Archives – February, 2012

mama cloud and baby cloud

Kind of feeling like we’ve got one of those hanging over our heads. So, I thought that it was important to make some pillow props!  I made one big cloud pillow and one baby one.  One side is grey and the other is soft white.  Milo thinks they should match the days’ weather. Today is cloudy and grey-Milo runs to the couch and flips them to the right side.

I thought it would also be neat to make a little pocket or zipper in the pillow and do some little raindrop shaped bean bags in them.  Keely wanted some Velcro lightening. I didn’t have the time for those endeavors though.  Maybe someday.  Until then- it’s just two reversible Mama and baby cloud pillows.


2 Comments February 29, 2012

a birthday, scarves, and baskets

We finally had a little party for Lucas. He’s not much of a food eater. He didn’t even try a cupcake. He did smoosh it with his hand though.  He was thrilled with his little new toys and everyone cheering him on. He was all smiles.  Lucas isn’t too hard to please usually. I hope that personality trait sticks around.  Whenever he starts getting cranky, I can just take him up to his room for a little quiet play time. He will happily play on top of me or toddle around in his space.   We all kind of gravitate to his room. It’s a nice, sunny place on most days.  There’s also pretty things to look at.

We all love the scarf wall.  I made it in about a half hour one day and surprisingly it has held up.  Lucas sits under it and flaps all the scarfs around or pulls one down for peek-a-boo. Keely takes them and ties them around herself for dress-up costumes. Milo uses them for nature scenes (water, grass) and he makes a “machine” with all the clips as buttons and gears. The machine can make all sorts of things. I think it’s just pretty to look at.

One of Lucas’ favorite things is these small lidded baskets.  I always put little things in them and it is usually the first thing he goes to in his room.

I could barely take a picture of the baskets because he won’t leave them alone. Take the lid off, put it back on.  Take out the toys, put them back in. Eat the basket, throw the basket.  He just loves them.  If you have a little one, I highly recommend finding yourself some.

Maybe I’ll do a little photo room tour of his space if anyone is interested.



4 Comments February 27, 2012

Cricket boxes

Hey look it’s our winter table. I thought I’d shoot it because I’m starting to feel springy and it will be changing out soon.  Does anyone else do this?  I set up seasonal books and such on a table in our “library” room.  Sometimes it’s a play scape, sometimes activities, sometimes just books.  I enjoy doing it and finding new things to put out in hopes of entertaining the kiddos and sparking interest in something.  Often our little thrift/hunting excursions lead us to interesting things like last week, we came across someone’s collection of cricket boxes.

I’ve seen these boxes for years and never knew what they were until recently. Now I just love them.  The kids are so into them too. They are playing games with them and planning to keep a cricket chirping next to them through the night this summer.

This weekend Keely finally got better. Eleven days of sickness. That was ridiculous. We were all going bananas over here.  Weeeeee bouncing crazily on Lucas’ bed and singing weird songs at loudly at random times.

I’m not a good nurse at all. I can tolerate a day or two of sickness and then I just need people to get better all ready. That was rough. I’m so glad she is feeling better.

I was calling her Rapunzel because she was stuck upstairs in her tower for so long.

Lucas went and turned one. He is so cute in his annual chair photo. His party was delayed until this weekend due to the sickness here. Thankfully, he hasn’t a clue.  Babies are good like that.

Leave a Comment February 23, 2012

Lucas at One Year.

You are one Lucas! You’ve made one trip around the sun here on Earth. How lovely and wonderful you are and how happy we all are to have you.  Last month you started walking and within 3 days you pretty much had it mastered. You zoom around the house so fast. You really tire yourself out now though. After about 3-4 hours you’re ready to crash.

You’ve started a lot of really cute things this month, besides walking. I mean a short little walking person is pretty adorable. You really are enjoying  the little red wagon. You sit in it for us to push you and you love to just push it around the house. You scream when you crash into something and can’t maneuver it any further. Once you get it free (or we help you) you push it really fast and say, “Weeeeeee, Weeeeee,”.

You’re into rocking chairs too. You know how to sit and rock it, but mostly you like to sit backwards in them and stand.

Your vocabulary is growing. Now there is a happy little “Yay!” and attempting to clap your hands. You say, “momma” pretty good now. You also say, “Keely”.  When daddy leaves to go to work you run to the back door and yell, “BYE! BYE!” and wave your hand over and over. You’re too much. You melt us with your yumminess.

Your teeth seem to be coming all at once now and giving you lots of trouble. You do look cute with all those toofers.

You love to open and shut doors and cabinets. You go in a room and close the door and then open them just a little bit and say, “HI!” and then quickly close it again to repeat the game. One of the sweetest developments is that you now walk towards  us with wide open arms whenever we come into view for a giant hug. You hug us so tightly and for so long. It is wonderful. Now you’ll also lay on us sometimes in a very sweet calm way. When you wake up from your nap you sit up on your bed and stare at the door until I come in. When I come in you smile and put your arms up for me. I hug you and we lay and love on your bed for a few minutes. You are so very loveable in those moments.  I try to turn on the recorder in my mind at those times. Such sweetness that I don’t want to forget.

