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Love this. Happy Tuesday. Happy YOUesday!
I admit my heart is still breaking over Japan. The Tsunami. The Earthquake. The Nuclear Explosions. The Deaths. And, it is frigid winter over there. I’m sure it is for many of you have aching hearts, too.
I hope you had a beautiful weekend. With my grandmother, cousin, sweet sister and beautiful neice were in town – plus and lots of family and friends in our back yard to celebrate Beatrice’s 4th Birthday Pirate style — WE DID!!!
Here is a band that I am enjoying thanks to Black Eiffel. The name of the band is: Little Joy. Have you heard of them? They are happy, chirpy, cheerful and FANTASTIC! Amazing voice: this clip is amazing, too.
A while back, I saw this well-done video clip with it’s enchantingly beautiful message by Jean-Sébastien Monzani over at Black Eiffel. I refer to it – from time to time - because it really brightenes my day with inspiration. I think it is an excellent thing to offer you to start the week. I hope that we can all do a little of this each day.
Do you have any photos, blogs, sites or video’s that you use for inspiration – ones that make you feel lighter, more creative or peaceful? I would love to know.
Have a beautiful week…
Happy Valentines Day. Brian proposed on Valentines Day. Dad was crazy about Valentines day. He always gave Mom tulips and gave us cards and presents. I must admit, Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays.
I HEART it.
I sent my little (and big one) Valentines something from the Worlds Smallest Post Office. It should arrive in the mail today. I can’t wait to see what Brian, Beatrice and Whitaker think of the teeny tiny packages.
Oh, the pictures! They are of Beatrice’s handy work – true love from her garden. Due to technical difficulty we couldn’t complete the original Valentine we planned that included a real banana and a funny sticker. Our next favorite was a bird seed cookie but I didn’t have the supplies for that. More, Kmart nor The Hen House had a single pack of children’s valentines cards. We were in an unbelievably tight pinch. Luckily, I remembered a tutorial for a Lollipop Lilly Valentine. Viola!
i regret these aren’t the best focused pictures. i quickly took them with my phone. last week beatrice’s dance school performed a charity recital, Faith in Motion. this is her second year going to class, but the first performance i have seen because i have always been back stage. it was breathtaking. i, very honestly, was amazed at how good the girls were, especially the older ones. and, b’s class was absolutely adorable. they were soooo cute. brian and i were so proud of our little dancer!
we usually take beatrice somewhere to celebrate post performance, like Chops or Christopher’s for desert. but, tonight we had sweet Whitaker. so, El Som for dinner it was! Tana and Whitaker snuggled on one side of the booth, while Papa, Beatrice and I sat on the other side. it was a great night. :)
Hello February. For me, February is about getting back into the swing of things. It’s red. It’s pink. It’s almost green and this year, it is almost spring! It’s also the month we celebrate love. It’s about building and getting ready. It is putting it in gear. Happy F.E.B.
The month is off to a great start: I did play hooky yesterday. I left the office and went to the gym. Does that count?
Oh, and I should let you know that Brian did like his red velvet cake.
Here’s to a wonderful and productive February full of love, and a fun run.
photo via absolutelybeautifulthings
I remember how this feels.
I never tire of seeing images of her….
Talk about a fantasy cake that spans the color spectrum. This is it! Stephanie at Happy Cakes did such a great job on this cake for Beatrice’s Birthday. Not only was it a great cake, I especially liked it because it was baked with love just for B. Thanks for a greatÂ kaleidoscope of a cake, Stephanie!!
You would think, I would like to venture to a boom town in South Africa,
Brazil, or Russia. Maybe go somewhere different, Christy??? But, no. I am a simple girl. I would like to go back to Paris.
I love this necklace that displays the City of Light by the Bluemoss Girls. And, I love Paris.
*ding*ding*ding* I answered, “Paris.”
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, did I mention that I think this year’s is among the best ever. Well, except the one where Brian proposed. That is tops, totally. But, this year my old man did so great. He gave me potted red tulips. They weren’t “floristy” ones, either. They were garden types in a pot with soil and roots. So, he gave me the best flowers ever in a pot that HE tied a red gingham ribbon around and topped with a very heartfelt card. He said the red gingham bow just looked like me (…I am guessing that is because of all the red gingham-ry he has seen due to the Wizard of Oz fascination and upcoming birthday party). Perfeito. I loved every minute of our Valentine’s Day this year. I gave him an oversized Hallmark card from the family. It was a Wizard of Oz theme. Considering Beatrice’s obsession with the Wizard of Oz and her enthusiasm of the large card with all the characters (…seriously, her eyes were as big as saucers), this card was SO perfect. Beatrice and I decorated the huge envelope and we shared our presents over breakfast. Beatrice got a tiny box of chocolates from Papa, and a book from Mama while Whitaker scored a whole bunch of lovin’, a homemade cookie and a card from Tana. It was a delicious morning around our house in more ways than one.
