Thursday, October 22, 2009


Out my living room window, I can see a dusting of new snow just at the top of the mountains, while the closer perspective shows that my lawn is still strangely green. The deep freeze we had either last week or the week before (notice the title of this post) has stunned all the leaves where they hang, and it seems we've skipped over any kind of fall color-change and gone straight to brown-on-the-limb. I guess they'll blow off over the course of the winter.
Today was beautiful, though- that gold fall light that seems like it comes all sideways and soft angles no matter what time of day it is. I took the girls in my NEW double stroller down to Bird's preschool in the morning, then picked her up again at noon. I love shuffling along a sidewalk that is covered with leaves, even if they're not very colorful...

I'm feeling the strong urge to fall-clean/de-clutter my house as colder weather sets in and we're spending more time to-do list should take me all winter! I also have a lovely newly-painted purple front door that may help distract me from the fact that we REALLY need to paint our whole house soon...hopefully next summer. Even though the newest member doesn't even weigh 12 lbs yet, it's amazing how much smaller our house feels now that it's containing all the gear that a family of four needs, wants, can't live without...but our little house does keep us from amassing too much.
This weekend we're planning to squeeze in a poetry reading, 3 yr-old's birthday party, a friend's 30th birthday party (she somehow has booked a not-open-for-the-season-yet ski hill & lodge for the night...!), picking up grandma at the airport, girl-get-together, and who knows what else...again, note the title of this post.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

First Smiles, Last Flowers

When my first daughter was born a little over two years ago, I felt like I knew her on sight. I felt like I already knew every inch of her the second she was laid on my stomach...knew her smell, her pointy elbows, I knew her. The second time around I expected it to feel the same...which it definitely did not! My first thought upon seeing Aven was now, who are you?...maybe because now I know how much there is to know, and how wonderful it is to watch your child become who they are. After five weeks, I feel like I'm getting the first glimpses. Aven is quick to smile, she loves the view of the world when her head is on my shoulder, and she is... just a peaceful soul.

Aven being zen-like amid the carrots and beets I still need to pull...anyone want some beets?

Why I need to start shopping for a double stroller...pulling two kids, a carseat, and multiple pumkins in a little red wagon does not count as the kind of 'getting-out-of-the-house-time' that I need to survive the winter!

Speaking of winter, what the hell is this? October 7th? Really!?

And, no, we are not crazed Armageddon-is-coming survivalists types (no offense to you if you are!), just a couple overzealous home-farmers. Holy hell! Ha, I just noticed a wine glass in there with the sippy cups!

The last of the sweet peas...oh how I love them!

Monday, October 5, 2009

What I've Been Doing Instead Of Writing:

First Day of Pre-School! This is exactly how she looks two mornings a week when she knows she's headed for school!

Aven Elizabeth - born August 31st, 2009 (only 12 days late!), 9lbs 5oz
Born on (what I've always felt is) the unofficial last day of summer, after a misty morning and a beautiful sunny day at 6pm in the evening-
Aven at one month old, keeping us company during the great tomato harvest of 2009!

Things I grew this summer: Amazon-style daughter & way too many tomatoes!

Just the beginning of the tomato harvest:
Some of the end result:

Sisters out for a walk:

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