Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Best Days...


Just as I suspected, it has been nearly a year since I've updated this blog. I had good intentions, really I did. But the days are on some sort of super-speed and well, this is one of those things that keeps on being put aside for the time being. Ironically, tonight I'm making the same pasta salad that is pictured in my last post. Except that this time our daughter will get a serving. She particularly loves the olives.

The weather has been hot here (cool for Southern California, frying-pan hot for Oregon) so we have been getting out to go on our walks early in the morning before hunkering down in the house with the fans blasting for the day. All of the pictures above (with the exception of baby reading) are from our walks. And every one of them is within minutes, Minutes!, of our house. There is so much incredible beauty here. I hope I never get used to it.

Yesterday, we went out on the deck in the morning and sketched. My daughter drew lines expertly on her box drawing station (computer paper taped on a large box so she can draw all over it) and I quickly sketched some of her antics. 

These are the best days...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer Days


And then, the summer was over. It is suddenly Labor Day and the sky is cloudy and the rain is coming down. We are getting ready to go to the grocery store and there is fresh bread on the counter. This summer was wonderful--we visited family at the coast, made jars and jars of fresh jam and blocks and blocks of purees. Baby thinks standing and holding onto the sofa or a chair is the best thing ever. She is such a delight.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Just Like That

One day my baby was born and then, seemingly, the next, she was six months old. People said that would happen. I knew that would happen, and still is shocking somehow.

Last Friday I learned that making your own brown rice cereal is super simple, so on Saturday I made up a batch. We turned on the video camera and taped our baby making faces as she rolled that strange mixture around in her mouth. She thought it was great fun and cooed for us whilst eating. She also did her favorite spitting sound which was a bit disastrous for the rice cereal. It has been a fun few days as we've explored this new and amazing world of 'real food'. These are beautiful days...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day


Such a wonderful Mother's Day...

a sweet friend visiting...
my precious husband being home for a long weekend (and spoiling me)
a happy baby who went on many adventures
the beauty of creation all around--especially in Forest Park 
saying a quick hello to my mom--I love her--
making meals and chatting for hours
treats and my favorite burrito place
receiving (and reading) Dancing With My Father--sooo very good
and A Splash of Red...(I've been wanting that one for ages!)

I'm so blessed!

Monday, May 13, 2013


(comics from our 2013 photo book)

Every year I put together a photo book for our anniversary.
Each two page spread is one month's worth of photos, and I draw some of the highlights 
in a comic alongside. It is a simple (and fast) way to make a book of memories for our family,
and we love how they have turned out. This year, we're going to upload the photos
to shutterfly for one of their books to make the process even faster (no printing of photos!)...
Anyway, just thought I'd share--it'd be fun to make a template of something like this and give it to someone as a gift for their own memory book!

~have a lovely day~

Sunday, May 12, 2013


The words in this hymn are just resonating with me these days:

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love:
hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!

Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blest,
well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
all who live in love are thine;
teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the joy divine.

~Happy Mother's Day!~

Friday, May 10, 2013

These Days

These days are so precious. 
We read and sing and practice rolling over.
We go on walks and feel the sun on our skin.
We laugh at silly things and dance around the house.
Life is so beautiful.