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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. :)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Didn't think he could get any cuter, but...

...clearly I was wrong!

His second game was less about being the first to get to the ball (even if he had to run from 1st base to left field to get it) like in his first game, and more about waving to Noah's Mom (even if he was on 3rd base and she was near right field).

"Hi Omie!" he called, smile huge, as the ball went right by him.

Also, there are few things cuter than a 4-year old in full baseball get-up (with converse instead of cleats because that's just excessive, hehe). :)

He's definitely got the Comstock "tongue action" when he's trying to concentrate!




Nice job, Buddy!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jammies in Action

I'm always kind of nervous when they try on the things I make them, because they take so long to make and I put so much love into them.

Luckily, this time I was 3 for 3! They've all been wearing their new jammies, asking if they can wear them the next night, and claiming they are "the most comfy jammies ever!" (Claire)

So yay!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

And She's Off

Add one more thing to the ever-growing list of things she can do on her own:

  • read entire books
  • tie and double-knot her shoelaces
  • load and empty the dishwasher
  • scrub herself clean in the bath (not quite up to shampooing and conditioning yet)
  • pack her lunch
  • prepare a snack for herself and others
  • make scrambled eggs
And as of two nights ago, she can ride a two-wheeler!

I honestly thought the process would take longer and be more painful (for both of us!), but I am not kidding, Noah had her practice falling in the grass a few times (so her body would know how to fall the right way), then she got on the bike and rode for a few minutes while he held on to the handlebars, and all of a sudden, there she was whizzing by me on her own!

Careful and steady, smiling tentatively and bright, she got it. :)

With all of these big changes happening- Lucy out of diapers, signing Alexander up for preschool in three days, and all of the big-kid things Claire is picking up so quickly- I feel just like I did right before Lucy was born, like everything is changing.

And yeah, I think about my pudgy little baby Claire, who shrieked with delight when Daddy built, then knocked over a lego tower.

And my toddler Claire, who loved purses and hats and who would unzip her sleeper and take her feet out so she could put her shoes on, even when she was asleep.

And my preschool Claire, who still had a little baby face, who was over the moon happy when she got her first phone call from a friend.

And while I am momentarily sad, knowing that those particular moments are only a memory now, I am so grateful that I have this incredible 5-year old in front of me right now.

Who I need to go snuggle with a little bit, even though she's sleeping, because I can hardly stand how fast she is growing up. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Summer Jammies!

A few weeks ago, I realized that the super cozy and warm fleece sleepers that all of my kids love wearing to bed just weren't going to cut it much longer.

After all, spring has sprung!

So I went shopping in my closet, found some awesome fabric and patterns, and ten days later... 

I love this fabric so much! The blue is so perfect, the orange is in just the right amount, the white makes it crisp and fresh, and the little boys on the shirt are flying paper airplanes- so cute! The stripe is also just so perfect and "pajama-y"

I had a little fun with the buttons and sewed them on in contrasting orange embroidery floss.

Claire's pair- a kimono top with pink pinwheels, and coordinating pink shorts. 

Lucy's pair, another kimono top and shorts like Claire's, but the fabric is the silkiest lightweight cotton, perfect for hot nights!

Alex got two pairs just because!

I rarely use black, but I really love it here to bring out the black tires on the fabric. Pus it's kind of like a road, so that's cool too!

Maybe I'll get another pair for each of them, but if not, then they'll each have at least one mama-hugging* pair of summer jammies. :)


*Did I talk about how all of the stuff I make for them came to be called "mama-hugging________"? When I made Claire her bed-sized quilt for her third birthday, I explained one time that since I made the quilt with my hands, every time she is wrapped in it, it is like I am hugging her. The name stuck. :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

t-ball!

It was his very first time at t-ball.

I wondered how he would do, if he would be interested, if he would talk to the other kids, if he would even want to play.

Well, he was just the cutest thing ever!

He was very shy with the kids, but man, he was not shy with the game!

He ran after every ball that was hit, even the ones on the complete opposite end of the field.

He hit each time he was up and pranced (like he does, which is sort of a bouncy run with his arms hanging at his sides, it is so cute!) around the bases.

And every time I looked at him, he had the same gleeful grin on his face.

Oh, I was so happy to see him so happy!

And when we got in the car, he said

"Mama, that was lots of fun, LOTS! Can we go again tomorrow?"

Cutie Bootie. :)

And I must say, watching Noah out there helping Alexander and the other kids, smiling just as much as our boy- wow, fatherhood looks good on him. :)















Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bike Riding

Slowly but surely growing out of the stroller/carrier phase and into the bike/scooter phase.

Mixed feelings on that, for sure. :)

On the way home from picking Claire up from school on this glorious spring day. :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

What does one do after a humongous rainstorm keeps the kids inside for two days?

Why, one lets them go crazy in the aftermath of course!


How does one get mud off stucco? Better figure it out before we  (crossing fingers!) paint the house's exterior this summer!


They HAD to have a mud fight, and I was in the kitchen making dinner calling- "Keep it on the grass!!"



It of course turned into one of those baths-before-dinner kind of evenings

Probably the funniest part was when I had to ask them to keep quiet because as they were flinging mud, they were all yodeling, yes, yodeling, at the top of their lungs!

Hilarious kidlets. Playing together. Happily.

What could be better?



Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Destiny Revealed in Sandwiches

There I stood, sandwiches for five people spread out on the counter, waiting to be made.

Grilled cheese for some, peanut butter and jelly for the one allergic to cheese, and turkey avocado for the one allergic to cheese and peanut butter.

And I smiled to myself as I realized: this is my dream come true.

Not the allergies, mind you, but the real meaning behind those five sandwiches.

A family of my own to care for, nurture and love.

I've known all my life, that no matter whether I pursued a paying career or not, this was my calling.

Whether I pursue a paying career in the future remains to be seen, but the maker of our home I will always be. :)


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Day at the Beach





Looking for crabs on the jetty

Uncle Nathan and Claire (our biggest water fan)



He liked the water too, but he loved building sand castles

Couldn't pass up this opportunity for a family photo!

Even though we spent 8 hours in the car and only 5 hours at the beach, it was so worth it!