Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sissie at 13 Months~


:Give the biggest, sloppiest kisses.  The other night you were nursing and stopped to kiss me and then started again.  So flipping cute.
:Get angry about not getting the phone as a chew toy.  For real.
:Just want to walk around and around at  night and so have a hard time settling.
:Are drooling like a champ.
:Like to climb onto stools, low chairs, into boxes and cabinets.
:Love the porch.  You want to go out warm or cold, socks or bare.  Let's just get out there!
:Crawl into the toy bins to sit with your things.
:Are kind of a picky eater.
:Like the legos and magnaformers almost as much as Emerson.
:Love Emerson.  You want to go visit him after he has gone to bed and hug and kiss him all day.  You laugh at all his jokes.  You think he is amazing.  He is very proud of his little sister.
:Put your finger out to ask to hold a hand for a walk.  So sweetly.
:Have just realized we have stairs you can climb right outside our front door.
:Are beginning night weaning, but I wouldn't say it is going all that well.  However, it has given me a bit of break so I am not so tired.
:Love your Papa and give him the flirtiest smiles, reach for him and wave.  This has become stronger since he started helping get you to sleep more at night.
:Are so very, very sweet.  And funny!

{We all adore you and are having so much fun watching you learn new things.  Emerson keeps yelling out, "Look, mama, look!  She's walking!"  He is so proud of your love for him and your new skills.  We all like snuggle you to pieces.}

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Self Care: Saving Face

I had to use the pun.  You'll forgive me, right?

A few months ago I read an article about using an unexpected oil to wash your face.  Castor oil.  It talked all about how it sucks the yucky stuff out of the pores and leaves you with soft smooth skin.  It also mentioned that it can be over drying and it was good to mix it for most people with something else.

I immediately thought of honey. I've been using honey off and on for a few years in my skin care regime. It has never seemed like quite enough on it's own.  I have combination skin that tends to be congested. But the last year I see that it is starting to look papery and thin.  In pictures I see an almost unrecognizable face.  I'm not still 17???

I don't fear growing older in most ways.  I don't spend much time in front of the mirror.  I do soul gazing, not skin gazing.  That said, I am human and so seeing the age on my face so obvious in the last year has been hard.  Lines subtly create a permanent appearance of unhappiness.  I know that part of the reason for this is unhappiness.  It has been a hard year with my son.  Harder than I could have imagined.  I've spent a lot of time scowling and pursing my lips and it shows.  I haven't found anything to take away those lines and I am working on feeling more joy and spending less time angry.  But in the mean time, I want clean, fresh skin and this combination gives it to me.

I use about a nickle sized squirt of honey and add just a drop of castor oil.  Rub it into your skin and then scrub off with a warm very wet washcloth.  It feels a little like polishing.  I follow up with either a drop of apricot kernel oil or an antioxidant lotion depending on my mood.  The apricot gives a velvety finish.

What are you using on your face these days?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Walking! (Sideways)

Proof of walking.  Look at her go.  I tried to get it the other way but of course she wanted to eat the phone and not walk when I tried.  So, turn your monitor or your head.  Enjoy!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Self Care

Recently I realized I have only this one body, this one self to last me through all the days of my life.  It dawned on me that I haven't been honoring it.  I am ready to change.  One of the biggest things as moms we let go is self care.  Everyone and everything gets placed on the list before us.  The "parenting experts" give lip service to the idea of a mother taking care of herself first while adding 17 more items to your list to feel bad about not accomplishing properly.  I see this in myself and in the mothers I meet (and the fathers often too, but I don't walk in their shoes!)  Over the next few weeks I am going to share some simple things I've been doing for myself and I hope you'll share some things with me.  I think Tuesdays are a good day for them.  We've all survived Monday and might need a little pick me up to get through the week ahead.

I'm excited to start this. I'll see you Tuesday!

Until soon-

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Oh, my!  The weather, people, the weather!  Schools here are starting Saturday make up days now.  You know it has been crazy.

Yesterday we were able to go outside and enjoy the not-so-freezing and not-much-snow-left super dirty muddiness.  Where it is actually pleasant to feel the things around you with your hands and with a few extra layers even a little little can crawl around without needing bread bags taped over her legs.  (I kid you not.)

Emerson dug around a little and you could see under the leaves and dirt the plants are almost ready to start growing.  You could see the moss starting to fuzz up.  I am trying not to rush through, but you know, Spring is so much more alluring than the mud and snow.  And with a baby on the cusp of toddler-hood I know she'll be so excited to be down on the ground more.

She is at the very-nearly-walking phase where you often turn around to find them taking a few steps surreptitiously.   And then, plop! back into crawling.  She also does this ridiculously adorable side step while pulling her arms up to her chest and spreading them again thing that makes me giggle.  Sometimes I want to nibble her a bit, she is so scrumptious!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy day to all of you!  I hope you are enjoying your snow or sunshine, each other or appreciating your time alone and loving yourself just as much.  Thank you for visiting me here!

PS- This is what it looked like last year!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


I finally have a phone modern enough for instagram.  You can find my link in the side bar, but I need friends!!  Let me know if you have an account so I can follow you.  I love to see what everyone is up to!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Loosening up

I finished the arm warmer a few days ago.  It looks lovely, no glaring errors.  Except it is about the right size for Emerson...  Whoops.  I didn't check my gauge.  I didn't check it because with crochet I have never had an issue.  And also, because I am lazy.  And also it really didn't cross my mind that I could get that far off with the right sized needles for it to matter.  So anyway, apparently I hold too much tension on the yarn.  I can't imagine where it comes from... Hmmff!

So, I've started something a little more forgiving in terms of gauge with a larger sized needle than recommended and making a big effort to hold the yarn loosely.  It is this beauty.  I'm excited that I decided to look up the crazy stitch abbreviation because the whole thing is super simple to to even though it looked intimidating to me.  Hopefully it will fit over my head in the end. ;)