I Love

Something I love...right now I am really loving being in a Small Group with thought-provoking women on Wednesday nights.

Last night we discussed the concept of Wabi Sabi. And read this book together.

I visited this feeling and concept years ago. Then a dear friend in Evansville (Dianne) gave me this book without knowing how often I would read it.
Thank you, Dianne.

I hope for experiences of Wabi Sabi for all of you this week.
Send me a haiku about it if you are so moved.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New 30 Day Challenge!

We (some cronies and anyone else interested) are starting a new photo challenge:

And as today is Day 1, here is my open door:

About as big as your pinky finger, this door swings open in the front of Svea's doll house.
I have this vision of having a Studio or Creativity Room or Sewing Place in our house. Recently we moved Svea's doll house out of her bedroom (so she could have room for her vanity table to fix her hair in the mornings. Because you need 8 bows for first grade) to downstairs in the evolving Creativity Room.

I want the kids to play and create and feel comfortable in that room...and give me equal space to play and create and feel comfortable. We are getting there...

For now, this tiny door opening symbolizes a lot of progress for our family. I'd like to concentrate on the fact that it is OPEN, no matter how big the door.

Hooray for that.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Corinne's Little Pumpkin Party

We had a little family pumpkin-themed party last Saturday for Corinne. The party flowed and was a great time, but I didn't get one picture! Thanks to Bobbie for sending these.

Thanks to Mimi for this cute pumpkin dress!

Thanks to Henry and Svea (in full cat face for no particular reason) for helping blow out the candle!

Thanks to Daddy for the Superwoman Flying Position!

These bloomies were for you, Aunt Brooke. We missed you!!

Thank you cousins for posing you could....

And thank you great-grandparents for coming to the party!

A good time was had by all...

Happy Birthday, Corinne!

Corinne is one today!
Hooray for a beautiful, amazing, long, crazy, hopeful, frustrating, wonderful 365 days!

We love you Corinne Elizabeth!