i don’t really know where to begin. so i guess we’ll start with the basics:
you are gone. i am here. i am lonely. i’m missing you. darla is here. she makes me happy. she also makes me want to stick my head under water. she misses you. she doesn’t miss you. she’s fickle. she’s three.
that about covers it.
i kid. i kid.
i’m sitting here next to a little girl who fell asleep watching The Triplets of Belleville. I’m happy to say she adores the movie and it’s gotten me a’thaynkin’: we should keep The Illusionist in mind as a present for some occasion. i’d love to have it in the library for her since it was the first movie she saw in the theater. we’re still pretending we didn’t take her to see Bruno, right?
life threw me some curveballs this week but i’m happy to say things are all working out. all is continuing to be very steady and even keel. i know this should be a good thing but you know me; i’m getting antsy.
luckily i have all our summer travel planning to keep me busy. it is going to be great. this summer just ain’t gonna stop. i have high hopes for some memory making with Darla. it’s amazing to me some of the stuff she pulls out of her memory now that she can convey it to me. i’m afraid the girl remembers more than we counted on. you’re going to have to re-hide your candyland stash of money.
we received our valentine’s from you yesterday in the mail and it made my heartache. i think one of the really good things about you being gone is we get to connect through our writing again. i think it’s one of the reasons we fell in love. i certainly was floored by your way with words and still am. i’m very thankful you are able to email this work tour. i’m hoping it will keep us close this time around.
also, i’m sorry about that michael landon thing. you’re right. he did have big ears.
you have perfect ears and i love you,
this was one of my favorite gift projects i put together for some special ladies this past christmas gift exchange. it was my fave because it was comprised of all earth friendly products.
the first part being this upcycled soda bottle soap dispenser. if you need an excuse to drink Boylan’s natural soda then let this be your free pass. their bottles are so pretty, i knew i had to do something with them. so i pilfered an idea from a friend’s kitchen, that she had pilfered from a friend’s kitchen. so on and so forth, the cycle continues. that’s how neat ideas work, see?
anyway, by purchasing liquor pour tops you can turn any left over bottle into a pretty and economical, ecological soap bottle. how? it’s the same idea as foaming soap dispensers. a little bit of soap does the same job as a lot of soap. pump in about 5-6 shots of soap and fill the rest with water. it will extend the life of your soap supply.
i paired the bottle with meyer’s clean day natural hand soap in basil scent – the best smelling hand soap i’ve had yet – Butter’s 3 free nail polish and Aveda hand therapy lotion.
if you can’t tell by my rampant bragging right now, i was pretty proud of my purchasing power with this gift. put your money behind companies that create products in earth-mindful ways.
Darla’s enjoying the beautiful day on our new back patio. I think she’s gonna like it here.
I’ve been a little quiet over here bc we’ve been elbow deep in packing supplies. We’re getting down to just the big stuff as small piles like this one are disappearing. I’m really looking forward to the new house and sharing our new abode once we’re settled in.
Painting projects are already underway. I’m doing the inside of our kitchen cabinets a bright red. We chose the color based on name alone:
That’s right. LA FONDA FIREBERRY!!! And it’s an approved color by the national preservation historical society or whatevs. Bonus! I think I’ll just start referring to the whole kitchen as La Fonda.
Hopefully I’ll be back on track in a few days for I feel we still have much to share from the holidaze.
we’re on our fifth day of moving. the day that i’ve come to the point of finding other stuff to do instead of moving. like dusting and washing all the window valances because they really REALLY need to be clean before we stuff them in a box….
anyways, if you’re in need of procrastination too then direct yourself to dadisthenewmom’s 12 reviews of christmas. funny funny.
i’m gonna go organize my sock drawer before i pack it up.
2012 sounds like a nice even year. i think we’ll give it a shot. lots of love from the wruckers.
pssst this one is my fave from our session with claudia
more from our spoonful photo session
spoonful spoonerism: hense of sumor
and this one makes me giddy because the nice pattern of the coat mike’s mom made for darla photographed so beautifully. fashion. fashion. i love fashion.
photos by claudia of aion arts
this is going to be my new catchphrase for when i need to remind myself to stop buying things. running the words “don’t be like the griffin” through my head will probably have a better effect than just saying “you don’t need that.” at least for me it will. anything involving mythological creatures will probably work for me.
this was taken at the children’s fountain in batelle riverfront park. we explored the park a little on friday morning and i’m already envisioning picnics and pictures in warmish spring days. the park is filled with statues of beings that tell the local lore of pickaweekee: a myth of discovery. we shall return again to learn more another day.