Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thank You Sidewalk Chalk.

This was my view Friday afternoon, for what seemed like quite a while.

I listened to my kids talk to each other about colors and shapes. I watched their faces pass over me, close to mine. I watched their expressions of focused concentration, and I marveled at their patience.

Then I got up, and for the rest of the afternoon this was my view:








It's so interesting to me to see this collaborative work and their obviously contrasting developmental levels. Audrey was able to trace my outline with amazing accuracy and attention to detail, and ahead of her was Henry making wide loops around limbs and head with no discerning features (except my purple fingernails, which he added meticulously to each finger that Sister drew).

Also amazing to me was the peace and synergy of this project. Side-by-side for almost 30 minutes without a single unkind word or raised voice. Amazing.

The result? A chalk chain 'family' across the driveway to greet Daddy when he came home...


...crowned with this rockin' astronaut afro mama, and presented by a totally decompressed pair of sibs at the conclusion of yet another school week, already in the books.

Thank you sidewalk chalk.

Friday, September 19, 2014

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.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

More From Audrey's Camera

I finally found where the VTech camera software has been saving the photos from Audrey's camera! I couldn't figure out where they've been going recently... until I realized she has the date on her camera set to 2067. I should have known to look for her stuff 53 years ahead. Duh.

So anyway, here is a new glimpse into her world, slightly pre-starting the school year. (most of this recent batch was videos)

Enjoy!










Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In Transition

When the 'usual' for the whole family is kinda up in the air because of the changes that come with the first kiddo starting- and adapting to- kindergarten, who on earth would also start organizing, purging, moving furniture, and swapping rooms?

Well, me.

Yeah.





I guess my house could kinda be a metaphor for this period of adjustment we're going through right now- it has grown to be a dysfunctional mess because spaces around us have not changed as they've needed to, and now they're turned over and tossed upside down and a little chaotic but in progress, and in the end will be just right. Functional. Efficient. Better.


Just like most change, though, it comes with a little sweat, tears, and heavy lifting. But we'll get there, and boy howdy will it be nice when it's done!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Right Now





Right now, I'm loving a weekend that saw...

...grandparents coming together with tasty treats for Audrey's first Grandparents' Day Lunch at school.
...reuniting with an old, dear friend on Friday night at an art opening,  and my buttons popping with pride at my mom's debut.
...time on the back porch wrapped in blankets, watching the rain.
...a visit to the farmer's market, bags of peppers and sunflower sprouts for our fridge, and our first bahn mi from a food truck!
...an entire day of working outside: bushes trimmed, chicken coop cleaned, woods hacked and wacked, spaces cleared and soaker hose installed around the foundation of our house.
...a firey sunset, the hoot owl making an appearance outside our bedroom windows, and the coyote pack, at least 8-10 strong, laughing and singing in the dusk.

This weekend was wonderful, mostly because of the fall-like weather that seemed to breathe some life back in to us all. Although the air conditioners are back on today, that breath still lingers with us.

Fall is coming!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekending

Henry: "I'm gonna be an artist when I grow up."
Audrey: "I'm gonna be an art teacher when I grow up."

Swoon.

Hope your weekend is just as beautiful.

Happy weekending.

Friday, September 12, 2014

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.