Posts Tagged ‘House and Farm’

Nature Magic

May 31st, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

It was a special day with the very best of friends at our favorite river spot.

THEN… we found out the river banks were teeming with dragonfly shedding their nymph skins to metamorphosis as winged beauties. AMAZING!

I learned a lot about the whole process here . Finding out that it can take up to four years for a nymph to develop and metamorphosis into a full grown dragonfly made witnessing the transformation even more spectacular.

Nature really is MAGIC!

I heart DEMO

May 25th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

We live in a giant project, respectively called a “fixer upper”.

It’s been years of labor – starting first with installing hardwood flooring, renovating two bathrooms and a kitchen, rebuilding a deck and front porch and painting the entire exterior and interior. All this we did in the first 2 years. Are you tired yet, I am!

Next came building a barn. Giant project – still working on that one!

Here and there came a few new doors, windows, oh and all the siding.

Luckily I/we kinda love big projects but navigating them with two small children has been at times – um… sucky.

But it gets easier every year, this year they can help paint a little or play happily in the yard and watch us work. Or even better provide me an excuse to avoid working on extension ladders.

Some day it sure would be lovely to hire someone to fix our house but until then I won’t lie – I actually love demo.

This very morning as I was dangling off the side of the house prying off a big rotted board I was singing a little “I love construction” song when a giant shower of mouse shit came down on my head. Oh joy!

I wont lie I still love demo, I just hate mouse poop.

 

Woods Stories

May 16th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We went for a walk in the woods – most days from here to October could be defined by this sentence!

We brought along with us little notebooks.

Oliver decided to write stories about the things he saw.

This was story about a little tree who wanted to have more than 4 leaves!

Emmett decided to record numbers in his book. He counted 29 newts and 26 lady slippers!

We all jumped up and down to see so many Spring friends in the woods, and yes we said hello to each and every one of those 29 newts. Taking in as much as we can of that early Spring green. Simply marvelous!

Simple Things

March 9th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

These days I havent been doing that many elaborate project with the kids. Why? Because they come up with projects, imagine,and complete them all on their own. I think it has something to do with the years I spent painting, glueing and doodling with them and partially to the fact that they have this space to be creative whenever they darn well please. So for right now I am embracing other things as we start the slow drip into Spring.

Keeping my spirits uplifted is priority one. Sunshine really is my favorite. Too many gray days and I feel like a zombie has had my thinking parts for lunch. I take this image on the authority of a 7-year-old friend who gave me a “History Lesson” which informed me that “Zombies eat brains“. I really need history lessons on such things, thank you Willow for your expertise.

So, for now I am not dwelling on the projects I keep dreaming of but I am not actually DOING. For now I am focusing on the little things that make me happy.

Like kids sitting down all by themselves and drawing cool stuff.

Like the major face painter in the family who needs to channel Spider-Man for at least one hour of each day.

Like bright and festive fish taco’s that remind me of the ocean.

Like hanging the results of my tie dye curtain project – so fun!

Inspired by this tutorial.

Like chasing my boys down the mountain on these slushy warm spring days and nights!

Like my new bedside motto – which makes me feel motivated and makes me laugh at the same time.

Practicing a good uppercut just in case those zombies ever do come to town!

March Snow

March 2nd, 2012 by zoe No Comments

We got a big white blast of winter. White flakes fell from the sky throughout Leap Day and straight into March. Snow day! Many folks had eased into Spring already and found the storm to be an aggravation. I couldn’t help but rejoice in the foot of fluffy powder that insulated the woods, hung from the branches of every tree, piled high, and camouflaged the signs of man. Whole cars disappeared under drifts of snow and all that was left in the landscape was the beauty of nature. There is a calm and quiet excitement that comes with a big storm – a feeling of wonder.

That and pile’s of wet mittens, boots and snowpants!

Before….

After!

Up here in these here hills March IS Winter and you know what – we kinda like it that way!

Snippets of Fun

February 24th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

These are some of the little things that are making me happy right now, making me laugh – tidbits of joy.

Sweet little gifts sprouting. Making me wonder, what will these wee little plants do next?

Skiing with my little boys all the way down the mountain – woot woot!

Finally getting a little stitching done. Oh so fun to hang this sweet little banner in the boy’s room, it’s only been on my to do list for um….. 3 years!

Loving this new little print from Elsita.

Laughing at the things I am hanging in their room vrs. the things the boys are hanging in their room!

Having fun dipping the old curtains blue.

Finding ways to make the most of what little snow is hanging around in our first ever winterless winter.

The tricky part of cow field snowboarding? Not wiping out in the thawing cow pies!