Friday, March 06, 2015

Snow Days & A Birthday Boy: Part 1

{ Snow Days & A Birthday Boy: Part 1 } 

 We about 8 or more inches of snow yesterday. I am hoping that this is the last big snow of the season but one can never tell with Maryland weather. The girls were thrilled to have such a big snow to play in. We spent most the day indoors. 

I finally bought a set of movable lowercase alphabet letters. It is going to be well worth the money. We are using it currently to build words and spell sight words. 

James made balsamic and beer-braised beef with parsnip puree. He cooked it all day in the slow cooker and it made the house smell delicious. (A recipe out of the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook) 

The girls spent the morning with art projects. The first was making silly faces with a blank faces worksheet and markers. Then we made a our own big sheet of portraits and landscapes which is inspired by the artful parent activity. 

I made a carrot cake for the birthday boy who turns 1 years old today. 

Our baby boy is one years old today. We are celebrating with a family party this weekend. I can't believe that entire year has flown by in the blink of an eye. I have loved spending every moment watching him grow into a little boy. I wouldn't trade this time for anything in the world. It is a blessing to have a son. (and two girls, of course) I am just brimming with love these days.  

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Yarn Along & A Giveaway

{ Yarn Along & A Giveaway }

I really didn't a lot of knitting in the last week but I did do a lot of reading. I finished up The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. There are seven people who swirl around each other in a tangled web of familiarity. One of which is a lair. The rest are characters who are struggling to do the right thing. I want the main character to come out of it and be a better person and I found myself rooting for her. I really became intrigued as to why this all happened and what would be the outcome. A good mystery read. I liked it enough that I want to share it with you. I am going to giveaway this book. If you are interested, leave a comment below and I will random pick a comment and mail you the book! You can leave comments until Friday, March 6th. 

I am still knitting the Oaklet Shawl and about at the end of the bulk and ready to start on edge. I am thinking of knitting up a little shawl or sweater for my eldest gal for Easter. 

We dropped by the library yesterday and picked up a few books and movies for this upcoming snow. I picked up One Night in Winter by Simon Montefiore. And while at the library I found The Herblist's Bible. I have been eyeing this book on amazon for a while but I never wanted to commit to buying another book. Lo and behold there it was on the library shelf! Looking forward to reading it. 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Monday, March 02, 2015

Mindful Mondays

{ Mindful Mondays }

 A series on Mondays (as often as possible) that calls all things I am doing, thinking, and creating.

:: reading- I finished reading The Girl on the Train yesterday. It was really good and it kept me guessing through each chapter. I didn't really fall in love with any of characters or even identify with them but I think that is the point. It was like being on the outside looking in and watching these painfully flawed characters struggle. I liked it and would recommend it. I am going to start something new tonight. Also going to read the children a lot of Dr. Suess since it is his birthday! 

:: listening to - still working on my meditation CD but I also started catching up on past episodes of This American Life while sewing or should I say ironing fabric to prepare for sewing. 

:: studying- decided to break the herbal remedy books and replenish the natural portion of our medicine cabinet. 

:: creating- all the birthday things are ready and waiting. I am starting work on a strip quilt this week and a few springy skirts for my girls. They are easy to make and the girls just love them. 

:: cooking- Meatless Monday of Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola ( Penne in a Vodka Sauce) from scratch with a nice hearty loaf of wheat bread and a crisp green salad. 

:: educating - Little C and I are starting the week of  the letter "Kk". We focus on the letter with stories based around the letter and a craft. Then move into the Montessori Portion with different activities. Our movable letters arrived and I can't wait to break them out. 

:: feeling- excitement beginning to build for the spring. March is one of my favorite months ( its my birthday month). We also found out that we will be moving this summer to a more permanent home/place while James transitions from active duty service to reserve duty and civilian work. We are about 98% sure that we are moving back to his home town ( not far from mine) and the town where I went to college. It is so exciting to think about living in a sleepy little town on a quiet river. I am just bursting with hope.  

:: thinking - about my baby boy who turns 1 years old this week. Where does the time go? I am just savoring every moment. 

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Sunday, March 01, 2015


{ Weekends } 

:: Friday evening of finishing up some Birthday sewing and I caught two little monkeys jumping on the bed
:: pizza and movie night 
:: watching The Theory of Everything with my love ( a great movie and Eddie Redmayne definitely earned that Oscar) 
:: Saturday full of fretting over whether or not to have little man's birthday on Sunday 
:: postponing a birthday party until next weekend 
:: afternoon of shopping for a dress ( going to a wedding next weekend too!) 
:: Mass with the family 
:: Dinner at my parent's house 
:: sleeping in on a Sunday morning and drinking coffee while watching the snow come down
:: a day of organizing the basement and clearing out clutter 
:: spending the afternoon finishing a great book 
:: working on home school lessons
:: dinner and relaxing with some knitting 

Joining up with Pumpkin Sunrise