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writer/photographer/scrapbook designer/mama/wife/etc
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fall in minnesota. to borrow vernacular from the kids: i. can't. even. i find myself stopping at windows, just staring out across the yard. i mean, really ... wouldn't you? i even managed to squeeze in five minutes with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Work In Progress
back in may, for mother's day, i requested a walk through my favorite minneapolis neighborhood to look at all the beautiful old homes near lake harriet. while we were walking, we noticed one of the houses was completely wrapped up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Work In Progress
all last year, i freaked out about the whole "my kid is in high school!" thing. the idea that henry is almost out the door and on his way into adulthood - and into the years when he doesn't need... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Work In Progress
it's here. if you've read my blog for any amount of time over a year, you know that a) i adore autumn, and the coming holiday season, and b) every year my autumn, and coming holiday season, goes to hell.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Work In Progress
not that i'm complaining - heat and humidity are my two least favorite types of weather - but summers go faster each year. it's crazy. one minute it's the last day of school ... and the next 90 days stretch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Work In Progress
i was talking with a friend the other day, and she was lamenting not knowing where to start on redecorating her family room. she was hooked on a particular color, but didn't know where to go from there. i told... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Work In Progress
as we get closer to the mid-point of the year, i'm realizing that this has been a hard one on me. i'm exhausted. i feel beat down. depression that i've controlled and kept in its cage for a dozen years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Work In Progress
harper is in her last full week of fourth grade, which means she is thisclose to leaving "little girl" behind and jumping into "'tweenhood." right on cue, she's asking for a more grown-up room. the daybed that she's had since... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Work In Progress
so, you know that thing where people buy a standard-issue ikea item, then they take it home and go all "outside of the box" on it? and hack it into something amazing? i did that. but with trader joe's. my... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Work In Progress
i was sent a copy of "love the home you have" by melissa michaels, who is behind the blog the inspired room, and have been both devouring it and savoring it, if it's possible to do both. i read a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Work In Progress
so, mother's day is coming. again. didn't we just have one of those? i mean, seriously ... moms are celebrated all the friggin' time. enough already ... i don't need any more appreciation showered upon me or offers from others... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Work In Progress
i'm finally doing some things on the house front. spring has lit a fire under me, and i'm ready to finish some projects. one that's been looming for the past 18 months is the master bathroom. there's this nook where... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Work In Progress
the past four months have gone by so quickly that i didn't mention henry's high school swim season at all. well, one quick mention at christmastime, but that was it. he has enjoyed high school swimming so much over the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Work In Progress
so ... did you all know that easter is this weekend? am i the last person to be aware of this? just checking. in other news: i shall be taking harper shopping for nice shoes this week. carry on. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Work In Progress
so ... spring break is over, amazingly enough. we had a good week. instead of the sun and fun of, say, disneyland or puerto rico, or having a historical adventure while visiting someplace like washington dc, we opted to spend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Work In Progress
i have more to write, but for today, there is this: she is so utterly in love with him. and he is (generally) so very, very good to her. today she is ten-years-old. double digits. growing too fast. and we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Work In Progress
last week, i got a super fun/super unexpected/super inexplicable-yet highly flattering email from the community manager for the online store chairish, an "exclusive, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage and used furniture." in the email, she wrote: We understand when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Work In Progress
wha ... ??? i'm having a very hard time wrapping my brain around this one, but yes: henry turns 15 today. (technically, not until 6:50 this evening, so i have a few more hours of deniability.) i'm truly floored each... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Work In Progress
it's been the year month week from hell, and thankfully it's now friday. yesterday, i played complete hooky. i was so over all of the stress and heartache and major things going down in our world that i just hit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Work In Progress
it's a new year, in more ways than one. yes, the calendar rolled over. but beyond that, my personal calendar rolled over (41, thankyouverymuch), my mindset rolled over, things in our household have been rolling and tumbling and trying to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Work In Progress
lately, i've been preoccupied with the "have to" items ahead of me, and it occurred to me that if i look at everything as a "have to" i will get overwhelmed and throw in the towel because i feel like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Work In Progress
as 2014 drifts away tonight, i'm spending a few final moments on christmas. when i was a kid, there was always the anticipation of christmas, then the actual holiday; it all seemed to just morph and swell, and i didn't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Work In Progress
i blinked, and christmas is over. don't get me wrong: we had my family here for four full days. and they were FULL. DAYS. but yet it flew by. and i'll write more about that later. first: giving snowflake her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Work In Progress
the last weekend before the last weekend before christmas has come and gone. and we got ... very little done. oh well. henry had a swim meet on both friday and saturday, so the rest of saturday was shot with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Work In Progress
december is going way too fast. waaaaay. too fast. however, the house is 85% ready for family to visit for christmas; starting on monday, i'll have marc home for three weeks; and i'm ready to spend next week enjoying the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Work In Progress