Wren started kindergarten last week. How did that happen?! I can’t quite believe it, but at the same time it seems just about right. She’s absolutely ready for it and tells me that so far she’s “rocking Kindergarten!” The day after Kindergarten started she was singing and dancing around, “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this day. I’m finally in Kindergarten!” Um, OK, five year old…
Even though she’s excited about it, full of confidence, popping out of bed in the morning, excited about new friends and learning Spanish and writer’s workshop… I have been grieving the loss of my baby. It really struck me right before Kindergarten started. I was a wreck. But the day came I was able to hold it together. This isn’t really about me. Roots and wings, roots and wings.
You’ve got roots and we’ll continue to nourish those for the rest of your life, but birdie, you’ve got WINGS. Fly!
Many people begin again by making goals and resolutions in January, but I like to start in February. So. Happy February! Happy Year of the Horse. It’s going to be a great year. It really is.
Instead of focusing on the trite resolutions I always think about like feeling comfortable running after the girls on the beach in a bikini, never eating sugar again, or putting my clothes away every night and learning how to fold a fitted sheet, I’m going to keep things simple. But bold.
Create. Love. Sweat. Grow. Pray. Act.
Have you ever done a quick rundown on your Google searches? I just did one. Pretty interesting! Just type the first letter and the Google search field will fill in what you last (?) searched for with that letter…
Candy cane playdoh artful parent
diy snow globe
great lakes children’s museum
holiday hills traverse city mi
importance of meta data
juan pablo bachelor
kids cookie making kit christmas
low carb family meals
minimalist wordpress theme
northern michigan rocks
original nelson bench
paleo coconut curry chicken soup
rose bowl 2014 playing on what tv channel
slow cooker cabbage vegetable soup
up north ABCs
vasa ski club
A few snippets of life here and now.
Wren’s art table with Christmas crafting | amaryllis growing | Phoebe with our Christmas tree | Advent calendar | Phoebe, a blur
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An Interview with Wren at 3.5 years from Ashlea Walter on Vimeo.
What a strange garden we’ve had this year. Hardly any peas, beans or melon, not one single carrot, but lots of tomatoes, basil and oh my goodness, the tomatillos! And radishes as big as the human heart. I am not joking. Potatoes, yes indeed. And just the perfect amount of delicata squash to get us through the winter. We harvested the last of our bounty just the other day. It was a long, strange growing season this year, lovelies. How did your garden grow?
Finally, some rain! It’s been so hot and dry. Happy garden=happy us!
Happy Friday! Big plans this weekend? Enjoy.
So I’m inside the house and I hear Wren from the backyard, “Hey, Mama, I found a turtle!” Lo and behold, we have ourselves a new turtle. Funny girl! Although I still look at the turtle and shake my head most of the time, I love the new incarnation. My birdie is also a turtle. Slow and steady. Who am I kidding? More like quick and dynamic.
Lovelies, I have so much to share with you from our trip to North Carolina. And about hopes for this year’s garden because my personal lawn boy (err, Chris) arrived this week with his Dad’s rototiller so our garden IS going to happen too. Really, it just has to, doesn’t it? And a birthday party to plan for a certain almost 3 (!) year old. And hardly any sleep at night with the littlest birdie awake every two hours or so, oof. But really in the face of life with the turtle birdies, I have been SLAMMED with work, which is a good thing, but still. Fun stories to write and beautiful photos to share. Soon, soon, soon (ish).