Monday, February 20, 2017

Family Day

 
Today is a family day. We have some projects. We have a plumber coming to fix the leak in the pipes that forced us to tear apart a wall in the basement...
But by golly we are going to just enjoy family time too.
Please enjoy this drawing by Cordelia.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Quote: One Cannot

 

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
~ Virginia Woolf

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Morning Vibes

 

 

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Phone Photo Friday: 2.17.17

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

Crafter Cordelia

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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

OK to Say No

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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

 
If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.
-Alfred Tennyson

Monday, February 13, 2017

Homeschool

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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Quote: Joy

 

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Spring Cleaning

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?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Phone Photo Friday: 2.10.17

 
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

 
Daily drawing.

 
Pouting? Snuggling? 

 
Momo demands attention.

 
Lucy demands a pet.

 
And Bode.

 
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.

Ballet.

 
 Ha!
 
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 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Without Words

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Stuff and Things

* 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

Anyway....


 
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. 

Happy Tuesday 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

This morning

 
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.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday

 

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
12:15-1:15 Homeschool
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
6:45 Dinner
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.
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