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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, December 30, 2011

three is our magic number

The kids and I have a favorite song, Three, It's a Magic Number, by Elizabeth Mitchell.
Here is an ok cover if you're curious. :)

It's folksy and easy to sing and sweet, so I love it.

It's also symbolic, because for us, three is our magic number.

It is the right decision for us for several reasons, but I would be lying if I told you I wasn't a tiny bit sad.

It isn't that I am unfulfilled with the three little loves in my life, or that I will always be pining for another one (though I wouldn't have to give it a second thought if the opportunity arose!)

It's just that I can't imagine never feeling a little one move inside me, or holding another newborn. 

I don't think the baby fever will ever go away.

But luckily, we've got siblings and friends who will soon be having babies and so my life will never really be baby-less.

I really love where our family is at right now, still quite young but growing, growing and able to do and explore new things.

So that's that. 

The Minton five. :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

birthday dress

Someone is turning two in a couple of weeks, and while she has no need for a new dress, I couldn't help myself!

This was the perfect little project to get back into sewing after a small hiatus from the holidays. :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

the most wonderful time of the year

We are soaking up the greatest perk of Noah being a teacher- winter break!
I'm not gonna lie- it's awesome. :)

We sleep in, we stay up late, we stay in our jammies, we go to the park, we chat, we laugh, we play mario kart, we tell jokes at dinner, we are having so much fun! :)

Alex and Aunt Mira's little dog (and Claire in the background wiggling her first loose tooth!)

My sweet mom and Claire

In the morning last week before school

Oh yeah, and I've been sewing a ton!
I never blogged the coats I made- here is Claire's.
Lined in super soft flannel and the outside is wool- so cozy.

my mom and her grandkids :)

The buttons are from Noah's grandmother's collection- they are over 50 years old sparkly pearls. :)

Hope everyone is having a happy holiday. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Happy December!

I am having fun filling our home with the season, from the music to the movies (my brother Brendan, Noah and I watched this hilarious favorite last night), to the card-assembling station on the table to the presents I have stashed in my closet.

I am definitely a procrastinator, always have been, but I like to think that I really immerse myself in the season, enjoying every little thing and not simply doing them to check them off of my to-do list. I'm glad I still have several more gifts to buy (and make!)!! :)

I'm sure glad it is Christmas time, because the joy and happy busy-ness of that is helping in a small way to keep my mind of the crazy wind we are experiencing. Last night it howled (exacerbated by our neighbor's empty above-ground pool which catches the breeze and lets you know about it with an awful wailing) and gusted and kept me awake from 3am on. I was a bundle of nerves, with our bed right by the window and trees right outside. It was ok though, because I used the time to catch up on some shows online, ones to make me laugh, like Modern Family and Daily Show. :)

The wind has not let up today, though it is about 23 times less frightening in the daylight! Plus, the sun is out and the sky is clear, so hooray for that. :)

I was sad (and scared) to notice a fallen tree very close to us- a huge old ash tree (I think), looking ominous as it rested horizontal on the pathway, it's roots sticking up at all angles. Crossing my fingers our trees have strong root systems! :)

On the bright side, I foresee an afternoon of Christmas crafts, happy mail in my mailbox and a husband home before it gets dark. :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

the sweetest thing

For more than five years my alarm clock has been one or more of my kidlets coming to wake me up.

So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to no kids in bed with me or on the floor (have I told you about our sleeping arrangement? I suppose it is unconventional, but we all sleep in the same room, Alex and Lucy in bed with me and Claire on the floor in her "special bed." We love it!)

As I slowly started to wake up a bit, I could hear them in the kitchen, laughing.

Then I hear them giggling and running down the hall and proudly announcing that they made us breakfast!

Seriously, how cute is that??

I melted. :)

They were so proud of it and were so happy that I loved what they made me- raisin bran with soymilk.

