Preparations are being made for the Second Annual South Town Art Walk to take place this Sunday, December 8 from 11-4.
As happened last year, my home studio will be on the route. I do indeed have a separate work space off the dining room, but let's face it, most of my making happens at the kitchen table. So, that will be the site of the displays, shopping, snacking and merry making, but anyone who wants to peek into the studio is also welcome.
Last year's Art Walk was rainy, the twist for this year… SNOW! We got a bunch of snow last night and into today. It was predicted, but I'm surprised to see the 6 or more inches [edit: wow! we actually got 9 inches!] that now blanket our world. It's lovely, light, dry snow, and the boys have been out in it all day.
Lake, in fact, had such a good time he went completely over the edge sledding with friends in the park and had an epic meltdown into toddler delirium. He's passed out on the window seat now and will hopefully wake a new, revitalized soul.
I'll take this quiet moment to work on some more pieces for the Art Walk… ceramic pendant necklaces with hand stitching. Hopefully the roads will be clear enough tomorrow so I can gather some snacks and last minute supplies to make sure that all the folks who visit on Sunday can have a bite and sip warm cider while they check out my art.
If you're in the area, please stop by!
Friday, December 06, 2013
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
We welcomed a new fuzzy member into our household.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
... to the question, "What do you want to be for Halloween?"
Calder: A ghost.
Lake: Juni. (Juniper. Lake's best friend.) He decided this a couple months before Halloween. I was surprised that Lake, at the age of 3, thought of this sort of costume. It wasn't until I was in 7th grade that a classmate dressed up as someone we knew, our English teacher Ms. Bray, for Halloween.
Calder's costume came together a few hours before Trick-or-Treating began. If you ever need a ghost costume, this one's pretty good.
What a funny look on Lake's face. He's totally messing with me. Such a straight face for the camera. Or maybe he's in character? Once we got out and started ringing doorbells he completely lit up and loved the whole deal. Those who know Juni - her parents included - were amazed at the resemblance. (Not that they don't already look a lot alike!)
Jeff and I dressed up a bit too... grabbing from limited, but silly, resources. And I know everyone's enjoying a little sweet now and then, these days following a fun night of treat gathering.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
I was surprised last night by the announcement that there wouldn't be any school today. Not sure how that one got past me, but there you go... all Friday with both my guys.
After messing around at home all morning, we eventually ventured out to Greengable Gardens. I love that they grow so many varieties together in the same patch. Makes for fun, and easy, pumpkin hunting.
See, no trouble finding cute punkins here!
Funny. Calder went straight for the biggest ones, while Lake picked, one after another, little round pumpkins about as big as his head. Just right.
We chose a wagon-full with some to carve today, some to carve closer to Halloween, and a couple just to keep pretty for the season.
And back at home (after GTF donuts, of course!) the guys set to carving. Lake made a "hot balloon", guiding my hand as I made the cuts. This kid really does have strong, solid ideas about how he wants things to be done. You have to respect that! His pumpkin turned out great!
Thanks to a surprise day off from school, our entryway looks ready for any ghost or ghoul or old hallowed soul to come a-knockin'. Now, all I need to know is, how do you make a simple tiger costume?
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
This is the first time I've ever been able to say that... "back to school."
Today is Calder's first day back. First grade. And such a different start compared to last year, all confidence and knowing. He's quite a guy.
There's also tons of things I'd like to lay down here about how we've spent our last weeks of real summer - our first summer sandwiched between school years. I hope to do the time warp and take this journal backwards. We've had such great experiences, I can't imagine not sharing our annual campout at Waldo Lake and stories of last weekend's 3-day float on the Willamette. I'll try to get to all this soon.
But for today we have the boy and his little brother... just right.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Oh my goodness. This summer has meant a lot to me. I have seen such amazing growth and changes in my boy, Calder. Really. Though I am his Mama and see him every single day, he continues to blow me away on a regular basis.
This afternoon was no exception.
We ventured to the County Fair with hopes of getting Calder on a few of the amusement rides... for the first time. He was excited to try them out, so after watching a couple we even went so far as to buy him and Jeff bracelets for unlimited rides.
It is just incredible for me to ponder the growth and opening up, the desire for new experiences, and willingness to step out of his comfort zone that Calder's shown me since he entered school last year. (I really credit getting out of the house and spending time in a stimulating environment with all sorts of children, adults and situations as the catalyst for his transformation.)
Anyway, tonight he rocked the fair. He rode the big rides, the little rides, and he dragged his dad all over the place. They were there much later than Lake and I, rode their bikes home, and walked in exhausted, but still buzzing, with an inflatable purple dolphin and great stories to tell.
This kid. He's amazing. He's been in swimming lessons 4 days a week for 5 out of the last 7 weeks. He's gone from being afraid to put his face in the water all the way to Level 3. Those two weeks when he wasn't in swim lessons he was at theater camp. Same one as last year, which he liked but was so nervous on the last day he couldn't bear to participate in the final showcase. Calder one year later? He's now the kid who gets called up on stage to demonstrate hair pulling (from their lessons in stage combat!) in front of over 600 people. And he did it with total confidence and the desire to be up there! I think he's even chipping away at his fear of dogs. What?!
And tonight he's riding amusement park rides like he'd waited all year to do so, but it was his first time ever. This is too much fun! Pardon my gushing. I am just so grateful that I get to bear witness to this amazing almost-7-year-old person.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
It's been hot.
Laundry's on the line... still. It's almost 1a.m.
But these days you can be a little lazy like that. (Just don't leave the clothes wet in the washer. Yuck.)
This evening, out at the line, I thought these colors, and the way the nine bark peered over the clothes, looked nice. I love that our yard is surrounded by a wall of green in the summer yet we still have so much sun.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Today our little Lake turns three!
Happy Birthday to a most wonderful kid. Your incredible free spirit, sense of humor, love, friendship and trust of those around you are a joy to see and experience. We think you're pretty great!
Congratulations on completing your third trip around the sun, Wilder Lake, and a million wishes for happiness and many many more.