{this moment}

“A single photo. No words. Capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.” – joining soulemama this Friday! Happy Weekend!



Toddler Teeth

Long nights. The pain of new teeth coming in disturb my already very light sleeper. She whimpers and rolls closer to me, sometimes needing Mama’s milk to settle her body again. The days can be a whirlwind of emotions. Happy to paint but only with a paintbrush. Angry when the finger paints go back into the drawer, even though not a finger would touch them two seconds before. She wants to be close to me but bats my hand away when I try to gently brush her bangs out of her face. It’s hard, this dance we do when things get rough. I want so badly to take the uncomfortableness away, to cuddle her up or enjoy our day, but she has fight in her. She wants all of me and to be left alone at the same time. I carry my weepy girl upstairs. She wants her Pink Baby and her Bunny and her Napping Blanket. I get them as she sits on the bed waiting for me in all her sweet toddler glory. She scrunches her jaw and pats her cheek where those molars are breaking through. I give her a gentle glance and she curls up with me, nursing to sleep. An early nap time for this growing girl.

sleepy baby


* It’s been awhile but my goodness that felt good. Joining Heather today with JUST WRITE, “an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments”.


Not the most productive or fun weekend we’ve had. In fact, on Saturday I came down with a full-blown migraine that left me upstairs recovering in a dark room for the rest of the night. I hadn’t had a migraine in years so this really knocked my socks off. Sunday we bought new baskets at the farmers market that I had been hoping to gather for organizing Ellie’s toys with. And we got some of this years seeds planted too, which was exciting. My parents were with us for part of Sunday and Ellie enjoyed watching Gramma fix my sewing machine before bath time. Now off to an early bed time for me. How was your weekend?

seeds 2014




new baskets


little bit of rain


gramma sews

-joining Amanda for weekending.

Making + Listening

There has been lots of MAKING that I haven’t had the chance to document yet, so I thought I would recap what I finished these past couple weeks and what I’m still working on.

isabel's mountain

another view of mountain

A little stuffed mountain for a friend close to the Rockies. A little reminder for her that she has a whole group of women rooting for her through some tough times.

etsy doll


This is Edith. She’ll be the first “softie- doll” to go in my shop. Made from scrappy fabric, wool felt and regular felt and completely hand sewn.

panda shirt

And this is an old t-shirt I jazzed up for Ellie just the other night. She’s been talking about panda’s these days (reading Panda Bear, Panda bear) and the other night she was telling me something very important and serious about a Panda (in her toddler gibberish that for the life of me I could not decipher). All I could gather was that a panda was involved and was very important in her realm of thought at that moment. So I thought I’d make her a panda sleep shirt, so she could hopefully dream of her furry friends. She LOVED it and wore it all day today too! I have no idea how felt washes, so I may be re-sewing this little guy back onto the shirt after tomorrow.

sweet panda girl

oh sweet girl!

As for LISTENING: Ellie has developed quite the taste for very specific music. Daily, we listen to Raffi’s “Pick  A Bale O’ Cotton”, “Frere Jacques” and the “popcorn song”. And in the evening we listen to Steve Martin’s “Pretty Flowers” (you can guess whose influence Steve Martin’s banjo music was) or Dan Zanes’ “Basement song”. Don’t dare try to put on anything different than those five songs, or you will get a scolding by an angry 17 month old!

I’m still working on finishing up Ellie’s felt board characters for the Taro Gomi book and after Cory posted a link on her blog and I decided I wanted in, I know there will be lots of making in the weeks to come. Check out this blogger swap, I’m very excited about it!

– joining Dawn for Making and Listening!

A Peaceful Day


chasing the ball

sunlight ball chase




down the hill


light shines through


branches lit up




hike up






the path


An afternoon getaway to a park high up on a hill. The sun light peeking out in between the branches of the trees. Kicking the ball up the hills and down the hills and practicing a new skill with eagerness and excitement. Taking a walk down a dirt path and checking out the view. It was a busy Martin Luther King Day at the park. So many families enjoying the warm winter California weather and the day off of work. But even with all of the people, it was oh so peaceful and serene. A perfect afternoon getaway to reflect and to be.

Sandy Snow Sensory Bin

Ellie has been really interested in sensory experiences lately. Every meal gets wiped across the high chair, washing hands becomes a quick splash in the fountain and taking a walk always includes finding patches of dirt to dig in. So I’ve been eager to find new and exciting sensory experiences for her. The other day I stumbled upon this wonderfully inspiring and helpful blog and found her recipe for Edible Pretend Snow. I had never heard of using bread in a sensory bin before but was intrigued by what she said would happen to its texture when put through the food processor. We happened to have half a loaf of partly stale bread we were going to save for the birds or croutons if Jeff got around to it, so I went to work throwing the loaf into the food processor for a new sensory experience for Ellie. Because it was wheat bread, the color was much less “snow-like” and more “sand-like”. But, that certainly didn’t stop Ellie (and her Daddy) from enjoying a fun morning of exploring what I like to call the “Sandy Snow Sensory Bin”.

view I threw in some random containers and some Little People to manipulate.

exploring with daddyThe texture was so neat. It was soft like snow but grainy like sand and you could squish it between your fingers and form it into masses.

solid form



Jeff would form these “sandy snow castles” and Ellie would happily break them down chanting “more, more, more!”

Daddy plays


get in

Ellie decided to get in and feel the textures with her feet too of course (watch out for bread eating dogs too).

stuck to her footEllie found that the Sandy snow would get stuck to her foot though and ended up enjoying it from outside of the tub instead.

It was a neat sensory tub and I’m glad we got to try it. I definitely wouldn’t do this very often, seeing that you use up almost a whole loaf of bread (when we were done with ours, we added  the bread crumbs to the bird feeder outside and watched the little sparrows flock). It also doesn’t keep well. By the end of the day, our bin was smelling like yeasty mush (thus it became bird food). But, it the Sandy snow was a different texture for Ellie to explore and a fun part of our day.


more taro gomi

mister sun

its everybody


oatmeal play


dinosaur roar


sunset at mothers beach

gma and g pa



lazy sunday


play time with daddy

Lots of playtime happening around here. I finished some more Taro Gomi critters for Ellie’s felt board. Ellie did lots (and lots) of sensory bin play. Her new favorite thing. Mama got up early this weekend (usually Daddy gets up with Ellie most mornings) and made these pancakes. We had a visit from Gramma and Grandpa and so we took them to Ellie’s new favorite beach to watch the sunset. And Sunday was filled with football, pulled pork sandwiches (and favorite veggie snacks- peas and cauliflower) , more sensory bin fun for Ellie, lots of music and some light cleaning around the house to wrap things up.

How was your weekend? Joining Amanda over at The Habit!

Portrait Project



eloise: We are having a heat wave in the middle of winter. This week it got up to 90 degrees in our little beach town! We made the best of the dry heat and went to the beach- twice! You are really enjoying the beach these days. You grab handfuls of sand and run around wanting me to chase you. You are cautious by the water and I am thankful you haven’t wanted to get in yet. Just before sunset you sat down, breathed it all in and gave me a knowing smile. Now if only we can get Daddy to like the beach?

– joining Jodi for second yearly installment of the 52 project!