Monday, January 31, 2011

Matilda Jane Trunk Show

WOW! Thank you for the overwhelming response to my last post. We are beyond excited for this little one growing safely in my belly. He or she should arrive sometime in September. I get all woozy [in a good way] thinking of going on long walks through the crunchy leaves with a sweet little bundle.



Ok. New direction. Who needs new clothes for Spring? I'm having a Matilda Jane Trunk Show tomorrow night at our place and would love for you locals to brave the snowy weather and come take a look. Not to worry if you don't have girls, there are some gorgeous adult/mommy pieces this season that are comfy and flattering. Both equally as important. Send me an email at for more info.

If you aren't local, but would still love to purchase some delicious Spring clothing, no worries. It can be shipped directly to you. "House of Clouds," the new line will be up on the website later tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. Once it's up, all you have to do is make a wishlist, email it to the above address and we'll get it all taken care of. 


I'm back to growing a baby.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stay or Leave

Some days I face the world head on.

And other days I want to hide.

It's past noon and I'm still trying to figure out what kind of day it is.

6:24 p.m. I decided....head on!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


For the past year, I've been helping to care for a woman who suffered from Parkinson's. It was very part time, but it was such a joy. 

This week she passed away.

By the time I got to know her she was very advanced and could no longer walk or speak. Oh, but the stories that were told...I knew her. She traveled, she gardened, she was well read and she loved her family. 

She inspires me to do the same.

To live to the fullest. 

Every day.

*Comments are closed. Thank you Bill and Janice for allowing me into your lives. You are forever in my heart.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

School Days

Do you remember how we applied for Sylas to get into the Early Childhood program last fall? He didn't qualify. And we were not happy with the decision.

Sylas will be able to enter mainstream school next year (our county has 4k), but without doing any schooling at all this year, Ryan and I didn't think he'd be ready to maneuver school 5 days a week while using his walker.

So we tried again for the spring semester.

Different school, different teacher, different therapists. And he got in! He started two weeks ago. On Tuesday and Friday mornings I drop his cute little self off in a classroom of seven other boys. He loves it. Every day he comes home telling us about his friends and signing new songs. My sweet boy is growing up.

We've been dealing with some behavioral issues since he started. He's tired and has a hard time napping after coming home from school. One day last week he had such a bad tantrum that for the first time, he wasn't allowed to attend an activity that Ivy got to attend. It's tough. I find myself getting frustrated with him and then beating myself up because I know that this is a difficult adjustment.

Every day Sylas has been begging to ride the bus, so last week I signed him up. Today was to be his first day, but I couldn't do it.

I drove him.

So maybe the adjustment is tougher on me?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Little Bit Vintage

I'm a fan of discount designer websites. I'm signed up for at least 5.

I like nice things, but don't like to spend a lot of money.

I found these 8x10 prints on zulily today. I'm in love.

They are by Children Inspired Design and they (along with many other prints) are up to 65% off.

I think I might have to go back for these manner cards.

If you are not a member of zuilily, feel free to sign up through this link. I'll get zulily credit when you make your first purchase. Also, use coupon code coupref147 for an extra 10% off.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Doesn't it feel good when you get it just right? When everything you're working for ends the way it should....the way you wanted it to.

Kinda like blowing out a birthday candle.

I have all these resolutions. I haven't so much put them into words, they are just swirly twirly around in my head and already I'm feeling discouraged.

The want in me to be a perfect wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, blogger means too many spinning plates and not enough hands (or fingers or toes).

I've already failed before I've begun. It's too much. And really, WHO asks this of me? Of us?

I've decided to stick to one resoultion this year.

And that is to love more.

More deeply.

More truly.

I have a feeling everything else might just fall into place.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ivy Cupcake

2 years.

So fast.

We met Daddy for cupcakes at Starbucks. Can I just say that it doesn't get much better than dessert in the morning.

Happiest birthday, Sweetness. You are a dream.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Ivy got a new doll for Christmas. A very special, handmade, beautiful doll (we don't have any good pics of the two of them together, so those will have to come later).

I was so excited about this doll. And so was Sylas. The two of us shared a few sneak peeks together before she went into hiding. After giving her a big squeeze, Sylas said to me, "Mommy, I want a boy doll."

How could I refuse? He wanted a buddy and I was going to get one for him. The only problem is, the dolls are VERY difficult to come by...and there are fewer boys than girls. My computer fingers really aren't fast enough. The odds were against me.

I posted on a Facebook page that I was looking for a boy doll for my son. I wasn't picky on the hair or eye color, but I am truly in disbelief over the events that transpired after that. A woman saw Sy's pic and messaged me wanting to give Sylas the doll she had purchased for her daughter.

She said as soon as it arrived, she knew it was meant for someone else. And let me tell you, this doll is Sy's twin.

He was immediately given the name Charlie Brown...Charlie for short. And my goodness, Sy and Charlie are buds. Thank you sweet new friend from Texas.

You are truly inspiring.

For those who are wondering, Charlie was made by Nancy of Dragonfly's Hollow. Her dolls are GORGEOUS!