Saturday, December 26, 2009


Just because. =)

Snow Queen

Our Snow Queen received a fabulous sleigh and reindeer underneath the tree! It was an exciting time for Her Highness.

Have you seen Molly's blog before? It feels absolutely magical. Her beeswax acorns are first on my list for crafting when we start up our morning lessons again!

Star Boy

Speaking of which, here is a picture of my Big Kid in his Star Boy hat for St. Lucia's day! Which I know was over two weeks ago, but apparently I'm moving rather slowly as far as uploading and editing pictures these days.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Long Winter's Nap

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Albert Camus


There is nothing like being all tuckered out after a nice, satisfying week of friends and family.

Wishing you a belated Merry Solstice!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Serious Business

Just look at these wonderful lollipops I found at Whole Foods--artificial color and flavor-free! My kids were in heaven.


As you can see.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Evolution of the play room

I feel as if our play room is growing more and more inspired by natural materials and our quieter rhythm in this season of our lives.

Evolution of the play room

Likewise, I can't get over the light in this's so white and bright in the winter! I love to discover new things about our home, making it feel truly more like ours.

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Boys (and my girl!)


The little one loves his window. And his curtains. And the ceiling fan! So very, very entertaining for the under 100 days old crowd.

So very, very four.

The big one loves birthdays! And presents! And cake! And making wishes and blowing out candles! I can't say I blame him--all of those things are on my favorites list as well.

My girl loves nature and leaves and climbing. And me! (She says I love you too, mama at the end of the video.)

I don't think I could be more blessed.

Friday, December 4, 2009


A preview of our holiday card, executed and designed by myself, and finally ordered last night!

Holiday Card

Are you in the holiday spirit yet?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


How is it December? This season of our life just seems to be flying by, without even a word or thought to acknowledge its passing.

Three Months

My smallest boy is now three months old. I can scarcely believe it. It amazes me how much of his personality is already completely formed. I couldn't ask for a sweeter, more even-tempered third child.


My girl is almost two and she is definitely enjoying her freedom as the middle child and only other female. "Boys!" is one of her favorite exclamations, dare I say stated with quite a bit disdain. Oh, my dear. You have no idea.


Liam is very excited about the holidays. We are doing our advent activities with our morning home school work, in addition to two advent calendars. Since we celebrate St. Nick's Day, the Winter Solstice, and Christmas, we have quite a full month ahead of us! This weekend, we have a Holiday Faire to attend at the Cincinnati Waldorf School. I am so excited for him since this will be his first experience at the Waldorf school--the only school we would seriously consider if we decide homeschooling is not right for us.

This week is full of ornament making, holiday book reading, some baking and definitely a lot of singing. How about another round of "Deck the Halls" for everyone?

Thursday, November 26, 2009



There is nothing like hearing "I am thankful for Mommy" at a fabulous dinner table full of friends and family. I am thankful for you too, my dear boy.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Speeding Up

By the Tree

So many things are happening at this time of year that it sometimes feels as if we've been swept away and completely unable to adjust our course. Liam's birthday is next Tuesday and while my big four year old is excited my feelings are running more of the bittersweet variety. Then, we have a vegan Thanksgiving event here at our home with friends, then St. Nick's Day and the Solstice, followed by Christmas, the New Year and Isla's second birthday! Whew.

In these incredibly busy times, I have a tendency to shut down. I get overwhelmed at the noise, the amount of people invading my space, the needs and wants of my children magnified by their excitement and enthusiasm for what is to come. I need to remember to slow down, to not be swept away, to take a minute and celebrate the beauty of the coming winter, anticipate the return of light at the solstice and truly enjoy the wonder on my little ones' faces.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This boy! He is quite tolerant, even of my obsession with sticking him in great piles of leaves.


I love his expressions! Watching him mature from my squishy newborn to this, this LITTLE PERSON is fantastic!



Sunday, November 8, 2009



I submitted our play room for the Small Kids, Big Color contest at Ohdeedoh. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Another great giveaway from Garden Mama. I draw so much inspiration from her blog I don't even know where to begin!

Monday, November 2, 2009

2 Months

As of Friday, Calum was two months old!

2 Months

How do you pick the best one? It's definitely impossible for me.

2 Months

2 Months

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

We had a wonderful time tonight--not trick or treating, per se, but instead at an old fashioned All Hallow's Eve bonfire extravaganza! We had treat stations for all the kids to go around and fill up their small baskets and bags, caramel apples, popcorn balls, a spooky woods walk, hay rides and lots and lots of fun in the mud.

Happy Halloween

Earlier this morning we made our farmers' market trip and loaded up on lots of yummy fall veggies, all in costume. Isla is having a hard time right now and is not the most cooperative subject when it comes to anything other than completely candid photos. But! She's really cute so we forgive her.

Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Leaf Stencils and Nature Journal

Leaf Stencils

Leaf Stencils

Inspired by the Usbourne Book of the Seasons I created a simple leaf stencil for Liam and I to practice coloring our fall leaves.

Leaf Stencils

My demonstration leaf is on the left and his first attempt is on the right. I think his interpretation is much more true to the spirit of the season!

Nature Journal

We placed these in his nature journal--a simple sketchbook we've been working on, adding any inspiration or fun nature-inspired activities as the mood strikes us.

Nature Journal

These are leaf prints we made from collected leaves last week.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Last

Backyard Harvest

The last little bits of the garden have been harvested and the beds are being readied for winter.

Backyard Harvest

I believe that this time of year is a time of reflection, of moving indoors, of slowing down and waiting and watching.

Julie's Hat

Calum agrees.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Wonderful Giveaway

I've become enamored with Garden Mama's gorgeous blog and inspiring photos. Right now, she's hosting a giveaway for some really wonderful hand knits here.

Good luck everyone!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Quotable Sunday (a day early)

"The American president just won the Nobel Peace Prize. By any reasonable measure, all Americans should be proud."

-Rachel Maddow

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nature Walk

Nature Walk

Nature Walk

As a family, we're trying to be outdoors as much as possible before it becomes too cold to really enjoy it. A nature walk was the perfect excuse to get outside! 

Nature Walk

Nature Walk

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pumpkins and Apples

Apple House and Pumpkin Farm

On Thursday, we took advantage of Ryan's vacation to visit a close pumpkin farm and apple house.

Apple House and Pumpkin Farm

Needless to say, trying to get pictures of three wiggly children at once, in front of a festive stack of pumpkins was not happening. At least I got a picture of each of them individually!

Apple House and Pumpkin Farm

Apple House and Pumpkin Farm

Apple House and Pumpkin Farm