There’s been a whole lot of snuggles around here lately, and mama is staying true to her resolution to take better care of herself (one word: BATH!). I sincerely hope that winter is treating you well. Well, that is, if you are actually having winter; there’s also green grass in our yard, and it feels decidedly like fall, or is it spring?, out there.
Hubby got brave with the boys. He painted with them. He painted with ALL of them, including the (then) 11 month old, AT THE SAME TIME. My amazing and inspired hubby had the boys paint together on a piece of glass; he then frosted the other side and turned said piece of glass into a lamp:
It’s a new year, and I’m cooking up an entire list of goals for the year. Somewhere on that list is blogging. I have missed being in this space. I love that posting here affords me an opportunity to find something positive or creative in our day no matter what happened, and I plan on being here several times a week all year.
We had a jam packed, rough 2011 at our house. We built and launched a new business, but it didn’t go as planned. We sent our oldest off to Kindergarten; that’s not going as planned either. I even planned mama made quilts for each of the boys for Christmas, and I had to change that after 2 illnesses, including family wide strep throat, a washing machine on the fritz, and just about every other thing that could trouble us did during the month of December. It’s no matter; we still had a fabulous family Christmas at home. The boys didn’t notice the missing quilts, and it’s time to move on.
While things were a bit rocky here, we stuck with most of our usual way of life. Gardens were grown, creations were built, draw and fostered, compost was made, diapers were cloth, and grace and gentleness was still our goal as parents. One of my favorite things we added this past year to our “normal” was music appreciation. Hubby is teaching, and class is in session several evenings a week as he shares a wide variety of music with the boys. They are learning history, instrumentation, vocabulary, rhythm and so very much more from him all while sitting on the couch or dancing through the living room. I am grateful to have such an incredible partner in life who is so invested in our children!
I have big plans for this year, and I have so very much to share. Stay tuned. I’ll be adding photos of our handmade Christmas, 1st birthday pics, recipes, a recap of last year, and my list of wishes for the year over the next week or two.
In the mean time, here’s some photos of our Halloween gnomes.
I get to be the younger one for 13 days every year! Hubby and I were born exactly 13 days apart; we celebrated his birthday nearly two weeks ago. I am just now getting around to posting about it as SOMEONE borrowed (stole) my favorite lens and I couldn’t take the needed photos of his big birthday gift. I think we did it up with style this year; there was:
A six layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream.
Boy created (with mama’s help, of course) bath salts and olive oil salt scrub.
A mama designed and sewn bowling bag, which is rather silly, since hubby doesn’t own a ball right now! We’ll have to get to work on that one, huh?
And a small canvas of this photo I took of the boys pretend fishing together.
…and I didn’t even take them. Of course, I’m in them…
Our good friend Josh Solar met us for a family photo session that started with bar-b-que at our favorite picnic spot (on a bridge!) and continued with a walk around the crossroads. Josh posted photos from the session to his blog.
Hubby took some maternity photos of me last week. I got brave, bared a lot, and am thrilled with the results. You can check out shots of super pregnant me here on Hubby’s blog. Notice the sweater? Yep, that’s the maternity sweater I knit. You’ll read more about it later.