Showing posts from January, 2013

sister wives

joey and emily, my brother and his wife, have lived with us for almost two years. we love living together and have even started the search for a bigger house (kitchen) that would accommodate us better for communal living, especially if they eventually have a baby too. however, in the meantime, they've found a tiny old fashioned miner's cabin that suits them perfectly and they're moving out march 1. booo-hoooo :(
so in honor of my housemates, i figured i'd let you in on my biggest parenting secret: having a "sister wife!" we are home a lot together while our dudes work, very 1950's, so emily and i like to joke around about being housewives. 

this means my baby gets two mamas in a sense! emily is by far one of lucy's favorite people in the world. she makes her smile immediately no matter how tired or fussy lucy's been. she witnessed the first laugh, helps lucy learn to "talk," holds her while i eat, gives her special names and shows her h…

Music Saves

dancin in 2013...
Best idea of the new year?  A mixtape swap, yes, a good old fashioned exchange of great tunes. Anne at A Cup Full of Sunshine is hosting this exchange and partners will be chosen on Monday.
as my loving husband used to tell me back in our angsty mid-20s...MUSIC SAVES. Introducing new songs or combinations of songs to each other is a beautiful way to open up our hearts. 
It would be so fun if a lot of people participated. Maybe we could jointly share our playlists later and open up whole new worlds of music to each other... Go HERE and comment!

in matters of cosmic import

having a baby is a climax of unimaginable proportions. this past week has blown our world open again over here with the entrance of a brand new human. my sister had her son, Vyvian Utah Everson Spark, on a cold snowy night at 12:41 a.m. January 10, 2013. He was 7 lb 14 oz and 21 inches long.  A beauty unprecedented in this world.
her labor was relatively short for a first-time mama. we arrived around 5 pm as she was getting checked into the hospital. her contractions were coming regular and strong, and by 9:30 pm the doctor thought her pushing would start soon. (ended up that it was a few more hours than that - poor girl.)

taking a quick break to nurse my own babe. she did so well with daddy and relatives in the waiting room, being entertained and eventually rocked to sleep.
massage duty:
addie had a really difficult birth. maybe because things happened so quickly, her body didn't quite have time to adjust to the incredible process it was imposing on itself. myself, having had an…

winter brights and vintage toys

happy new year! today's post is brought to you by the brightness and cheer we felt at the start of the year...and not so much the next day when we were hit with this flu bug going around that pretty much knocked lucy and i flat. we're back at it today though, and just in time, because it looks like we're driving cross the canyon to help deliver a new baby cousin for lucy! more on that to come, of course.
for now, here is a little bootd for you. the second day of this charming new year, lucy wore these bright turquoise overalls with a big pink rose, totally 80s, totally awesome, and totally thrifted for like $1.

cozy outfit for all her favorites, playing with em:
trying some apples:
and playing with toys.
my sister in law amy did a good thing for christmas. she neatly packaged up some of the coolest toys that her kids used when they were littler to pass on to addie and i now that we are finally having our own babes. the toys originally came from us or my mom, either gifts …