Milo and you chase each other through the house for good portions of the day. He rarely leaves you alone. He loves to play your toys and make up games for you to play with him.  You cooperate sometimes. He likes to carry you around and you don’t go for that so much.

It’s been a really mild winter here but we had some cold weather. I got you a few of those fleece footed pajamas and after two nights you developed eczema. We switched back to loose cotton clothes, but the eczema seems here to stay.  I’m so sorry you inherited that gene from me. We now have to be so careful of your skin. Anything can start a new rashy spot. My poor baby boy. I know it can be far worse, but skin issues are no fun.  I hope there is a magic cure in your lifetime. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to keep you comfortable.

You still love Caribou, but he is not too fond of you. Every time he barks you come to me and tell me…”Car-ooo bark.” You like to take his toy from him and grab his hair. You don’t get that gentle thing yet.

You like to explore your toys a lot now. You will sit and open and close things or move beads or pages very deliberately and with much concentration. I love watching you. You are into balls right now and push toys too. You still love to climb up on your giant bed and play with a toy too. You get something and then climb up there all by yourself and have a good ole time for a few minutes.

You love to go in the kitchen and tear things out of the cabinets now. We didn’t put up latches and we’re hoping not to. You enjoy taking every Ziploc bag out of the box and every container lid out of the drawer. You found my cabinet of glass pitchers and brutally threw one on the floor before I could stop you. I scooped you up quickly and cleaned up the mess. Within minutes you were back for another round. I’m going to have to do some rearranging I guess. Post-it notes are also a hoot. You really enjoy flipping the pages like a flip book and then tearing each one off. Good fun messes around here.

You are a sweet little boy who is so loved. You are so lucky to have siblings who adore you. I hope you three stay close and always have each other. Keely and Milo were so sad that you started walking. They wanted you to stay a little baby forever. I promised them that toddler Lucas will be wonderful and fun too.  I love you pook-pook my little schmoo-cas.  Happy First Birthday baby boy. You are the little bringer of light we hoped for.



1 Comment February 19, 2012

Enough already.

Ugh. This is how we feel about this week. Keely has been home all week with some mystery sickness. I have to keep her secluded up in her room away from the other two, so I am running up and down the stairs all day. I haven’t even left the house in 7 days. What? I’ll be losing it soon.  The sky has been gray and the weather just weird. The boys are sort of alternating between flopping around and going bananas. Even the dog is over us.  Would you people go somewhere already?

Milo and I went out in the yard for a bit today to try and shake off the crazy. We caught a two minute window of sunshine while we were there.

I pushed him on the swing. He gave me a handful of treasures, even a heart shaped “diamond”. We found that our daffodils are already blooming…in the middle of February.  Whaaaa?  We admired our bottle tree…against the dull, lifeless, depressing sky. Gah.  We came inside and I put the club/dance station on Pandora.  The boys looked at me like I was nuts.  I was a dancing fool trying to make them laugh and cheer this place up.

Milo chuckled and Lucas tried to dance a little, but Lady Gaga came on and his face went all weird. Guess he doesn’t approve of her.

So much for the dance party.

At least the basket of birthday decor for Lucas is cheery to look at.  Yellow! Happy! Sunny!

Come on sunshine.

Leave a Comment February 16, 2012

the weekend

This weekend we saw our only snowfall this winter.


Yep, that’s it. It was pretty and we all shrieked with joy to see it falling. We take what we can get.

My girl was feeling under the weather so I put her in the bath for a long time and she came out feeling better…and looking so grown.


But later in the day she succumbed to the bed. Poor thing is so sick now.  I can’t stand my babies being sick.

Leave a Comment February 13, 2012

little daily life updates

Hello all.  I’m going to try and post more here. It’s a good record to look back on. Finding the time is the problem.  Life around here is busy with three kiddos.   Lucas just started walking, so he is everywhere. I can’t believe he will be one this month. My last baby.   Milo is my buddy. He rarely leaves my side all day.  I try to find projects for us to work on together and during one of Lucas’ naps I always let him pick something for us to play together. It usually involves little animals and cars. He loves learning how to do little tasks independently right now too- like sweeping, folding laundry, or making the perfect Valentine heart with no help.

Using a cookie cutter to trace on folded paper is the best. He has happily made a million hearts this week.

We also did the stand by contact paper with colored tissue paper sun catcher. Fun stuff. Sweet and simple.

Lucas is a loud little man, but oh so cute. We can’t get enough of his baby-ness. We were all a little sad when he started walking. The end of wee baby times. Of course, we all cheer him on as he zooms room to room now. We had to put up the gate on the stairs. Man, are those things a pain. I’m thankful that it might be saving my baby’s life and all, but yeesh opening and closing that thing every time you have to go up the stairs. Oy.  We are now a gated community. Bah-dum-dum.

