Sunday, November 15, 2009
What a great decision! The house feels comfortable, like a favorite pair of jeans. Fits us just right. Even Lilly made the transition without a hitch.
Also, EVERYTHING is easier. Tim is home so much earlier and we are close to him even when he is at work! Shopping is even easier. Seems like we're 10 min or less from anything we could possibly need! Woo Hoo!
That's all I wanted to say...
Sunday, October 25, 2009
pointing- at everything!
Waving hello and goodbye
Kisses- mouth open and smashed into my cheek
Arms up- Here I am!
Clapping- pat a cake
Growling- i want/like that
patting mouth- bababababa she jumps her whole body to do this
Uh-uh-uh-uh!- Pay attention to ME!
Hi- Her first word
Dada- she said this months before mama
fffff- woof, dog
Baba- ball, bottle, bubbles, boat
Friday, October 16, 2009
Especially when it sticks to her and she tracks it around the house...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Here's an example. We have been watching Mad Men. It's written by the same folks who wrote The Sopranos, so you knew it was going to be good. Anyway we were up late the other night and had just finished watching an episode. I mentioned how grateful I am to live with far less defined gender roles than our grandparents.
I know, I know this coming from the stay at home mom. who likes to sew. and bake. and garden....
But I DO work from here. Has anyone noticed the silence for the last month? Didn't think so, but anyway I have been working a lot. It isn't just about being allowed to work these days. The attitude is totally different than when my grandparents were growing their families. Hubby really respects what I do for a living.
Here's a couple samples of my recent renderings of designs.
Anyway. My recent work is really pretty off the subject.
The point is: Hubby is FUNNY. And it was very late. We were both feeling a little silly and sleepy.
I brought up how in a recent episode a woman's clever turn of phrase was compared by a man to a dog doing a trick. Hubby immediately suggested I roll over. HAHA!
I've been chuckling for days over that one :)
Here's a cute dog... She knows a few tricks :) Goof ball.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
So the other day a bunch of people were commenting on a friend's Facebook photos. It went something like this... "I want to hug your baby *hug*"... "My baby wants to hug you *hug back*"
So precious... babies, puppies and balloon rides galore!
My warm and fuzzy Hubby continues this exchange with "My baby wants to challenge your baby to a knife fight."
This is why I married this man.
Monday, September 14, 2009
These are Seed Boms! Looks an awful lot like seeds pressed into nice bio-degradable paper. Oh yeah, in the shape of a grenade! Just in case they weren't awesome enough!
I haven't engaged in any guerrilla gardening yet but I love the idea of helping out the poor leftover and unwanted spaces in our built environment. A little snack or beautiful flowers would be the result of this "illicit gardening."
A bit more matte than shiny, but this is something I love!
First Notes is a music class for babies and toddlers. Miss Julie, the teacher, does a wonderful job! She engages the kids individually and the group as a whole with her voice and movement supported by a colorful series of props and instruments. Lilly was CAPTIVATED the entire hour!
One thing I'm loving about Lilly's budding personality is her fearlessness. We arrived as class was ready to start, so I plunked her on the floor while I took my shoes off. Lilly immediately took off and crawled to the center of the circle... checking everyone out! Lilly is an outgoing and fun little girl!
We had a blast singing, dancing with sheer scarves, ringing bells, riding in the parachute with colorful balls, rocking, and playing! Can't wait till next week!
Thanks to these folks for flickr pics... I didn't have my camera today :(
Sunday, September 13, 2009
One sunny morning this week I decided we'd put Lilly in a cute dress and head outside for a walk... and I'd bring the camera along to see if I could capture some nice pictures. It's too late to ask Anna this time, so if I couldn't do it then I was out of luck! I felt a little pressure to get it right.
Here's the problem with pressure. I never want Lilly to dread taking pictures. I've been checking out photo blogs lately. The folks who capture amazing images always seem to be HAVING FUN!! The photographer is having fun... the people in the photographs are having fun! That's how I want to take pictures... Find something wonderful to do, take lovely photos to remember the good times had.
Lilly's fourth season!
I'm still learning to use the DSLR I got for my birthday... but THIS is why I wanted it sooo very baddly! Lilly is NINE MONTHS OLD! And I can take finally decent pictures to document the occasion!
I'm glad to have a shot of it before we move...
even if it's a bit dark and noisy.
I am by no means a professional photographer. I have a L O N G way to go before I can meet my goal of taking good exposures in any light. If anyone ever reads this you can feel free to tell me how to improve. But this is where I am right now in my learning process. And I have to admit I'm pretty pleased with myself!
