Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring-catchers..(A DIY craft post)

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” 
― Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass


Spring-Catchers.
(Spring time suncatchers)

Materials for this fun, simple craft:
-Paint- regular or water paint.
-Pencil
-Template (I made my own. -Tulip, sun and flower shapes)
-Scissors
-Tape
-Flowers
and of course some paint brushes.
















Draw.
Cut.
Paint.
Tape.
And place your beautiful flowers.
Apply tape on the front side. - This will seal the flowers inside.
All done! Now hang and enjoy this simple Spring time craft.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Slowing down..

“Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.” ― Patti Digh

It has been a bit hectic around here.
I think we're in need of rest.
Our days seem long and hectic.
Maybe soon..
things will start slowing down.









This week:

-We continued our lessons. Reading lessons are slowing down. - Right now our oldest daughter is sick. Just a common cold. But she is definitely in need of rest. -Warm baths, vapor rub and warm drinks. - This seems to be helping out some.

I've washed, and sanitized things around our house.  - So far little one, daddy and I are cold free. I'm sure it will sneak up on me when I least expect it.

We're still working on lessons and this week she's learning about ladybugs. Once she is is feeling better, we'll head out and go on an outdoor adventure. 

Out littlest one has been fussy. - Maybe she's teething?! I haven't seen or felt any teeth that may be coming in. She's content when she is being held or wrapped in her carrier. I swear if I could put her in the wrap during showers...you betcha I would! - Especially if that meant longer and quieter showers.
I've learned to work around that. I shower early mornings when everyone is sleeping. - This way there's not interruptions and I can have some quiet time.

Even with lack of sleep, I managed to meet with a group of ladies for coffee and a chat.  It was nice and definitely needed. 

Our nights are long. We're normally in bed by 11:30-12.  - This of course is when we are off schedule. 
So I think this weekend, I'll try and catch up on some sleep.  Maybe a nap for this mama...I think so!
And we will hope that things start slowing down.

How has your week been? I'd love to know! :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lately.

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden
















Ah, flowers are blooming.
The sun is shining.
Bubbles are being blown. 
There's doodling with chalk.
Sprinklers are on.
Flowers on display in my kitchen.
More hikes and family walks.
More time in the garden.
Park days.
Family events at the local library.
 Last event was a hula party. It was fun for all ages!
Block building.- Our oldest enjoys her morning building blocks before we start her lessons.
Baby giggles and a whole lot of babbling. 
Now that our little one has mastered saying "mama" and "Dada", she
can't get enough of it. - We absolutely love it! 

How have you all been? How are you enjoying your days lately?

Welcome new readers. So happy to have you all here. 
And a big thank you to those who have been following my blog for a while. 



Friday, April 10, 2015

Four.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. 

There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”― Dr. Seuss

A trip to the Children's Museum.




A bite to eat at a cute pizzeria.

Her big day arrived...





On April 7th, we celebrated our oldest daughter turning 4. 
I honestly don't know where the time goes.
I remember when she was first learning to crawl. Now she's running around and reading to us.
Ah, I absolutely love this little girl...

Dear sweet one,
It's hard to believe that Dad and I once lived without you.
You're sweet, bright, bubbly, and so lovable. Just how we
imagined you would be.  You mean the world to us. We would do anything for you.
Now you are 4. - Full of energy, a great big sister and an amazing daughter.
I hope you know just how loved you are. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Around here.- Lately..














Around here.- Lately...

- Planting a few seeds in the garden with my oldest. She's so excited about growing vegetables and flowers. We normally grow a few peppers, tomatoes, chives and cilantro on our back porch. I set out a few decorative pots; so that when you step out from the kitchen you can grab your veggies and be on your way. :) I enjoy it and it's pretty simple. - I like simple things.

-I have a few perennials in my flowerbed. Some have started blooming and we bought a few seeds to add in. I've been pulling up a few weeds that decided to invade our yard. This weekend we mowed and cleaned up the yard a bit. - Spring cleaning begins!

-We have enjoyed our trips to the library. We're super excited now that our daughter is reading on her own. The system that we had started using, has really impressed us. We do three daily reading lessons each day. Each lesson takes about 5-10 minutes. I'll include a link in the comment section to the book we've been using to teach our daughter to read, if anyone is interested. Just let me know.

-This week our favorite book is- Counting in the Garden by, Kim Parker. It's such a beautiful book. Perfect for Spring and little ones are sure to want to paint there very own garden when you are done reading this lovely book. We have read it several times and it's definitely a book to take along during a park visit or hike. (It also includes counting).

-I've been enjoying making baby food! Little one is still nursing, but we have started her on exploring with different foods. We space it out; making sure there are no allergic reactions to any new foods. Earlier in the week she tried sweet potato. And this weekend she had avocado. I normally make them in batches and place them in containers in the freezer.

-I've been enjoying healthy smoothies in the morning. Sometimes I'll add in a scoop of protein. Lately, I've also explored a few new recipes. - Baked avocado with egg and bits of bacon crumbled on top. Just add a few spices and bake it for about 20 minutes. - It's so delicious!

- I finally tried a drink off the Starbucks secret menu. I knew about these special drinks; I just never had enough nerve to ask for one. Silly me! - It was delicious and I'm sure I deserved one after such a long week.

-We've been walking more! We recently purchased a double stroller and now walks are a must. - Refreshing, cool and just so much fun with the girls. We see horses, flowers, buzzing bees and trains on our walks.


How are you enjoying your Spring days? I'd love to know. Let me know by leaving a comment below. And be sure if your visiting my blog for the first time to please leave me a link to your blog. I'd love to swing by and visit.

Hello newest followers! I'm so happy to have you here and to all my lovely readers, I hope you all have a beautiful week ahead.