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I'm a hand-holding, swing-pushing, story-telling Mama with a creative streak and a nurturing spirit. I like growing food and flowers (and people, hehe), sewing clothes and quilts, cooking and eating and running, a long, tight hug and the color yellow. I love date nights at home, spontaneous trips to the bookstore and hearing my babies laugh. I am indecisive, exaggerrative and I overuse parentheses. I am reflective and sentimental and quick to laugh. I think I still picture myself as a 22-year old, yet every year my life gets more fulfilling. I am still figuring out exactly who I am. :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

recent photos

swings 

 standing up

stickers 
 coloring pumpkins
 swinging with daddy
 first homework assignment- the letter "L" book
 coach daddy
wagon rides

Together

How is it possible for me to spend nearly every waking moment with them and yet still feel as though their littleness is slipping away?

Take today, for instance.

There was no preschool (parent conferences) and my Other Half had no school either (he is at a polo tournament instead, boo), so we got to wake up whenever we felt like it. Which of course meant whenever my Early Bird boy felt like it, which was 6:45.

I felt refreshed and ready to start my day, and so did all of the little ones, who joined us in bed for a happy snuggle.

A fabulous start to a really great day (minus the part about my partner not being here. This is the last tournament of the season, though, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel!)

The littles and I spent the morning playing (hide-and-seek), cleaning (kitchen, bathroom and Angel Girl's room), tidying (living room), laundering (lights), sending off (Daddy), embroidering (Angel Girl- her first little piece!), spilling (milk), singing (some great little folk songs from a new cd) and waiting (for Nana).

Then Nana got here and together we picked up lunch (Mexican) and brought it to our awesome little park where we stayed and played until one kidlet announced they had to go potty.

Then it was naptime for some (Little Buddy and the Littlest) while the other talked Nana's ear off with some semi-embarrassing tales. :)

We sat outside and enjoyed beautiful weather (fall is my absolute favorite season. By a landslide) and fun company.

After Nana left, we spent the afternoon/evening making oatmeal-chocolate bars, reading about 1500 books, playing tag around the table, talking to Daddy on the phone, eating dinner (enchiladas and burritos that we picked up when we got lunch...me = lazy, hehe) and folding the light load from earlier in the day.

Throw in a few mischievous outbursts from the boy, a few emotional outbursts from the oldest and lots of eye-rubbing from the littlest (her nap was interrupted), and that about sums it up.

A very full day, really.

One of those days when I really take in each of my babes and who they are at this moment in time.

So why when I tucked them into bed did I feel a sadness?

I wanted this day to last much much longer, because I knew that when I next saw them, they would be one day older, one day closer to, well, not being so small.

Gosh, it can make me so sad to think that way, but I can't help it.

No matter how frustrated, helpless, overwhelmed, exhausted, even angry I can sometimes feel mothering these little ones, I don't want these young family days to end.

But of course they will at some point, and the little ones will become Big Ones.

And I will have no regrets about being with them every moment when they were little.

Even if it still sometimes doesn't feel like enough.

Excuse me while I go snuggle with them a bit more. :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Getting it down, so they never wonder.

The same story, three different ways, for my three little people.

For Angel Girl:
 For Little Buddy:
 For the Littlest One:
 And the journaling, because I never want them to wonder. :)
(It is the same on each page)
 And another for the Littlest, simply about how I always felt I knew her, from our very first meeting. :)
In other news, I mad-dash-sewed some cozy flannel pants for the Littlest in about 25 minutes.
She is wearing said pants and sleeping on my shoulder.
The temperature in our house is 68.
I'm loving that!
I made myself a BLAT for lunch (A = avocado) and now want another.
I think I'll go make one...

See you soon blog friends!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

marker bases

We were setting up to play t-ball in our backyard and she said, "What about the bases?"

I said, "We'll have to get some markers." Thinking, you know, something to mark the bases.

She thought a minute then ran into the house and grabbed a bunch from the craft cupboard, and proceeded to place them all over the yard.

Nine marker bases in all.

Hehe!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

sharing some pictures from our weekend

We went to my cousin's wedding (which was so beautiful) and I couldn't resist taking a few of my brood. They were all dressed up after all!

Little Buddy, you always make me laugh!! I love his faux-tie sweater and I really want one for my main squeeze (actual ties aren't really his style, hehe) but I can't find one in adult sizes, darn it.

 Love this one. A lot. It'll probably get framed.
Love this one too.
 

 This one just might be my favorite!!
 My Dad and his mini-me, hehe.
 And the whole reason we were all dressed up...


Saturday, October 16, 2010

digital

Since the littlest one is most content to sleep in my arms or on my lap (certainly not in her as-yet unused crib), I have done little scrapbooking since she was born.

And I miss it.

So I thought, hmm, what about digital scrapbooking?

As it is I spend some of naptime in front of the computer, happily wasting time and recharging before the big kids wake up. What if I could spend that time scrapbooking instead????

Genius!!!!

Turns out there is a pretty steep learning curve with this stuff (for me, anyway), but a few hours later and it is getting easier.

So here is the first one!

Here is where I learned: http://www.jessicasprague.com/

In other news, Angel Girl is getting over her very first ear infection and the Littlest One has the sniffles. And Little Buddy? Still our earliest riser, though he let me sleep until 6:30 this morning. And I'll have my other half back tonight from his tournament in a few hours! :)


Friday, October 15, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Her first field trip and her first time on a school bus, and it was to the most amazing pumpkin patch I've ever seen! 

Hayride, corn maze, beautiful green tree-lined meadow, pumpkins growing straight on the vines, a rickety (but safe) old bridge, all on the edge of a wood, this place was so much fun!

Not a great picture, but I like it anyway!
 Her binoculars to see past the trees :)

 Lunch in the shade

 Walking with friends to get pumpkins- I just love how they randomly grabbed hands and ran together. So cute. :)
 Look up, Little One, look up!!
 The lucky pumpkin.
 The whole little class. :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

she's up!


And very proud of herself. :)

Now in addition to barricading her from the foyer step, all electrical cords and the trash cans, I also need to block her from both the treadmill and the slide in Little Buddy's room, on both of which she got stuck today, hehe.

Nine months old and into everything!

Monday, October 11, 2010

to the fair we went!

This was my favorite trip to the fair to date.

The big kids loved the animals, the climbing contraptions and the slides.


 The littlest one loved eating her toes and playing with Oma.
 And I loved getting a picture of the five of us. :)
And now if I could only get the darned song out of my head,

 "Big, Big, Big Fresno Fair, Big times are back!"

Hehe. :)