"a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

"look mama! the bugs! the little bugs! where's the house? where's the bug house?"

the bugs she is referring to are the ants that show up on our kitchen window sill each spring. and the houses she is asking about are the ant traps that i line up on that sill each spring.

favorites from this past week:

portraits of three adorable brothers - i like how they are all in different stages of a smile //  striking portraits of sisters in flower crowns // beautiful portraits of three children - the last photo is one of my absolute favorites.

looking at all the photos of siblings makes me excited for chloe to finally have one of her own.

joining in with lovely jodi


"a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

yet another photo of my girl in her undies around the house. because of potty training, because she always seems to feel more comfortable with less, because she can still get away with it - for just a little longer. 

i have noticed that she is taking time after lunch-time to engage herself in a quiet activity. whether it be playing with puzzles, or reading a stack of books, she is finding ways to relax and enjoy some quiet time. i have been enjoying this time as well.

favorites from this past week:

the curious look on otto's face as he watches his papa shave, and the pile of fabric to make an expected baby quilt from thread & ladle // bella feeding chickens, and seren who will be walking before his mama knows it from little brown dog // the lighting and the sweet sleeping face of alaska is pure sweetness from little daisy chains.

joining in with sweet jodi.


so i have reached twenty weeks. it has not been as easy this time around as it was with chloe. i have been sicker and more tired than i ever can remember being. by the end of each day it feels like i have run a marathon. the morning sickness has passed though, and it feels good to eat well and nourish this new baby. during this pregnancy i have been craving protein in the form of nuts, chicken, eggs, and hamburgers - much different from my cravings for funfetti cake when i was pregnant with chloe.

but yes, i have been tired, and this dark, cold, winter hasn't been easy on me (or on anyone else i know of either!). however, i think we can finally safely say we are done with winter, and i am already taking every opportunity to enjoy springtime. i try to take walks with chloe every day, sometimes i make it to the gym to do some easy cardio, i have started to purge our house as my nesting instinct settles in (it feels like i have a car-full of stuff to haul to the thrifts every week), and i am trying to just really enjoy each task that i accomplish and not get too discouraged when i get out of breath or tired. which happens quite a bit, especially i am trying to keep up with chlo, or do something that used to be simple, like walking up a few flights of steps.

i know i have a long summer ahead of me, but i have a feeling this fall is going to be one of my favorite ones yet. i am excited to be half-way there, and while i am trying to enjoy every minute of this pregnancy i wanted so so badly, every hour of carrying this little babe inside me, and working to keep us both healthy and strong,  i really cannot wait to hold this one in my arms.

yay for twenty weeks!


it has been a long, but good week. we had some really beautiful weather, and plenty of rain. i was able to get a lot of things done around the house, and worked on some orders for my little etsy shop. chlo and i took many walks around the neighborhood and got in some good playground time. the husband has been home sick, and i have been fighting a cold. it has meant a good deal of resting, and lots of hot tea. we are hoping to be better soon so we can get more stuff done outside the house, and maybe even squeeze in a date-night - it has been waaaay too long.

a few things i recommend checking out this week:

my husband recently texted me the link to this you tube video, featuring a slow loris. if the slow loris isn't your thing, check out this kitten.

which pop-culture television series or movie has had the most essays, papers, or books written about it? the answer surprised me!

i have been sewing again at night, which means i have been binge-watching documentaries and listening to audio-books. i recently watched this documentary and found it to be an extremely touching, insightful, and honest look at what marriage and love can look like. plus i love documentaries featuring passionate artists. i highly recommend it. 

also, this movie!

although the weather is warming up, i have found that some of the chilly afternoons and evenings still warrant good comfort food. i recently made this brocolli, cheddar, and wild rice casserole - and need to say it was the best version of the dish that i have ever tasted (i think it would be perfect for an Easter supper).

i recently switched from using my husband's anti-antiperspirant to this all natural deodorant. it smells so amazing.

contemplating buying these palo santo sticks to burn around our house as i do my spring-cleaning.

(i know. all natural deodorant, and palo santo sticks... i am reaching hippie status.)

speaking of spring cleaning - i really enjoyed this post by steph at this brown wren. such a clever momma, and she makes that toy corner look so pretty.

oh, and if you are in philadelphia this weekend, check out the opening of "Brace for Impact" at the philadelphia sculpture gym. i am hoping to check it out sometime this month, when i am not sick, and i have someone to watch chlo.

enjoy the weekend friends!

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