Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cabin Fever and Such


It figures that we'd get our first real taste of winter this close to the beginning of spring. It seems like we've been ending or beginning every second or third day with the monitoring of road conditions and school closings, and it never fails that about a day before we run out of milk everything freezes over and shuts down.

There's an over-memed saying that's been circulating lately: "If you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait a few hours." It sounds ridiculous, but it's true... and it's that flip-flopping that's gotten us all feeling sluggish and off these days.

So as we warm up into the low 60's today and prepare for another arctic blast tonight, we're also dealing with sniffles, clogged ears, and edgy Littles. A touch of cabin fever for sure, and maybe a little head cold making the rounds, too. Ah, the joys of late winter around these parts.

At least when it's chilly, lingering in bed and resting beneath covers is way more appealing and this Mama doesn't have to do much coaxing to get everyone to take a good nap.

So this week you'll probably find us moving slowly, sipping lots of hot teas and cider, and lounging late into the day in our fuzziest robes...


...and our fuzziest mustaches, too, of course.

Like I said, cabin fever, y'all!

Wishing all wellness and rest this Tuesday. Have a good one.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekending


It looks like we're beginning March with snow and ice on the ground this year! And around these parts, that means we're kicking off March with brief trips outside to crunch the icy top of the snow like creme brulee, then long stints inside coloring, huddling around the fire, watching movies, and now playing Hungry Hungry Hippos (constantly, nonstop).

Wishing all a cozy weekend and a peaceful kickoff to the month! Happy weekending!

Friday, February 27, 2015

This Moment

Playing along with Amanda today... in her words: 


{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Real Snow










There are some to our north who might chuckle at our enthusiasm for this morning's snowfall. I could never imagine what it would be like to live for months with snow so deep your windows seem cut in half... but this? This today was totally magical (and if we're being honest, it's also probably going to be the only snowfall for the season).

So we got out, we crunched, we tasted, we made a very small snowman, and by lunch, we watched it all melt away.


So short-lived this Texas snow always is. So special.

Chuckle away, northern friends.

It won't be long before you'll be calling 90 degrees hot, and it will be our turn to chuckle.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A "Gift" for the Family

Yesterday, in the midst of all the sleet excitement, the coming and going, and the bundling and unbundling, the cat got out... and came right back in with a "gift" for the family.


It was a little towhee (and I'm sure he didn't suffer much, don't let the feathers worry you). After thanking Rory for the gift (ahem), we took it outside to find a peaceful place for it to "rest." The noteworthiness of this story, for this Mama anyway, is the tenderness and sweetness of the Littles as we searched for a place to tuck the little bird.

They held it gently, they stroked his smooth feathers, and they whispered to each other with a reverence that naturally fell over them, no prompting needed. I just stood back and watched, and my heart swelled with their wonder and tenderness.

They decided a little "cave" made by a few rocks leaning against each other, where the sleet had not accumulated and a bed of leaves still showed, was the place for the little bird. They carried him to the spot, gently tucked him in, said good-bye, and then ran off on their next adventure. I lingered for just a few more seconds, letting the juxtaposition of the bird and their innocence soak in, then I joined them.

It was just another moment mid-cycle: seasons, feelings, life. And I'm glad I looked up, and I noticed.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Right Now














Right now, I'm loving the first (and probably the only) bad weather day of the season! School is closed, the hubs stayed home from work, the sleds came out, and the fire is roaring. There will be hot chocolate, puzzles, soups, and at least one full load of socks, mittens, wraps and hats. It'll be a good day.

Stay warm, and happy Monday!

Friday, February 20, 2015

This Moment

Playing along with Amanda today... in her words: 


{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.