Friday, June 24, 2016

Phone Photo Friday: 6.24.16

Well it is totally official...summer is here and I love it. For many years I considered myself to be a fall person, but really it is always summer in my heart. In the dead of winter I am dreaming about walking barefoot through the yard, listening to birds in the trees, gardening---and always the hammock. So this is my time of year.

Betty Sprinkles destroyer of block towers.

Roses, everywhere.

Hammock+pink lemonade= good

Cordelia doing some important day dreaming in the hammock.

Eric set up the tent for the girls and they moved right in. Cordelia is sitting in a beanbag chair and reading to Elise and some stuffed animals.

Father's Day backyarding.

The girls played in the pool at my parents' house. We dried them off, got them dressed, then they hopped back in fully clothed. They played until it was time for bed.

Eric and Cordelia. Hammocks bring people together, even if they are already quite close.

Playing in the backyard.

Bumblebee snoozes in the grass each afternoon. Makes my heart feel full.

Cordelia knows how to take photos with my phone I guess. Honestly I am proud of this---my natural state.

Elise and watermelon.

Cordelia and watermelon.

This. I feel like I don't really have much to say.
And this.

Elise in the grass. She loves to be outside unless a bug gets on her...then she loses her mind. Seriously, the other day I was working in the garden and she was on the other side of the yard when I heard screams of horror. Sounded like a crazy emergency and I crossed the yard instantaneously. There was a small beetle on her arm. 

Dinner out back. So many of our meals are out back this time of year. I kinda feel like the backyard is our home and the house is just bonus space.

Frozen watermelon and pink lemonade, blend. Summer in a cup.

Drawing on the back patio after the girls are asleep.

Hanging with this babe.

We had the opportunity to work with a great couple who are touring the Rockies and interviewing artists. I will definitely update when their project is complete. It was a super fun treat to work with such a great couple who are interested in sharing the arts.

Lucy and Momo.

I somehow volunteered myself to make a wedding cake for a friend. Then it got bigger. I am finishing up today. Ultimately this vegan wedding cake business will have a four level cake and three two level cakes. 

Summer gifts.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

What Shall I Be?

Eric and I recently found this terrible mid-century game. Well, terrible by modern standards. The game is called What Shall I Be. Geared toward girls 8-13. The general premise is that you try to score a professional career. Sounds awesome right? Guiding young women to enter the workforce and be their own person...until you see the career choices: nurse, teacher (fine so far), ballerina, actress, flight attendant, and model. Yep. Now don't get me wrong, those are all valid career choices, but when you juxtapose them with the boy version of this game I think you will see where I am going with this. The boy career choices are: football player, doctor, lawyer, engineer and astronaut.
In all fairness the game was updated in the 70s to be a smidge more equal, but not really.

Obviously we dropped the 50 cents or whatever to buy this relic from our cultural history. Cordelia wanted to play the game, but we refused to grant her wish as we did a little research into the game and knew that there were things about this game we did not want in her young mind. Things like the overweight card.

While we want Cordelia and Elise to be healthy and fit we also don't want them judging themselves or others by their weight. So we generally talked to her about the stereotypes and how we didn't want her to play a game that was so limiting to girls. Cordelia told Eric that she was going to be an astronaut and that nothing could stop her. Such a strong little sense of justice that girl has.

So, when the girls had gone to sleep Eric and I played the game. Woof, that is a nutty game. You get shame cards that will say things like "Your make-up is sloppy: bad for airline hostess and model." Or "You don't speak clearly: bad for teacher and actress." Eric won the game with the highest honor of model and that meant he got to go to Charm School. Huh? Anyway, the take-away from this game is that I am happy we live in a day and age where we can laugh at how crazy such a game is? I am also sad that this came from an era that is not too far in our past and that at one point that game was probably considered pretty progressive. So I suppose we just keep moving forward, but let's not forget that we are still on a journey.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Without Words

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Begins

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Plans

Today is the first day of summer, the longest day of the year! We have some plans to celebrate as the girls asked to have a party. Why not? I also have been making plans for our summer. 

• Spend days and nights outside. We have a beautiful canopy of cover from our cottonwood trees. The previous inhabitant of our house told me that she remembered being a little girl and wishing for the cottonwoods to grow. Well, they have grown and they are beautiful! I love laying in the hammock and looking up, there is a whole world up there with squirrels and bugs and birds. 

• Gardening! I get such joy from growing things! Food and flowers and pulling weeds and dirt under my nails. I am so happy to simply tend the garden. I love sharing the growth with the girls. All of it just fills my heart with joy. We look at bugs, we mark the beauty of nature.

• Sprinklers and pools and puddles and running around getting filthy. Mostly just for the girls, but sometimes me too.

• New Mexico to see friends and family.

•Montana, because Montana is always calling to me.

• Nights on the patio talking with my mister. A citronella candle and some conversation and the night is perfect.

•Evening walks through our neighborhood. We have a good neighborhood. I love walking around toward the end of the day. Sometimes I am solo, other times the whole crew is in on the action. Maybe we will stop by a park or perhaps we will just walk. Doesn't matter, it is all good.

•Flying kites. The girls asked all winter, but now it is a good time to go fly a kite.

•Riding bikes. Cordelia is working up the courage to go without training wheels. She is almost there. Elise is ready for her first non-tricycle---perhaps a birthday gift.

• Letting kids be kids and simply play.

•Of course I also will fill up on pink lemonade and hammock time.

What are your plans?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Quote: Name of Father

To get the name of father was another name for love.
~Fanny Fern

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Art Life

Our kids have been going to galleries and museums since before they could walk. Generally we keep our visits short and sweet as it is a lot to ask a kid to look at art for a long time. So they do pretty well overall. Usually there are other kids around so it is kinda fun for them. 

Last night we attended a museum opening for a friend. Eric curated the show it was his job to be there. 

We arrived, looked at the work, mingled a bit and then it was time for the artist's lecture. It was getting a bit late for the girls. Elise started to whine so I slipped away with her while Cordelia stayed with Eric. 

When Elise had calmed down---mostly because my mother had arrived and she was happy to see her--- we returned to the lecture. I spotted this....Cordelia had made herself at home.

She was just laying there on the floor. 

So we finished up the lecture and headed home and I put those girls to bed. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Phone Photo Friday: 6.17.16


Adopted family member Laura came for a visit last Friday. The girls flipped out.

Last Saturday we took a day trip to visit my grandmother Grace and my aunt Tina. 

The visit was brief, but sweet. Nice to spend some time just hanging with family.

Looking at photo albums.

Elise and my aunt Tina's dog Goobie.

Continuing to sketch every single day.

Sunday we visited my parents for dinner. My mom had set up this pool for the girls.

Two of my favorites.


Daily sketch.

Pig sitting.

Vegan mini omelettes.

Working on the back patio.

Eric and Cordelia at the park. 

Eric and Elise. She was determined to jump in the puddle at the bottom of the slide.


Another daily sketch.

Happy Friday.

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