60 years old.
60+ memories from friends & family, near & far. (that tend to be about beer & general debauchery...)
Thank you to everyone who contributed. This photo says it all.
Happy birthday daddio. xo
** This is not an original idea. Holly's post over at Nothing but Bonfires about 60-year-memories has been pinned like wildfire. I've had it saved for a year now, just waiting.
Today marks a very special birthday of a very special little gal I know (two!). When her birthday hits, it means dancing and sweets and super photo-ops. It also means that Eli's birthday is in just two short days (two!).
I decided to put all of my hand-lettering practice to the test, and wrote a quote that describes this wee girl's mama quite nicely - and I thought it was fitting for her birthday. It turned out pretty nice, if you ask me.
Happy birthday little L. (and happy birthaversary to her fabulous parents)
- took some photos
- painted some furniture
- sold some books
- baked some zucchini loaf (sort of)
- cheered for an amazing friend completing a triathlon
- ate two tomato & basil sammies
- drew some pictures for a traveling art project
- did some laundry and organizing
- watched a wedding through my binoculars
- sang some songs
- finished up some etsy orders
- chatted with some friends
- snuggled with my wee boy
Party wall, action plans and team norms
Deciding we were good enough to be in the advanced yoga class.
Playing soccer and calling in sick and grand ideas for staff functions.
Snowstormy drives in Stacey's van and lunch in Inverhuron,
Dichotomy about snow day working locations.
Arguments over running records and oral language.
Putting lip gloss on your steering wheel to remind yourself to pick me up for school and complaints about the bagel cutting.
Setting-up sound systems and special-needs dogs.
Stake-outs for man-dates and snacks at the Hawg's.
Random encounters in the streets late at night, hilarious stories and the Salad King.
Chai Lattes and single marshmallows and under-the-desk space heaters.
Purple comic sans serif and sailing chats and ampersands and Photo Booth.
Rick Mercer and Where's Waldo and Scoot and Gilligan's Island.
Eli's Sleep Sheep, chunky sweaters and vanilla milkshakes.
Forgotten Birthday Pies, mispronouncing Detroit and 5-year plans.
Live the life you love, love the life you live.
You will be missed Trish.
my Eli's big baby butt pants. They are perfect for his super cute fluffy cloth bum. Another crafty maman made them for me. They make me smile out loud.
Today I got some really amazingly awesome things.
My raspberry coloured Goodbyn lunchbox came and I immediately covered it with the stickers. I am excited to start some creative lunch making.
An giftcard order from chapters also came today. I ordered Eli a couple of books (in English et en français), a journal of sorts and Playful Learning. PL is pretty much a toddler activity pin board all together in a beautiful book. There isn't really anything new in there (many are teaching ideas that I already do in my classroom), but it is neat to have some concrete ideas and photos. And the cover is so yummy.
I got a new battery in my macbook pro and I can graphic design for more hours.
At Michael's I picked up some gouache paints to try, some little mini chickies, an assortment of black marker pens, some birthday things and the most amazing pen ever. One end is a marker and the other end is a glue stick. Genius!
If that wasn't enough cool, minutes after I arrived home, Aly showed up at my door with a paint palette of cupcakes. Scrumdiddlyumptious. I love that girl.
Now I am listening to some incredible new music and bursting with creativity while my two boys snore.
I have one more month left of my Maternity Leave.
This time last year I was apprehensive of being away from my passion for an entire year. I didn't want to stop teaching. Teaching inspired me, motivated me, challenged me, excited me and brought out the best of me. It also fostered my creativity and shoved me completely out of my comfort zone. I loved the thrill of a zillion projects on the go and making lists and schedules and newsletters and mini-lessons. I also liked collaborating with teachers and modelling lessons and daily staffroom banter. I knew that I was going to miss it.
The other part of me was giddy to begin my new role as baby maman. I knew that I was going to have a year unlike any that I have had before. And I was right. It started off with a teensy little newborn in my arms and is ending with a baby zooming around the living room and talking up a storm. I couldn't have imagined today back then. In those early wintery months, I spent days on end in pjs with Eli sleeping on my chest while I watch Saved By The Bell and the Golden Girls. He ate a lot (and we overcame some breastfeeding challenges together), napped infrequently (the bouncy chair was a saviour) and cried if he wasn't near me.
