Friday, March 19, 2010

Charlie the cowgirl

Today was a monumental day! It was Charlotte's first time riding a horse all by herself!! We are in Oklahoma, at my mom's house. Her house, for my girls, is as great as any vacation. Horses. A four wheeler. A playground. A forest. A lake. Boats.... SO MUCH FUN!

Being Brooklyn's first spring break, I had to do something. Nicco (my little brother) is her very best buddy. Riding horses is her very favorite thing. Naturally, this was her most favorite place to go.
The weather was absolutely beautiful today. Like- perfect. And Wall-E and Eva were especially well behaved.

It is official. Three generations of cowgirls. I wish these horses weren't four hours away. It would be so nice to just zip on over and let the girls ride any time they would like...
Since Brooklyn was just a bun in the oven, I have dreamt of the day I would own my own farmhouse and we would have our own horses. I'm trying to be patient. :o)
Tomorrow we are going antiquing/junking. I will be sure and share finds!
Hope your spring breaks are lovely and full of sunshine! (despite the forecast for snow...)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

how do you eat an elephant?

The warmer weather has all of us itching to get outside! The girls and I took a hike/walk the other day- along with Ollie the Cow dog. He is a good dog, and we sure do love him. He is also half lab and half collie- so he is very smart AND very full of ENERGY. I tell Brooklyn to get dressed so we can go for an adventure and that she will need pants on. To her this means wearing tights with the dress, and leopard print coat. She is fabulous and that's all there is to it.

My first week of weight watchers I lost four pounds. A small victory- but a victory. I feel like I am doing well adhering to the plan, and it hasn't felt like I have given up too much. I do have a terrible sweet tooth and there have been many times I have wanted sugary sweets. It comes down to self-discipline. I hope to start working out more. I love to lift weights, and I'm planning on taking a zumba class. It is supposed to be all the rage- check it out on youtube. And of course, there is always my one true love- YOGA! I do love yoga.

The weight loss part is really nice, but the best part is just taking care of yourself.

I know this sounds silly, but thinking about losing weight has me thinking about other things... like fashion! I like the idea that I might be able to wear some trendy things. Or buy a bathing suit. Speaking of, I really really really want this one:

I love the vintage style... the black... the neckline... its only $140 at Anthropologie! Couldn't you see it paired with some Audrey type sunglasses? A girl can dream though... and maybe by the end of summer, I might be ready to rock a two piece. MAYBE.

I think that every once in awhile, its good for us girls to be girly. Dream of dresses and pedicures and spend just a little extra time on our make-up. I really love being a woman. For so many more reasons then this...

Spring is almost here! The sun is shining on me through the window now as I type. I hope your day is as beautiful, where ever you are...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

I love sesame street. I really love it. I spent hours watching it as a little girl, and I am certain that is how I learned all my letters and numbers before kindergarten. My great-grandma had to watch the news, and a soap or two, but I always got to watch sesame street.
Charlotte's recent stay in the hospital meant she got to watch a lot of television. Previously, it was a rare occasion to watch TV. I let the girls watch Saturday morning cartoons- but that was about it. A week in the hospital with nothing but a tv means a lot of cartoon watching. She loves Bob-Bob. (More commonly known as spongebob.) She requests him on an almost daily basis now. "I watch bob-bob, mamma?"
The other day, we watched sesame street. She now loves Elmo. It had been quite awhile since I had watched my long time friends. I caught myself smiling many times. Wouldn't it be nice to live in such a place? Where grown-ups are almost always happy? Everyone is friends with everyone, and even if you're grouchy people love you anyway? Singing and dancing are prerequisites for living in the neighborhood? I wish we could keep our world that way. I wish that we stayed childlike and that we never had to grow aware of this real world. I'd take a walk with Big Bird any day. Fortunately, I am lucky enough to have two daughters who see the world like sesame street and it makes me really happy to stop and view the world through their little bitty eyes every now and again. It refreshes my spirit- which longs to stay childlike.
I have also had a prompting of my spirit lately. You know, when you feel as though you will burst if you don't move in some direction, that you crave change more than you long to be comfortable. My spirit aches for purpose and for me that means the opportunity to help other people. My spirit longs for community, for others who are moving in the same direction- others who want to make the real world a little more like sesame street.

Sunny Day Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get, How to get to Sesame Street?
Come and play Everything's A-OK
Friendly neighbors there,
That's where we meet
Can you tell me how to get How to get to Sesame Street?
It's a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To Happy people like you-- Happy people like
What a beautiful
Sunny Day Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get, How to get to Sesame street?
How to get to Sesame Street?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ikea (free shipping!)

Finally, my ikea sofa and bookshelf arrived! I am so excited about getting my home in order. I have wanted this sofa for some time now.
I think I might use this shelf in my new office/creative space. Although, it would be very pretty in my living room...
In other news, Brooklyn has officially been reading books! It is really amazing to watch her read. I wasn't one of those parents who really pushed reading because I have heard that it makes no difference in a child's IQ. Well, at least that is what the study said. :o) I read to her often, and she has always had an interest in books. But now, seeing her read for herself- its just amazing.

I joined weight watchers online. I am optimistic about it. My mom has recently lost over 30 lbs on WW! I am very proud of her!

I hope to spend the next week or so making my house more homey...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I'm trying to get back to photography. I recruited my best friend and her husband to let me take some pictures. They are such beautiful people. They have become family.

two of my favorite people from kali kerr on Vimeo.

I hope your week is off to a good start... spring is just around the corner!