A peek into our animal world


This weekend, lots of time was spent (as always) caring for our pets.  I love all of them, and there a quite a few.  I thought I’d start the week by giving you a small glimpse into our world of animals, and the joy they brought us this weekend.

My favorites are the guinea pigs… by far.  I’ve had guinea pigs my entire life, and just never get sick of looking at their unique adorableness…  I mean, they are like walking, living, “mmwweeeet”ing stuffed animals.   Just balls of fluff!  They are so silly they make me laugh without fail, every time.  Go on, I *dare* you to look at this picture and not at least smile!

My daughter’s favorite is the cockatiel, and my hubby and son both love the dogs the most.  I’ll start with that selection, although we have quite a few more pets to star in this blog at other points along the way.

Oh my, all our our pets are quite spoiled… but none as much as our cockatiel.  I’ve snuck that bird into every hotel we’ve ever stayed at because my daughter doesn’t want to leave him home for a night.  He even gets brought out in a travel carrier to spend time by our pool, for goodness sake!  It’s a pet spa over here, I’m telling you.

And while we are on the subject, am I the only mama out there who cooks up extra bacon slices each morning so that our cat can have her own slice?  I know you thought I was going to say dog… and yes, they get all the extra crumbles plus the bacon grease drizzled all over their kibble… but really, our cat Jenny is *obsessed* with bacon.  I’ve never heard of that before, I’d love to know I’m not alone here… anyone?  Awkward silence?  Anyone?

Check back later this week, as my new line of note cards is being launched and I am going to have a free give-a-way of a set of 8 cards!  See you here soon… xoxo

Never thought I'd be so excited about a book called The Ugly Guide To Being Alive And Staying That Way


This sight not only made my heartsong pelt out a loud and happy tune, but also took an enormous weight off my shoulders.  My daughter picked up a book… and read it cover to cover!

I knew she had been teaching herself to read for a long time now.  Hours spent squirreled away up in her room, her floor littered with chapter books, picture books, bird magazines, cat magazines, comics, you name it.  But she preferred to sound things out and figure things out in private.  Without.  (Sob!)  Me.  No phonics lessons.  No sitting on my lap while we took turns reading sentences.

Nope, this mysterious, lovely, chocolate haired beautiful soul of a daughter did things her own way, as usual.  Wanted no part of the *teaching* of reading.  Straight to the actual reading.  And I was never totally sure what stage of reading she was even in!  Sure I knew that she could read functionally — signs and commercials and snippets of words in every day life were navigated with ease… but books?  I just didn’t know.

Well, today my daughter emerged from her cocoon, casually picked up an Ugly Doll book right in front of me, and read it cover to cover easily.  Laughing to herself over the jokes.  Repeating the good parts out loud to me as I was building new guinea pig cages further down on the back porch from her.  Those giggles and silences were music to my ears and a joy to my heart.  My private reader let me in to her world, and it was well worth the wait!

And where was my son in all this?  Right on the other side of the door, in our living room, in his favorite spot of our house — in a sofa fort.  It is his favorite routine lately, and it brings my husband and I so much joy to watch him build, destroy, upgrade, sing in, read in, snack in, play in his forts.  He loves them totally dark, with little peep holes, a large indoor section and a smaller *outdoor* section… more like a loft.  That’s what it is, a sofa loft.  He happily takes his stuffed animals, action figures, Nintendo DSi, books, snackage, etc… inside, and totally hooks up his loft.  He should have his own show, called Dude, Pimp my Sofa.  I wish he’d pimp up our house the way he can magically create worlds out of our sofa.  He has skills, people.  Skills!

Here he is in a rare sighting emerging from his sofa loft.  And folks, there he goes…  xoxo

Panning outward…


Today was spent with friends, more crafting, some swimming and jumping on our trampoline…  but what made my heart sing today was a quiet moment in the front yard with my two babies (okay, they are 6 and 8, not exactly babies, but *my babies* still!  forever!)

I turned on the hose to water a newly planted palm tree — we love that tree, and the bottom leaves are turning brownish.  As the water ran out, my kids set about building a dam so that the water stayed around the base of the tree.

While they were busy having fun, I took a step back.  And a deep breath.  Ahhh yes, I had forgotten to breathe all morning.  Now another step back, deep breath, and *appreciating* my kids for exactly who they are and what they are doing Right Now.

(And yes, those are the same cut off jeans shorts she wore yesterday… told you she loves them!)  Okay, now another breath.  Another step back.  Another moment to appreciate my home, my yard, the sky, the clouds, the wind, the planet… yes… THIS is what I’ve been needing all day.

Sometimes you just have to pan outwards a bit, stop being so focused on the *right in front of you* and allow the fullness of *this moment* to sink in.  Yup, found my heartsong today, right here in my front yard.

Now back to scrubbing potatoes for dinner.  If only I can figure out a way to pan outwards from my kitchen stove!  xoxo