I found a passion for cloth diapering, grew a collection of wraps/slings/carriers, found a deeper love and appreciation for my hubby, renewed self-esteem about my body (I was proud of my mama doughiness), met best friends through La Leche League and fell in love with sharing a bed with my entire family. We went on picnics, made scenes, went swimming, had playdates, took photos, rode the streetcar, traveled north and south, read lots of books and sang lots of songs, and most importantly formed a trusting relationship with each other.
Like teaching, mothering inspires me, motivates me, challenges me, excites me and brings out the best of me. It has fostered my creativity and shoved me completely out of my comfort zone.
But I think it is time for the next chapter. I feel similar feelings as I did a year ago. I will miss being home with my baby tremendously, but I am giddy to resume my role as Mme Wright. I might not put in as many hours planning for my class as I once did, and I'll squeeze my extra-curriculars in during recesses instead of after school, but I will have a fresh new perspective in my profession. I think that is a good thing. xo.
“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” - Buddha (via a Being Erica episode)
We rang in the New Year with great friends, a hobo-beer tasting, some rounds of what-if?, sophisticated mask & hat crafting, new & old traditions, photo-ops, bacon bourbon sours, chalkboard messages, late-night meatballs and lots of laughter . This New Years also marked the first for some special little babies that I know. xo
The other day I hosted a mini craft party. A tutu tutorial, in fact.
One of my friends mentioned that she wanted to make a tutu for a gift, and so I invited her (and a couple of others) over. I ordered some fabulous tulle from Canada Tulle, got some ribbon, cardboard and elastic bands. I popped on some musak and brewed a pot of coffee.
We enjoyed an afternoon of crafting, eating (tomato tart, jalapeno poppers, banana bread), playing with babies and chatting.
We loved making tutus so much that we decided that we wanted to make more. Lots more. Send me a message if you'd like to purchase a pink tutu from us including the age of your babe. Twenty $$ per tutu. All proceeds will go to our La Leche League of Kincardine. (Wouldn't a tutu be a fab Christmas gift?)
fyi: No, I didn't make a tutu for Elijah - but he did make a good model for sizing purposes.
Don't be a hater. I may or may not have put up my Christmas tree this weekend. So, it was partly because the ladder was already upstairs, partly because my mom could help me and partly because being a "stay at home mom on maternity leave" leaves me getting inspired to do home decor. I don't normally get the tree out until December, but it just felt right. I did not, however, decorate it (our twinkly lights are all burnt out!). This photo is from another year.
I also might have also started listening to Christmas music. Oh wait. Who am I kidding? My Christmas tunes are on my music rotation all year round. I'll be deckin' my halls to these two new awesome Christmas albums - She&Him and Michael (not Rob) Buble.
I've created a list (and checked it twice) of new little projects that I am going to make in the next little bit.
Things to make&do.
- felt pinecones
- yarn trees
- elf ornaments
- peanut snowmen
- beaded tree
- cardboard sweaters
- skate ornament
- felt bows & hearts
- stick wreath
- embroidery hoop love
- book tree
- evergreen jars
- card display
- twine pears
- more newspaper snowflakes
- sweater stockings
- tissue paper trees
- quilled newspaper ornaments
- 2011 CDs
- christmas gifties & wrapping
(I'll post some photos later!)
This is a guest post written by a genuinely magical mama. When she isn't leaving secret surprises on my doorstep or hosting awesome theme parties, she is inventing games for her daughter, exploring the outdoors and baking cookies on her maternity leave from teaching. Aly's passion for motherhood is incredibly contagious and I wanted her to inspire you, like she inspires me. Please send her some comment love.
For the last eight months, my wee girl has been the one bringing magic into our home on a daily basis. I love her version of magic (giggles, first kisses, toothless smiles) and how it has changed my world and renewed in me hope, pure love and a belief that anything is possible. Now, I find myself daydreaming of the days when I can return the bliss and bring a little magic into her world. I want my girl to BELIEVE; in magic, in make-believe or whimsy, whatever you want to call it. If only one message has been clearly communicated to me by some greater power over these last many months it is a resounding- screaming from the rooftops- that
It actually does fly (as if it has wings, a cape and fancy rocket shoes!). So, I feel compelled and inspired to squeeze as much wonder into her youth as possible- to fill her childhood with spirit and magic. Thus, I have plans galore (and pins a plenty) for the tooth fairy and Santa Claus, Leprechauns and garden fairies, pirates and frog princes. I have traditions planned for Valentines Day and the first day of school, for the last day of summer and for annual scavenger hunts. My wee girls’ closet will be filled with
wings and wands
pirate patches and princess dresses
treasure maps and tutus
safari hats and swords
capes and crystal balls…
and all the things an explorer needs to travel to foreign lands.
