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Make a Tiny Valentine Banner

February 5th, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

I have been rather uninspired as of late — winter, cabin fever,flu, cranky New England stuff. Valentine making always cheers me up and makes me smile, plus it brings me back to the basics. I love the simplicity of paper and glue. Nothing fancy — just paper and glue!

I made these tiny little envelopes and stuffed them with little love notes for my boys.They easily hang on a bit of yarn tucked under the envelope flap. I had a lot of fun hanging the sweet little garland here and there in the house. In the end I liked it best hanging from the pantry hutch. There’s just something about tiny tiny envelopes, or maybe it’s the simple winter contrast of red and white. It’s February in New England and warm hearts are what it’s all about.

Winter Kids!

January 23rd, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

We are thick into Winter fun. My boys are real sledders now, trudging back up the big hill without complaint for the thrill of another ride. They teeter around on their ice skates,slip and fall & scramble up again all by themselves.

In one years time they have moved from being Winter babes to being Winter KIDS!

I love Winter KIDS, they put their boots and jackets on by themselves, they climb mountains of snow and roll down with glee. They troop out the door in all their Winter gear and spend hours in the white stuff without a whine.

These BIG Winter KIDS of mine sled and ski and skate and …. dig into Winter with big love. And it inspires me to do the same!

Unfortunately, Winter also brings sickness, so here’s a little coloring sheet for the quiet days!

We Like it Smokey

January 15th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

It has been a weekend filled with winter snow, hearty meals, cross-country skiing, music and…

black smoke catastrophes!

The first two smoke outs where kitchen blunders. A lovely set of fire singed charcoal meatballs slated for a potluck provided the whole house with a lovely aroma akin to burn hair. Only the chickens where excited about the whole thing.

Next up to bat was a lemon blueberry bread. “I think we should bake more”, where my exact words as I slid the loaf with the last of our summer blueberries into the oven.

Perhaps an oven timer is in order????

Next up, a good old fashion bedroom smoke out.

Last night it was epic cold, like 70 below zero or something. We decided sometime around midnight to make a fire in the wood stove upstairs. Unfortunately, we completely forgot that we had not lit a fire up there since putting stove polish on it last spring. Stove polish which filled the bedroom with thick black smoke that smelled nothing at all like fresh cut roses.

Black Smoke seems to be the theme song over here this weekend!!

 

Surf, Sand & Critters

January 11th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

For a winter adventure we drove 22 odd hours to New Smyrna Beach for a week by the sea. I had spent many a day at this beach as a child feasting on the 7&up, Pringle’s and deviled eggs my grandmother packed in our standard lunch. I was overcome with a fierce nostalgia for the sandy soil, native palms and spanish moss. Even the gaggy chlorinated tap water reminded me that I was in Florida – which to me had always been Grandparent Land.

We embraced the laid back lifestyle, warm ocean water and the raw oysters that were only $6 a dozen across the street at JB’s Fish Camp. Every morning I took the boys for an early morning walk on the beach to search for treasures, the shells were simply divine.  Manatee were swimming everywhere in the 72 degree waters at Blue Springs State Park. It was lovely.

This time around it was Kid Land and perfect it was.

Happy New Year

January 5th, 2012 by zoe 4 Comments

We are enjoying a bit of a break from winter under a tropical sun!

Big City Glow

December 13th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I had a very special weekend with one of my boys in the New York. It was so sweet to have special alone time with each other.

Such a quiet and sweet break from the usual chaos of sibling rivalry.

As I watched my little boy navigate the crowded city in an angelic and ever cooperative mood the lack of struggle and strife  made me realize how hard it is to be a twin.

He wanted to take a train ride, get a candy cane and see a BIG Christmas tree.

So that is exactly what we did!