*Print via d. Sharp Journal
I have been seeing a lot of fanfare on Facebook for a Berrien County website. I finally had an opportunity to visit. Low and behold, it is a well organized site with a wealth of information. Far more than I expected, I even found a picture of my Granddaddy Griner. My Father’s Father was named Byrd Griner.
Finds like this make me love the internet, social media, and web sites. I do not even have this picture in my house. So great. So awesome. I love it!
Today I love: Social Media. Thanks for hooking me up with a photo like this. My heart is smiling.
It was so nice to sit and talk after celebrating Amanda’s Birthday. Amanda and Kim, the photography buffs, practiced a short range shots including this one. They are both so talented. I wish I could take pictures like they do.
The kids call my Mom, Tana. And, Whitaker is her little blessing.
Nice work, Kim.
Mom, Amanda, Whitaker, Amanda’s friend Kim and I met in Savannah for Amanda’s Birthday. We ate a late lunch just off of Troupe Square at the Firefly Cafe, which we topped off with a treat from Leopold’s Ice Cream. It was all superfabulous.
Ordering the Mediterranean Tofu sandwhich with a house salad and the Firefly’s famous corn chowder (firefly style, which means the soup has cheese and sourcream!!!), was a very scrumptious decision. I love this little restaurant so I was happy when Amanda’s chose it as our destination. Woot-Wew for the Firefly Cafe. I was even more elated when she suggested we go for desert at Leopold’s. I have alway’s wanted to taste the treats at Leopold’s. The ice cream float I ordered was just as delicious as I can imagine. I dreamt the famous parlor was more luxurious, complicated, and artsy as I was surprised by it’s simplicity.
It rained a brilliant storm while we were there.
I missed Dad a little on this day.
Happy 29th Birthday, little sister. I love you!
*Photo by Kim Dixon (and yes, this is the same Kim that was with us. she took this creative picture while we were there!)
I just love daisies. And, blue jeans (if only I could fit in mine). Happy Thursday.
house rules via Uncharted Odyssey
I love these (wall vinyl, or paint, or stickers???) house rules.
I’d love to be where this girl is right now. From the May Anthropologie catalog. Speaking of the May Anthropologie catalog, it provides an effortless opportunity to escape. Maybe I am just tired, desperately delirious, and wishing to ascend my coop (for just a moment, of course), but this issue really delivers a tastey portion of a stream-of-conciousness style get-a-way.
Check out this other picture of the Moon Garden Votives ($4-$12).
thanks for the inspiration a room somewhere and effortless antropologie
Before I had kids, I never thought I would breastfeed. Now that I recollect, I never really considered what I would do when it came to feeding my child until I was about 9 months pregnant, heading down the home-stretch.
Like it so often happens in life, I found myself pregnant at the same time as my sister and my friend Chrissy. For each of us, it was our first. Naturally, since we were all professionals who were all due around the same time, we kept each other abreast of all of our lastest findings: the safest car seats, the best rated cribs, the “must-read” pregnancy books, clothes sales, parenting tips, etc. And in our search for “the best” we all were in agreement that the best nourishment for our new bundles of joy would be breastmilk. And so each of us was committed to giving it a shot.
And so what seemed like such a simple decision, took us all by surprise when we found out that is a most complicated undertaking. We all hear how it is “the most natural thing” and how “our bodies are made for it”, but there’s no way to truly know what it’s like until you’re “knee-deep” and swimming right in it.
As with many of you reading this post, I can just hear your stories; both good and bad. Probably like many of you, I just thought: “Okay, so you take the baby, hold it to your chest, and viola, the feeding begins!” It’s easy and it’s natural, instictive. Yeah, right! Then I find out there is a whole new vocabulary like “latching on” and “colostrum.” All of a sudden, I wondered why I didn’t do more homework and really research this topic during my pregnancy – but no matter, I’m from the old school. Once I decide to do a job, I do it!
After breastfeeding my daughter, I’ve learned these basic truths:
-No matter how determined you are, it takes two to tango: Your little one has to be ready, willing, and ABLE (yes in caps) to breastfeed, no matter how much you want it to happen.
