Rosie's Ramblings

favorites from my week

Hello and happy Friday! Is anyone else excited about that fact that it's the weekend?! This week was such a slow one around here and it seemed to crawl by.
Anyway, now it's over and I'm ready for a rainy weekend spent taking things easy.

It's been awhile since we had some favorites around here so here are a few fun things from this past week that I thought I'd share!

one| I got a new VoxBox (read more about that over here) and this time there were some fun products. I tried that hair recovery stuff last night and I'm curious to see if it helps my hair (my poor postpartum hair needs ALL the help it can get). The soap smells good, and I'm kinda excited about using the face mask, since I've been wanting to try one for some time now.

two| Now that we the weather has been warmer we've been taking a daily walk and I forgot how nice it is to get out and enjoy the sunshine. The girls either sing (Adri), nap (Piper) or scream (both) at some point. But they are also super cute, and we have fun, so it's all worth it ;)

three| Piper is big enough to take bath with Adri Rose in the big tub now and it's the cutest ever. They would play for hours in there if I let them.

four| There's a new Little Women mini-series coming out on PBS (the first episode aired last Sunday) and I'm going to watch it at some point this weekend. It looks excellent and I've heard only good reviews so far. 

five| Speaking of Little Women, Haley has a great podcast about it that I've been listening to over at Fountains of Carrots. If you have a free hour to go listen, it's good! 

six| Adri's butterfly habitat that Adam's mom sent her was such a big hit! Last weekend the butterflies emerged and we set them free Monday (?). She was so cute saying "goodbye butterflies" to each of them as we let them fly away. She has now requested that I get her a net so that she can catch more butterflies to put in the butterfly house to observe. 

seven| I ordered this book in from the library last week and picked it up yesterday. Just in time for some weekend reading! It looks like an interesting read. Basically about the Danish concept that you take children out every day no matter the weather, and the result is that you raise healthy, independent, and resilient children. I'll keep you updated on what I think about it (maybe a book review?).

So that's it! Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back Monday!

snapshots from the sister's view

Some photos taken the other day by one of the sisters. 

Spring Bucket List: 2018

Okay, so now that the weather is really warming up and not only does the calendar say it's Spring, but it feels like it now, I'm planning all things SPRING.

This season's bucket list includes:

+Going to see the newest Star Wars movie in the theater with Adam at the end of the month.

+Celebrating Adriana Rose's third birthday the first weekend in June (all things dinosaur themed).

+Planting the garden (we've already started this one, but still have a ton left to plant).

+Take daily walks.

+Visit the zoo with the girls (hopefully this weekend!).

+Gather ramps and fiddleheads (already did the first, still have to do the second).

+Wait for the lilacs to bloom and then FILL the house with them {not really a bucket list thing, more like a life goal ;)}

+Clean the garage out. After being filled with crap all winter it needs a really good cleaning and clearing out.

+Visit the Farmer's Market. This is more like something we need to do a few times.

+Take a trip with the girls to New England to visit sister Julia.

+Take Adri to the aquarium (she's never gone).

That's it! As usual, I like to try to keep the list on the short side so that we actually do the stuff on it. 
Today the sun is shining. We are going to be heading out on our morning walk here shortly, and then later when Adam gets home from work we are going into town to go grocery shopping (anyone interested in seeing an Aldi haul on Insata stories?). 

Happy Wednesday! 

after the weekend: mother's day 2018

So, being really honest here. Mother's Day weekend was not exactly a great one We got some sort of stomach bug on Friday and both Piper and I were sick. And then on Sunday morning, Adam got sick. So, basically other than for a few hours on Saturday somebody in the house was either throwing up, had a fever, or was in bed. 
Yeah, like I said, not a good weekend. 

We did manage to fit in lots of cuddles, snuggles, and kisses though. And since I spent all Sunday solo parenting (Adam was sick in bed with the bug) I got to be with the two little bugaboos that made me a mama, and that was pretty great.

The bathtime chaos ;)

Okay, moving on. It's MONDAY already?! How did that happen? Other than a trip to the library and MOPS this week we don't have a whole lot planned. This coming weekend we are going to try to take the girls to the zoo. Adri loves it there and now that Piper is a bit bigger I'm sure she will too (the last time she went she was only a few weeks old).

Summer is all about the ice pops.

This week it's supposed to be a nice one; warm, sunny, and all that. Today we are going to try to head out early to soak up the vitamin D, take a walk, and water the garden. Speaking of garden, our peas are already sprouting! Adri is so excited and has been checking every day for sprouts. 

Last week we took some fougasse and made a pizza out of it. If you don't know what fougasse is, it's basically like a French flatbread that has some seasonings on it and is perfect for dipping in butter and sauce. Anyways, we made ours into a pepperoni, leek, riccota, mozzarella pizza and it was delicious.

