Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
What a week you guys! I am sooooooooooo ready for this weekend! While this week was crazy it was mostly great, but I ready for some down time and a three day weekend.
Let's review the week that was...
This little cutie! Her slightly bluish smile is courtesy of the sucker she had previously. The week of Valentine's Day is only slightly less candy filled than Halloween.
***Also, side rant here...sugar doesn't make kids hyper beyond the fact that they are excited to eat sugar. Sugar is not like caffeine and I feel a soul twinge each time a person tells me that sugar makes kids hyper. ***
Family game of Memory. Cordelia takes it very seriously and has a great memory. Elise just cheers and dances for everyone.
Green chili enchiladas. New Mexico, send green chilies stat....this is an emergency!
Betty Sprinkles in a dragon bolo tie.
Reading a book. She asked me to take a photo so she could remember what fun we were having.
Cordelia at her homeschool Valentine's Day skate party. She went with her dad and had a magical time.
Cordelia's Valentine for Elise! Ahhh!!!! It is so sweet that I almost cried when I read it. Don't worry I have put it into a safe place.
These sisters are such good friends. Seriously I am deeply thankful that they love each other so much, this friendship they have is a gift of a lifetime.
Lucy and Momo like to attack each other...stealth move.
Anyway....happy Friday! Weeeee
Thursday, February 16, 2017
A few months back I taught Cordelia how to finger weave and in doing so I unwittingly created a crafter. Since that moment this girl has been making a finger-woven scarf for every person who even mentions that they like her work. The sweet girl is making them for family and friends and the mother of a friend who complimented her and for teachers and the front desk worker of a place we frequent.
She starts finger weaving when she wakes up. She weaves in the car. She finger weaves when she watches a movie. Sometimes when she is too quiet I will find her up on her bed, just finger weaving.
Cordelia with her yarn bag.
I love nurturing her generous spirit and her crafty heart! She is now designing a dress with my mother and they are planning a sewing weekend. I suppose she is ready to crochet too.
Posted by Maria Rose at Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
She refilled her pitcher, and in doing so, she was able to refresh everyone around her.
I am sure I have mentioned here before the saying, "Say yes and figure it out later." Well I think it is time to revise that saying. Let me tell you a tale from the other side...
I have been saying "Yes" to all opportunities or perceived opportunities. I really really want to make it as an artist (don't even ask me to define what "make it as an artist" means today) and to provide for my family. This has been a really exciting time in my career, but I am finding that there are times to say yes and there are times when it is appropriate to draw a line.
I am a bit naive and sometimes assume that others wouldn't take professional advantage of me. I have learned, after a couple of knocks, that I need to draw some lines for my own protection and mental health. I recently agreed to a project that ballooned to a scale that had me feeling a great deal of stress and anxiety. After talking with my husband and another artist I realized that if I don't set my boundaries then nobody will. I am no use to anyone when I am filled with stress and anxiety.
So I said "No." This is big for me as I hate to let people down, but it was necessary. I had to take care of myself so that I could take care of others.
Then I took a long bath and refilled my pitcher. I am ready to say yes to projects, but it is ok to let some go.
Posted by Maria Rose at Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Cordelia and I are deep into second grade. What a strange experience it is for me to go through elementary education a second time (and soon a third time with Elise). Most of the stuff we cover is very farmiliar, but I have noticed great changes in the way that history and math are presented.
Math is so much more about working a concept from different angles. I love how we revisit an idea from different vantages, solving the same problem in different ways. I think that sort of practical approach will pay off in the future. It is also great for building on successes of the past. New ideas are introduced gently instead of all at once. I remember my teachers introducing a new math in a way that was so intimidating that I felt panic if I didn't immediately understand. With the way we are going now Cordelia is easing from addition and subtraction into more advanced maths in a seamless manner.
Most of all I am happy with her history class! We are learning about the history of the world and not just European history. She has learned about different cultures and is drawing her own conclusions about commonalities between humans.
I love listening to her insights and seeing the world through her eyes.
Posted by Maria Rose at Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
OK maybe it isn't spring yet. Perhaps I should call this the winter coops. We are feeling cooped up in our home and it is time to clear out. I feel like stuff just accumulates over the winter...or perhaps I am just trapped inside and forced to look at all the stuff we have and don't need.
Eric and I are starting in on the reduction and clean up season. Bags are being packed of clothes that are no longer worn and toys outgrown. It is a tedious process, but man does it feel good to lighten the load!
In addition we are on a month long spending freeze. We do this from time to time to just kinda keep ourselves in check. For a month we will only buy necessities: food, toiletries, gas for the car, etc. We are not big spenders, but this is always a great reminder that even the stuff we do buy we often don't truly need.
Are you feeling the winter coops?
Posted by Maria Rose at Saturday, February 11, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
This past week has been mighty hectic! Last Thursday my parents went out of town for a little vacation. We were happy to watch their home and dog and cat. In the past we just loaded up the crew and stayed at their place. Bode can't stay at our house since the visit where he broke a door and chewed our stairs. This time was a bit different because Bumblebee cannot do the stairs in their home by herself since her stroke. So the girls and I stayed at our place and Eric stayed with Bode. There was a loooot of back and forth.
Eric and Elise.
The couple that makes art together stays together...at least that is true for us.
Working on a bontany project.
Quick sketch on a mailed letter.
Elise and Eric
Momo demands attention.
Lucy demands a pet.
After a warm day followed by heavy wet snow the roads were so slick. Driving Elise to and from ballet I saw at least a dozen accidents.
Hanging with m'ladies.
Botany project takes root...
Pooch portrait commission.
Morning snuggles and cartoons.
Momo is super weird about the bathroom. It is her domain. She hops in and out of the tub, battles the rug, hides in the curtain and tries to hop in the lap of anyone on the toilet.
Donutzzz vegan style
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
* little house keeping before I forget. I am letting go of the domain littlethingsarebig.com because we just noticed how much yahoo was charging. Holy guacamole it is highway robbery and they were so sneaky about smallish quarterly extractions of money. So if you want to find my blog you will need to search maria-rose.blogspot.com
Cordelia's botany project now has us sprouting pumpkins from our own seeds. My heart is yearning for the growing season! Cordelia is hopeful that she will grow actual pumpkins, but there are still at least a few more months until these can go outside. Soooo...not sure how this is going to play out. For now they all have names and are being lovingly tended by an eager 7 year old.
I should mention that they must also be covered because Lucy is a plant murderer.
Posted by Maria Rose at Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
We went to the bridge this morning as I needed a photo for a project. Cordelia was happy until she put her feet on the bridge.
"What will happen if we fall in?"
I smiled. She is my girl, for better or worse I made her into a worrier like her mother. I grabbed her hand.
"Well, we'd freeze, but we aren't going to fall in."
Then I made her cross the bridge with me.
She was worried and stuck close to my side, but she did it, by the end she was more interested in looking at the cold lazy river.
When I leaned over to take a picture she held my hand and said,"It is time to go."
Oh how I know that feeling of worry. I feel bad that is seems to be genetic, but she is pushing me to push her and hopefully we can both loosen the grips of worry.
Posted by Maria Rose at Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
I sometimes like to post a list of what a day looks like, just so that someday I can look back and review what life was like:
5 wake up
5-7:30 snuggles, coffee, drawing, answering emails, working on drafts of artist statements
7:30-8:30 feed people and animals and pack lunch for Elise, help Cordelia start some independent work for homeschool.
8:30-9:30 drop Elise off at school and grab a quick coffee with Eric
9:30-11:30 Focused homeschool
11:30-12 Cordelia and I have lunch.
12 Pick up Elise
1:30-3 play date with some homeschool friends
3:30-4:15 Homsechool and check on my parents' dog as we are house sitting
4:15-5:30 Girls will play while I draw a bit
5:30-6:30 Cordelia has gymnastics. Eric and Elise will spend some father daughter time and I hope to draw a the gymnastics place
7:30 Kids in bed
7:45-10work on my online class, work on commissions
10-11 wind down with some Netflix, tea, read, sleep
Somewhere in there I will do laundry, pick up, 30 minutes of yoga and 10,000 steps.
Posted by Maria Rose at Monday, February 06, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
I am very very fortunate to have a good father. Growing up I didn't realize how special it is to have a loving and present father, but somewhere around my teen years I started to notice my friends did not have the same situation. My friends had fathers who were absent, incarcerated, abusive, alcoholic or just kinda checked out. I had a dad who was around. He asked me about my day, every day. He is a great father and now an amazing grandfather.
I am so thankful that my daughters are having the same experience. Their dad spent this morning helping them on drums and piano and then snuggled with Elise and played toys and helped Cordelia with math. This isn't a special day. He is a good dad and right now the girls are not aware that this is unique, but someday they will know what a gift they have been given.
Posted by Maria Rose at Saturday, February 04, 2017