{Dreaming…}

Dreaming of pretty corners and new spaces….

Love these kid corners:

By the way, incase you didn’t know this about me….

one of my favorite things are blanket forts:

Love everything about this house tour….

Aren’t these colors amazing!?:

And lastly, I want a loft bed sooooo bad:

These are my dreamy inspirations today.

Hope you enjoy!

xoxo

Getting our Groove Back

So this is how it went… 

I took a job. A night job, 9:30 pm – 5:30 am. I kept saying it was only for four weeks. I could do anything for four weeks. The job? Oh, the job was fun. I loved getting back out into the job world (even if it was in the middle of the night) But in trying to balance sleep, work, babes and home it wasn’t doable. I didn’t even finish out the job, but in the past four weeks my plants have died, my meal plans are all messed up, our laundry is in all kinds of weird places, and my body (and Adelai’s food source)  is still recovering from the weird sleep schedule. In the midst of that, Joseph has been working 50 hours a week plus trying to get in about 10 hours in the studio. Why did I think that job would be a good decision? Because I didn’t fully understand my role in our home right now. I realized that whether I like it or not (I do like it most of the time) I am the center of our home. Everyday when I wake up (or come home from work) I set the mood around the house. Joseph does have an amazing closeness to both of his kids in a different way, but many times through the week when he just can’t be here, I become the glue between him and them. I become the glue that bonds us all together into an intertwined, knit together… family. It’s a challenging, exciting place to be in. I have so much purpose in being wife, mother, and homemaker and that makes me feel good and know that I am needed. But it also means that just because there is something I would like to do or I think would be good for our family doesn’t always mean it’s the way to go. If I am absent then the rhythm we have as a family is off. How have we gotten our groove back? Well, let me show you!

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DSCF6045:: A walk through the woods with cousins!

 

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:: Through the woods to the LAKE. This is our favorite little spot.

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:: Farmer’s Market for Peach Day

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:: Some very special guests came to town!

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:: Enjoying the lots and lots of rain around here.

So right now my days have been spent following our little rhythm which puts us and our little home all back together. 

 

Full of Good Stuff!

We found the camera charger!!! 

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What exactly is going on around here??? Well, lets see…

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:: Planting & Harvesting

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:: Birdwatching

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:: Napping whenever possible

 

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:: Exploring

Life is such a gift. In the midst of many adjustments in many areas of our life, I never want to forget what a beautiful life I have. These kids are amazing and Joseph is my hero and this life… God truly handed me the very best. 

I hope that your life is full of good stuff. 🙂 

My belly + two girls… phew.

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Between my massive belly, a child who can’t sit still, and another who is going through more “new sibling on the way” symptoms than the baby’s actual sibling… my goal is to stay calm, breathe, find some sort of beauty to focus on. Some days it really does work out that way and others I just lose it and have to lay everyone down and have some “cool off” time. Today is one of those days and this blog is many times where I turn to for “cool off time.” 

We have been actively changing many of the ways we do things to include Macky and Scarlet. It is a process that forces us (the adults) to learn patience. It’s not always the most convenient thing to have little hands in the dinner making process or “helping” with the dishes. But the immediate change in their attitude and their motor skills has been so amazing to see. In just a few days they have both become more independent, but happily so. Nobody has forced them to do anything, we always help when they ask, but they have literally begged us to move to a different level. 

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This is one of the scenes of our day since the weather has decided to be nice. It’s been a whole lot of drawing, creating, and exploring. Scarlet’s Gran and Granddad blessed us with the coolest little table for the girls. We have spent quite a bit of time at that little table making, playing, and learning how to drink out of real cups. 🙂 

Even in the midst of the tougher days like today, it is such a blessing to have these beautiful little feet pitter-pattering through the house with so much anticipation and excitement that this day will hold something new. They are like little sponges, soaking up everything we dare to throw their way.

Lesson Learned & More to be Learned…

I love this season. So much celebration. So much time to reflect on the years past and dream about the year in front of me. I will get to the point of this post eventually. But I want to say that I have really been thinking and answering these questions about the year 2008. I’ve realized how many ideas and dreams that I had that ended up being only good intentions. Some of it I can blame on being pregnant and having a sweet baby to chase after. Although, I can look back and remember many conversations with Joseph, dreaming about how I wanted to manage my home, how I wanted to raise my babies, and all the other “strange to most people” things that are important to me. In all of those conversations I heard him say, “Why don’t you do it?” And my reply would most likely be, “I don’t know how and I don’t know where to learn or who to learn from.” Really, that was my excuse for not seeking out the people I need to help me. It sounds so silly in my head, to walk up to someone and say, “Will you teach me this?” or “Will you show me how you do that?” But the truth is, that is why God surrounded me with amazing, smart, older women who are willing to help raise another generation of women to accomplish the role of mother, lover, sister, and friend. So, all that rambling to say, I believe the number one thing I learned in 2008 is that I can’t do what I dream until I am willing to say, “I need help.” Not all things I can teach myself. (I am most defenantly a hands-on, visual learner!) I’ve very much realized that my dreams haven’t become a reality because I thought I could juggle everything by myself, with no one’s help. When the truth is: What good is knowing something unless you teach someone else and let it live on in another generation. I imagine it is a mother’s glory to be able to pass on whatever she learned from her mother to her daughter. How neat, to know that one day Scarlet will be cooking the same Chicken Noodle Soup when her babies aren’t feeling their best. Again, I am rambling. Point is, this has been my realization. Going forward, I am seeing (even more than here) what precious gifts people are in my life. Not only who they are but what knowledge and wisdom, gifts and talents they can pass on to continuously be helpful to new generations of mommas.

