05 February 2015


52/52: A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

One at Target and one at Ikea. Alas.... I need to cut off retail!

04 February 2015

26 Books in 2015

I heard about this on Kylie's blog last month and I thought I'd give it a try! I've already made a dent into the list this year, but I really need to try and introduce more that I haven't read before. A few of these are rereads since I hadn't planned on doing this until I was already deep into my January reading! I'm sure you can guess which are rereads (those who know me personally).

I've already got a list growing for what's to follow! Maybe you'll join in too?

a book you own but haven’t read (The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, January)
a book that was made into a movie
 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, January)
a book you pick solely because of the cover

a book your friend loves

a book published this year
a book by an author you’ve never read before
a book by an author you love (Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, February)
a book at the bottom of your “to-read” pile

a book with a color in the title
a book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

a book you started but never finished

a book with a lion. a witch. or a wardrobe

a book with a female heroine
a book set in the summer

a book of poems

a book you learned about because of this challenge
a book that will make you smarter

a book with a blue cover
 (Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, January)
a book you were supposed to read in school. but didn’t

a book “everyone” but you has read

a book with a great first line
a book with pictures

a book from the library

a book you loved … read it again!!
 (Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, January)
a book that is more than 10 years old
a book based on a true story (Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman, January)

03 February 2015

2/52 & 3/52

52/52: A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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27 January 2015

26 January 2015

January 26: This week, Last Year

We had moved to Pennsylvania less than a month before this, on December 15. But I feel like we were making decent domestic progress.

Mmm... I made orange honey dijon salmon for Shabbos that week. It was particularly moist and tasty!

Aviva was still two at this time last year!

She seemed so much older than that, my pretty girl. 

Aryeh has just turned one the month before. Those cheeks!

Get out of my yarn basket, mischievous boy. That Road to China Light costs upwards of $15 a skein, child!

Such a serious artist.

So much face. I want to grab all of his face fat and kiss kiss kiss him.

18 January 2015


I still need to post 2/52... I'm admittedly a little behind! 

52/52: A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

15 January 2015


A little bit of winter foliage from our backyard.

"We are laid asleep
      In body, and become a living soul:
      While with an eye made quiet by the power
      Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
      We see into the life of things."

William Wordsworth, 1888.

It's raining little bits of ice, more like heavy snow than hail, creating a tinny tapping sound on the old awnings over the windows. The heater is warm on my feet and I hear the washing machine rushing below; together these things all make a honey sort of white noise.  
I've got my knitting in hand as I watch a little Pride & Prejudice to pass the time before I switch the laundry. The house is asleep. Aside from the scampering of the kitties, I am the sole conscious being in the house. Last night, Aviva had a dream that she needed to become a grown up, that someone came up to her window and told her she had to grow up but it made her sad, as she just wanted "to be a child". It sounded both distressing and vivid and broke my heart. Joshua soothed her back to sleep. All I could think was just let them sleep and dream and be children. Just let them sleep a little longer before they have to grow up.

05 January 2015

The Charms of Chaos

Here is an honest look into my messier days. I do keep a decently clean home, but today I had tons of laundry to do and fold. And let's be true, some days you just don't make your bed. But there was something inherently lovely in the mess of colors and patterns from all of the chaos. So I decided to let my shield down and share my mayhem shamelessly. 

We've had sick kids for the past two weeks so our room was filled with neglected clothes and tons of kids toys, books, plushies, tissue boxes, various remedies, and so forth. Ah, the weight off of my mind to get rid of some of it!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who cannot sit through folding laundry without some sort of entertainment (today's being the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film; not my favorite, but I love the aesthetic).

It was sunny with few clouds and yet there were little snow flurries about through the day. The light was relaxing and was well lent to the dull task of folding laundry, which I had been avoiding for a couple of days.

Ah, Marceline, you look so noble sometimes. But I know your brains are fluff.

Aside from noting that there was an abnormal amount of gold hues in the attic bedroom, I noticed that I was wearing (the top one is me) and folding exclusively golden shirts for myself. Literally there were no other shirts for me to fold besides this color. ... It was even a little weird to me.

Ah Marce, blank stare... tongue sticking out a little bit. You're my kind of cat. 

Thanks for looking! Have a relaxing winter day, friends. 

01 January 2015

Deep Breath

It's a new year. Taking a deep breath in the brisk winter weather can be so refreshing. The new year is always filled with hopes for improvement and change, often times feeling unrealistic and beyond reach. This time around I've decided that nothing is beyond my grasp and that I just have run after my goals and dreams and get them by my hands and make them mine. In the past I've let fear of failure, laziness, and so on block my from a productive path. This year is different. I made a list of goals that I feel are achieveable but not beneath me.

Nurturing a happier, more fun atmosphere for my family, starting with a happier me.

Blog consistently for year, proving to myself that I can still do it.

Return to my former dreamy state of mind, seeking beauty in everything.

Be creative every single day, whether knitting, crafting, drawing. Anything.

Work on my dream: a creative business.

Please help encourage me on the path to my goals for the year and I hope that anyone else that happens upon my journal is also encouraged to work on their goals for the year.