My sweet mother in law sent this to Adri a couple weeks ago and it's been the biggest hit. She absolutely loves it! After the caterpillars spun their cocoons we moved them to the butterfly house, and are now going to set the butterflies free today. The best part is that now that we have the house I'm going to get Adri a net so she can put the butterflies that she catches in there to observe for a day or two.
I highly recommend this to anyone with littles. It's an easy way to watch the butterfly life cycle. Also, it comes with five caterpillars, which is a nice amount!

Now I'm off to clean my house, get some work done, and wash (the never-ending) laundry.

Happy Monday! 

blog notes: May

It's been awhile since I posted a Daybook/Notes post. Actually, looking back I think the last one was sometime last year. Okay, so yes, wayyy overdue. Here's a little list of right at this moment around here.

Outside: the sun is shining and it's going to be another lovely day. I plan on planting some more of the garden and taking a nice long walk with the girls. We might even take a little trip to the playground later.

Listening: to the George Winston playlist of Pandora. Seriously my favorite. So relaxing and perfect background music.

Reading: well, I already talked about this the other day. I'm still in the middle of it. Really good, and I'm taking it slow (I'm a speed reader) because I don't want it to end! I guess that's the highest praise you can give a book?

In the kitchen: since it's so nice out we are going to grill tonight. b.b.q chicken, cole slaw, and roasted veggies are on the menu.

Plans for the rest of the week: since Adam's been working late all week I'm sure we'll take the weekend easy. He has something going on all day Saturday, and I'm going to go up and visit the parents and sisters for the day in Wesleytown. Sunday I'm sure that we'll all crash! 

Around the house: it's been so nice to have all the windows open. Adri's been bringing lots of flowers in so we have bouquets everywhere. I've been Spring cleaning like crazy and currently have all the girls clothes piled on the guest bed waiting to be sorted through.

Planning: a certain 2 year old's three year birthday! How is it that my baby is turning THREE in under a month?

Loving: watching my babies play together. Now that Piper is more mobile (hello, almost walking!) they do EVERYTHING together, and it's so sweet. Also, built-in buddy means I no am longer the only person Adri has to interact with during the day. A huge help when I have work to do.

Watching: along with everyone else I've been watching (and loving) Handmaid's Tale. So good, so intense, and so well done. I've also been watching new episodes (on Netflix) of one of my other all-time favorite shows, Jane the Virgin. A nice, light-hearted break from Handmaid's Tale.

Everything else: I have a teething baby, a pile of work waiting for me, and a bunch of other random, mundane things like watering plants, making breakfast, and hanging laundry all on my to-do list.

Happy Hump Day! 

moments from monday

Snapshots from a Monday spent with my girls. Reading books, painting, nature collecting, planting the garden, making dinner, sink baths, couch cuddles, and more. 

"I salute you. I am your friend and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not got. But there is much, very much, that while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven! 
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instance. Take peace! 
The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. Take joy! 
Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty . . . that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. 
Courage then to claim it, that is all! . . . And so I greet you, with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away."

"Letter to a Friend" by Fra Giovanni, 1513

after the weekend: SPRING

I think it's safe to safe that Spring has finally arrived at Deer Pond Farm! All day Saturday I had the windows open, music playing, and even washed the sheets. A friend came over with his tiller and tilled up the garden and now it's ready for planting. Only this year we are moving things around a bit. The potatoes and green beans are going in the lower bed and the rest of the stuff in the raised beds up on the hill.
Adam spent most of Saturday out fishing (he left before any of us were even out of bed, when it was still dark) and caught two big walleye that we plan on having for dinner tonight.
Saturday afternoon after all the house cleaning I took the girls to return library books, stopped at the playground, and then went to the thrift store over the hill from us. 

Sunday morning I took the girls and dropped them off at my parent's place so that they could take them to church with them (it was Piper's first time going, so, big deal), and then Adam and I went to the woods for a little day-date (that's the kinda thing that we get excited about) and went ramp digging, fishing, and for a hike. It wasn't long, but it was nice to do something child-free together before this busy week we have ahead (Adam is in class after work, and won't be getting home each night until late).

Things have been busy around here (they always get busy as the weather warms) but I've been trying to read a bit more. I realized the other day that I hadn't even read a book in a while! I'm usually always reading and for some reason, I haven't found anything to actually get into lately. I started this over the weekend and it's as good as I hoped it would be. So, here's to making more time for reading again!

Friday night I also watched this after Adam went to bed early (he was getting up early to go fishing). It's the story of Robin Cavendish who was struck down by polio at the age of 28. With the support of his wife, he found ways to live a fulfilling and productive life and helped to change the lives of many other polio victims. Directed by Andy Serkis this is a slow-moving, but fascinating story. Warning: a very very sad movie, and also intense. 

Today it's supposed to be nice out, so I'm taking the munchkins for a walk. Now I'm off to make breakfast and hang laundry.

Happy Monday!