And Noah was so cute and grateful too, even though he woke up an hour and a half later and his cereal was soggy to the point of mush. :)
Dang I love them. :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sick (again)

I'm only half-joking when I say I fear we might be one of those families plagued by invisible mold in our house that is constantly making us sick, because here we are again: two sick girls with double ear infections, and Claire with an official diagnosis of asthma. :(

We've had restless nights, clinging-to-Mama days and to top it all off, if Noah's team wins tonight, I will be hosting dinner for 21 teenagers on Friday night.

So I'm just trying to hang on for dear life. :)

Last week, when we were all miraculously feeling fine for a day (haha), we took a long walk to a faraway park for the day.

By the time we got home, tummies were rumbling, throats were parched and kids were in tears, but it was fun anyway!

She made it across the monkey bars for the first time by herself!

He loves this picking-up-sand contraption

Friday, November 4, 2011


I talk a lot about our kids and what I've been making them, but not a lot about him.

It is a busy time of year for him, water polo season.

This year, and especially now, with his team going undefeated into the post season (first time ever!), the pressure is on in ways I can only imagine.

Last year, they were the underdogs, with nothing to lose.

This year they're perched precariously at the top, with all the other teams aiming at their spot.

It's tough when what is expected of you is nothing less than perfection.

I can just see the worry in those hands on his hips

a crucial time-out just before a close win

Sometimes it's hard to remember that all of this is really small potatoes, that in the grand scheme, the important things are how he has taught his players to be determined, dedicated and respectful, to lose gracefully and win even more gracefully,  and to have fun in the process.

He works so hard and is so honorable in everything he does, it feels so good to be able to make his favorite dinner and dessert and be the sanctuary where he can relax.

The next couple weeks will be the most stressful of his coaching career, and I just hope he can remember that no matter how his team does, his four biggest fans will be there waiting to hug him when it's all over.

Good luck, babe.

We'll be watching. :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

About to go trick-or-treating with the cutest Sleeping Beauty, firefighter and ladybug I ever did see! :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sewing for Fall and Winter: Lulu dress

I love this fabric so much I couldn't bear to cut into it for fear of making a mistake and wasting it.
But then it was just sitting there, all lonely.

So I decided to just go for it!

Hooray! :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Savoring, a few pages at a time:

 Watching my girl play soccer!

Cheering as Noah coached his team to the second biggest win of his career

I just love seeing him so happy!
Sewing three wool coats at a time, slowly and carefully.

Welcoming my favorite season, with changing leaves and cooler temps

Loving the napkin note she wrote to Daddy

Story: She's got a favorite shirt that says "Everyone loves a brown-eyed girl." It is skin tight, full of holes and of course, pink, and she wants to wear it everyday. I let her wear it under things as long as it doesn't show. So she came up with an acceptable substitute, as none of my suggestions have been good enough: She writes "everyone loves a brown-eyed girl" on her new, better-fitting pink tee with washable marker. The ink comes right off in the wash, and she thinks it's great. I think it is resourceful and adorable. :)

Building train tracks with my best boy (should I be embarrassed that I like it as much as he does?)
This was a couple weeks ago- sick kids sleeping in the middle of the day. :( And Lulu taking advantage of track time! :)

Getting a kick out of this one, who thinks it is hilarious to climb up on the table, run out into the street, and dress herself. ;)
psst: Those are actually my undies she is wearing around her shoulders. :)

Awaiting our new dishwasher (hooray for new and white and quiet!)

Dreaming of rain and gray skies and soup for dinner and flannel sheets.

Regretting that loaf of garlic bread I ate yesterday.

Thanking my lucky stars for this life. :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Coat! I Made a Coat!

Friends, I would be lying if I said I wasn't proud of this. :)

This was my test-run for the three wool coats I am making for my three favorite little people later this month.

I used fabric I already had, which is awesome!!
You know, making room for more fabric. :)

This one is for Lulu, and I love how it is sort of dressy and sophisticated with the black and white houndstooth.

Then, tada!!
Yellow gingham lining!!

The back- I love the hood!

It is fully lined which makes it really comfortable to wear, especially since the outer fabric is somewhat scratchy.

Blow kisses!

Running at the camera... :)

Coming to a frame near you... :)