Friday, February 29, 2008

phase 1

while rockin' out to The Blow and CSS I got the first phase of a new work completed. I love my stripey sunrise if I do say so...
I was so pleased to have decently recreated the look of my watercolor horizon with paper and wax.

i proclaim to the world.... I looove beeswax!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Purplepie Baby

I was just finishing up that last post and turned around to find this!

Looks a bit like the Purple Pie Man, right???!!


Chef Laughfer

Yes, yes...Chef Laughfer is in the houssse! Here is the girl sporting her brand spankin new apron (thanks, Lulu!!) cooking up a special treat! I think the end product was flour, nutmeg and cinnamon mixed up nice!!!

Just thought it was too cute NOT to post!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

laughfer said...

last night i was reading some nursery rhymes to Lavender and she pointed to this funny little man and said "dadda here!"

Saturday, February 23, 2008


This is my favorite picture of my Uncle Steve. It was taken at my wedding. I didn't know then that that would be the last time I would see him... in this world anyway.

Steve past away today at 5:35. He was a remarkable man of God who showed me so much of what a Husband and Father should be. There are so many things to love about Steve... he was one of those people that was just so easy to love.

I once heard some one say that when remarkable people or events happen in your life you can say many things or not much at all... in this case words just seem to fall short.

I am thankful for mercy.
And even more, I am thankful to know that such an extraordinary man is now home in an extraordinary place.

Friday, February 22, 2008

some days

some days don't you just feel like you're coming apart at the seams???

thank god for grace, forgiveness and compassion.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lavender's Big 2 Party

So we had a last minute impromptu party for Miss Lavender last night. The evening was complete with friends and fam, birthday cake, presents and ten bazillion balloons. The kiddos loved all the balloon madness and had a blast running all over chasing, kicking and throwing them.
Here are a few snippets of the evening.

Monday, February 18, 2008

tiny shoes

Check out these adorable little shoes!!!

One of Josher's sweet co-workers made them for our little Autumn.

Her tiny feet are too little for them right now, but she's growing like a weed. I think they are going to be just perfect for Spring.

Yet another reason to be excited about Spring!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sweet times with Mimi

Here are a few moments from our past few days with Mimi... my salvation during much sickness.

Friday, February 15, 2008

V Day

Here is a snippet of the tiniest Valentine's celebration...

The great thing about my girls is that it only takes a tiny little something to make the day all bright and shiny and fun. I love the look on Lavender's face when she opens her little v-day gift - a little family of beavers (or maybe otters) complete with clothes that come on and off and on and off again and again and again.

Nevertheless, I am thankful that it only takes pipe cleaners, and shortbread heart cookies to make this silly red and pink filled day special.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

the saga continues...

i woke up this morning with a little gift... called conjunctivitis

yes, yes... what a nice present, huh?!

i am posting this pic of a lovely healthy eye to inspire me to good health... (btw... don't ever search conjunctivitis on google images... you will want to throw up!)

hopefully with antibotics & eye drops, I will start getting better.

being sick with a multitude of illnesses make me think of Job & what a man of faith he must have been. If only I had a little sliver of that.... not just b.c. I don't want to be sick anymore, but to be able to possess such a fervent trust in God. i could say a lot more about such things, but sometimes silence is more appropriate than words.

Monday, February 11, 2008


so i broke down and went to a doc in box on sunday after a very very long night of head slamming throbbing, fever and pain.

It turns out that my stupid mega cough/cold goo morphed into a full blown ear infection that spread to both ears. eerrrh

And all I have to say about that is I understand why Van Gogh cut off his ear.

Laughfer's big 2nd Birthday

Thursday was Lavender's big 2 year mark... I can't believe she is already two years old!
The poor kiddo's party had to be postponed due to "the sickness" (which made me feel incredibly sad - being the cause of the cancel and all), so we had a mini party at home. Mimi totally saved my bootie and picked up a ready made cake and a giant Tweety bird balloon... Laughfer thought it was the cooolest thing.. she was jumpin' and chasin' that thing all over the house like a crazy woman!

But, she loved having the pre-made cake and some of her b-day presents... which is another thing - Joshers & I were somehow crazy enough to get her this little pink plastic guitar that plays the most annoying tunes that haunt us in our sleep - i guess that is a rookie parent move, huh! - I did make a vow to never give music making presents to any kid who's parents we wish to remain friends with!!
anyways, it feels like the big 2 year mark for Laughfer has come and gone without much mental or emotional awareness on my part, since I have been in this weird, warpy, timeless sicky land of zombie. I just keep reminding myself that there will be a celebration for Laughfer and little Naya soon and that I didn't drop the ball. erh...

Thursday, February 07, 2008

sicky sicky

yep... sickness hits again.
now that we have weathered the croup and countless coughs and colds, I have somehow picked up the flu. it's been a long time since I had the flu and it is just no fun at all... I feel like the little sick kid in this painting. Being sick makes you just want your mom no matter how old you are, right?

anyways... i just wanted to share this work of art b.c. it makes me get out of my head and remember that people have been getting sick and making thru to good health for a very long time. And no matter how dreadful and isolating it makes you feel, it WILL end!!

And one more thing... I just wanted to say that I have the most incredible mom ever... she has braved entering my cootie filled house and helped me with the kiddos for the past 2 days. Thanks, Mom... so much thankfulness fils my heart for you... i love you so!

the low down on the painting, for you art buffs out there...

Mother and Sick Child, Holland, 1600s. This painting was done by the Flemish painter, Gabriel Metsu, and is commonly known as "The Sick Child". The painting is located in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Monday, February 04, 2008

New materials

Here are a few new materials that fell across my path and I am just so stoked to play with them!!
I always know when I have found something really cool b/c Laughfer goes bonkers for it... smart girl - she is my coolness meter.

There is simply nothing like finding vintage material to work with... just check out these paper dolls - you can't find stuff like this just anywhere.
I am working on the dwarves right now - hopefully it won't look too bad to have the "seven dwarfs" minus one or two... I guess they went out for coffee.

I'll let ya know how they turn out!!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Magnetic Fields

So I was driving around the other day listening to ol' NPR... and whatdaya know they were doing a review of the new Magnetic Fields album, Distortion. I got so excited--- I turned up the volume and prayed for a few moments of silence from the kiddos in the back and listened hard. All to be less and less intrigued with each and every low down about the album. I was listening to descriptions like "exuberant unhappiness" and "morose melancholies" and suddenly it hit me... this band I loved soo soo much no longer speaks to my little world. Silence seems to have more relevant things to say to my life right now... so weird to see how much your world has changed through such seemingly small events.