Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Snowy Days

Even though we had not gotten much snow this winter- or maybe exactly because we did not get it many a time- the few snow storms we had were loads of fun. Hiding in the house with the kids, baking lovely warm treats, settling further into this new house all interspersed with snuggles. One recent snowy morning we got up rather early- lately sleeping until 7am feels like a treat (although I shouldn't complain given that my best husband in the world gets up with Reed every morning between 4 and 5am).
Anyway after working for a few hours- just long enough to make the rest of the day be enjoyable rather than have that overtone of guilt for not having worked- Siena and I made two loafs of vegan chia, pumpkin, chocolate-chip bread in my brand spanking new bakeware! It was total experimentation, and with only 3 table spoons of raw sugar for both breads and no oil, they were nothing to write home about, although they nonetheless disappeared rather quickly.
I think my favorite thing about snowy day, the kind that makes you want to stay inside and cuddle up, is that the snow piling up on the doorstep, and the car, and the windows and the yard hushes everything down to a murmur, both outside and inside.

Friday, February 22, 2013


A portrait of my children once a week every week in 2013. 
A short hike in the middle of February (but we'll take what we can get). Our local state park has a small raptor center with a dozen or so usually injured birds. Visiting them required a short hike, reminding us all of how much we miss being in Australia where going for bush walks was an option any day of the year!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."
This week was all about getting more comfortable in our new space. Painting (with my trusty assistant doing the chalkboard paint), reupholstering and rearranging. Also Reed turned 10 months. Siena said it all when she said "he is the brother I wished for when he was in your tummy mum." Smiles, smiles and more smiles. In about 10 days I am heading out of town for a few days and I am very anxious about leaving the little ones, especially Reed, given that he still barely eats any solids and is still mostly subsisting on mommy juice.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."
This week was marked by rainy winter days, kids taking their first together-bath, and an overwhelming number of smiles. Reed seems to be in the everything-is-funny mode. He doesn't skimp on smiles for his mama, dad, sister or any random stranger. His happiness is contagious.