Wishes will be made on stars, and while crossing bridges with held breath and, of course, on fallen eye lashes. I AM TAKING ACTION! I will make sure that the magic in my girl’s world is not left to Disney and Pixar, but instead will be brought to life by Daddy and Mama.
If your child meets mine in the classroom or school yard or at swimming lessons, please remind them to be tolerant and accepting and kind…to not ruin the secret of flying reindeer, or tell my wee girl that kissing frogs will never turn them into the best of friends. I consider these to be unimportant truths, better left for later when the pixie dust of childhood inevitably lifts. For now, let’s work together to keep an air of mystery and wonder in the lives of our wee ones. Here are some ideas to get us started (and please click the links):
1. Create a Tooth fairy entrance. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this teensy door that can be attached to your wee one’s wall as safe passage for the tooth fairy. It only makes sense that if Santa comes down the chimney, fairies must have their own entrance too!
2. Leave evidence of garden sprites or gnomes. Create some magic on the move in your yard. Find or make a few colorful, whimsical outdoor decorations (a bright toadstool garden ornament is my suggestion) and place them in a spot in the yard or garden. Every once in a while move them in secret to a new part of the yard- somewhere a bit hidden- and tell your wee ones that the garden sprites move them to keep from being located. Each time the kids go outside they will have fun searching for the decoration and trying to track down the elusive garden sprites.
3. Create a magical land in your backyard with Fairy berries. These small clear balls have a little white LED light inside which shines for more than 20 hours on land or in water. “Each one has a tiny glowing white LED that fades on and off slowly”. Used en mass, these “berries” could fill your yard with “evidence” of tinkerbell herself!
4. Enroll your wee one in spy training camp. Tape red streamers or painters tape to a hallway wall and make a laser area for kids to try to crawl through (without touching and setting off alarms!) like spies. Challenge them to a mission impossible!
5. Send the tiniest of correspondence the form of Tooth fairy letters. It doesn’t have to be the tooth fairy, you could send your wee one mail from any multitude of teensy creatures: munchkins, leprochauns, The Littles, The Borrowers, mice, a pet gerbil…. Whatever you choose, these miniscule letters are sure to keep your wee one believing in the mystery of snail mail.
6. Create your own holiday. While sugarplums dance in their heads, decorate the house with streamers and a big sign that says “Happy _____ Day!” (Dog Day, Backwards day, Queen for a Day, Milkshake day, Purple Cow Day…) Make up traditions for the day together– you must wear purple, it’s traditional to eat ice cream for breakfast, whatever.
7. Create the Animal tracks of mythical or extinct creatures. Weather its in the backyard or along the beach these DIY animal track shoes are sure to create quite a stir with your wee ones and maybe the local paper too! Imagine the stories that would follow!
9. Create items from Santa’s workshop or orchard. Identify the items as those produced in the North Pole by using these Santa stickers. Giverslog has free labels that you can turn into stickers to put on the orange in your wee ones stocking, or any other produce or treat.
10. Install your very own wish machine! Buy this poster, or use it as inspiration for installing a vintage doorbell inside your house to be used as a wish button. Imagine the wonder on your wee ones faces when they return from school to find their very own wish button installed!
Thank you Aly! xo.
I am thankful for
my family (near & far), my friends (old & new), my job/students (now & then), my health, my brain, our house and yummy food.
I am also thankful for a whole bunch of random goodness like - thank-yous, banana flavoured things, crayola crayons, dancing like a maniac, long & thoughtful emails, mail art, grape nerds, burt’s bees hand lotion, great big sea, strawberry ice cream, internet quizzes, cloth diapers, anne shirley, Canada, typography, lyrics, broadway musicals, peanut butter on a spoon, movies that take place in schools, hand stands, baker’s twine, tivo, paint, Yahtzee, musical instruments, brown sugar, skipping ropes, orange pop, sharpie markers, popsicles, breastfeeding, retro television, funky stockings, surprises on my doorstep, babies, pinterest, cranberry coffee cake, hot apple cider, blankets to snuggle, sudoku, mixtapes and photoshop.
I am especially thankful for my little bearded nature baby.
Happy thanksgiving fellow canucks! xo