Friday, April 29, 2016

Phone Photo Friday: 4.29.16

Ben and Sara were with us part of the past week. The rest of the week we spent catching up on homeschool and avoiding the snow.

While Ben and Sarah were here we drove to the Ucross Foundation to see our exhibit.

The girls posed in front of their portraits.

Outside of the gallery.

After Ucross we drove a little over an hour to visit family. First we grabbed some lunch. Two important things to note: Sara does not have a missing tooth, that is part of Sam's shirt. Second, check out my dad who looks like a creeper.

Sam, Elise and my Grandma Grace.

Cordelia and her great great aunt Michelle!

My brothers and me.

The girls with their great aunt Tina.

Elise and Sara. Elise is craaaazy about Sara.

The day before the snow. Elise watching Eric skate.

Elise and Eric.

Cordelia made this drawing of Eric leaping over us. 
Watching Purple Rain.

Snow fight with their grandpa.


Completed commission.

Flowers and snow.

Me and my girls!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Name I Share

It is two in the morning and I am in a deep sleep. Well, deep for me---I am a freakishly light sleeper. The house is quiet except for the snoring hounds and the heater. Then there is the sound that can rouse me from the deepest slumber, the one word that could probably call to me from parallel universes. This one word is kind of like my name, but it is so much more than that as it is a name I share with many, a name that transcends cultures and time. A name that means I will do anything to protect those who call me 

She calls to me,"Moooooom!" I stumble in the dark and find her in bed.

"Is it morning yet? I'm bored with sleeping."

She is loud enough that she wakes her sister,"Mom?"

"Yes, I am here." I am always there. I will always be there. Even when I am not.

They both settle in and return to sleep.

Sometimes it surprises me still. I am a mother! I have children.

I am a mom.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ben and Sara

My brother Ben and his wife Sara visited us last week. We had a lot of fun with them while they were here, but for the girls it was pure magic.

Ben and Sara are active and engaged. They made sure to make special time with each girl. The first morning that they were here Elise asked Sara to come with her to preschool. Cordelia and Ben took a very long walk together. Elise was proud to show off her aunt. Cordelia is still talking about how special her Ben time was.

Ben and Sara have maintained their own curiosity (something surprisingly lacking in most adults) and the girls are just so happy to have someone who can be on their level without talking down to them.

Ben and Sara know how to play and simply have fun. For Ben the world is his playground. He hangs from trees and pretends to be a sloth. Just walking around the house he can turn into a robot and make mundane tasks into adventures.

My brother is funny and loud and weird. Sara is not at all loud, but she is smart and funny and kind. The girls absolutely revel in their presence.

It was a really good week.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Seriously Now

There are only 55 days between now and summer. Today apparently decided to recycle January's weather. While it isn't exactly super cold we are all pretty over the snow.

We are getting a lot of snow today. I am not sure how much before this storm passes, but today we will be hanging out inside. Elise is pretty annoyed that we are skipping yard play, but the heavy snow on leafy branches means that we have a falling limb situation. It is all not as dramatic as it sounds, but it is better to steer clear of those branches.

All of the snow on flowering trees is quite beautiful, but I am itching to log some hammock time. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Last Day

Today is the last day of Ben and Sara's visit. The girls and I are having a quiet homeschool-y morning while their aunt and uncle log some time with my parents. We will be joining them shortly.
Full update tomorrow.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Quote: Strange Creatures

What strange creatures brothers are!
~Jane Austen

Saturday, April 23, 2016

About there

We are right on that edge, the anticipatory moment before everything erupts into bloom.

The air is scented with the smells of soil and grass and flowers.

The birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing.

The lilacs are right on the edge. 

I am so happy.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Phone Photo Friday: 4.22.16

My birthday morning. The girls were very excited!

Lucy Sparkles Scratch-n-sniff

Elise showing off her outfit and Cordelia wasn't about to miss a photo op.

Hammock and sunshine
My brother and sister-in-law are in town! Sara reading a book to Elise.

Cordelia and her uncle Ben.

Climbing with Ben.

Playing in the yard with aunt Sara

The girls are pretty much over the moon about having Ben and Sara stay with us.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


I have two brothers. I think this explains a lot. My middle brother Ben and his wife, Sara, are here for a visit this week! 

Something is going on in this photo. I am not really sure what that something is, but it involves two right handed boxing gloves and my brothers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

No we did not adopt a ferret

In small town Wyoming there is only one place we can buy vegan dog food. Unfortunately this store also sells animals (we are all about rescue!) which I don't like. At this store they sell ferrets. Have I mentioned that Cordleia is OBSESSED with ferrets.

Now I think ferrets are adorable, but do I think they make great pets? No! The first thing is that ferrets have a super strong odor. The second issue is that they are bitey and chewey. Finally, our dogs and cats would definitely make a ferret miserable.  So my daughter has chosen to obsess about one of the few animals that just won't work in our home. Also, we are at animal max now. 


Yesterday we were at the store buying dog food and one of the workers saw Cordleia  mooning over the baby ferrets. He offered to let her hold one.

The worker also did me a solid by stating how expensive it is to have a ferret and by telling her that they have a special (expensive) air filtration system in the store to help with the stinky ferrets.

I think she understands it will never happen, but she sure was filled with joy for the ten minutes she got to snuggle that stinky little cutie.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


I feel lately as though my days are done before they have started. I am busy from morning until night. Trying to live the life you dream for yourself and your family can be exhausting sometimes. Ha! 

Sketching while Cordelia works independently.

Today is
-Teaching two classes online. Grading 30 papers today.
-Ballet lessons
-Yard work
-Finishing a portrait
- Submitting lesson plans to a museum and a gallery for different projects.
- Cleaning the guest room for company
-Dog walking
-Animal poop pick up. A simple task when I do it daily. If not...well, that is just nasty.
- Hair dyeing
-And the worst chore in the world...putting away the laundry! Does this make anyone else feel like they are just slowly marching to the grave? I know, first world problem for sure. I tell myself that each time I spend an hour putting away clothes, but I can never quite shake the frustration of laundry.

Anyway, a busy but quiet day here in Wyoming. What are you up to?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Without Words

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Quote: Shelter of Compassion

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
~Saint Francis of Assisi

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cooking with Vegan Kids

About a week ago Cordelia and I were talking about a kids cookbook I had as a child. The cookbook was food for kids that they could make themselves. Cordelia asked me if there was such a book for vegan kids. I told her that I had never heard of one and suggested she just help me more in the kitchen. She was happy enough, but I was a bit bummed.

The very next day, on Facebook, I saw a post about a brand new vegan kid cookbook. I immediately ordered the book.

When it arrived Cordelia, Elise, and I read through the book. They picked out a bunch of recipes they were interested in trying. 

The book is cute and fun, but also full of great nutritional information. I like this because I am sure they will face a lifetime of obnoxious "where do you get your protein" questions. Maybe this way they will be able to answer.

Anyway, we are all very excited to work our way through the book!

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