Wednesday, March 31, 2010

these are the days

These are the days
These are days you'll remember
Never before and never since, I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this
And as you feel it,
You'll know it's true
That you are blessed and lucky
It's true that you
Are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you

These are days that you'll remember
When May is rushing over you
With desire to be part of the miracles
You see in every hour
You'll know it's true
That you are blessed and lucky
It's true that you are touched
By something that will grow and bloom in you

These are days
These are the days you might fill
With laughter until you break
These days you might feel
A shaft of light
Make its way across your face
And when you do
Then you'll know how it was meant to be
See the signs and know their meaning
It's true
Then you'll know how it was meant to be
Hear the signs and know they're speaking
To you, to you

lyrics by 10,000 Maniacs

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

getting ready for Easter

The week before Easter is always a busy one for me - planning a holiday meal, egg hunts, and attending multiple services for Holy Week. So, I typically dye eggs with the kids the weekend before. Admittedly this is something I dread a bit every year, and usually arrange to do at a time when Alexi can mostly do it. This year I took the initiative to do it alone with the boys and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Next year I think I'll buy an extra dozen to do some of my own.

In case you missed it, last year I posted about our favorite Easter books.

These ribbon egg cards are really fun to make, and look great.

Other ideas for Easter that have caught my eye: this bunny fold for napkins and this centerpiece. When I figure out our menu for Easter I'll let you know.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 29, 2010

a spring weekend

How was your weekend? Ours began in a dramatic fashion, almost requiring stitches as a result of one of my boys asking the other to drop a kitten on his head and the other obliging. I realized I am not able to handle the sight of blood belonging to my children very well.

We spent almost all of Saturday outside and enjoyed our first outdoor meal of the season at a neighbor's home.

Wishing you a good start to your week.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday already

(photo from my archives - taken on a trip to Mexico)

It feels as if this week has really flown by - I cannot believe it's already Friday. This will be our first weekend without hockey in a long time - without having to get Abbott on the ice by 7am, Cal by 8am Saturday AND Sunday. Abbott's 9am baseball practice tomorrow will seem so easy in comparison. We've looking forward to a bowling party and a potluck this weekend  - what are you looking forward to?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

bedtime musings

"Is the Easter bunny with God?" "I don't know."

"Do squirrels have predators?" "Yes, but I don't know what they are."

"Can I get another stuffy?" "OK."

"What's that noise?" "I don't hear anything."

"I'm going to be a radiologist when I grow up so I won't have to learn how to drive. I'll ride to work with Dad, and we can chitchat while we do our work and eat lunch together." "Oh."

"I miss Cinnamon and Piper." "So do I." "When will they come back?" "Oh honey, they will always live in our hearts."

"I'm thirsty." "Go to sleep."

Monday, March 22, 2010

a sure sign of spring

(Cal is number 5)(Abbott is number 6)(candy in Cal's pocket from the parade)
Every year in my neighborhood a parade celebrates the beginning of baseball season. A nearby high school's marching band leads the procession, and every man, woman, child and pet from the neighborhood attends, and some years the Mariner Moose (Mariner professional baseball team mascot) is also in attendance (sadly not this year). It's one of those moments that makes me love living where I do; thankful for the 'village' helping raise my children. And, in the middle of big city life, enjoying the sense of community ordinarily associated with a small town.

Long live Little League!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

officially spring

Today is our neighborhood's Little League season kickoff parade... a sure sign of spring. I'm soaking up the spring sunshine and enjoying the hum of lawnmowers.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Monday, March 15, 2010

if I lived to be 100 years old

"...I have lived a long life. I went Next I went to college at the University of Washington. Then I became a detective agent and solved crimes and mysteries. After, I began secretly being a global protection force and superhero. Last, I became an olympic hockey player and won gold for team."

The above is an excerpt from Abbott's recent (second grade) writing assignment, "if I lived to be 100 years old..." (He's pictured above in his class play in the role of a wolf.) This writing assignment really made me think about how I'm living my life now and my hopes for the future.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Purple Thursday

Purple reminds me of my paternal Grandmother; I can't remember a time when she wore any other color.

I hope you all had a nice Thursday...feels like Friday around here, as my boys don't have school tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

my favorite

Those of you who know me or who have been reading this blog for awhile know that my favorite color is yellow. Always has been, always will be. And so today, for spring colors week I am happy to be posting yellow photos; I hope you enjoy this punch of color.

I just got a letter from the census bureau stating that my packet will be arriving soon. I'm kind of excited about it; is that silly? Has yours arrived yet?

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Green Tuesday

Continuing on with the week of spring colors, it seems fitting today - green Tuesday - to tell you about a project Abbott's second grade class is working on. Each primary class at school is collecting as many of one item as possible to create a class art project of recyclable materials. Abbott's class is collecting plastic lids, after viewing recent artwork by Chris Jordan. Some of the images are graphic and disturbing, but do depict the horror of pollution. It is my hope that participation in this project will affect the way we all use plastic at home.

Here is a message by the photographer, Chris Jordan:

"These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking."

Please visit his website for more information; Click on MIDWAY. You can also watch the video.

Monday, March 8, 2010

spring colors week!

I had so much fun participating in autumn color week, I've decided to join Jan in her spring colors week. I figure this way I can get away with posting more blossom photos without feeling terribly boring. The boys told me it snowed a bit while they were at school today; our neighborhood didn't get any so I missed it. Our one day of snow for the winter, snowing blossoms and snowing snow.

I hope you enjoy this splash of pink. Tomorrow: green!

day trip

What's not to love about time on a farm with friends?

I hope your weekend was lovely.