Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Her Ability To Smile Through It

makes me happy.

This young lady has teeth number 5 & 6 busting through the gums right now.

Aside from the drool, I'd say she's dealing with it quite well.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Her Sneaky Ways

make me happy.

Just when...

I think...

Byrdie has begun to...

embrace winter,

I discover...

that my sister...

has padded Byrdie's gear down with little heat packs.

That's some serious auntie love, kid!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Playing By The Rules

makes me happy.

Byrdie, Stevie, and I do A LOT of playing around here.

 I mean, I don't know much about parenting but, something in my gut tells me, playing with the kids is where it's at.

So we dance and sing, count and stack, tell stories and act out scenes from our favourite movies.

Today we added something new to our fun repertoire when we spent 15 minutes alternating between doing a yoga pose and riding on mommy's back like a horse.  One pose, one ride.  One pose, one ride.

Byrdie laid out the rules for me right up front, "Mom!  Just one salute at a time - okay?!?"

Absolutely Byrd.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kevyn & Byrdie's Creativity

makes me happy.

I would just never think of making Rabbit a play-doh outfit.

But I sure love that they did.

Get outside that box baby!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rosy Cheeks

make me happy.

It has been cold up in these here parts lately, eh?!?

Truthfully, I kind of dig cold weather.  

I gained an appreciation for it when we got Cash and found ourselves out walking in the dead of winter three times a day.

I did not always dig winter.

And as you might have noticed, from her absence in most of the shots from our winter walks, Byrd currently does not dig winter.

She is quick to tell me spring and summer are the best seasons, she's sad all the leaves have fallen off the trees and, that her fingers are freezing!

Happy to know she's her own person; hopeful she will enjoy the weather without resistance one day too.

“To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.”

 - Eckhart Tolle

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wanting It That Easy

makes me happy.

Over Christmas Byrdie, Stevie, and myself got really, really sick.

I'm talking fever, chills, coughs, and enough snot to build an entire other person.

It wasn't a nice thing especially for Stevie, who had no way of easing her congestion by blowing her nose.

Those 10 days really messed with her sleep as she couldn't breath and I was very quick to crib every time she woke, often nursing her back to sleep.

We're all back in tip top health now but, somehow awesome habits (like seeing mommy 3 times a night) apparently die hard.

Also, while at Great Wold Lodge, Byrdie encountered a talking tree and has since been waking every night to tell us she doesn't want to see the talking tree again but does want to sleep in our bed.

When we concede (which we always do) and bring her into our room, she somehow manages to occupy 85% of the bed and runs about as hot as my husband in cottage country mid-August (you know- HOT!).

You must know by now how little time I have for complaining, so please try to recognize my next statement is not so much a complaint as it is a fact; I'm exhausted.

And while I long for sleep by 8pm, I've also begun to fear it all at the same time.

What will the night hold?  How many times will I have to get up?  For which child? And for how long?

Remember sleep - it was Tupac that said '...tease me, I don't want it if it's that easy.' not me!

I want it easy - really, really easy.

Please and thank you.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Icing On My Cake

makes me happy.

I just cannot get enough of playing outside in January.

The air is fresh and the winter sunlight is magical.

It puts Stevie in the mood to stretch and gets the Byrd a pondering.

Really, the best way I could imagine spending an hour on a Tuesday in January.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Violet's 3rd

makes me happy.

Violet invited us to Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate her 3rd birthday with her.

Have you been to Great Wolf Lodge?

It's really something, total sensory overload.  A child's paradise.

Most grateful for the invite and the super awesome time had!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Getting Our Vitamin D

makes me happy.

Don't you love how warm and sunny feels if the date is January 10th?

Me too.