Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stuff happening around here.


Hey peoples!
We're in the midst of pre-Spring.  That time where March lasts forever and there is so much to look forward to in Spring, if only we can just get there.  The classes I've been taking for the past year are winding up.  We've been in the midst of finishing our basement all winter (and when I say 'we' I mean my husband).  Boxes and clutter that will soon be dispersed when things can all have their own place (cue basement being finished) are making our eyes water.  Life is building up at a non-stop rate.  But there's that May.  That clear sky up ahead.  I am so looking forward to that.
So anyway, as life continues on in a hectic tsunami, here are a few things for you to look at that have been going on during our weeks :)








1.  First, that sweet little thing that wormed her way to the side of the crib and held onto the bars until I came and found her.  She won't cry out for me, bless her.  She is such a wonder.  So much more even-tempered than the other two.  I am in constant awe at how nice it is to have a baby in the house.
2.  A little boy asking for just one more cracker.
3.  Sleeping hard.
4.  I love baby baths.  I feel like I give them a little more often than necessary simply so that I can smell clean baby hair.
5.  Bedtime puppet story.
6.  Going through my college artwork portfolio.
7.  Harry Potter dinner.
8.  An example of the reaction this little plate monster has when he is scared.

Monday, February 24, 2014

THE-ONE-WEEK-PURGE


I love the thrift store.  I wouldn't call myself a shopaholic, I rarely go shopping, but stopping in on the thrift store is something I really love to do.  I like walking through the sections, looking through the books, the children's games, the home decorations.  I try really hard to come home with very little.  I often don't purchase a thing.  But sometimes I find something that just speaks what I want my home to feel like.  An old but carefully taken care of toy that I know is something my kids will appreciate.  And then I'll bring it home.  But then bring on the guilt.  It's not so much the money (unless I'm spending it on junk), it's the stuff.  THE STUFF people.  My home is filled with stuff.
I love how descriptive that word is.  Stuffing; filling; a filler; a filler of space.  Since the day we were married and were kindly given house decorations that someone else thought was pretty, we've been hoarding things that don't really reflect us and our family.  And it's building UP.  Up to the sky, our brains are filled with this clutter.  So it comes down to some sort of equation that looks like this:

Bring home more things + keeping things we don't want/need = Major Guilt and House Clutter

The purpose of this post is to change our math to this:

Get rid of more things + bring home less (what we really want here) = Yay!  I get to go shopping AND I love my home!
See?

Of course I can't do it all at once.  We, as a consumer society, are in a state of constantly acquiring.  It will always be coming in.  So for the math to work up there, it stands to reason that something (or more) has to be going out.  This feels like more of a lifestyle change than a one year resolution.
Recently I was reading a post here.  What a dandy way to view things.  Less is more.  Simplicity.  Rohan thrives on providing for himself.  He love to hunt, and gather.  Yet he is ridding himself of his beloved little boat, simply because he does not get enough use out of it.

I'm not nearly as cool or hardcore, but I sure want to do better.  So here's my proposal.  Each week tackle a new subject of the house.  This week: toys.  Go through our toys, go through them again.  Gather them from upstairs, the main floor, and in the closets of the basement.  Rid our home of those we do not need.  By the end of the week begin placing into bags the ones that I though we needed to keep earlier in the week.  I have to break my barriers down like that.  My idea is that something should have something or all of the following:

Is something useful/needed?
It is of high quality?
It is of great sentimental value?

So the toys that are of poor quality, are never played with, or are just toys I hate to look at go in a big box aimed at the thrift store.
Next week is kitchen cupboards.  The next will be dressers of clothes.  Next will be the laundry room.  The next can be books.  And it never stops, take out more, each week.  This is also a fabulous way to organize the house on a continual basis.
So, I'm starting today.  I'll let you know how it goes.  Do it with me?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Baby Foal Baby Shower


I hate being the center of attention.  At least when I'm in the room I dislike it.  All eyes and ears on me. Hosting a party is just so difficult.  But I think what helped with this baby shower was that I began preparing for it about two months in advance.  Albeit a small and simple shower, I began gathering ideas and making lists as I washed the dishes, folded laundry, etc.  So all of it sort of came together perfectly in the end.  I've decided that is how I am throwing every party from now on.  They may take a few months of work, but in the end the less stress the better.

So my lovely friend was having a baby boy, and I asked what her favorite animal was so I could come up with a theme.  Her answer was, "Elk, wolves, and horses."  I don't really know how to cutesy up elk or wolves, so we went with horses.  Baby horses <3

It really was a simple shower, but I decided to post some pictures along with links to where I gathered my ideas.  Enjoy!


Tissue Paper Banner tutorial can be found here.
I went with balloons because I wanted a lot of color but minimal effort.


Truffle recipe can be found at Bakerella here.


Party animal idea found here.  This is a Schleich foal found on Amazon here.  Oh Schleich figurines, how I adore thee.


This rocking horse must be attributed to my husband.  He spent many hours helping me design and put it together and then paint it.  All I did was cut out the wood.  The basic design is a collaboration of different rocking horses we found online.



Can you tell I just loved that foal?  He was adorable.


"Once upon a time..." quote idea found here.


I really loved keeping this party simple.  If I could have branched out more I think I would have purchased these as part of the party favors, and made a few of these to go along with the other snacks that were served.  I also thought it would be cute to have a caramel apple bar to go along with the horse theme, but it didn't happen.  Oh well, there's always another time right?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A few things lately...


I cut my hair.  As in, I took scissors to my own head.  As you can see in the photo below, it was getting sort of long.  But, as you can see in the photo below, I have a four month old.  And as every mother of a newly born babe can attest, hair starts to fall out in the few short months after giving birth.  I was really hoping to get it super long, I was all for it.  Until the hair just started to shed everywhere.  In the shower, webbing our carpets, filling up the clean load of laundry.  I was driving myself insane trying to gather it up all of the time and rid our house of it.  Finally I snapped and called the only two hair dressers in town that I know and neither would answer the phone. 


So I watched a YouTube video.  And I cut it myself.


^^^ Just out of the shower and blow drying my hair, sans-real-shirt.


And this is how it is now.  Only I wish it were shorter.  But really I had no idea what I was doing so I gave myself an inch or two of leeway. 

You know, I know a lot of new mothers cut their hair short.  I've always sort of seen it as a way for them to start fresh, with their new fun body.  I did it with my first two babies as well.  But really, I think I understand now.  When your hair falls out in fistfuls, sometimes you have to cut it short.  Sometimes that is healthier than keeping it tangly and long.

And on to the rambling:
That black and white photo above of me and a bunch of beautiful ladies?  That is the 'Marie' photo.  My grandmother's middle name is Marie.  She is the second daughter.  When I was born my parents decided to name me Rebecca Marie.  When they told a family member they responded by saying, "Oh! So you're keeping up the tradition!"  What tradition?  Every second daughter's middle name is Marie.  Only somehow no one had told my parents that, it just happened :)  So the picture above is full of second daughters with the middle name of Marie.  Only there are more than that, they weren't all present for the picture.

My husband built a violin!  This deserves a whole other post for another time.



And the following are a few overly edited pictures of our foggy snowy drive to see a different grandmother in Idaho.  Oh how I love fog.




My sister married a skater boy.  It's adorable when they go out long boarding together.  I never pictured her as a skater, but hey, they are the cutest couple ever.  And my oldest two stole their boards.


And this is my beautiful littlest sister.  Her passion for horses evident.  She found that these two horses live nearby my parent's house and she regularly visits them with carrots in hand.


Thanks for bringing us along Millie :)


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