Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Roundup

{via Loopy Mango}

I knit, did you know that about me? Maybe not because I haven't done it in a long time, but I come from a family of skilled knitters, though I rank among the least skilled of them, mainly due to the fact that I refused to learn until way into my twenties. 

You think that as soon as I found out that I was pregnant I would have hit the needles, but it wasn't so. Instead my mom and my aunt knit almost every sweater Benjamin has ever worn, beautiful pieces that I will treasure forever and maybe pass down to his kids one day, because that is the beauty of creating, being able to not only transform material into something useful, but to be able to pour love into every stitch. That's it! It's wearable love.

I decided I wanted to get back on the knitting saddle and make a REALLY chunky throw for my downstairs, but my dreams were truncated once I found out the cost of chunky yarn. You guys, it's so expensive! To give you an idea, a regular skein of yarn is roughly $6, these are $50 or more, yikes! But then Sunny, the woman I call my second mom, surprised me with the yarn, needles, and even a pattern, AND I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED I'M TALKING IN ALL CAPS.

So guess what I'll be doing while Ben naps? Now wish me luck so I don't drop any stitches.

What are you doing this weekend?

1. What you email inbox reveals about your personality I don't ever remember seeing my inbox at zero.

4. This happens to me all the time Help! I Can't Stop Thinking in Emoji!

5. "She had applied for more than 15 corporate jobs, within and outside of Starbucks. Again and again, though, she had been passed over in favor of other candidates with more formal education. This was a woman who had raised three children largely on her own and had started a nonprofit to help homeless people in her area. She had experience, competence, and drive. what she didn't have-  like three-quarters of Starbucks employees, an an equal share of American adults-was a bachelors degree." The Upwardly Mobile Barrista

Saturday, April 18, 2015

#12monthsofben: 11 Months

Benjamin is 11 months old today.

Likes: Crawling, jumping, climbing, clapping, peekaboo, smoothies, putting EVERYTHING in his mouth, and the cat.

Dislikes: Being told 'no'.

This week I talked to 2 of the women who took a birthing class with me this time last year, when the three of us were very pregnant. It was so fun to see them and their babes, both only days older than Ben, and reminisce of the year that's gone by so fast, just like everyone said it would.

One of them said, "How wonderful is it to be a parent, right? Best love in the world!" YES! I said, a million times yes! This parenting thing, tricky as it may be, is hands down wonderful, and the best love I have ever felt.

This time next month there will be cake.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Roundup

The ranunculus are back in season at the flower shop and I am having all sorts of trouble not spending a fortune on them. The price of fresh flowers in Alaska is disheartening and it makes me miss Ecuador, where I can get a dozen roses for $2.00. As far as beauty goes, there really is nothing better than flowers in a home, they are an insta-cheer-make-everything-more-beautiful item, and on a personal note, they remind me of my grandmother, a gifted gardener if I ever met one.

Do you keep flowers at home? Do you have a favorite one? Pick some up this weekend, they'll make your life just a wee bit prettier all next week.

Happy Friday!

1. It baffles me that the terms 'helicopter' and 'free range' parenting are a thing. Can we just parent and let other people parent? How a two-and-a-half block walk threats to tear a family apart

2. Dynasties The enduring power of families in business and politics should trouble believers in meritocracy

3. Here are 11 Influential Women You Should Know

4. The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015 Spoiler alert! Homer, Alaska made the cut!

5. The Strange Tale of the First Woman to Run for President and no, it's not Hillary Clinton.

6. "The decline in fertility over the course of a woman's 30s has been oversold" How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A little housekeeping

You guys, I've been holding out on you. I didn't tell you that I'm sorta redoing my downstairs area as part of the 'I must achieve minimalism' thing have going on. 

I promise to let you see how I'm designing and living with less once this project is complete, but in order to finish it I have to sell a couple things. I have provided the Craigslist links below, let me know if you want them, or maybe do me a solid and tell people who you think may want them. If you mention this post, I'll give you 10% off the price. 

Deal? Deal. Fist bump, you rock. 



Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Roundup

I am excited for summer {if it ever stops snowing} because I've managed to come up with a pretty exciting schedule: Benjamin turns 1 year old, a race, a writing retreat, a girl's getaway, and the birth of my new nephew are all happening in the span of 4 months.

Now I just need the weather to hurry up and warm this town.

What are your summer plans?

Happy weekend!

1. Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

2. Tim came home a couple days ago to tell me his job's annual review went really well, knowing the awesome Architect he is I was not surprised. Then he said "and you may be surprised to hear I got my best score in communication", to which I replied "well, my work here is done." This interaction will only make sense {or seem humorous} to you if you knew that in this relationship I am the outspoken extrovert and him the ever-thinking introvert, but all jokes aside, I think as a society we underrate introverts, their wit, spark, and capabilities. Dedicated to my loving, introvert husband is this link The Power of Introverts

3. A Towering Home in the Alaskan Wilderness Looks Like Something Right Out of A Dr. Seuss Book

4. At Madrid Gallery, Blind Visitors Can Touch Masterpieces

5. This print is on repeat in my head.

6. I am close to returning to work full time and leaving Benjamin in a daycare facility, we recently found out that we made the cut in the waiting list, but that is only one of the hurdles to overcome. "Child care in the United States is a huge problem for a number of parents - exorbitantly expensive, unregulated, and often unavailable" How Parents Cope With America's Childcare Crisis

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Because He lives

"When Christ came to earth, from the very first beat of His human heart, He was fully intended to be that Sacrifice. He willingly spilled His blood to cover our sin, not just the sin of those who jeered Him, who cast the stones, stole His clothing, scoffed at His claims to divinity, demanded in crazed fervor for His death, His humiliation… but for the sin we walk in today, tomorrow, constantly, unintentionally, the struggles we feebly attempt to overcome, the pathetic mediocrity we wallow in, the lack of grandeur, the fading awe, the half-hearted reverence… His blood, today, tomorrow, still warm, still sweet, still washing away the rotten stench of our sins… as we unabashedly walk in God’s favor, forever beneath the tide of Jesus’ blood, never having to turn away, never being turned away, never more than a thought, a whispered prayer, away from the Holiest of Holies; our star-crossed Lover who so, so desperately and willingly, bought an eternity with His beloved. The cost another sacrifice, the cost a human sacrifice, the price the only One worthy of such favor… the price of His beloved Son, divine, heavenly, powerful, good." - Jessica Buttram 

Happy Easter friends, He is risen! What a joy it's been to celebrate our Lord's resurrection today!

Benjamin loved hunting for eggs, and we spent quality time with people we love. I hope your Easter was lovely and warmer than ours because it snowed last night! What gives Mother Nature? 

Let's get this spring thing rolling, shall we?

"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives."

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Roundup

I shared this picture on {{Instagram}} last week about a project I'm working on. That's my home office, and that right there, is what brainstorming used to look like before it became pinspiration. I love Pinterest as much as the next girl, and I find it a great tool in my line of work, but looking for inspiration elsewhere - from the outdoors to catalogs - always helps me find the key to making things uniquely my own.

Lately I am more inspired by people like my husband, whose trained Architect eye comes in handy when I find myself stuck, and friends like Les, who has me itching for color. There's also a special place in heaven for people who help you move couches down a flight of stairs. XOXO to you!

My point is that we are better in community, and in all the going minimal I have going on, I have found more space and more time for people, for talking, for meeting, for building, and listening. I have less but I am more full. My friend Steph calls it "trimming the fat", getting rid of the fluff and getting to the good meaty stuff where the substance is.

Less stuff, less busy, less clutter. More time, more growth, more meaningful relationships. I think we are on to something here.

Happy Easter weekend!

1. Ah the value of educating girls. Teen girls coding their way to the top

2. Invention, reinvention, achievement. What a way to approach life! Advice from a Serial Life Reinventor

3. It's no secret I bought into the Apple cult so of course I find this fascinating. "What if you could create a device that could filter out all the bullshit and instead only serve you truly important information?" iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch

And that's it for this week. I had a sick kid. Have you ever tried to read with a sick kid on your lap? Yeah, me neither.

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