Friday, January 31, 2014


January!  One of my least favorite months due to usually horrid weather, however also the month associated with new beginnings.  My January has felt far too much like surviving than beginning again.  Still, a picture a day is kind of a crazy outlet, finding beauty in the little everyday mundane life.  And an even crazier marvelous thing - I can hear the birds singing today.

Fuzzy Snuggles <3

* Flurries! *

Got sick :( Bronchitis is not fun, people!  Sleeping, Vitamin C, and several episodes of Say Yes to the Dress were in order. Along with a few too many hours on Pinterest and reading while snuggled under a blanket.

A fair share of Instagrams this month. Need to get better about bringing my blue amazing camera places...
Nutella - 'nuff said XD

Let the lipstick mark remind you to use your lips to say nice things - our "Beauty Tip" from devotions

You have to keep your spirits up around little ones - they mimic. Especially emotions. I have three kids learning from me every single day (yikes!) and it's amazing how much they pick up.  

Early Morning Elements

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wintry Randomness

I hate winter. And I meant hate, hate it with a passion.  After December 25th, I'm ready for all the snow to be gone and to be replaced with summer. But, as I do so love spring and fall, winter is just a season that must be endured.  Instead of sitting inside pouting about the temperature (although, really, -10 degrees, who enjoys that?) I try to focus on the positives of winter.  Forget the ugly brown slush of the roads, the icey cold wind that creeps down your neck, the wet hems on your pants, freezing legs on Sunday mornings, life postponed, dark days, staticy hair.  Bring on the hot chocolate, warm not itchy sweaters, cozy socks, dump-in-half-the-sugar-bowl-tea, little clementines packed with vitamin C, fuzzy blankets, fireplace reading, movie marathons, awesome tights, infinity scarves, those never-before-used oh so hopeful ice skates, and glistening white snow.

There are some things I love in the winter that just aren't there in the summer!  Just got to let go of the miserableness and be happy in those little things!  Like the way Rory gets his winter coat and his hair is all fuzzy and snuggly. Listening to my Frozen soundtrack on repeat, sitting in front of the fire with a good book or my new aweseomeful computer. Rereading good books with a cup of tea, and exploring new stories.

Winter dress! Black boots and red lipstick, old hoodies that make you feel just so happy. Glittery eyeshadow and red sweaters and ice blue nailpolish. Of course my kitty cat ears hat I received on my birthday from my friend Elizabeth. Totally pegged my quirky style, and Squirt loves it too!

And yes, that is a Dalek Snowman.  My cool and trendy sister knows how to participate in the fandoms properly.  I come home from work to find a Dalek in our backyard.  I didn't think we had enough snow to do more than complain about, but her optimism proved me wrong and she took advantage of the icey mixture and made this marvelous creation. The only concern, I didn't even know we had that plunger, who knows where she found it...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Christmas on New Years

New Years Day was spent with dear friends; the little ones I babysit full-time/nanny.  It had been a long Christmas Break without seeing each other, and we were all excited to get together and exchange presents.  We ate some favorite food (fruit and chips of course were in demand by little Rarity and myself!), had the teli on in the background on some sports channels (I was real into it, can you tell? ;) ), and, of course, opened presents!

Definitely ready!
Makenna, Madi, Sam, and Aly all waiting to open presents!

Duckling and Rarity (affectionately called thus, of course)

Little House on the Prairie presents.  They loved their bonnets and were prancing about in the snow within the hour, Mary and Laura, having a marvelous time

                                                                     Sis looks great in hats!

Danielle got Mamma and I tickets to see Pride and Prejudice performed.  Pride and Prejudice on stage! Just wait and let the gravity of that sink in and then allow me to gush with excitement. I cannot wait until March!  Fabulous gift!!

 Squirt and his new trains :)