Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Just A Light Breeze

Ok so this is a picture of the Oregon coast, but it is a true picture of nature's beauty. 

Signs of Spring are all around.
Wind, oh the wind, is back. It has taken me about five years, but I have finally realized that the wind isn’t going anywhere and I just have to stop cursing it and remember to put on a hat when we go out to play. If I can keep my ears warm, it’s not that bad. I’ve learned to cherish the early mornings without the blowing of  sagebrush across our driveway or trying to keep my hair out of my lip gloss. Ellensburg in the Spring is too beautiful to let that four-letter “W” word get the best of me.
The days are getting longer. The sun is drying out the frozen ground. Soon we will be seeing colors of budding flowers and the lush green of fields of hay. Neighborhood kids are starting to stumble out of their cabin fever induced hysterics and harried mothers are ready for outside playdates, letting out a few shrieks of glee (children and moms alike!).

The Spring wind also bring along a sense of newness. A chance to rewrite the routine of our family and a new opportunity to create our beautiful mess of a life. With the changing of the season, I challenge you to embrace this persistent breeze… or at least learn how to tolerate it with grace.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Best Friends by Force

We weren't necessarily planning on having two under two initially but now that we are almost two year into it and survived the newborn stage, I can say with confidence that it is possible and we are starting to see some benefits. 
Lincoln, the two year old and my middle boy, wanted nothing to do with his baby brother Warner. He knew a baby was taking everyone's attention, including his beloved oldest brother. He admires and tries to be exactly like his older brother most of the time. Until recently the two youngest wouldn't even play together. Warner was too young to understand play. Lincoln was too busy to be bothered by a baby. When school started I was home alone with the two little boys for hours on end and they were forced to spend time digging in the sand box together, destroying each other's block fortresses, trading colds and playing tiger tag. Lincoln has been doing much more preschool with me and we always make sure to include Warner if he isn't napping. They are slowly learning to share and look out for each other. They are choosing to do similar things together. They have learned if they work together they have more power against me ha ha. 
Luckily for me, with a little time and ingenuity the two brothers have started to interact with more confidence and really love each other. They still have their moments but I think with more time they will become best friends without me forcing their hand. 

Playing at the new park in Kittitas. 

Painting on a double sided easel. Neither one likes to paint/draw/color
much but their attention spans are getting a little better every day. 

The day they gave them selves cool arm tattoos with markers.
Lincoln decided to wear arm guards over his to keep his tattoos safe. 

Warner always sleeps in his crib but lately he has become more apt to sleep
wherever he stops moving. The futon in the playroom makes a great place
 to rest for both of the boys. 

"Beautiful Hair" Bothe of them were due for a hair cut and since it was so long
they both wanted their hair to look pretty so we put it in little pony tails.
Warner couldn't stop saying beautiful. I love it.

Easy Spring Wreath

Spring has sprung and I love seeing my favorite plants bud and bloom. Forsythia plants, a bright sunny yellow flowering bush, is one of my favorites and a sure fire sign of spring. I have seen many decorating ideas using the blooms as well. I am hoping to propagate some cuttings from my friendly neighbors around the corner this year so I can have my own blooms next spring but for this year I will have to settle for a cheery door wreath instead. 
I have my standard grapevine wreath bought at the Dollar Tree and have hot glued flowers to it (using an old white tee-shirt and burlap). Plus my sparkly initial hanging in the middle. It is very versatile and can be modified for any season or holiday. For Christmas I just wove a sparkly green ribbon through it and it really made the door pop.
The next step was to find fake forsythia blooms. Luckily the Dollar Tree came to the rescue again! I found two foot long cuttings, perfect for the project I had in mind. I just wove the bendable branch through the wreath and let it naturally poke out the top. Took about two seconds and adds miles of style to the front door. 
Cheap. Easy. Beautiful. All of my favorite things.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

How We Do It

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Thumb-body Loves You

Dylan had a substitute teacher on Valentine's Day this year, who also happens to be my friend. She planned these cute little crafts as a time filler and I absolutely love it. The bottom one is a family portrait in case you were wondering. Lincoln is the one with the mohawk :0)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The process of eating

Learning how to self feed was quite the process for Warner. He loves food but never really liked me feeding him. He is a self-started, an independent spirit and is always doggone hungry! Shane took a bunch of pictures of him eating a smoothie the other day and in each picture you can almost read his thoughts through the expression in his eyes. Get in my belly.

Finishing up drinking straight from the cup.

Hum maybe I'll try a spoon.

Gotta get this stuff.

Not sure if it will fit in my mouth, better open wider. 

Yum so good.

Get that camera out of my face, I'm eating. 

Warner also thinks he likes coffee. So much so that he want just a drink from my coffee all the time. He once came walking into the kitchen from the living room sipping my coffee. (fortunately it was lukewarm by this time) Not a drop on him, I was pretty impressed he got it off the window ledge behind the sofa, climbed down and walked into the kitchen. So impressed that I forgot all about it until I sat down again. Right into a massive puddle of coffee. Since I was already wet I just sat there for a few more moments, trying not to curse my curious toddler, soaking up what I could with my jeans. Oh the life of a child. So innocent, so much trouble. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Snow Day 2014

My boys are rough. They fight and play fight and fight playingly. The are tough on everything. The are boys in every sense of the word. But get them out in the snow too long and oh baby they come crumbling down. Warner is probably the toughest so far. He loves to eat "snowballs" or any snow found anywhere, especially parking lots and the front driveway, where we spend the majority of our snow experience I guess. The boys love the idea of playing in the snow but oh my gosh when it takes 20 minutes to get them out there and I'm not sure if we even play that long it can be frustrating. I want them to stay warm so of course we put on gloves and hats and shirts and jackets and snowsuits and snow boots and warm socks etc. etc. etc. Yes it reminds me of that scene in A Christmas Story. I'm grumpy because I have to go out with them because who know when the last time the dog foo was cleaned out of the back yard and no one wants to accidentally step in something out there. But I put all of that aside and get my lazy behind up away from the coffee because something magical happens... Hopefully these pictures can show just an glimpse of how much the boys enjoyed themselves for those few minutes we were outside. Warner kept eating snow and stomping and falling and just having fun. Lincoln loved trying to walk on the snow covered rocks and brush it off of the cars and plow through it with his pusher car. Dylan was at school so I don't have him included in this magical moment but I'm sure he would have liked it.
Warner trying to get his snow legs. Those big boots had him falling all over the place but he didn't seem to mind. 

We tried to spray the snow blue with a little food coloring in a spray bottle. If we do it again I would use a lot more coloring in the water so it doesn't take so much time to get anything to show. Since it wasn't as cool as I was hoping, we just wrote Seahawks with the water instead. Lincoln tried to mush it before I could get a good picture, but that's what kids are for. 

Blue snow!

Look at those baby blues.

So excited to brush snow off the van door handles. 


Oh that dimple. 

I believe this was after I was pulling the boys around on the sled at the end of our court. Fun mom here was trying to go fast and Warner flew off and got a face full of snow... luckily no other neighbors were outside to witness the incident. 

The boys are always near each other but most of the time don't actually play together yet. 

Lincoln checking out the tire tracks in the snow.


Warner with cool picture effects.

A boy and his sled.

He loves pulling or hanging things off his arms. 

Too cute for words.

Yes, I learned to enjoy the things that seem like a crappy idea at first.