Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring! Spring! Spring!

Oh you know it is the time of year when I basically freak out and want to run through the streets pointing out the tulips and daffodils that are just opening. I want to forcibly push people's faces (in the kindest way of course) into the tiny purple buds which will, in a month or so, erupt into heady blooms of lilac. I feel it all, the hum of life that comes in the form of birds returned from a winter away, bees buzzing lazily in the yard, lawnmowers and sprinklers and children and hours spent outside.

 

The rain and the sun and all of it. I just really love being outside and not accosted by freezing temps and hurricane force winds. 


I would say that in Wyoming I have learned to love the growing season more deeply. 

 

I am so happy to be aware enough to notice the subtleties of this shift. Just being able to notice and appreciate is such a gift.

 

Lately I have been thinking a great deal about how short our time is here. Who can say how many springs I will get to experience, but I sure as heck am going to revel in each one that I get!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Quote: Finite Dimensions

 
You asked me how I get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don't use logic when I do it. Logic's the first thing you have to get rid of.
-JD Salinger

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Without Words

 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Phone Photo Friday: 3.24.17

Happy Friday!


 
My brothers, sister-in-law and unborn niece, daughters, husband, hounds and me.

 
Family neighborhood walk.

 
More family neighborhood walking. Basically there was a family parade.

 
Ben and Elise

Morning drawing with Elise.

 
 Tooth number one.

 
Cordelia at the creek.


 
Cordelia feeling her cousin move.

 
Game of Farkle.
 
Uncle Ben

 
Daily drawing

 
Cordelia with the scarves she is selling at the Science Zone.

 

 
Breakfast burrito

 
Wyoming sunset

 
Daily drawing


 
Playing in the yard

 
Betty Sprinkles

 Two teeth out

 
Taking selfies with Uncle Ben

 
Food that was eaten.

Happy Friday!!!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Toof (2)

Yesterday around noon I found myself standing in the bathroom of the mall, tugging a tooth from the face of another. No, I am not a lunatic. I am a mother. We were at lunch and Cordelia's second top front tooth was painful and she simply was unwilling to pull. I marched her into the bathroom. Grabbed a paper towel for grip and pulled it out. She thanked me and then skipped proudly back to our crew.

 

So now I have a weird collection of teeth in an envelope in my sock drawer. What do I do with these teeth? We so eagerly awaited their arrival and now do I just toss them? Do I hoard teeth and if so for what purpose? Somehow it feels wrong to just throw them? But it also feels gross to keep a collection of teeth. What does one do with children's teeth?!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fam

 
We are still enjoying our family visit. Hope you are well.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Slow Down

Yesterday afternoon was magic. My soul needed it desperately. Nothing really happened at all, but that was the most important part. The girls and I went out into the backyard. I set up the hammock. I laid in the hammock for about five minutes before the girls took it over.

 

The girls played for hours. I just worked in the yard, cleaning up the winter debris of leaves and fallen branches. I truly enjoy physical labor. I started to clean out garden beds. I basically just puttered around, working hard, but without a focused aim. I looked at caterpillars and weevils and worms and centipedes. I inspected new growth and I threw the ball for Betty Sprinkles. 

 

It was a grand first day of spring to be sure.

 

The girls made a mud pit and Cordelia asked,"Mom can we just let loose and get dirty?" I said,"Sure, but you have to get dirty from head to toe. They did.

 

There was a lot of laughter and exploring and all of it at the slow pace in which life is intended to be lived.

Later in the evening Eric and I were talking about it and he had mentioned a co-worker who had just returned from a trip to Italy. She had spoken with Eric about what an impression the slower pace of life had made on her.

We are so busy, always working and it is too much. Time to focus on the moments as they happen. Notice the way the sun feels on skin or dirt under nails, remember the sounds of tiny girls giggling. Taste the food we eat. Listen to the conversations we have. Be here now.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Toof

Cordelia has lost another tooth. On Saturday morning she was wrestling with her uncle when she knocked it loose...well it had been loose for ages. She has a very passive approach to tooth pulling. Eric took her up to the bathroom as her tooth was bleeding a bit, it was just barely hanging on, but both she and Eric were squeemish about making the final pull.

*Side note: I have discovered some people are very sensitive to the topic of tooth pulling and tooth loss. 

I am totally indifferent to tooth pulling, but I also want Cordelia to be an independent lass. Normally I would just make her do it, but this was kinda weird and was folded back. I grabbed a tissue to kind of assess and I just gently pulled it out. So now Cordelia is missing a front tooth and has a slight speech impediment, it is sooo cute! The second top front tooth is also very loose.

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Quote: Wild Garden

 
Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood.
-Pablo Neruda

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Family

 
My brothers and pregnant sister-in-law are here!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Phone Photo Friday: 3.17.17

Hello!! Friday phone dump time.

 
Working on turning the sketch paintings I made last year into larger paintings for a museum show later this year.

 
Eric made it home after more than a week away spent helping family in NM. While we were happy to share him with family we reeeeaaally missed him. This is the human and animal rush he walked into as he came through the front door.

 
The day he returned the weather shifted so we had to get out to the park.

 
Daily drawing. O'Keeffe

 
Then this happened and Elise was stricken.

 
Much of the week has been dedicated to caring for a sick little. She is on antibiotics and is already feeling much better.

 
Daily drawing. Monet.

 
More hummus in my hunt for the perfect recipe.
This wasn't a good enough recipe to share.

 
With the warmer weather, and there will still be more snow, everything is waking up!

 
Evening walk. Immediately after taking this photo Cordelia fell and then asked why I let her fall...

 
Daily drawing. Chagall.

 
Vegan eats.

 
Sisters by the shore.

 
Cordelia at homeschool art class.

 
This...?

 
Sunshine!

 
First worms of the season.

 
Sweet girl on the mend.

 
Daily drawing.

Happy Friday!
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