Friday, January 29, 2010

Five Senses Friday

Five Senses Friday was started years ago by friend Shari Altman and resurrected by Abby. It's a fun way to reflect on the week past - feel free to play along if you like.

Hearing: kitten play. Thunderous running, scratching, batting...

Seeing: the first buds of the year

Tasting: blood oranges, grapefruit, clementines

Feeling: rainboots on my feet

Smelling: the salty air at low tide. sweaty boys after hockey.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


After waking up to a thick fog yesterday, the sun came out and I left the house in a too-thin coat. January is still cold, even on a gloriously sunny day.

I just heard someone mention their 'cookie of the week' - I think our family needs to start having a cookie of the week.

Today is my day to be in the school library in the morning and spend the afternoon running errands. My weeks have felt so much better since I've consolidated the majority of my to-do list outside the house to one day.

What are you up to today?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

to relax

"To relax, I clear my mind and focus on Halloween." - Abbott, age 7.

Now you go: "To relax, I...."

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January at the beach

We spent a good amount of time at the beach Saturday (warm day) and Sunday (cold, very wet day), and last night at bedtime Abbott asked if we could go again today after school. He's a boy driven to collect sea glass - he counted 67 pieces he'd found on Sunday. Remember that? The collecting impulse? It seems inherent to childhood. We've started to think about what we might do with it all; we have vases full. I like the idea of using it in some stepping stones for the path in our garden. Anyway, I've loved taking in the beach in this winter month. Getting out in the cold and wind somehow makes me feel more alive.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Five Senses Friday

Seeing: the moon through our new telescope. More light every day. Flowers in the house at all times.

Hearing: Little House on the Prarie. I'm loving the series as much now, reading it with the boys, as I did when I was growing up.

Tasting: pizza with a movie - our Friday night constant. Tonight we're watching The Absent-Minded Professor.

Feeling: warm for the first time in months. Tired - up too late too many nights this week.

Smelling: Daphne in bloom.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

here comes the sun

Yesterday the sun was out and at one point I noticed the thermometer said 60. Everywhere I looked, everything seemed beautiful. I saw people out in shorts and tshirts and wondered why I hadn't followed suit.

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

playing his heart out

Much of our weekend was spent watching Abbott play in a hockey tournament; Sunday he played in THREE games. Over the past week or so many things have started to 'click' for him with the sport, and he's starting to see that hard work pays off. Some of my most valuable life lessons have been learned via playing sports and working with a team.

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


This weekend I'm enjoying what I have. Food. A home. A safe and healthy family. My heart remains heavy for the people of Haiti. Take a moment to look at all the beautiful handmade donations in the Craft Hope shop. All profits are going to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 11, 2010

weekend happenings

We had enough play time, togetherness and rest to fill us up for the week ahead. Our big news from the weekend is that Cal lost his second tooth then lost the lost tooth much to everyone's dismay; many tears were shed. You may remember he still hasn't parted with his first lost tooth. After composing a note to the tooth fairy, we were finally able to get him to sleep.

I wish you a happy start to your week! We're counting the days until Alexi's father comes to town (four). What are you most looking forward to this week?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

it's the weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? We've got hockey practices and games on our calendar, and are planning on lots of play time at home with the kittens. Abbott got a new game for Christmas he's obsessed with playing; there should be plenty of time for that too.

Thank you all for your reading and for such nice comments this past week. I wish you a lovely weekend and I'll see you Monday! xoxo

Friday, January 8, 2010

picking up where we left off

Yesterday morning felt as if the incredible sunset from the night before woke up and started again. Winter is so much more manageable for me when we have at least occasional days that aren't gray; this winter we've had a surprising amount of sun and blue sky.

I, for one, am so glad it's Friday. It's our family movie night! What are your plans? xoxo

Thursday, January 7, 2010

at home

Yesterday I woke up exhausted. Abbott came to our bed sometime around 2:00am; Cal followed suit shortly thereafter (he seems to have a radar for being left alone in their room). This happened the previous night also. The second night it happened Alexi went to sleep in Abbott's empty bed (Abbott tends to kick), as our guest bed is currently covered with Lego. He said that he intermittently heard our kittens playing; perhaps this explains the boys' awakenings.

Monday and Tuesday Abbott didn't make it home with his homework packet, though he swears he put it in his backpack. Hence the reminder note by the front door in the photo above. It's hard trying to get back into a routine after two weeks of vacation.

I asked Cal to begin taking the ornaments off the Christmas tree while I made dinner last night. Abbott cried about the tree being taken away, so it's still in the living room. He asked me to do it when he's not around to watch (so sad!).

I made a dinner of winter comfort: soup and beer bread and apple crisp.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


(sunrise 12/23/09 in the Methow Valley)

Today officially marks the end of the Christmas season. I'm fascinated by the many and varied Epiphany traditions from around the world. The only one I've ever participated in is having a king's cake for the children after church. I'd love to hear about yours, if you have any.

Happy Wednesday to you!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Still reveling

in the sense of possibility the new year conveys. Abbott had a really hard time getting out of bed yesterday (and I had more than one cup of coffee); otherwise the return to school went well. At the end of the day both boys looked tired and happy, and very glad to see me. I loved exchanging New Years wishes with parents and teachers. During the school day I was fairly productive in catching up on household chores. My goals for the new year include being more efficient and deliberate with my time and spending less time online; today I accomplished what I wanted to, for the most part.

What are your hopes for the blank slate that is 2010?