Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I just have to throw in a post to update you all on Gwenna. The girl is daily taking these bounding strides from baby hood to girl hood and it is one of the most delightful and beautifully terrifying things I have ever been a part of.

It isn't just the speech development, which is, on it's own, amazing. It's the boldness and certainty with which she approaches absolutely everything. The persistence and strength of opinion are uncanny. This presents daily challenges, sometimes the battles of will are so trying, I walk away barely the victor.

Last night I was looking to R for some sympathy on the bedtime front at 10:45 when G had just gone to sleep. His response was priceless, "but she is cuter than ever!" So true. There is something maddeningly enchanting about her spirit!

Here are a few pictures I couldn't pass up on. A year ago we thought she would be quite a Tom boy, and I am sure she will have her days (or years as I did), but right now she is a fiery ball of girl. She would have me change her earrings daily if I allowed it. Finger nails are painted whenever a willing auntie indulges her. I can never guess if its a sweater buttoned or unbuttoned day. Headband, hair now or braids? Shoes, boots or flip flops? Sunglasses in the purse, on the fave or pushed up on her head? Scarf or no? She will always have the answer!

About the last picture! Gwenna found this little parcel down in the side of our couch, which we have had for about 2 months now. I suppose that's what happens when you shop at hippy antique stores!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Home Sweet Home!

The past month has been a crazy yet amazing one! Such progress on the house and endless amounts of good time spent with my family that would just never had happened if we weren't staying there. It was also unbelievably hard and strenuous on our little family. Gwenna was a trooper and loved all the extra attention, but now that we are back home (as of Sunday), we are seeing how much she missed quiet play time and her daddy time! Since we've been home we have been going almost as hard with lots of dry wall dust to be wiped away and clothes to be washed and paired down... But just knowing we don't have to drive away at the end of the day makes the work twice as delightful and satisfying.

We are taking potty training seriously now that we are home and G is taking to it quite well. She is always disappointed come bed time when she has to put a diaper back on. We are far from not needing to pack an extra pair of clothes (or five), but we are all enjoying the process for the most part!

Pictures: few from our pre dinner walk, and then post dinner coloring and pre bed playing. She said she wanted me to play with her, but really just wanted me near by so she could play without worrying about being alone.

I love our family!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer Is A Comin!

We have reached that funny time between seasons when you are not sure if it is spring or summer. Some days it feels like spring with the warm showers and little gusts of refreshing wind... The next it's scorching and your leg gets burned when the metal part of your seat belt grazes it. It's just beautiful.

On top of the delightful weather, Gwenna is becoming the most enjoyable companion. Yes, meal times and long mandatory quiet times are rather tedious and exhausting, but the rest of the time I feel like I can hardly blink or I will miss something spectacular. The past few weeks her vocabulary has tripled at least and her growing flare and personality fall into every little thing she does. Every joke, smile, dash and hair flounce. I am afraid of her growing up and me forgetting every move and giggle she makes. But I would die if it stopped.

The other pictures: my moms strawberry patch is loaded! Proof of summer!
The baby sister: 29.5 weeks! Don't mind the chipped nail polish.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms! Today we are relaxing and spending the day with some precious bits of our massive family. I am so blessed to be a mom to my crazy Gwenna and her equally feisty little sister. So thankful for my mom and that she is near by to help me be a better mom! Oh and for my mother in law who raised R into the kind of man that wanted to make his woman a mother... Those ones are rare these days!

And though she isn't a mom, Xandra gets an honorary mention for being an awesome aunt. And as she says, "a potential future mother," said to get out of dishes.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cinco De Mayo

The past few years we have spent this stolen holiday with my sister Rachel and her man. And this year was no different except for an extra helping of cherries on top. On Saturday (the 4th), one thing led to another and Rose and Blair spontaneously came up from Portland and Lorne decided to come down from Seattle. My parents and the little girls had Sunday plans leaving Xan and Cj with none. So our day went from a two sibling and family get together to all 6 of us spending the most glorious sunny Sunday afternoon together!

What a blessing to have siblings whose company you truly enjoy and delight in. Not to mention three adorably mischievous two year olds to keep you on your toes!

I love this picture of the sisters! Sadly missing Morgan, Lorne's wife.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Alley Walks

One of the great things about staying with my parents during the bathroom remodel is the night walks. If we were home there would be so many little things to do that would push these off. But with so many kids that need the fresh air for a good night sleep, we take them frequently!

Gwenna has been playing Queen of Sheba lately and preferring to ride in the stroller being pushed my willing aunties.

The favorite route is walking in the alley parallel to the street my parents live on. We get to greet, or I should say, are greeted by about twice as many dogs as on the road, and are given countless hanging branches, chipped garages and unsteady gates to set the stage for any day dream!

This evening we were hunting for lilac bushes and found them in abundance.the time spent this way with my little foster sisters is invaluable. They were totally I captivated by breathing in every flower we passed.