Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

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I can't believe it is New Year's Eve.  Life is so different than it has been before that I can't quite keep up with the time.  So here are some thoughts that have crossed my mind today.

1- I am so thankful.  Thankful for friends and family and even some kind strangers.  I am thankful for you for reading and checking in even when I display a complete lack of "having it together."  Thank you!

2- I can hardly believe the things that started this year as ideas and have come to fruition.  At the beginning of the year we were just plotting on how to get to Asheville.   Now we live here.  At the beginning of this year I was pregnant and then miscarried.   Now I am exactly one month from my due date.  Both of these things are so big I am surely missing the point, but I am living them each day and trying to enjoy each moment.

3- My son is changing so much.  He makes me crazier than crazy but he also is kind, tells fantastic stories, loves without reserve and goes for what he wants without waiting for anyone to say it is okay.  He tells it how it is.  Don't ask him if you don't want to hear it. 

4- My husband is the most amazing partner I could have ever asked for.  He gives me more than anyone else ever has and I really love being with him more each day.  His family is also pretty fantastic and I am having a wonderful time getting to know them better each passing day with our new closeness.

5- My parents have been such a light, as always, but especially this year as they allow their love for each other to burn ever brighter.  Their kindness to each other and all others that cross their path is really an amazing example of loving kindness in action.  I hope one day to grow to be half so generous with my heart and head.

I am entering this new year with a heart full of gratitude and I hope you, too, take a few minutes tonight and tomorrow to look around and see all your blessings.  I hope this new year is full of joy, health and gratitude for all of us.

Nameste.

birds night

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Jumping through hoops

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Our dear friend gave Emerson gymnastics lessons for his Christmas gift.  I've been looking for just the thing to start him with since before we moved.  I thought maybe dance classes or soccer but after we moved I found this great gymnastics place.  I wanted him to have a dedicated class that doesn't involve me where he could be learning to use his body and have to follow directions.  He has a lot of free play time in our other activities and I wanted this to be about learning some self regulation and discipline along side getting the energy out.

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The gym has terrible lighting but here are a few images from his first class.  I am excited to watch him grow and learn here in a small class where he will get to both run and jump and flip and have to wait his turn.  Also, I'll be sitting in the lobby crocheting or cooing at a baby while all that is happening.  Bliss.

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{Thank you dear Nicole!}

Ps- E wants you to know that the red parts are the lava and the hoops are the safe spots. :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A library tote

We finally have a library with a story time worth visiting.  Right around the corner with a librarian who is kind and understanding of children.  Emerson is rapt with attention while she talks and reads.  He talks about her during the week when we aren't there.  She allows him to help and participate and he just adores her.

He is also learning about checking out books and returning them as we simplify his library at home down to just the essentials.  When you can't put books away on your own it gets a little silly to have so many.  We plan to cycle them in and out as needed, but for now, one small shelf is more than enough.

In order to keep track of the library books I thought it was time for a dedicated bag where the books could live while visiting our home and so he can carry his own back and forth.  His book bags aren't quite right for the job (oddly enough) as children's books vary so much in size and the zippers aren't as friendly to little hands who want to be able to get things in and out all on their own and mama's who want it very easy to clean up without a distraction.  So the other day I asked if he wanted to make his own library tote with me.

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He picked the fabric and the quilt block from the block swap I did about a million years ago.  We made the block into an extra pocket on the front to hold his art project that he does each story time and I used one of his bigger books to measure the tote size.  Because it is vintage fabric and vintage handle it has such a 70's feeling to me.  Or maybe older, anyway, we think it is sweet as can be.

He made it halfway through the making before we called it quits on working together and I finished it in just a few more minutes.  Super simple, and so exciting for everyone.  It is nice to have a place for the books so we aren't searching all over and he likes owning his own special bag for trips to the library.  I can't say I'm not thrilled to have one less thing to carry myself.  

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December 23rd, 2012

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Taking her to church each week is kind on my own time in sanctuary.  Mountain views and quiet time are so amazing.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 17th, 2012

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Surprisingly I have been getting some quilt blocks together between the breakdowns and the calm seconds.  Mostly because I have had some seriously good help.  Thank goodness for grandmas and husbands.

Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14th, 2012

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Trying to focus on this instead of that. I feel guilty for not looking to see more about what happened, but I don't think I could take the details.

December 13th, 2012

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The weekend before he had had made his own counting stick.  He was thrilled when she called on him to help her.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 11th, 2012

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An example of working together where both parties were happy.  So rare and so special. {And the camera charger was found. }

Sunday, December 9, 2012

December 9th, 2012

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This is more like what most days feel like.  I am standing still and everyone else is a blur.

December 8th, 2012

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Though it is hard to tell, this was hours of work.  It felt so good to work in peace with no distractions.  I love how all the bits come together so nicely. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7th, 2012

The days keep getting way from me.  My real camera is out of batteries and I haven't unearthed the charger. Back to the cell.  I have quilts on the brain.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 5th, 2012

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Some how I missed a whole day.  I find it amazing how these art projects are only fun for a couple minutes for me.  I wonder what I am missing when I see others talk joyfully of creating with their own littles.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nature Center Walks

I found the WNC Nature Center a bit by accident.  I would have looked for it more in Spring because the name led me astray, but when I passed a sign that pointed to way I had to check it out.  Turns out, it is a zoo with only local animals and farm animals.  Perfect really.  I was imagining lot's of trails and things like that.  Not so perfect for the winter and this belly.

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We've been three times in the few weeks we've been here.  It is a small place but it wasn't until this last time that we even walked the whole thing.  Because the farm area is so engaging we can't get him out.  I mean, how can you leave this giant bunny.  Especially when it isn't a "petting" animal but it stays there while you sneak your arm in and the lovely people who work there don't seem to mind a bit.

Right next door to him is a little area for doing "farm work." A couple small wheel barrows, rakes, shovels and bean bags.  And some hay to feed through the fence.  Hours of entertainment.  And then chickens and an old tractor nearby?  Goats and sheep to pet?  This adorable fluff ball:

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Three year old perfection.  And for mama?  A bench and bathroom in the barn.  Ah.  What more could you hope for, really?

Finally though, I had to see the rest.  We came across many animals all enjoying the perfect weather and sunshine.  Mostly of the dog and cat variety which had E saying, at every turn, how they could come live with us, or might like some pets too.

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I think they mostly wanted to keep their distance.  But they watched as we came by, and seemed to give us a nod.  And when the walk got a little long, we both agreed a stop for a snack was in order.  And we sat among the rhododendrons and the little evergreens and looked up at the bare oaks and poplar reaching into the sky.  We heard the crows talking to each other, and, E thought, saying hello just to him. 

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December 3rd, 2012

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Some days the light and the air feel so perfect.  I still wish his ears worked better, but that bunny doesn't seem to mind.

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 2nd, 2012

Dec 2 Fort!

E in his new cave fort.  We are in a great neighborhood.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December 1st, 2012

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Raw cranberry relish over cake donuts.  Call it a craving if you want, it is sooooo good.

1 bag fresh cranberries
1 (large) clementine
1 gala apple
1 tbsp of honey granules

A little about how good cranberries are for you.