Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2.28.12--number 59

A full, busy schedule.

Because between piano and soccer and baseball and ccd and homework and all the other aspects of our lives that make our crazy schedule, is a full and happy life being lived. I count my blessings where I can get them.

2.27.12--Number 58


Because they are quirky and funny and, yes, a little weird... This particular one is about 5 inches tall and lives on my kitchen counter.

Monday, February 27, 2012

2.26.12--number 57

Spontaneous afternoon trips for frozen yogurt.

Because it's always fun to surprise the kids with a little afternoon treat. And watching Isla try and steal bites from the older two as they pose for a picture is hilarious.

2.25.12--number 56

Saturday afternoon naps on the couch.

Because sometimes -- only SOMETIMES, mind -- I have one if those lazy weekend days when a nap is very much in order. And being curled up under a gorgeously colored blanket is just the thing for it.

Friday, February 24, 2012

2.24.12--Number 55

Mustache earrings.

Because mustaches are funny. Wearing them on your ears is even funnier.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

2.23.12--Number 54

The rosy glow of a warm sunset in February.

Because when it ends a day like today, warm and sunny, it feels like summer days, mojitos and tank tops can't be far behind.

2.22.12--Number 53

"Love" Artwork from my kids

Because sometimes I think they accidentally border close to perfection, like this one from Edie, which practically screams Keith Haring to me. Definitely a keeper.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2.21.12--Number 52


Because they're super rad, no matter how old you are. And when you finally start to master riding one, you feel like a superstar.

2.20.12-- Number 51

Another day of culture and history with the kids.

Because it never gets old. And I am doubly thankful when I really sit and think about the fact that we live in such a vast, unique metropolis full of so many things to see and do. No one could ever be bored living here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

2.19.11--Number 50

My new scrapghan.

Because not only is it a thrifty, fun project, it also has an odd, almost ugly beauty to it (if that makes any sense). As this project came along I thrilled to find patterns of color emerging unintentionally in surprising ways, and it became more gorgeous to me by the minute. And it was made entirely with leftover bits of yarn from other projects.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

2.18.12--Number 49

Medical miracles.

Because my sweet young friend, Presli Collins is one, and her bravery (as well as her family's) through her journey has kept me captivated. Because doctors were able to make her a "new" spine. And because, thanks to Tim Tebow's W15H Foundation, she got to have the experience of a lifetime this weekend. Love you, pres!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

2.17.12-- Number 48

Seeing a favorite band with my favorite fella.

Because it takes me back to the early days of our relationship, when we'd see concerts every weekend. And we always have such a great time together.

2.16.12-- Number 47

Chubby baby cheeks.

Because it's all I can do not to nibble them, they're so deliciously cute. And the dimples! Don't even get me started.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

2.15.12--number 46

Converse tennis shoes.

Because they have been my go-to shoe of choice since I got my very first pair in junior high. That first pair was a gorgeous shade of plum and I wore the heck out of them, until they literally fell apart. My heart was won over completely and hasn't been the same since.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2.14.12--Reason 45

Homemade valentines.

Because there's something really special about giving handmade valentines, and making them assembly-line style with the kids was fun. And for the first time when making a project with my kids, they did nearly all of the work themselves.

2.13.12--Reason 44

Using school holidays to take the kids to see cool stuff.

Because exploring a new museum is cool, and seeing my kids' eyes light up at some really neat exhibit is even cooler.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

2.12.12--Reason 43

More family outings with the kids.

Because after thoroughly enjoying the Reagan library a few weeks ago, we decided it would be fun to take in the sights at the nearby Nixon library, and we weren't disappointed. And having my kids ask intelligent, thought-provoking questions of the docents just made me that much more proud.

2.11.12--Reason 42

Making class valentines, assembly-line style.

Because for the first time ever the kids were willing and able to really assist with a time-consuming project. And when you have two classes to make valentines for, the more helpers you can get, the better.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2.10.12--Reason 41

Spontaneous declarations of love.

Because nothing makes my heart melt more than finding love notes from my kids, whether on my "I love you because" board or in the form of artwork made just for me and left for me to find. Perfection.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

2.9.12--Reason 40

Imaginary butterfly chasing.

Because there's really not much more precious than a 2-year-old who has taken the kitchen sieve from the dishwasher and proceeded to catch imaginary butterflies, yelling out, "I got a blue one! I got a red one!" Especially when she proceeds to talk to said invisible butterfly, saying, "it okay, butterfly. I got you."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2.8.12--Reason 39

Laugh-out-loud moments of goofiness.

Because when one of my kids do something so silly that it makes me laugh out loud, I often find myself thinking, it really doesn't get any better than this. And it's especially true of this little munchkin, who knows when she's being funny and makes herself crow in delight.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2.7.12--Reason 38

Chaperoning school field trips.

Because there's something really special about riding on the school bus next to my favorite third grader. And having him be just as thrilled by my presence as I am to be there makes it just that much better. I know a day will come when that scenario won't necessarily play out the same way, so I am taking these opportunities now, while I still can.

2.6.12--Reason 37

Scented candles.

Because not only is the house so pleasant by candlelight, the tropical scent is heaven on earth. Mai tai, anyone?

Monday, February 6, 2012

2.5.11--Reason 36

Peanut butter M-n-Ms.

Because they taste even better when the hubby brings them home for me after a trip to Target, "just because."

Saturday, February 4, 2012

2.4.12--Reason 35

Brand-new babies.

Because, as the saying goes, babies are such a nice way to start people.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2.3.12--reason 34

Kid-friendly cultural experiences.

Because I believe in exposing my kids to as many awesome experiences as I can, and I also believe it's never too early to teach my kids the basics of polite concert-going propriety. And seeing them get stoked when they hear a piece of music they clearly recognize (hello, music from Star Wars) is really cool, too.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2.2.12--Reason 33

Argyle knee socks.

Because they give a whole new meaning to the idea of "geek chic." plus, they're super cute peeking from the tops of my boots, and keep my legs nice and cozy when wearing them with my newly repurposed denim skirt.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2.1.12--Reason 32


Because they make everything from cupcakes to cookies to a lowly bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce seem so much more festive. It's like a party in your mouth.