April 15, 2014
But this one. This little pip is far more mature than her 5 years and she has looked on with longing eyes. She wants to be big like them. She wants to be included. At first they tried showing her how to loom with her fingers because they didn't want to share their looms. She practiced, but gave up. It just wasn't the same as using the tools, man.
Then they allowed her to occasionally borrow their single loom tool, which she took to like... well, faster than the two of them, honestly. She was so eager to be like them that she was a looming fiend. Probably because her fingers are smaller than everyone else's. She made dozens of bracelets, took them out, and made them again.
Then something happened as Mabel conquered looming. She stopped caring that her two siblings had a super special secret looming meeting without her in it. She also didn't seem to care that they used a big loom while she still had the tiny tool they'd cast aside. She loomed alone, with joy in her heart. She loomed with her stuffed horse, Lucy. She loomed with Clover the bunny. She loomed in the kitchen while we made dinner and when invited, she'd loom in Andy's room with the two of them. But she did it, all on her own.
And then one day when Daddy and I were in Michael's (yes, that happens), he grabbed a full looming kit and put it in our basket. "For Mabel," he said.
There was never more joy in a child's eyes than when she received that surprise looming kit and pink rubber bands. Oh. My. We didn't see her for hours that day.
She's gone through (and lost) several bags of rubber bands since then. She does make a mess, but I almost don't care because she's doing this creative thing all on her own.
Occasionally, she still needs help. Usually her big loom gets turned upside down by accident or she grabs the wrong band. She is so eager to create and do it on her own like a big girl. Unlike the others, she doesn't scream or cry or throw a fit when she messes something up. She merely grits her teeth and stays the course. She lets the 'want' push her forward.
Right now she's learning how to double and triple loom. Instead of asking Andy and Hayley to show her how to do it, she reads the directions (mostly by-)herself. What took Andy a few weeks, she will have down by Friday. That's just how she is.
This looming thing is Mabel in a nutshell. In true Mabel fashion, she picked herself up by the bootstraps and promptly kicked ass at the very thing someone told her she couldn't do. She's decided she's not bothered by what other people think. Haters gonna hate. Friends gonna friend. Be joyful regardless.
That's my girl.
April 14, 2014
Mabes ripped her top tooth out. Never seen a kid so excited to bleed. But she's growing up too quickly. She'll be driving soon.
She's all full of gumption, this one. She got into trouble at school Friday because it was 80 degrees and she decided to cool off in the water fountain after recess. Seemed logical to her, I reckon. She cleaned up the water drips from her face and hair and neck, but the teacher wasn't very fond of gumption anyway.
I like gumption, myself.
Incidentally, this one got invited into bed with us last night to watch Harry Potter. It was a whole moment. She wasn't feeling great and Daddy wasn't tired yet, so when she wandered up, he asked her to cuddle in the middle. Possibly because she's all gap-toothed and darling and her hair was standing on end when she asked.
Kid couldn't get any cuter, I swear. This will become problematic in her teen years.
April 10, 2014
1. I may have a slight English bulldog obsession just now.
2. Love, love, love this unique and vintage-inspired invitation.
3. Repaired jeans seem to be all the rage right now. I'm loving it. Before for a DIYer who accidentally chopped too far. Ha.
4. Be still my ever loving heart. Black and white in the shape of kitties?
5. Love this outfit. Hard. Like wow.
6. I have this kimono. I passed out when I saw it, ordered it, and then passed out again. I have worn it five times and I'm not sorry.
7. Erin Wasson, please stop being so awesome because I can't take it. Love the rolled, destroyed denim with the sloppy tee and blazer.
8. Glitter eye is my favorite now.
9. Mary, you're killing it, girl. The skirt and the tee are awesome.
10. I'm desperately trying to choose sandals this summer and ... maybe these?
11. Love this bedroom. Clean and neutral with pops of color.
12. Gorgeous earrings.
13. Perfect above a bed or couch!
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April 9, 2014
You know, I didn’t know it would be like this. I didn’t know that the love would feel so powerful and deep sometimes that it overflows my heart and comes out of my eyes. I didn’t know that I would give of myself so deeply that I am changed for the better, forever.
When I sat up, we smiled. He gave me a kiss and brushed my hair back from my face. I wiped my nose on the sleeve of my sweatshirt because I'm classy like that.
The truth is, we don't have forever. We just have to make the most of the time we have and take advantage of opportunities to love on each other. To play and laugh and go to the hardware store together.
For whatever reason it all hit me at once. I guess it was the power of the Home Depot.
April 7, 2014
The other night, Bryon arrived home from work exhausted. There was not time for weight lifting in the basement to relax and there wasn't a game on television to watch for unwinding. It was too slippery outside to run. He was a work zombie. Mabel and Trevor were otherwise occupied and so when Andrew arrived in the kitchen, he asked Bryon to help him work on a space station.
My husband was intrigued by Andrew's level of engineering detail and wandered into the kitchen.
Within moments, they drew up a plan for expansion, which included boosters, turrets, and a laboratory.
The building went on for hours.
The smile on Andrew's face was priceless. Watching my husband fully-relaxed and engaged in Andrew's imagination? Also priceless.
