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Simple Things

October 23rd, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Sometimes it’s the simple things that go over big. I love that.

In the middle of a hike they found a rock to jump off…..over and and over again. I plopped down onto a bed of fallen leaves and took action shots.

Fall is hunting season here in New England – you must wear your neon in the woods!

Weekending with Boys

September 22nd, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We are having one of those special cozy kind of week ends. We lit our first fire in the woodstove, mostly for the romance but it was the perfect nod to the first day of Fall. Cozy business having a crackling fire ablaze in the living room.

The boys snuggled up and I finished reading them Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. Great book, simply great. But at the very end we found this –  I love the thought of authors imparting a special life message to kids at the end of a book.

Hum, sparky huh.

Next up – make your own pizza.

I make dough and cook up pizzas often but today I gave each boy his own dough and they made their own little pizza’s. It was so simple but they were floored by the whole thing. They kept complementing one another “Wow, Emmett you did such a good job on your  pizza”.

Next up a movie night, we watched and simply loved  The Black Stallion . I think I saw it as a child but I cant say enough about how beautiful and simple it is.

I guess it’s turning out to be a boy’s adventure story kind of weekend. Might have to throw some Pippy Long Stockings in there tomorrow to level the whole thing out!

Happy first day of Fall to all!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Minute Super Mom

September 20th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Do you have have any little tricks that make you feel like you accomplished a ton in a really short amount of time. You know the little things that made you feel all rock star with like zero effort? Dropping off 5 trash bags of clothes at the Salvation Army for instance makes me feel like doing a back flip and only takes a few minutes.

After a couple years of backlog I finally ordered REAL PRINTED photos!! As in tangible objects I can hold in my hands and flip through longingly perusing my children’s sticky fingered little moments. And man did it feel good! I felt like super mom looking through at all the 3.5 million photo’s.

Time spent, 15 minutes

Payback, HUGE - It felt like a truckload of love came to the freekin door.

Oh, and I actually rather like untraditional type photographs of families and children. Shots where you see more or less than the standard smiling show of perfection, maybe even just a mood. Sometimes I worry that with the ease of digital cameras we might loose the very pictures that in time would facinate us the most. The shot above was our last day of Summer swimming at the town beach, we thought all our friends would be there but instead it was pretty quiet, we kept talking about how it was a “good-bye to Summer day”. It really felt like the end of a great Summer.

 

School & Flowers

September 18th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Fall has been getting off to a good start.

We harvested 20 plus pounds of potatoes from the garden, made a beach at the lake, swam till we could swim no more, and started “real school”.

The grown up folk did some major agonizing about what, where and when in the education department so hearing daily proclamations of “I LOVE my SCHOOL” and watching the littles skip to class through lush gardens with big ol’ smiles on their faces has been pretty epic. Cue Parents high fiving.

I have actually had a few days to work in my studio and started with a flurry of projects and hope to visit here with more gusto as my life hits some semblance of rhythm.

Ha! That is before everyone starts getting colds and the sprouts go and change their minds about the whole liking school thing!

In the mean time I am continuing with my latest house mission, I call it – DOWN WITH BROWN. That’s right brown, I have you in my sights and I am coming after you!

Building Wall Storage

September 1st, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

The nights have a long sleeve sort of chill, the lake seems optional not essential as it did in the blaze of Summer.

Things are starting to shift to Fall. I feel like a frantic squirrel gathering nuts for winter. Yeah, I just said WINTER and it’s only September. But, whoosh, it will be here before you know it! Or least the mittens and jackets and boots that plauge my tiny house will. Truth be told it’s not just the seasons guiding my need to whip things into shape around here…

Something about sending my boys off the “real” school for the first time is throwing me into a cleaning and organizing furry that even sleeping will not stop. I am dreaming of sorting through clothes and reorganizing!! I have scrubbed nooks and crannies with a tooth brush. Can you say, “anxiety cleaning”. I feel like the whole Summer has been building towards this moment —- Kindergarten!

So how do I deal with my somewhat mixed emotions of my twin boys going off to Kindergarten, growing up, going to school.

Apparently I go out to the barn and build the rustic wall storage bins I saw on Pinterest.

So, here is my new mitten, hat and boot station for my big school boys. Here’s to hoping they can find all that winter detritus by themselves – hahaha.

 

Things I like about this project -

I love the weathered grey stain made with black tea and vinegar. Tutorial here. Non toxic so the kids could help me apply it. Very cool.

I love that I could use a lot of recycled wood making the project cheaper. I even used some wood from an old pallet.

It took me quite a few tries to decipher how to map out the measurements out the angled cuts. In the end it was super easy to do,  critical seeing as I don’t really know how to build furniture.

Now, on the hunt for a coat hook for hanging backpacks, crushing on this one.

Oh and wishing I had a wide angle lens for my camera because these are pretty much horrendous photos, but how does one take pictures of the nooks and crannies of their houses…. it’s HARD!

 

 

A Porcupine came to lunch!

August 20th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We were having lunch on the deck and I looked out and saw a big old porcupine hanging out in a tree in the backyard!

On closer inspection there was a little baby in the next tree over. They didnt seem to mind the many pairs of eyes spying on them from down below. They continued with their napping and munching. Sweet little critters!

I learned a bit more about porcupines here and here, old world and new world porcupines — who knew? And that baby porcupines are called ”porcupettes”!

I was surprised to see the little baby off in it’s very own tree but apparently porcupines are ready to go off on their own at a mere 2 months old. Like wow.

Animals are so cool.