#3 Subscribe to a CSA

#3 on my 36 things to do when I am 36…subscribe to Community Supported Agriculture program.  Through the lovely Terra Organics I can support their local farm and receive produce that is grown here  – within 15 miles of my house.  It also has the convenience of home delivery (which is a must in our crazy busy lives) and being able to select additional items for purchase that are grown out of area.    It’s only been a week, but so far I LOVE.

It was delivered 3 days ago, but already we’ve eaten almost everything except the beets and have a little  parsley left.

They are having an ‘open farm day’ next weekend that I’m really looking forward too.  During the ‘open farm’ they open up the strawberry patches for u-pick.  yum!

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#4 Special day with my girl

So first, I apologize for my tech inability.  I uploaded the below images from my phone and don’t know how to rotate them without going through the process of saving them separately….and I have no patience for that.  So I should be apologizing for my impatience rather than my technological shortcomings.  Anyhoo.  The pictures are sideways, tilt your head to the right for the full effect.

I wrote briefly about #4 Have a Special Day with Maren in my 35 things to do when I am 35.  I feel now, after this phenomenal artwork was sent home from school that I want to pause upon it one more time.   The class assignment was to draw a picture of your favorite place, and you can see below (if you tilt your head to the right) that it is a picture of a very colorful Tacoma Dome and written by her teacher her rational.

Mommy heart swell!!!!

I’m impressed too because the cupcakes following didn’t make the cut of the important part of the memory.

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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.

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”

Crafty Gardening

I am continually impressed/surprised/inspired by the creativity that lives within kids. Things that I would never “see” are so apparent.

This evening my 5 year old walks up to me with a ripped Crayola pencil holder and declares “I want to do this project!”. I take a look – am some what confused , but then take a look at all the material that she is holding and then I see it through her eyes.






Urban Planning

The conversation began with my 5 year old dragging out a drawing board that my husband brought home for the girls to draw on. He mentioned that’s what architects use- she asks what’s an architect- a discussion of houses and design commenced. I said hey why don’t we draw houses. That 1 minute exchange was the inspiration for the rest of the evening.

Create a painting for my daughters rooms #25

I’ve never been a great painter and never really enjoyed it
all that much either – so in hindsight this “thing” that I said I
want to accomplish kinda surprises me. What I love, look forward to
and do all the time is to create with my kids. We create pretty
much constantly and do all sorts of these collaborative projects.
This project started with a few scrap pieces of wood from my
husbands shop. He said he’d cut a few more for me in the same size
– and 26 squares, a bit of paint, and some pretty impressive
attention span (for a 2 and 4 year old) we created our personalized
alphabet which now graces the walls of their playroom. So I am
calling completion to #25 from my 35 things to do when I am 35 – paint a picture for each of the girls’
rooms.

Thankful

Sitting here in a turkey and wine induced sleepyness after the family, fun and food for Thanksgiving I was browsing through photos on my computer and came across a few that struck me.

One thing that I did not expect from the jewelry business endeavorer is the absolute fascination of my nearly 5 year old.   Trying to explain to her what I do for my 9-5 job is confusing and perhaps not that interesting.  But my studio is sacred ground to her and the respect that she gives it continually surprises me.  She was working on a drawing the other day at the table and her 2year old sister comes up, and she boldly declares that it is her studio and that she is making artwork.    She draws constantly, and also has recently added to her repertoire a whole series of necklace designs.

jewelry design

So, based on her design, we’ve been working together to create her necklace.

The photos perhaps do not give it justice, but he necklaces that we create together are prized possessions.  And it is so wonderful to be able to support and encourage her creativity as well as have very special things that we work on together.  Perhaps I have a young metalsmith in the making.