Thursday, February 27, 2014

{pretty, happy, funny, real} Bookish Edition

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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Books are so much part of the rhythm of our days - Mom's devotional first thing in the morning, kids' Bible story at morning snack, poetry at afternoon snack, the Bible after supper, Winnie-the-Pooh before bed. There are usually several stacks placed strategically around the house, and I embrace them in the category of "decorating." They are beautiful and useful, after all!


I am quite excited with this recent addition. I was introduced to its beauty over on this blog quite a while back, and recently acquired a second hand copy for under seven dollars, including shipping!

(Note also the lovely "February 15th flowers" on the organ - just as pretty for half the price!)

This book makes me want to learn to draw properly. It is a replica of a naturalist's diary from 1906. It has notes from nature, seasonal poetry and quotes, and, of course, the lovely drawings.

It is delightful to look at!


A selection of stacks. 

Some of our current daily reads, handy in the dining room, aka our morning room.

The cat has his favourites too!

My funny corner cupboard, which becomes a receptacle for "Mommy's books."

Finally finished!! (Begun in November, competed in February, worth its weight in library fines.)

Micah is not much of a book person, at all, but this is his current read.  We are preparing to introduce a couple of pigs to our little homestead this spring!


Arden picked up a little book called Latin Matters  the other day, and decided it was an instruction book for how to put away cutlery!

If you look very carefully, you will see a little sign posted on the window
above  the tap.  "Act, don't react." Sound familiar? :)

She was quite intent on the matter.

Chores complete, the kids wanted to show their funny faces.


Ok, so this has nothing to do with books, but with papery winter fun, which is sort of in the same category. We took advantage of the Olympics to do some winter sport themed colouring.

We did have the TV on quite a lot over the Olympics. Figure skating was one of Arden's favourites, as well as bobsleigh. The most exciting moment for me - sorry to all you American readers - came in the final moments of the women's gold medal hockey game. . . despair,  hand-wringing hope, elation, nail-biting nervousness . . . then GOLD!!!!!! AAAHHHHHH! Watching hockey can be so stressful!

We had some Olympic fun outside too, making bobsleighs out of cardboard boxes and giant garbage bags, and then awarding our own handmade medals.

We are trying our best to embrace the winter! Keep warm everyone. :)

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Friday, February 7, 2014

{pretty, happy, funny, real} on February 7

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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I know it's only February, but it's ok to start to hope for spring, right?


My sister came for a visit!! Auntie Christen was a big hit with the kids. Direct quote from Arden: "I like Auntie Christen. She's great." Here are some pictures from our last playtime together.


It didn't take him too long to warm up to her!

Hugs for Auntie Christen!

Funny faces

Group hug!

Two sillies



I stepped outside the other morning and was met with this cat print in the frost!

It's a full body print. She must have been sitting with her front paws tucked under her and her elbows (?) folded over in front. I love that's there's even a tail print!


It was time for the chicks to move out of our dining room into a more suitable location. Cute as they were, they were definitely making their presence known to our nostrils!

Quite the colour range! This brown one is my favourite.

Milly decided to stand guard over the chicks once they were in the box.
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