-The sooner you start pumping the better. Ask the hospital for a pump and get on schedule: This really helps get your production on track. I rented a hospital grade pump from a home-health store. I was producing milk like a machine!
-There’s no substitute for experience: Talk to other breastfeeding moms if this is your first time trying it. You’ll be suprised at how much you learn from a group of women who really love to talk.
-Don’t give up! If this is what you want for your little one, it IS possible even with a preemie and mulitiples. You can do it.
-Make goals that are attainable: my initial goal was 1 month. After I celebrated making it that far, I tried to reach the 3 month mark. Once I made it to that goal, I was in a groove so I decided to push for another 3 months. Now, we are almost 11 months and going strong. I would have never dreamed!
-Convenience, convenience, convenience: This one is self explanatory.
-Don’t forget to buy some lanolin cream: Hospitals usually provide this as a parting gift too, thank goodness!
-Invest in a comfortable robe or pajamas since this will most likely be your dress of choice for the first 4-6 weeks. This is one of the only things I bought for myself. Some cute polka-dot jamies from Josphines that buttoned up the front. They were cute and comfortable. I didn’t mind answering the door (to my friends, of course) in them.
As for weaning your baby, that is where I’M asking for advice. I never thought I would make it to 11 months with my Sweet Pea (or Bea, rather) but here we are: she still likes to nurse before naptime when we are at home, right before bed, and at a very early 3:30am every morning. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that we still have this time together and I know this is great for her development. But sleeping in until 6am when Poppy wakes up is rather tempting…did I say VERY tempting.
So if you decide to try breastfeeding, whether you do it for 2 days, 2 months, or 2 years, just remember that you are blessed for the time you had together. Good luck!
We went for flu boosters today. Beatrice has become very friendly. She was practically jumping out of the pouch to socialize with the patients.
The lady next to me asked if I would let her sit with her son. “Sure,” I said with hesitation. I wish I were not so reserved. The dubiety was unwarranted because Beatrice loved every minute of it. She talked to him, reached for his ears, waved her arms and legs, and a laughed and smiled. Three of the women behind the desk came to the window to check out the commotion. It was hilarious!
Here, look for yourself:
The poor boy was overwhelmed. He did not let out a peep. He barely flinched. I think she took him by surprise.
Oh, did I mention he had red hair?
While I am here I have to tell you that it’s her 9 month birthday.
Yay! We come a long way baby!
Now is the time to begin thinking about handmade gifts, gift tags, and wrapping paper. There is still plenty of time to get it all done. Bring fresh ideas, create a game plan, make a shopping list, then gather supplies.
Parents magazine has easy Holiday craft ideas & sweet treat recipes in their latest issue.
You don’t have to do the whole craft by hand. You can cheat. If you can only muster two hours for Holiday crafts and baking you will create memories to last for lifetime. Go ahead. Take shortcuts if you need to. You can get ready-made cookie dough and easy craft sets from the craft store. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that your gifts are from your heart and that you and your child have fun making them.
The memories will last much longer the gifts. Visions of sewing Christmas presents with my Grandmother STILL dance through my head. And, it’s been a long time folks!
So, grab some plain wrapping paper to stamp or color. Get a premade project from the store. Pull your sewing machine out of the attic. And, well, do whatever you have to do or as little as you have to do. But, arrange just a little time this holiday to spend time with your family making gifts, or creating wrapping paper. You will be making traditions. You will be glad that you did!
Bunny Coats are good for cold weather. Brrr…
Here’s Beatrice and one of her favorite people in the world, her baby sitter. Viviana is amazing with her. Frankly, she is an amazing person. I know you all have heard me sing her praises. So, I thought I would share a picture with you. Beatrice looks so happy with her. Doesn’t she?
Baby Happy = Mama Happy.
Here’s one more picture of Beatrice. She’s pretty in pink! Sorry, I just had to squeeze it in — in true stay-at-home-mom-crazy-about-your-kid fashion.
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I finally had an opportunity to check out Stephanie’s Diaper Cake for her nephew. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, here it is.
Moke, I didn’t know of your talents. It is so cute. Okay, yes I did know you are creative. And, I do know how thoughtful you are. I should have known the Auntie Cake would be super cute.
You know Southern Pet Sitters would’ve been selling these things if I would have only realized your Nappy Creativity earlier. You and I were always up to making a dollar!
Priscilla the Pink Pig– at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta
Curious about the Pig, I looked it up.
You can learn more here.