Friday, May 31, 2013

our routine

It has been her routine almost every school day this year-
wake up between 9 or 10...
eat breakfast...
take a bath...
get dressed...
head out the door for afternoon kindergarten.

We have loved our mornings together!
There were days when I would wake her up with the rest of the family so that we could get more done...
but most mornings I let her sleep.
When will she be able to have leisure mornings on a regular basis...?

This morning was a special morning...
she was preparing for kindergarten graduation!
She tried on a few different shoes---to make sure they wouldn't fall off while she danced with the program.
Her teacher, at one point in the graduation program, cried when she described how much she loved the students---I cried too.
She has been the VERY BEST kindergarten teacher.
I will miss these mornings with my littlest girl---
  • listening to the water fill the bathtub while I clean up breakfast.
  • waking her up by kissing her cheeks
  • lifting her out of bed with her arms wrapped around my neck
  • finding her cheerful every single solitary morning
Happy graduation sweet Sophie!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

how do you get to Moab?

We were headed to Moab by caravan!
Papa leading in his truck pulling 5th wheel trailer.
We were holding up the rear in an SUV pulling a Papa's 4wheeler.

Half way there our group slowed down considerably.
The turbo went out in the truck and was no longer able to pull that load to it's destination.
We pulled over to the side of the road and devised a plan.
Sally's nephew saved us, willing to drive to where we were waiting with his truck...
with the ability to tow their trailer to Moab!
We were saved...
in the meantime the girls hopped on their bikes and had dreams of riding to Moab!
We may have made our destination sooner if we had been on bikes!

into focus

The rejuvenation of spring takes me by surprise each year.
The warm sunshine, longer days, fresh air and dirt under our finger nails-
brings life right back into focus.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I think of all of the families I have photographed...Erica's has been in front of my camera the most!
I can't believe she is ALREADY a senior...and headed for college!
She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

40 years....

to celebrate 40 years
italian sausage + mushroom lasagna
grilled asparagus
(this recipe is amazing!)
salted caramel gelato

Sunday, May 12, 2013

a letter for Mother's day

To our daughters,

What I hope you know and always remember:

  • my heart overflows with love for you
  • when I tell dad about my favorite moments with you---a smile spreads over his face and he says "they're so cute"
  • we wouldn't change one.single.solitary.thing about you
  • the Mother's day gifts I received are special to me---but nothing makes me happier than the notes and card you have given me all week
  • treasures you make with your hands are worth more than diamonds to me
  • being cuddled on the couch, reading a book together---the five of us, is like heaven on earth to me
  • you are each unique and special in your own ways and we love that you are so different from each other
  • when you all want to sit beside me at the very same time---and I have two on each side and Sophie on my lap---I feel like I am doing something right as a mom
  • I absolutely LOVE being your mother

How did I get SO lucky!?



On Friday as I was doing your hair for school you mentioned that it was "mom show and tell" that day.  You weren't sure of any details and I had never heard anything about it from your it went in one ear and out the other (does that ever happen to you?).  When I arrived at the school to pick you up at the end of your school day---tears were streaming down your face.  "You didn't come" was all that I could understand of the words you tried to get out through your sobs.  I was heart sick.  At the end of the school day your teacher invited the moms to come so that they could be your show and tell that day.    (How did I not get this invitation from your teacher?)  You wanted me there...and had I known that you were watching the door, waiting for me to come through, I would have been there.  I felt so sorry for not listening to you.  Thank you for wanting me there...and for telling me the "special thing about your mom" that you wanted to share with the class as we sat on the couch together after school.  (I am glad you like my chocolate chip cookies.)  Thank you for forgiving me...I love you with all my heart!

The important thing about mom is she's kind
she's pretty,
and quiet,
She takes care of me,
she loves me,
she helps me play cello,
she gives me fun activities,
she teaches me things I need to know,
she's neat and orderly.
But the important thing about mom is she's kind.

Sweet Kate---thank you for writing this poem for me.  I loved the hearts that you drew next to your poem.  I hope I can live up to these nice things you have said about me.  I know all of those nice things remind me of you- pretty, comforting, quiet, full of love and fun...and most of all kind!  I love you sweetheart

Dear Ellie,
Thank you for the sweet cards you wrote me...and for your enthusiasm for showering me with gifts on mother's day morning.  You were so excited and it brightened my day!  You make being a mom easy!  You are so good to me---helpful, hardworking and full of love.  You were the very first to make me a mom over 11 years ago!  I love you!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013


...she even shared her baby blanket with him!
I think she likes him

Sunday, May 5, 2013

love, truth, virtue and beauty

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? 
It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty”
Shinichi Suzuki

Kate is performing her Suzuki book one cello recital this weekend.  She will perform all of the music she has learned in cello by memory.   It feels like we have reached a bridge, one that had been far in the distance.  As she crosses it there are exciting opportunities and learning for all of us on the other side.  I have been one of her biggest cheer leaders...but sometimes I feel like her greatest handicap.  As we sit in lessons together I am reminded over and over again how limited I am in being her guide through this learning.  There are so many aspects to pay attention to---position, bowing, rhythm, fingering...the smallest adjustment can make such a big difference.  I often imagine what it would be like for her if I knew what I was doing.  But through this process we are learning together---seeking improvement, enjoying the work, developing a love for the music and appreciating the opportunity.  Learning those things side by side, as mother and daughter, might be even more important than the music itself- because through this our love for each other, life and music deepens.