emma’s 6th birthday!

a brief history of emma’s birthdays:









nablopomo and menu plans.

in keeping up with all the cool kids, i am posting my menu plan for the week:

monday-meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and corn                                                                           tuesday- spaghetti + french bread                                                                                                     wednesday – brinner (pancakes or omelettes, game-time decision)                               thursday – red beans and rice one pot dish + chapatis                                                                  friday – lasagna + challah +  ‘effie’ salad (spinach + cubed mozz. + halved boiled eggs) saturday – pizza                                                                                                                        sunday – popcorn + snackies

it’s november- which means nanowrimo/nablopomo, i cannot commit to 50,000 words at this point, but i can aim for a blog post every day. not that i will succeed (hi, september!) but i will try my darndest!

halloween was fun, pictures coming soon.

at the moment, my brother has all 3 children occupied with designing a house on autocad. this is amusing me immensely.

time for tidying up and cooking lunch.

have a beautiful and blessed day, okay?

labor day

“the day for which the toilers in past centuries looked forward, when their rights and their wrongs would be discussed…that the workers of our day may not only lay down their tools of labor for a holiday, but upon which they may touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it.”

-samuel gompers

happy birthday violette anne!

dear violette, 4 years ago today you arrived, grumpy & adorable, not quite sure what this whole scene was. and you still aren’t sure what the big deal is with most things, and won’t hesitate to question anything deemed as silly. i like that about you, it reminds me of your daddy. you can be  the sweetest and cuddliest little bug, but definitely the most mischievous, ornery toot this side of the mississippi.  your jokes and quips make me laugh daily, no- hourly. violette, you are so fun and funny, and i am just thrilled to be your mama. thank you for choosing us, sweet bear. love, mama.

birthday wrap-up.

monday nite, brady and i stayed up until midnite and he was the first person to wish me a happy birthday. seconds after he kissed me and dashed to bed, my cell phone started buzzing with birthday wishes from my siblings, and the house phone rang, i answered to hear my mama singing happy birthday 🙂 i went to bed feeling so loved and happy.

i woke up to many messages and notes and phone calls from friends and family, i don’t think i’ve ever had such a response to my birthday in all my life! they continued through the day, and let me tell you, i was overwhelmed with love!

my sister brought me cupcakes and flowers.

i finished up project 365 by taking my last self-portrait of the set.

mom and dad took the girls out shopping for my birthday gift, and returned with patchouli incense from craig’s (!!!) and twizzlers! i’m spoiled rotten!

my brothers came by and we watched movies and ate lasagna and laughed a lot.

the mailman brought a great card from the cunninghams:

my sweet husband brought home chinese food for dinner, and we sat around snuggling and watching basketball til bedtime.

it was a fantastic birthday, and i am blessed beyond belief.

happy birthday lovey!

dear lovey,

a happy 27th birthday to you! this is the 8th year i’ve had the lucky privilege of celebrating with you, and i’ve enjoyed each and every one. each year has brought new joys and challenges, which we’ve enjoyed and endured with our own lovey panache. i’m so grateful for the blessing of being your wife.

to many more years of rainbow cakes, pizza, and handmade crayola cards!

love, lovey.

center & calm.

this morning i woke up at 6:45, which is not all too early, but a good 2 hours earlier than my usual wake-up time. i woke up so early because i have been anxious, fretful and worried about tonite.

tonite i am going to my little brother’s graduation, and reading a short bio about him while he walks across the stage. i have been freaking out for the last few weeks about having to walk onstage, read for a minute, and walk off. no, it’s really not my idea of fun, but it’s also not quite as traumatic as i’ve been acting.

so, this morning i have been standing at my window, drinking tea and watching my garden grow. and i realized how insanely self-absorbed i’ve been. this isn’t about me in the slightest. it’s about celebrating my little brother and his journey.

i’d be lying if i said i’m not still nervous about falling on my face, or saying “jess” instead of “jed”. (i’ve been watching a LOT of gilmore girls lately and tend to get pretty outrageous in my imagining interesting circumstances.) but it’s going to be fun. and afterwards, there’s a party. and cupcakes. and hey! my baby brother is graduating!!

dear emma.

dear emma marie,

today you are five years old! we have already had a lovely morning of telephone calls full of birthday wishes, choosing outfits, and discussing scrambled eggs. i told you the story of when you were born, and we giggled and snuggled. you told me your ideas for what we should do today, it’s not an “emma day” without a list and a plan. we’ve decided on hatching your sea monkeys, planting flower seeds, playing paper dolls, painting our fingernails, playing memory, and making “mud” pie. you’ve chosen chicken, rice, broccoli and carrots for dinner, with mud pie for dessert. i cannot believe how quickly the last five years has gone by, and yet it’s like you’ve been in our lives forever. at times, i can’t remember life before you! for five years you have been my constant companion, a little shadow, my little pal. you have taught me many things: patience, joy, and most of all, how to love completely. you have a piece of my heart, forever in yours.

your fifth year was full of adventures and fun! theodore joined our family, and it has been a joy to witness you becoming a big sister again, and how much you love to help. i can’t wait to see where the next year takes us, and what new things you will discover and learn. your curiosity is a gift, sweet bear. you are the loveliest little person, and it is such a treat to be your mama. i love you to kathmandu and back.

love, mama.