Rosie's Ramblings

giving thanks

Giving thanks for all that I have been blessed with this year, and in years past.

A very happiest of Thanksgivings to each one of you dear folks! This little corner of the web would be terribly lonely without you all.

We are spending our Thanksgiving surrounded by family. This year we are hosting, and for the past few days I've been cleaning, preping food, and getting things ready for our company to arrive. The stuffing and cranberry sauce are made. Apple sauce is thawing, and turkey (s) is ready to pop in the oven in the morning.
So much hustle and bustle, but most of all thankfulness for all we have.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Related: a gratitude list.

"feed the birds"

"Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she calls
Come, buy my bags full of crumbs

Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you

Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag
Feed the birds that's what she cries
While overhead, her birds fill the skies

All around the cathedral the saints and apostles
Look down as she sells her wares
Although you can't see it, you know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares

Though her words are simple and few
Listen, listen, she's calling to you
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag

Though her words are simple and few
Listen, listen, she's calling to you
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag"

Written by Richard M. Sherman, and Robert B.  Sherman.

after the weekend: you guys, I caved

I must confess, it happened, I finally gave in and turned into one of those people that play Christmas music (gasp) before Thanksgiving. 
It was just all so festive here over the weekend. We had snow falling outside, my Christmas Cactus was blooming, we hung white lights on the porch,  and even went and did some Christmas shopping. The only thing missing was the proper music to go with the mood. Don't worry though, I'm easing into it slowly with the instrumental stuff like Celtic Christmas, and not going straight to the classics. There's still a time and place, even if it's deciding just the right day to play what Christmas music ;)

So, our weekend: Adam went hunting, we made lots of warm oven food (roast chicken, baked fish), watched the last Pirates movie, cuddled on the couch, read some books, and watched (I'm ashamed to admit) far too many episodes of The Office. It looks like this might be how our winter is going to be spent, and I've to be honest, I really don't think I'd mind. After such a busy Spring, Summer, and Fall (hello, new baby), a quite, cozy Winter is sounds pretty good. 

That's still early out right now, Adri is sleeping, snow is falling, the coffee is ready to pour, I have emails to answer, still have to walk, and Piper is starting to fuss. Have a lovely Monday!

ready for the weekend+plans for Thanksgiving

Happy, happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? I know I sure am, even though I don't really even have anything planned. Adam is going to be going hunting on Saturday, and since the weather is supposed to be cold and rainy I'm sure the girls and I won't really be going out. I foresee lots of couch snuggles and movie watching. Oh, I am planning on putting up some white lights outside on the porch at some point and throwing out the rotting pumpkins ;)

Below are a bunch of favorite snaps from my week. 

 Babies yawning always remind me of kittens.

At the doctor's for a check-up. My little chunk is a whopping 13 lbs, 5 ounces!

We are getting in the holiday mood over here. It's been chilly, we've had a bit of snow, and all the Thanksgiving banners are up and the decorations are out. 
This year we are hosting Thanksgiving at our place. Adam counted the other day and it looks like there will be about 25 people. A full house!
Pretty much everyone is showing up on Wednesday (the 22nd), and my brother James, his girlfriend, and their three kiddos are staying with us. Bring on the partying! 

Have wonderful weekend, and if it's cold where you are stay warm! 

Words on Wednesday

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”
 A.A. Milne, 
The House at Pooh Corner

after the weekend: feels like winter!

Happy Monday! We spent a snowy weekend at home and it was the best. Lots of movie-watching (we finally watched Wonder Woman--excellent!), reading, cooking together, and bit of deep cleaning and winterizing. 
Friday was sooooo cold. Since the fridge was completely bare I kinda had no choice but to bundle up the girls, brave the snow and cold and head to town for groceries. Also, we got the snow tires on the truck that day, so talk about prefect timing! 

On Saturday we got the garage finally cleaned out and all the yard stuff put away. I wanted to wait until today (it was still pretty chilly) but Adam convinced me not too, and I guess it was a good thing because we woke this morning to more snow falling outside, and it doesn't seem to be planning on stopping any time soon.

Every morning I get up early with Piper Mae, pop her in the wrap and start walking. My view from the treadmill looks through the living room and out the windows. As the sun rises I can see what the weather looks like and in the past month I've watched it go from colorful leaves to magical snowy-ness. It's somehow rather therapeutic and something I've begun looking forward to as a start to my morning. That and coffee. Always and forever coffee.

I'm off to make breakfast, clean the house, hang laundry, and begin to tackle the never-ending emails. 

Have a lovely day! 

Saturday afternoon roast.
Most weekends Adam and I take turns cooking. If I cook Saturday dinner he cooks Sunday (or vice versa). This past weekend I made roast for dinner on Saturday and he made meatloaf for dinner on Sunday.

My beautiful little chunk. 
Side note: How do babies nails get SO dirty? I mean, it's not like they are grubbing around anywhere, right? #momproblems

Snow day French Toast.

Morning views.

Gimme all the coffee and (whipped) cream.

29 months in

I'm twenty-nine months into my motherhood journey, and that also means I've been breastfeeding for twenty-nine months. Originally I thought Adri would be done nursing around one and a half, but nope, she held on. Then I got pregnant and figured she'd wean herself when my milk started drying up. But nope, she still didn't. The last couple months of my pregnancy were really hard ones for both of us. There was basically no milk at all, and she still insisted on nursing at least twice a day (to fall asleep at naptime and again at bedtime).

Now that Piper has arrived we are in the land of dairy again (no kidding) and I'm now nursing two. Something I really didn't plan on doing, but I've found I actually don't mind. It's also much easier now since Adri is no longer nursing to fall asleep, and only needs "milky" on and off once in awhile.

My favorite part of nursing my babes is how I get to look into their sweet little faces, with their big blue eyes looking lovingly up at me. We spend a lot of bonding time, cuddling and talking (well, me talking and them listening).

For some time now I've really been wanting to get nursing necklace for the girls (especially Adri) and when The Vintage Honey Shop sent this one over to me I couldn't have been more excited.
It's super sturdy, stylish, and I really really love the color (I'm a sucker for anything blue). More importantly both girls love it. Adri plays with it while nursing, and Piper grabs ahold of it and won't let go. It's nice to give them something to do while they are nursing and keeps them from just playing with my hair, or clothes.

The Vintage Honey Shop has also kindly sent over a coupon code for you guys, in case you'd like to purchase a necklace as well (or as a gift for some mama that you know). Use code rosierambles for a discount!

**This post was sponsored by The Vintage Honey Shop, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.