After all of that, I am deciding what in 2009 I am needing to learn or glean from someone else. Luckily, I have girls that will go on these crazy ventures with me. And not think I am totally loony when I start washing my hair with vinager. 🙂 This post has been very helpful in helping others understand why it is important to me. It seems I am in the business of reviving lost arts. Like, the art of sewing and needlework. Or the art of “Putting Food By.” Gosh, so much stuff that would make a different kind of momma, one who has gleaned the good from generations past and isn’t afraid to pass up the “trend” of society for the benefit of her family.

This is my goal and where my head has been for the past few days. I will update you on exactly what my “List of Things to Learn in 2009” looks like. 

Sometimes my ramblings can be so terribly strange. Thanks for taking the time to read the process of stuff running around in my head get poured into this crazy blog. It’s really for my benefit. See, now my head doesn’t feel like a gum ball machine being shaken violently.

Okay, so, it’s late and my imagination is a little wild. Must be all that insomnia, due to this little guy squirming around in my belly. Phew. Pray for sleep please. 🙂

Sick Days & Cuddly Things

This is what every table in my house has looked like for the past week. We have all been feeling a little yucky. Scarlet is getting over croupiness. She had croup once before and we were total newbs and didn’t have any idea what to do. This time we immediately lathered her in Vicks, gave her tylenol, gave her tons of White Grape Juice, and made sure she had her humidifier. She slept through the night every single night. YAY for knowing how to handle something as a new parent! That really is exciting when there are so many other things that we constantly have to just get wisdom and find out what God wants us to do in every situation. That, I believe, is the hardest part of parenting. Before she was born, I thought I knew how I would handle every situation. But really, I had no idea. Things come up and we try our best to do what is best for our baby or we try to see what God has for her in the future and how we can be an asset to that. Anyways…(rambling again)

In the past week she has attached herself to a cute little brown dog. This sweet little dog has a very special spot in my heart. When I was going through a hard time, about 5 years and 6 months ago (to be exact) my Nana gave my this dog to hug when I was sad. Over the past few years he’s gotten a lot of hugs. My Nana is one of the most beautiful people I know. She is one of those people that lights up a room when she walks in. I have so many memories or stories of her making a day or a time special for different people. The first time Joseph saw this was this past Thanksgiving. We drove 8 hours to see some family and she and my sweet Shannon cooked thanksgiving dinner for us. She worked so hard to make that day special. Joseph just looked at me at one point and said, “Now I know what you mean.” She just makes you feel warm inside. Now, every morning I go into Scarlet’s room I see her curled up with that dog and it makes me miss my Nana. There is no better stuffed animal she could have picked.

February Love

So much is going on right now. Amazing things! My little angel is growing like a weed. She does something new everyday. My favorite time of the day is when she wakes up in the morning in between us sleeping. The first thing she does is look at Papa to see if he is awake yet. If he isn’t, she will coo and laugh and talk until he takes a peek at her, then she gives him the biggest smile of the whole day. I love to watch them. I’ve never seen anyone love their Papa like she loves him.
My February has been full of lots of unexpected surprises. One big one that you will have to wait till next post to hear about. But for now, here is what’s going on in my world…
1. The amazing blessing of a king-size bed!!! Only one aspect of my awesome Valentine’s Day. This may have been the only good Valentine’s Day I can remember.

2. Spring has come early, it seems. So I have been filling my house with the beauty of it!

3. My sister brought her 2 year old over for a Valentine Tea Party. I LOVED it! Unfortunately, I got no pictures of Rachel, the two year old, I know, how could I!
4. Lots of time together. We have been so blessed to be able to spend more time together than most families. Joseph’s job schedule allows that we both can be extremely involved in her life and spend lots of time just the two of us as well. What a HUGE blessing!
5. And last, Scarlet is officially eating cereal. She started last week. There was one night that she had it all over her, her hands, and Joseph’s beard. I wish my camera had been around for that. It has become normal to change clothes all three times a day that she eats cereal. You can imagine what my wash room looks like.

Yes, many things are going on. February has been good. I was reading Soulemama’s blog about how dull February gets for her. Not this year in the Suo House, nothing is dull. I remember one year on Valentine’s Day when I worked in a flower shop. I spent three days before Valentine’s Day pulling thorns off of roses. I would go home and soak my hands from all the scratches. The 14th was spent getting every woman in town flowers. It was amazing to see how many husbands and boyfriends would come in and not even care what you gave them. They just knew that they couldn’t go home empty handed. Well, this year was a realization of how incredible it is to have a wonderful, creative, and caring husband in my life that can go above and beyond what I could even think. He did awesome job at being sure that this Valentine’s I would never doubt that I was loved, cared for, and cherished beyond words. Sometimes I think I got the best there is. No one can beat my hubby. 🙂
I hope you had a wonderful February. Spring is just around the corner. I can’t wait to see what this season holds.