They laughed at one another and had fun and I stayed completely out of it, except to sneak-capture these photos. Andrew talked about his breakup with a girlfriend [he's not bothered]. Bryon told Andrew about the machinery he had to fix that day.
There was much quality time.
There we turret and gunfire noises from both of them. Lots of, "Oh! Let's use this! Use this! OOOH! COOL!" Also, Bryon made a space toilet and was very proud.
I haven't seen my husband so relaxed in weeks. I have prayed for peaceful, playful moments like this a lot lately and I am beyond grateful for it.
When they were finished for the evening, Bryon left the diagram for Hayley and Andrew was excited to make a plan of execution for her next visit. When she arrived the following day, Dad gave her a guided tour of the new space facility. The quality time from the night before bled right over into those moments as well, as she gasped and giggled at what Daddy had started and left for her to finish. There was lots of hugging. She asked him questions about the aliens in the lab and the satellites on both ends of the station. Within an hour, she and Andrew had the whole thing reworked and it had been properly Hayley-fied. It was awesome.
A week after the space odyssey, Hayley helped her dad pick out new lego sets. Stay tuned for photos!
Apparently legos are a key to quality time, yo.
April 3, 2014
4. Spring is also the time I start wanting my houseplants to stop dying and start living. I love these glass hex plant holders.
9. This season's denim shorts are destroyed AND rolled. I love the look of the pockets hanging out. Trick is to do this with baggy shorts so that when you roll them up, your chica isn't actually hanging out. Shorts should definitely come down lower than your ladybits.
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April 2, 2014
April 1, 2014
One of the ways I'm trying to rush the season in is by dreaming about fun things to do as a family and with my husband - things like fishing and camping and concert-going. Finally finishing the woodwork in the basement. Bohemian schtuff. With this comes 'stuff' that I want to make and do for relaxin'.
Free People is one of my favorite websites, but I don't often buy from them unless they are having some super sale because their prices are like 'whoa.' But I've found they are a GREAT inspiration for handmade.
Check it: this tank top is begging me to make it out of one of Bryon's white tees. It's as simple as chopping the arms and neck in a narrower shape.
In my mind, this breezy tank top also looks handmade from a thrifted 2XL tee. Those tend to be plenty long enough for tunic length. Dye and rubber bands, anyone?
Hales and I are going to tie dye some duds in the back yard. I've decided.
I plan on using lots of this, this summer. Ahem.
I happen to have *just scored* a pair of black Hunter wellies on eBay this week. They've been worn 3 times and were so cheap that I can't tell you for fear you'll hate me. I am happily high-fiving myself over this one. These are my new fishin' boots. Perfect with jean shorts and a vintage tee or bikini top.
I also need a new pair of sandals this year because my flip flops flopped their last flip last summer. Perhaps these?
I've been looking to score a baseball cap for the longest time. I want juuuuuuuust the right one because once I put it on, I won't be taking it off very often outside of work. I need to find it before we start going to the lake every weekend.
Oh, vintage tees. I love you.
Lots of sunglass wearing whilst laying in the sun at the lake and listening to Dierks.
Some clog wearin'.
Come on, Spring!
March 28, 2014
Recently I read something about "the dangers of Paleo" that I found humorous. The food companies seem so worried that people will stop buying their muffins and donuts and fake crap that they want to scare the public. It's so sad! Anyway, the article said that the dangers of Paleo include constipation from heavy protein and lack of grains (impossible if you're eating veggies, which is the paramount staple of Paleo and FIBER to begin with), the expense (moderately true if you don't watch for sales but hardly a 'danger'), and a warning that this is a trend, like the Atkins diet. Oh really?
Are vegetables, nuts, fruits, and lean meats going to be disappearing anytime soon? Nah.
A paleolithic diet is not trendy. It requires a lot of discipline. IT'S A LIFESTYLE based on eliminating fake and processed foods, and eliminating grains that your body hates to process anyway. It's the preferred diet for numerous people with health concerns for a reason. It's what everyone ate before the food industry was established and started hydrogenating, enriching, germinating, and pesticiding everything in its path - hardly a trend. And people that follow the diet are substantially healthier. Leaner.
This way of eating makes me believe in humanity again; it makes me grateful for the way God made the earth and the plants and the animals. It has changed the way I take care of my body and of my family. It makes me pause before I hand my child super sour gummy worms, you know? What am I putting into my kid's body? Is it safe? Is it the best choice I could be making? We take that responsibility very seriously and now that I know more about nutrition, it's been a wake up call. I am humbled, is what I'm saying.
So read on if you're curious.
Here are some new things I've discovered and love.
Baked butternut squash french fries!
Roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. I can't wait to make this on the grill this summer!
Sriracha maple pumpkin seeds
Toasted coconut bars
Sweet potato, apple, avocado salad
Stuffed portobello mushrooms
Cocoa banana almond smoothies
Peanut butter chocolate coconut macaroons
Crustless spinach mushroom feta quiche
Chopped chicken salad with cashews and mango
Grilled zucchini nachos (minus the black beans)
Kids Paleo lunches, from OurPaleoLife
Since I'm not an offical expert, here is more on the Paleo diet from Michelle from NomNomPaleo >> What Is Paleo?
Eat well, Peeps!
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