Saturday, April 19, 2014

Seamus is 7

On a sunny spring day seven years ago, I gave birth to this handsome fella. Happy birthday to my sweet Seamus!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What Vivian Says

Me: Come on, my love. Let's go inside.
Vivian: I not your love!
Me: What?! Yes, you are. You're my big love. 
Vivian: No, I your little love. I your Vivian love. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring is here...I think

The snow has finally been washed away by a couple of warmer, rainy days, and we've been taking advantage of the sweater weather and the overflowing creeks and spending lots of time outside. Daffodil spears are poking through the ground and our crocuses have their first purple buds. I've been daydreaming over my wildflower field guides. Spring is my favorite season!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Most days have felt more like winter around here, and we've been staying indoors painting and reading, baking, playing with Play-Doh, and painting rocks.  But we've had a few warmer days among the frigid ones, where we've been able to visit playgrounds again and play outside. Also, there's a massive flock of Snow Geese residing in our area now. We keep spotting them in the skies above the grocery store or in the fields of the surrounding farms. 

My boy earned his Tiger Stripes and is advancing onto Wolf Cubs. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What Vivian Says

(When she's using the potty) "Go away Mama. I need a privacy."

"I have a problem. I need something. I need a dress on me."

"I want to go to the coffee shop."

(When something's funny) "That larious."

It was cold and Vivian wanted to wear a sleeveless dress around the house. When I asked if she wanted to wear the dress over her pajamas, she replied, "No. I want to wear it over my naked."

Hand sanitizer = Hanitizer

"Mama, you be the evil step-mother."

"Mama, you be Auntie Em."

"You be mama cat. I be three little kittens lost their mittens."

Friday, February 28, 2014

What Seamus Says

Seamus: Mom, I'm going to wear my vampire vest to school today. I want to dress like my favorite president. 

Me: Who's your favorite president?

Seamus: Abraham Lincoln. 


After coming out of the dentist office with a numb mouth, Seamus says: "Mom!! My chin is plastic!  Feel it! The dentist put plastic in there!"

Monday, February 10, 2014

What Vivian Says

At two-years-old our Vivvie is a little chatterbox. I thought I'd start this new installment on our blog to capture some of the funny things she says. You may also notice some "What Seamus Says" posts in the future as well. Here's just a snippet of Viv's vocabulary at the moment:

Parking Lot = Parking Road

Silly Goose = Silly Goofy

Frankenstein = Frankentimes

"I be Dorothy. You be a flying monkey."

"I be Roo. You be mama Kanga."

"I want my Cinderella slippers on me."

"I want my Dorothy shoes on me."

"Stinking butt!" (What she calls Seamus when she's angry with him.)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Snow Day

It's snowing today, and we have seven inches (and counting)of the white stuff--and that's on top of what's left over from last week's snow. Every bird in the county has come to eat suet and bread crumbs from our yard. We've been watching them fight all day from our living room. We're all (except T) getting over a nasty cold, so we're staying inside the rest of the day. A five-minute walk around our yard was about enough for me and S.

So far this is proving to be a real winter with snow every week. I'm anxious for spring, but the groundhog says six more weeks of this stuff.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lately from my phone...

Snow days

Lots of indoor play with Legos and homemade tepees

Viv paints on paper and herself

Knitting done by me and Viv

Homemade truffles

Making more soap

Friday, January 10, 2014

Prick of the Spindle

My story Night Forest is up in the latest issue of Prick of the Spindle! So many beautiful stories in this issue, I feel so lucky to be included among them.
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