Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holiday Greetings

:: Holiday Greetings :: 

We have had a wonderful holiday season and I have been devoting all my time to just being in the moment with the family. It has been relaxing, fun, and filled with memories. As the new year begins, I feel renewed and I will be using my blog more and more....until then a little peek into our holidays. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along :: 

My knitting plate is filled these days with Christmas gifts for my family and friends. I am making a fuzzy rainbow cowl for each our girls to use on those snowy days. I make a set of baby slippers for our little guy and I am finishing up a Milo sweater. I am making a ribbed hat for my fella and I am almost finished a hat for myself. Now, I can say bring on the colder temperatures and snowy days! 

I saw the movie trailer of Unbroken on the television the other night and decided to read the book before seeing the film. It is an amazing true story. A really great read so far. 

So much great reading and knitting happening these days! 

Happy Knitting! xo. 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Beginning

:: The Beginning :: 

A new holiday season is upon us and I can't believe that another year has come and gone in what seems like a blink of an eye. We spent our past weekend just enjoying the company of each other and  decorating our home for Christmas. I am looking forward to starting this holiday season off by getting my brain and heart in the right space. I always want to make this time of year special for myself and my family. I tend to get caught up in the hurried nature of Christmas but not this year. This year my motto: less is more. Less hurrying about , less worrying about the perfect gift or experience, less rushing, and less everything. But more of those little things like sitting with my children and enjoying the Christmas lights, more quiet evenings with my husband, more time in Church, more time walking the winter woods, and more time giving to others. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A bit of this and that on Thanksgiving Eve

:: A bit of this and that on Thanksgiving Eve::

Once again sickness decided to visit our home this week and my oldest gal spent an extra day at home to recover and our sweet little guy suffered from a bit of a fever. Unfortunately, this school year has not been good to our family. We were never a sick family but now with a new environment it seems that illness likes to visit us more than I would like it. Thankfully, it was short lived and we are feeling tip top these days. It was nice to have all my loves at home an extra day before Thanksgiving break. We spent today enjoying the first real snow of this season. It was just lovely and the fat flakes covered everything with a beautiful white blanket. I just love how snow smooths out all the rough edges of winter. The dormant trees and gardens get a nice coating to spruce them up during the shorter days and everything looks like a fairy tale book. I think about how many years we never had snow in our old home and I am glad to live somewhere that I can enjoy the snow again. I also think about next year and what the snow will be like when we are living more off the grid. I am hoping and praying for a nice big piece of land to walk through on those snowy days. ( I am a simple woman, not wanting much) 

We have been doing a lot of little things around the house the two days too. We did a lot of crafting and baking in preparation for Thanksgiving at my parent's house. Some turkeys were made and bead bracelets assembled to accompany our outfits. An apple pie, big container of applesauce, and a pumpkin cheesecake are in the refrigerator awaiting their big debut. My dad dropped off an old dresser from their basement that we are going to fix up and refinish. I am thinking it should be used for either herbal storage or yarn storage....oh the possibilities.  I got sewing finished and started a new book. We even through in some room clean outs and rearranging. I get on these motivated swings of cleaning and organizing. They are few and far between so I must take advantage of it. The kiddies are good sports about it and let Mama go on her cleaning binges for an hour or two while they discover treasures that had been lost behind dressers and beds. 

I am so thankfully for these days of productive home life. I am also thankfully for my amazing family. It is hard to believe that nearly 10 years ago I met a man, fell in love, got married and built a life with but here we are. We have a lot to be thankful for this year and into the next. 

Happy Thanksgiving my dear friends. 

I spray painted a salvaged basket silver for a wintry look and added some of my Georgia pine cones

Apple Pie pre-baking

Our boy enamored with the snow ( he did have pants on but escaped after a diaper change)

Even though we live in a very quartered neighborhood, the snow just makes it all very pretty 

My kitchen window for the winter months. I am making some felt snowflakes to hang from my evergreen bough. 

Oh this face makes me want more babies in the future

A new pair of slippers for the boy. I am going to add suede to the bottom for extra traction. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Knitting, A Book Review, and Contemplative Floor Scrubbing

:: Knitting, A Book, Review, and Contemplative Flooring Scrubbing ::

I hand scrubbed the floors this afternoon. A bucket, hot soapy water, an old rag, and me on my hands and knees. Now before anyone jumps to any conclusions about my sanity just know that I have no reason for doing it other than I wanted to clean the floors. I have not completely lost my mind and I am certainly not looking for any adulation for completing what might seem like a futile task considering I have three small children. I just felt the need to clean the floors. Have you ever just done something because you feel the need to do it? It might seem weird to some people who detest cleaning but put it in your own terms and life. For me, cleaning is cathartic and it restores order once a week to my little chaotic world. It also gives me a chance to think about everything. When I have this rare quiet time I am really able to think about the week, experiences I have had, and what I want out of myself and my life. I love this time even if it is over a toilet scrubbing away the little germs because I feel like we don't really think anymore. We spend so much time being entertained or occupied with something shiny and flashy that our brains just go into auto-pilot. I am just as guilty as the next person of this and I am always trying to break myself from the vortex of constant stimulation. So, while cleaning the floors in the silent house this afternoon ( the babies were napping) I had a few thoughts...