He is on a weird nap schedule right now. His afternoon nap is so late that he is up with us at night. He uses this quiet time in our house for really loud vocal practice and banging all objects on other objects. We try to watch Downton Abbey. We are thankful that we have the subtitles on otherwise we’d have no clue what’s going on.

I stay busy with the babes, the house, and now my little Etsy shop.  Trying to take decent photos of objects is way harder than I thought. Good gravy.  I almost threw my camera in the trash. I went kicking and screaming all the way back to re-learning how to shoot in manual. I have used automatic mode for.ever.  Anyway, the photos are getting better now. I’ve still got work to do though.

Ryan is still in the school system and dying to get out of it.  He’s thankful to have a job, but really can’t stand the business of it. I think we should become independently wealthy.  I guess I should go work on that. Any tips?

This week I’m loving this weird little song by Gyote. Well, actually I like the music more than the lyrics and I don’t like the video at all. I do like this cover of it .

Did you see these arrow Valentine’s? So cute.

Alright, happy weekending all.


31 Comments February 10, 2012

Surfaced, My New Shop!

Hello all! Is there anyone out there who still reads here? Anyone? I have no idea.

Is that crickets I hear chirping?

The blog has been down for awhile, but I decided to put it back up and let you know that I have started a little Etsy shop called Surfaced.

I’m selling some of my fun vintage finds there. I see so many great goodies on my thrifting adventures, but I certainly don’t need anything more in our home and I certainly can’t justify spending money. A vintage shop seems like a great excuse for me to get to rescue all the items and send them on their way to good homes. That’s my hope anyway. So, please check it out and let me know what you think. I plan to add more items everyday. I’m crazy like that. Thanks in advance.

Check out the shop here !

I’m not sure if this “new” blog shows up in your readers or not now. You may have to re-subscribe if you want to.


4 Comments February 8, 2012

Lucas at 11 months

Lucas you are growing so fast. I feel like I can see you changing each day. Your clothing gets snugger. Your abilities increase. Your personality shines through each passing moment. Being able to watch my little baby become sweetly you, Lucas.

You are able to stand on your own really well now. You have taken a few wobbly steps. I left you in your room the other day only to return a few moments later and find you standing on top of your little chair. “Look ma, no hands!” Ah, my bah-bee what are you doing? You also love to crawl up the stairs as fast as you can, hoping that no one will catch you. We always do. You love to climb up things and on top of everything. You’ve got skills little man.

When we are in the living room, your favorite place to go is behind the big stripey chair. You like to just sit there and look around. It’s your secret club house. You crawl in and out and sometimes bring a toy with you. We have the only table lamp downstairs next to that chair, so you also like to yank on the cord and knock that down.

You laugh a lot. You have a very sweet little smile. You have a deep little laugh and this month you started coyly turning your head down when you laugh. So cute. You love for me to lay on your bed with you. You get free reign to attack me. Climb on me, flop across me, suck on my forehead, lay across my face. You love it. If I go to your room and go to your bed, you drop whatever you are doing and get up there. You love your bed. You like to get on it by yourself to and look at your window…and bang on it too.

This month you have discovered lids! What wonderous things they are. Removing them and trying to put them on. Boxes and pans with lids are big hits. You also have a few favorite books that you look at and feel with great concentration. You have also discovered OUR bookshelf and that all those books come off. You stand at it and pull of books one at a time and throw them to the ground.

You are always trying to get Milo’s toys and he is trying to fend you off most of the time. You screech in protest when we move you away for his things. Keely and Milo both love to carry you around now. They love that you are always trying to go someplace off limits because they get to go and rescue you (carry you).

Your nickname has become pook-pook this month. It was Schmooker-pook and Lukers-schmooker, but somehow my head decided on pook-pook. You try and say it now. You constantly babble and make lots of talking sounds, but very few words come out. Ma Ma, Da Da, and Caribou are really all that we understand.

You won’t sit down in any seat or car seat or shopping cart seat. You want to stand and dance around. It’s hard going out with you unless I’m willing to hold you and push a cart and watch over Milo. You really like to people watch when we are out. You stare down everyone in your path. They usually talk to you and most of the time you give them a smile.

You still nurse full time. You have a special cranky cry you give me when you are hungry. When I feed you you either hold my hair or rub your own head. You also cross your ankles. Sometimes you stop drinking and look at me and make a smile or funny noise and wait for me to return the sound or face. You’re sweet like that. It’s like you are checking in with me and maybe thanking me for our little warm time.

I still am sleeping in your bed at night. We get the most sleep that way. You wake up a few times and sometimes nurse and sometimes just roll around until you get comfortable again. I always cuddle in close to you when I go to sleep. I have to take in all your baby smells and sounds. I know they are fleeting. I smile and close my eyes. Listening to your sleepy heavy breath and smelling your Lucas smell.


You are a handful baby and I’m so happy to have my hands full of you.



1 Comment February 5, 2012

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