Oh its cold outside

It’s a cold lazy Saturday with nothing on the agena so this morning has been spent letting the girls imagination run wild and me just providing suggestions- assistance-accomodations along the way.

I think their original inspiration was finding their swimsuits and we now on hour #3 of “Beach Party” activities and games.

We set up beach towels on the “sand” of our kitchen floor. We colored bags of water using ink from old markers to make water bags with toys inside. We made our chairs into umbrella chairs with some serious use of masking tape. We packed a picnic and had snack on our beach towels. We drew colored seashells. We take breaks to sit next to the heater when it turns on for the warn summer breezes. Now they are swimming in the bathtub. I can take next to no credit for all the fun because it’s all been from their lead.

I think after lunch we’ll put on our snow pants and do the opposite.

Snow Day!

I stayed close to home today because of the wacky weather. I had plenty of work that I brought home with me, so I just set up a station at my dining room table facing the big picture window and watched the weather happen. The kids went to daycare after a slow morning getting ready and out of the house, and during the day I got a ton of work done. The type of work that includes filling out paperwork, writing grant applications and contracts. It was a perfectly quiet cozy day of get-er-done busywork.

The snow was on and off throughout the day and started to really come down right around 3:30 so decided to pick the girls up early to avoid any crazy driving conditions. We made the most of the shortened day and the afternoon together. Bundled up and played in the snow, made applesauce muffins (and cupcake-ized them), made dinner, and now are all cozy watching a movie. The pleasant afternoon just has me thinking about balance of life and work. Two young kids, full time work with a commute, making jewelry and finding ways to sell it, it all adds up to busy. Busy is good, but the right combination of busy is the ‘carrot’ or the constant goal. Not sure what the right combination is…but one of these days I’ll figure it out (hopefully).

# 6 Weekend away with hubby

#6 on my 35 Things to do when I am 35 is to have a weekend away with my husband.  This past president’s day weekend we headed south to drop the kids with the grandparents in Portland and head out on our own adventure.  We were originally planning to head to McMenamins Edgefield, but apparently called to book a room too late because they were all full! (who knew)

Well after some discussion and some Facebook polling we settled on heading out to the coast to the small little burb of Manzanita.  Found a house to rent through Ocean Coast Vacation Rentals (more about the house later) and let the kid-free weekend begin.  Bonus too, it turned out to be dog friendly so Daisy Dog got to come along.  Pubs, fragile-thing shops, long walks, leisurely dining, and other things that are hard to do with two young kids were the agenda and pretty much no plan that we had to follow.  It was wonderful.

Manzanita Beach from above

Manzanita Beach

Manzanita Beach

Manzanita Beach Sunset

The house that we rented “Davenport Sunset” was a complete trip.  It was build circa 1972 and hadn’t been updated since – not anything.   It was such a complete experience – the carpet, all the furniture, the decorations, even the smell all came together perfectly to create an absolutely honest retro experience.  The only new (by two decades) were the TV and some of the silverware – seriously it was incredible.

Sunset Davenport

Sunset Davenport (photo altered)

Davenport Sunset - Kitchen

Davenport Sunset - Horse Art

Sunset Davenport - Owl Art

I forgot to take a picture of the bedroom – imagine blue shag carpet.  Nice.

But beyond the house, we had an amazing time and returned to the realities of parenthood refreshed and reconnected with eachother.  We’ve already started talking about where we’ll go next.

Gift of Art

It is so wonderful to see how happy an artwork created from the heart can mean to another person.  My 5 year old stayed home sick from school the other day and sat down and drew this wonderful picture of her Grandma in her garden, with “boo-boo” birds above, and a cherry tree with a bird house that only had room for one of the birds.   It’s lovely – in both how she created a complete vision and story but also the sentiment of love that inspired her to draw it.

I took a picture and sent it to her Grandma as I knew she would be absolutely tickled.  She instantly wrote back with lots of xoxoxox’s (which my daughter could read in the thank you email) but also said that it is her new wallpaper for her computer.  A few days later, another note, again with thanks simply saying how happy it makes her when she see’s this picture on her computer.

xoxoxo’s for grandma!

artwork by maren

Grandma in her garden

Mess making

Mess making is an integral part of all creative enterprise in our casa. Sometimes I get ahead of myself and forget to change the kids out of their clothes, but I never fret too much it’s only fabric, right?

For my daughters 5th birthday she received a nice art kit with part of it being watercolor cakes. Well that came out the other day and keeping within the prescribed squares lasted less than 30 seconds.

The masterpiece created was self titled “stormy clouds”