Saying Hello

It's been 416 days since I took down my website, to take, what I thought would be, a 6 month hiatus from blogging.  It was both an easy and hard decision, but most certainly the right one for where my ... View Post about Saying Hello

Pittsburgh

Last month I did something I had never done before - I left Chris and the girls and flew across the country to visit friends for a weekend in Pittsburgh.  Every year since I moved away from New ... View Post about Pittsburgh

Weaning Zara

This week, my "baby" officially started preschool. Since we're a Montessori family, Zara had the benefit of a long transition period as she moved from the toddler to the preschool class over ... View Post about Weaning Zara

  • Last night I sewed myself a face mask from scrap fabric leftover from the outfit I sewed Nora for her second birthday. It's the first time I have sewed in over a year and it feels like a surreal sewing project, especially given the original intent for this fabric, but it seems like we should do our part to #flattenthecurve. For the most part, Chris has been doing all the shopping so we can keep Vivienne out of stores, but today I had to run errands, so out we went. It seems a little weird to cover my own face and not hers, but of course there's no way to get a 4 month old to keep a face mask on. I can't even believe we need to think about such things...what a crazy time we're in.

#coronavirus #covid_19
  • On top of all the things - trying to rescue the business from the economic slowdown, all four girls at home, and supervising education - of course the dog would get fleas that resisted all my attempts at cleaning. So today we played hookie from work and school and escaped to Chris' dad's ranch while the pest guy covered our house with all sorts of nasty chemicals. I'm all about natural cleaning products (we still make a lot of our own), but I totally draw the line at bugs. Lots of tiny bugs in my house = give me all the chemicals. 😁

So we've been having fun with Pop Pop, reminiscing about when we lived out here in our trailer, and enjoying a beautiful Texas spring day. I even managed to get two of the four to pose for a requisite bluebonnet picture. These days it seems like tiny joys are even more important.
  • I told Chris that for my 35th birthday I wanted to take our camera and tripod over to a field and take a family picture. I can't believe how much time has passed since Vivienne was born and how few pictures we've taken. But maybe that's just life with four kids, a business, and a quarantine. I think maybe this picture made up for it - all of us in one frame, semi coordinated. 🙂 .

P.S. my amazing friend Chantry of @chantryleephotography edited the photo for me. I highly recommend asking your favorite photographers if they will edit photos for you. It's a #socialdistancing approved way of supporting them.
  • Today's stay at home entertainment...turn on the sprinkler and watch the dachshund try to catch sprinkler water. 😂 🐶
  • Semi late 4 month check up, but we're celebrating because someone is on the growth charts!!! 🎉🎉 I have never worked harder to feed a little person than I have done with Vivienne and it is so releaving to see that jump on the charts.