It's really late, so this will be a quick post, but I had to stop by here and share some exciting news with you all... We got SNOW last night! At least, we got a few snow flakes, but I'll take what I can get.
It was so fun to wake up to this. Clara and I were both running around in the freezing cold this morning, I with my camera and her with in her puddle boots. I'm not really ready for full-on winter yet, but it sure was fun to get a taste of it.
I love that I get to end this beautiful day curled up by the woodstove. Dave and I were just given a new (to us) stove (THANK YOU Dane and Amy!) and we are loving being able to heat our house while watching the fire! There is something truly magical about wood heat. Now we just need to get that big pile of wood in our driveway stacked and we'll be ready for the snow to really fly!
Thanks so much for all your sweet encouragement after the "my-five-year-old-is-driving-me-crazy" post the other night. I didn't see her all day today, which is a bummer, except that we didn't fight at all!
On a fashion note, she came down yesterday morning after getting herself dressed, and this is the outfit she had put together. (Thank you for the denim jacket, Tanta Eden!) She wanted me to take pictures of her in her "work clothes." How could I resist this girl?
Continuing with the fashion theme, I am excited to reveal my new boots that came in the mail last night! (Yeah, Zappos!) I have a wonderful and much beloved pair of brown leather boots that have served me well for the last 8 years, and are now literally falling apart. All fall I've been on the lookout for some new boots that fit my need for comfort and my budget. After trying on many pairs at various stores and ordering two previous styles from Zappos (did I mention the free shipping and free returns?) I finally found what I was looking for.
(Can I just say that it's really hard to take pictures of something on my own feet without a remote? Yeah for timers!)
I am so excited that Elizabeth Mitchell (our favoritest family singer ever!) has a new album out. But even more exciting is the fact that... WE GOT TO SEE HER IN CONCERT!
We had the most amazing time, and are totally smitten with the lovely Elizabeth and her husband Dan and daughter Storey. A family that tours and makes music together! What a dream! We saw them at this very cool gallery space (actually, it's called the Space Gallery!) in Portland, ME. It was small and intimate. The kids were attentive and the grownups sang along. Group singing, my favorite! It was such a beautiful experience, and we left with our hearts singing. Best of all, Clara got to meet Elizabeth and give her a card she had drawn for her. Elizabeth was so sweet and quickly found a card of hers on which to write a message back to Clara. It made Clara's November, I think!
Afterwards, we all enjoyed walking around Portland in the uncommonly warm November sun, and even snuck in a trip to Duck Fat for the best french fries in the history of everything.
A great day ended with dinner at the new home of some friends with their beautiful new baby girl. Of course, a family concert was in order, so we serenaded Baby H well into the evening. And then a long drive home... Lovely day...
Look at this little pip of a girl, playing her fiddle in her "queen's gown" (really, a thrifted silk robe from her dress-up box). How can I be mad at her? But mad at her I have been... She has been so full of SASS lately! I don't know if its starting school, or the time change, or just her personality (probably all of the above) but she has been talking back so much lately, and its making me c.r.a.z.y.
Tonight I really flipped out at her after she informed me that she didn't care what I said. (I may have gotten in her face, grabbed her wrist and growled, "Well, you'd better START caring because I'm your mother!" but it can't be confirmed.) After I got quite red in the face and very angry with her, she burst into tears and told me that when I talk to her that way it makes her feel like she doesn't want to be in my family any more. (When I was relaying this story to Dave, his reply was, "Where'd she learn to talk in 'I feel' statements?") I told her that I was sorry I yelled at her, but that God put us together in the same family, so we were going to have to learn how to get along. After some snuggles things were better, for awhile...
Tonight when he was putting her to bed, Dave was talking things over with her, and trying to make the connection between caring for a person, and caring about what they say. He was explaining that when you care about someone you care about their feelings, how they're doing, if they live or die, what they say...
Papa: "Do you care about Mama?"
Little C, frankly: "Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't."
Papa: "Do you know what caring is?"
Little C: "No."
Papa: "If you care about someone you think that they're important. Do you think Mama's important?"
Little C: "Yes, but I don't care if Mama lives or dies."
Papa: "Well, when someone dies, you don't get to see them again, honey!"
Little C: "Yes you do! When YOU die, then you get to see them in heaven... Well, that's what Ibelieve!"
Papa to himself, "Oh boy, how did I get here?" So much for his great paternal wisdom... Whooped again by the five year old.
Little C and I had a great time at Cape Cod (and on our other adventure, but more about that later...) The highlight was wandering the beach--we came home laden with rocks and shells to keep our nature table rooted in the sea through the long winter months.
**PS: I'm having fun taking lots of pictures and fooling around with the processing of them. I'd love any feedback as to what images you especially like/dislike and why. Thanks!
Little C and I are headed to the Cape tomorrow for some time with my grandparents. I love a road trip with my girl. We'll stop in Boston for some adventuring on the way, and then generally lay really low for 2 days. My grandparent's house is in the woods on a small pond, and it is like a sanctuary of peace. Of course, it's only a very short drive from the beach, and we will spend hours hunting for treasures and getting some vitamin D. Maybe I will try walking a labryrinth in the sand (some people are so familiar with the labyrinth pattern, they can just walk the shape on a blank canvas like snow or sand!). I WILL enjoy some unstructured time with my girl, away from the responsibilties of home, and some time to myself hopefully too. Perhaps I will actually read a book... *sigh of delight*
I feel so blessed to have this retreat space in my life. Where do you go to regain your footing?
PS: I'm a little bit in love with the new Textures feature on Picnik! Can you tell?
PPS: This time away means that I am taking a NaBloPoMo break for a few days. Have a great weekend!
She was a bride, entirely of her own doing. She came up with her costume completly on her own, drawn heavily from her dress-up bin and supplemented by a throw from the back of my mom's couch. While I was cringing a bit with the bride motif (there is a really good reflection on the princess-industrial-complex here), she chose a huge piece of blue tule as her veil, which gave the whole thing a Cyndi Lauper flair. The final effect was awesome. Also, we went trick-or-treating with our friends. Their son O. was an owl--how cute is he?
This shot isn't super flattering of the bride, but you get a sense of the colors of the viel and shoes.
At some point when we were going from house to house for the big candy haul, I realized that these were the same doors that I had knocked on as a child. I like that.