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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. :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

blast from the past: sailor dress

that's me in the middle, with my two sisters and one of our brothers, 1988 :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

in the kitchen

Our kids have been cooking with me in the kitchen for as long as they have been a part of me.

Each of them were privy to my oddly-timed food cravings (eggs and cream cheese right before bed, primarily) when they were still inside me.

As newborns, each snuggled against me in a sling as I measured and stirred, one hand holding them close.

Lucy Belle, three weeks
 When they were old enough, they rode on my left hip as I tried to figure out how to slice onions one-handed (it can be done, though not easily!).

Then they were old enough to stand, and they peered over the counter while atop a chair, me standing guard behind them.
November 2009
And the squeals and laughter and hugs when Daddy walks in and, everyday, announces that something smells delicious.
And then, one day, they were old enough to ask.

"Mama, can I do the sugar?"

"Mama, can I crack three eggs since I'm three?"

April 2011, Claire cracked the eggs and spiced them up. The only thing I did was actually cook them.
"Mama, can I make guacomole?"

Last week- she asked me for salsa, onion powder and avocadoes, and she did the rest. And, honestly, it was delicious!
And of course, the answer is usually yes.

So we continue on in the kitchen.

The great chocolate chip cookie marathon of December 2009. Look at how little they look! Especially my boy! :)
Trying new recipes, discovering each of our favorites and not-so-favorites, learning new techniques, talking about where our food comes from (Claire's teachers still laugh about the time she informed the class that eggs do not, in fact, come from the grocery store, but from chickens' booties) and when it is in season, fishing egg shells out of the mixing bowl, and yes, sometimes, most times, licking the cookie dough-covered spoon.

Because it is so much more than simply preparing food.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

A quilt for Becky and Johnny

Last October my cousin Becky got married.

It was a beautiful wedding, with an even more beautiful bride, and I am so glad I went. :)

 I really wanted to make Becky and her new husband, Johnny, a quilt.

True to my ever-procrastinating form, I finished it a few weeks ago (finally!!)

Here is the front:
 And the back (with a little helper, of course!):
Quilts, especially  great big ones like this, are such grand-scale projects, with so many steps along the way.

That just makes the finish all the more satisfying. :)

I enjoyed this one immensely, which is good, because I have no less than 5 bed-size quilts planned in the next few months. :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

this moment: the beginning of summer

Last summer, Lucy and I hung out on the quilt while the big kids did cannon balls into the pool that they filled up multiple times.

 This summer, there is one more kidlet enticed away from the heat into the cool (too cold for me, actually) water.
 So I watch and listen and smile, as they laugh together.
My three greatest blessings. 

blast from the past: sock curlers

When I was a little girl, my mom used to curl both mine and my sisters' hair using socks.

I always loved how my hair looked and felt the next day after the socks were removed and the soft curls bounced on my shoulders.

So I wonder why I waited 4.5 years to do the same with my little girl?

She was thrilled with the idea of curly hair, and since she had a birthday party the next morning, we thought it was a perfect opportunity.
I told her it might be a bit uncomfortable at first to lie down on them, and she told me "That's okay. I'll just sleep on my cheek so I can suck my thumb." :)
When we unrolled them, they were perfect.
Soft and wavy, just how I like them.
We did "party hair": a little bit up and to the side, tied with, of course, a ribbon.  

My, she looks so big.
And me, at the same age.


Mother's Day

We had a Mother's Day tea at C's preschool last Thursday, and oh my, it was so cute.

There was a song:

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy, when skies are gray.
You'll never know, Mom, how much I love you,
You are my sunshine today, hooray!"

and I tell you, if she hadn't already been singing it for me at home since they started learning it a few weeks ago, I would have cried on the spot!

I've been singing it to them at least twice a day since they were born.
There was a very fancy water-colored hat, a tea cup and saucer with a flower planted in it, and a picture frame with a shot of my girl- all decorated/chosen by her for me.

We dined on muffins, strawberry salad and scones.

Nana got to come...
...and we gave her our joint-effort present.
Claire drew a picture of her and Nana on linen, and I embroidered it in colors of her choosing.
Then we made it into a wall hanging for Nana's craft room.
It's a little hard to see...
I love Mother's Day.

When it comes right down to it, the thing I always wanted more than anything else, was to be a mother.

So thank you to my Mom and my Mom-in-law who are incredible examples of the kind of mother I want to become.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sew Into Spring: In Review

We are definitely moving from the short, glorious spring to the long, sweltering summer here, which means it is time to conclude Sew Into Spring!

I had so much fun making


 and cotton dresses
 and knit dresses
 and hats

 more dresses

 matching ensembles
 something for myself
 something for my sister
 more shirts
 even more dresses


It was fun and useful and challenging, and I'm planning on doing it again for fall.

For now, it's all about little projects for others.


Maybe a dress or shirt here or there.

I heart sewing. :)