* I need to continue working on being in the moment and not have one foot in the future all the time. Life is going by quickly and while it is great to dream of the future I need to continue enjoying the moment because you only get one chance. 

* I have decided to go down a different career path and leave the teaching profession completely. I am home right now with the children but when they are older I will want to go back to work in some capacity but teaching is not the thing for me anymore. Time to start thinking about a different career path and what I need to do to get there. 

* I was also rehashing a conversation I had with a neighbor the other week while waiting for the school bus. Ce-Ce was picking up fallen leaves to take home and keep in her little "treasure" box. This woman was explaining to me that she and her daughter take leaves, press them, and send them to her sister in Southern California because she doesn't get to see foliage like this. She promptly qualified her story with saying "I guess  it is really dorky of us, huh?" as if her expected reaction was for me to give her a weird look. I am certain she did not do this consciously and I think she is a very sweet woman. I know this because I do this all the time! I always defend or belittle what I do when someone makes a less positive remark to something I have done or any interest I hold. Why do we do this? Are we that foregone that we can't accept others passions, interests, and hobbies. When did society become so opinionated? Personally, I love meeting people with similar and different interests because I know it gives the world so much more depth. So, after this conversation I decided that I wasn't going to be apologetic for who I am and what I do. I am going to own me and rock it. 
Subsequently, I told my neighbor that I thought it is was kind of her to think of her sister in such a way. I just love thoughtful people! 

Oh my brain just goes a mile a minute. I used to just think these things and let them go. But now I have a blog and I can share these thoughts. Some may not agree with my words but that is okay because they are just that my words. 

With all this thinking, it is a wonder I get anything else done but happily I am a knitting fool these days. It is a cold weather. It just gets me in the mood to make little woolen things. I am working on finishing a pair of slippers for baby, a Milo sweater vest for baby, and a hat for myself. 

I also finished reading The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go. It turned out to be a good read. The story bounces between the present and past (1915-1924 era) as a young man tries to track down his past in order to claim a trust that has been little to his grandmother. The character, Tristan is running all over Europe trying to piece together the doomed love story of his great grandparents. He is not favorite part of the story and I think he is a flat character. However, the story of Imogen and Ashley and their doomed romance is something to read. I wont give away much more because I don't want to be a spoiler of a good story. 

I have checked out a book titled Through the Black Spruce and I am going to give it a try but my back up book is The Sea by John Banville. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Musings

:: Monday Musings :: 

It has been a long three weeks in our home. We have been battling upper respiratory infections as it took down each one of  us. Even after days of trying to keep us going, comforting and cuddling sick little ones, and lots of hand-washing, I succumb on Friday night and was out of commission all weekend. I don't like when my little ones are sick but it feels even worse when I can be the mama I want to be because my body just won't keep up with me. I obeyed the signs and took time to rest and let myself heal. 
The fog lifted this morning and I am feeling 100% better. I always feel especially thankful after an illness because I realize how blessed I am to have my health. So, with all this new-found thankfulness and energy I decided it was time to get back in the kitchen. It was the perfect rainy day to bake and make soups. With the help of two little kitchen elves, we baked Challah bread, European Peasant Rye Bread, and Chili Pepper Dark Chocolate drizzled sugar cookies. We also made some Chicken Noodle and Mushroom Barley Soups for dinner. I also threw in a picture of my new kitchen curtains. I just love this fabric for the fall and winter months. It captures what we love doing best which is hiking in the woods and the girls would love it if animals would follow them through the woods. 
It was such a good day to start the week. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Day of Remembrance

:: A Day of Remembrance ::

A day of remembrance and thanks for those people who willing stand for freedom, justice, and the good of all people. Those who have gone before us willing sacrificing life and limb to uphold virtues that we all hold dear in our hearts. I am honored to call some of those people family and others I count among my friends. I am especially thankful for my husband who has and continues to sacrifice so much for our country. 

Monday, November 10, 2014


:: Weekending:: 

:: Friday night pizza and movie night with my family 
:: late night some new magazines from the post 
:: sleeping in Saturday morning and having a big breakfast 
:: tried a new banana nut muffin recipe from the website 100 Days of Real Food (fantastic)
:: a visit to the library 
:: rearranging the dining room and living room 
:: welcomed new plants in the home and they are thriving
:: Sunday morning teaching religion school
:: Sunday Mass 
:: an afternoon spent cleaning out the flowers and raking leaves while everyone else stayed snuggled inside with sickness 
:: Chicken Stew with Biscuits for supper 
:: Masterpiece Theater and a cuppa of Earl Grey 

a perfect weekend minus the sickness that has descended on our house again. 

Joining Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise