Monday, December 5, 2016

Nineteen Years with Eric

 
I remember what I was wearing on this day 19 years ago. Do you? I was wearing a leopard print shirt beneath a long bright green floral vintage dress, hot pink tights and knee high black boots that were a size too small, but the Delia's catalogue only carried shoes up to size 11 and these were too cute. My hair was in two buns. I had pink eye shadow smeared all around my eyes in a way that probably looked like I had out of control conjunctivitis. I had burgundy lips, the lip color of the 90s. I remember what Eric was wearing too, a vintage Adidas jump suit with Adidas shoes. Basically we were 100% all in with 1997 fashion.

We had been hanging out for months after I ended up sitting next to him in art class. He was at my house for breakfast in the morning and there after school, for dinner and until my parents sent him home at 9 or 10. We were not a couple, but we were already best friends. Then it happened. Our first kiss at a party. A month later we decided to have an official first date, but by then we already knew that we would someday marry. We just worked, right from the start. 

For the past nineteen (!!!!) years we have been inseparable. Best friends on the same path. I cannot tell you what a gift it has been to share my life with Eric. I treasure our past, present and future.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Quote:

 
I sustain myself with the love of family.
-Maya Angelou

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Snowy Day

 

 

 


 

 

 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Phone Photo Friday: 12.2.16

Happy Friday! Time for the phone purge. This is the first purge for my new phone. Last Thursday we took advantage of a Black Friday deals and got new phones. Eric's phone had been crashing (like 10-30 times a day) for many months and mine was starting to as well. Anyway, we did a long stand in line thing and got good deals on new phones. Soooo let's review the week already.

 
We went Christmas dress shopping with their grandma, aka my mother, last weekend. The best part was watching them twirl and feel fancy in the dresses.

 
This 'lil cutie.

 
Went out for a drink at a Turkish trunk show, because when you think Turkey you think Wyoming. No, actually we have some good friends from Turkey and they have a small business here. A few times a year they bring gorgeous Turkish rugs and bags and jewelry. The first event was held at a local distillery, it was a great time.

 
One more time. I love this photo. 

 
Butternut squash soup. Skittle-dee doo.

 
Sisters. I have children with an intensity level that exceeds my own and if you know me then you will feel for my husband, because there is a great deal of intensity in this house. Intensity.....ahhhhh!!!! Mosty this is a good thing, but if you are not used to it I imagine it is pretty exhausting. Never stop never stopping.

 
Here is Eric helping me to tape up a drawing so I can get a photo as we have pretty awful lighting in our house for night photos.

 
And here is the drawing.

 
The hellion rests before continuing her assault on Christmas.

 
Ha ha! Bumblebee's tongue. 

 It was snowing outside. Elise chose this number and a banana "phone."

 
I finally found a non-wool beret. Zzzzziiiing! 

 
Daily drawing.

 
We had friends over for dinner on Wednesday. I made pan seared tofu, lightly charred zucchini, steamed kale, brown rice and a zippy peanut sauce.

 
Beret all the waaay! 

 
And sketching this morning before the sun rises.

Happy Friday from my germ filled home to yours. That is my way of telling you that everyone is some degree of unwell, but nothing serious.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Without Words

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Decorations

So yesterday we hyped up Christmas decorating for the girls. Family time after dinner with music and decorating. What could go wrong?

We ate our dinner. Eric went to the storage space under the house and started retrieving the Christmas boxes. Only...where was the tree? We looked all over. No tree! Our house is not large or cluttered, so we are sure it is not here. Our best guess is that we accidentally donated it to a thrift store. Who knows?

So I ran out and bought a new tree. Really didn't want to spend money on a tree, but the looks of dismay in little faces forced my hand. 

Eric set up the tree and we all decorated to our heart's content.
 
Eric and Cordelia fixing some lights.

 
Lucy was all over it. This cat lives to destroy. She is the Leonardo da Vinci of destruction. She is always coming up with creative new ways to attack our Christmas tree. I admire her dedication. After this photo she attempted to take the nutcracker from Elise.

 
Cordelia wearing cheetah print. Always. Why? I have no answer. She has on pajamas as she is a bit under the weather. She insisted that she was well enough to decorate.  

 
Elise put the stockings on her feet and did her thing. This girl is quiet around others, but at home she is such a funny girl! 

 
My girls.

 
And now we are ready. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Reading


Reading is a big part of my life and I have always wanted that for our girls. I have read to them since they were in the womb. At night before bed we all sit in the living room and read a chapter from a book. We are currently working our way through the Chronicles of Narnia. It is so fun to share books from my childhood with the girls.

After we all read together and the girls go to their rooms we let Cordelia hang out and read solo for about half an hour. I cannot tell you what joy it brings me to see her excited about a book. Seeing her read on her own is such a fantastic experience and knowing that I am the one who taught her to read makes me feel such a great sense of accomplishment. I can tell you that a year and a half ago when we started homeschool I was so daunted by the challenge, but I worried needlessly. Now I am excited to teach Elise to read too. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Art Stuffs

 
Cordelia recently went to the printer with me to pick up some sold prints. Just wanted to let you know that prints make great Christmas presents (wink). I am also still able to fit in portrait commissions if you are interested, just send me an email through my website for portrait commissions. You can buy prints through me at http://www.mariarosewimmer.com/store/
Thanks!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Quote:Twenty Days

 
Sweet childish days that were as long as twenty days are now.
-William Wordsworth

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saturday Mood

 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Phone Photo Friday: 11.25.16

Well, Friday is here once again and it is time to dump my phone. Here it is then...

 
Cordelia sometimes gets jealous off Elise's ability to roll and cross her eyes. Here Cordelia is getting some eye-crossing pro tips.

 
This.
 
Lucy dreams about killing all of the birds. Thank goodness she is an indoor cat. She's a beast! Her newest thing is when we leave the coat closet open she will run, climb the coats and jump on the shelf. She will then attack anyone who happens by. Lest you think she is all crazy she is also weirdly BFFs with Cordelia and will be quite docile as Cordelia carries her around. She is a pretty cool cat.

 
We housesat at my parent's for the holiday. Their dog Bode is not ok at our house (last time he stayed he broke a door an chewed the stairs in a panic) so we just crash at my parent's house when we dog sit. My parent's home is all cozy with cable so we all just laze about and veg out. Here are Eric and the girls snuggling/flailing. 

 
My parent's dog Bode. He is the quirkiest creature. When you first come into the house he will grab any toy he can find and prance around with it---he doesn't want you to throw it, he just wants to show it. My parents keep dog treats on top of the fridge and when he thinks it is treat time he will sit perfectly still and look upward, not necessarily at the treats, just wherever he happens to be he will look upward. When he wants food or to go outside he will stomp on a metal bowl. If you ignore him he will do this....
 
He hides behind a blanket and creeps.


I also put this chicken hat on him. He left it on and Betty Sprinkles barked in alarm. 
 
We made a glorious vegan feast yesterday. 

 
Elise is four. She wanted me to take a photo of her foot.

 
Cordelia pretends to sleep for a photo at my parent's house.

 
Elise in her sleeping bag. After begging to bring the sleeping bag over she had a full meltdown crying, "Sleeping bags are the worst way to sleep!" 

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving

 
As a vegan and historian I am not a huge fan of this holiday. I am, however, a very thankful person. So I shall eat a tofurkey and feel gratitude for my little vegan family today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Seeking

  

Last night I was talking with Eric about the Rumi quote, "What you seek is seeking you." Have you heard that one before? 

Eric and I were discussing the quote and ultimately we asked the all important question,"What are we seeking?" I mean good gravy, what are any of us looking for? Does it matter? I am not sure that it does, because there seems to be this inevitability to it all. I feel like whatever amorphous thing that I seek will come as long as I keep looking. Probably it is a whole bunch of things, not just one. 

This morning I thought of my all time favorite quote, " I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart." So I am back around to Vincent's earnest heart. I don't have any conclusions, just looking around.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Staghorn Fern Project Update

 

So I wanted to update you on my staghorn ferns. They are very healthy, but I have made some changes. You see they were doing great, but I had to water them almost daily...not great if we had to leave town for more than a day. So I undid all of my work. I added a bit more soil as I noticed there had been some root growth (yay) and I didn't want to do this again soon. Then I  cut a black bag and wrapped it around the root ball, leaving room at the top and some loose areas for drainage. Then I re-wrapped the outward facing part with sheet moss and re-secured the bundle. Voila. Hopefully I won't have to water these babies as much. 
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