I'm already a creative professional, so this may be a bit easier for me to pick up than your average joe. It's my job to communicate ideas with images. I understand composition and color and know how to use tools like Photoshop. I strive to use photoshop with a light and invisible hand. There are a lot of CHEESY photoshop effects out there.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
What is growing in my mind anyway? Is it this deep mama compassion?
I don't often take the time to "weed" it. It's a bit overgrown these days, but hopefully there are some seeds of compassion in the tangle somewhere. My mind just needs a bit of clearing to let the good stuff grow.
Here is what I should be growing... from HowToMeditate.org
Contemplating the innumerable ways in which others help us, we should make a firm decision: `I must cherish all living beings because they are so kind to me.’ Based on this determination we develop a feeling of cherishing – a sense that all living beings are important and that their happiness matters. We try to mix our mind single-pointedly with this feeling and maintain it for as long as we can without forgetting it.
We dedicate all the virtues we have created in this meditation practice to the welfare of all living beings by reciting the dedication prayers.
3. Subsequent PracticeWhen we arise from meditation we try to maintain this mind of love, so that whenever we meet or remember someone we naturally think: `This person is important, this person’s happiness matters.’ In this way we can make cherishing living beings our main practice
Monday, August 17, 2009
Funny side note:
I get PAID to make maps. The folks who write my checks clearly haven't been let in on my dirty little secret... a severely underdeveloped sense of direction.
Here's my defense for my Kalamazoo area wanderings... Lil was fast asleep for the first part of the trek. I listened to NPR. Sooo relaxing, life was good. Then the screaming began right before I got off the highway. In trying to calm her down I didn't figure out I'd chosen the wrong exit and driven the wrong direction for about 30 minutes.
Hubby teases me for good reason.
In the end even Lilly would say the trek was worth the anguish. The fiber festival was wonderful. We wandered the miles of candy colored yarn. Lilly loved the color, he people, the ANIMALS!
Somehow these goats found a way.
Here she is holding Lilly :)
should have taken a shot of the poor naked sheep :)
Michelle and her husband Jake have the coolest house and property. There are fields, a stream and wetlands. They are working on clearing out all the invasive species. They also have a couple barns, a fenced veggie garden and a wild and crazy German Shorthair who sprints like it's his job! How did i miss a photo of him?
Lillies! I notice all lillies now that my daughter shares their name!
Isn't the barn stunning?!!
Lunch plucked from Michelle's garden! YUMMM
What a great getaway! When Lilly wakes up from her nap I'm going to call Michelle to chat :) Hopefully we'll make plans to get together soon!
Love ya Michelle!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
My mind is just out of control. I have been letting several useless desires get to me. Seeking alone time. Convincing the landlord to spare a lovely old tree. Failing. Watching the lovely tree needlessly die. Shopping for our own home (We decide the fate of it's trees). Dreading the start of school. Battling clutter and chaos in our house.
whiny and irritable like my (maybe) teething daughter.
Last week we tried to get Lilly to sleep in her crib. I have been reading a book about healthy sleep for infants. Some ideas in the book were really appealing to me. The first idea was that Lilly could nap on her own. This was appealing because I could expect two whole hours during the day to myself! The second idea was that she needed an early bedtime. Also appealing because Hubby and I might get some much needed couple time.
Perfect! Ah-ha! She just needs to cry through a few bedtimes to learn to sooth herself and we all win. Lilly gets healthier sleep and we get some alone time! Yeah!
Easy ideas to get attached to. Sooo desirable.
Here was the reality after 3 days. Lilly screamed for 5 hours a day, was exhausted, cranky and clingy. I got much less done, no alone time... All the while feeling guilty and negligent. I was also pissed at Lilly for not following the rules. This anger keeps cropping up even though we gave up on the new sleep system.
It's been hard to get the idea out of my head that I deserve the alone time promised by the doctor who wrote the book.
So snuggly and sweet... And I have time to blog while she snoozes. I just need to let go of the alone time idea and be happy with what I have. It's really pretty great.
I dunno, but they are awfully seductive...
Tim starts school in the next weeks. I'm so attached to having him around to help out every day. It's hard to let go and just realize that I'm going to have to learn to be alone with Lilly most of the time again. It's just so daunting, but I can't stop it from coming, so I need to just stop worrying about it.
In all of these cases I have tried to control the uncontrollable or desired something impossible. It only makes me upset and unhappy and serves no useful purpose.
JUST LET IT GO HEATHER!
I'll let you all know how I fare.