Sunday, July 25, 2010

wool and roly-polys and forts and rain and me!

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Our weekend was full of lots of nice things.

Friday, oh it was such a good day. The girls have been doing lots of playing with wool and water lately. Soft wool, cool water, very nice for hot days. This weekend though it finally cooled down enough for some hot soapy water, the girls spent hours with their wet felting projects, they made sweet little baskets, which turned into bassinets for their little dolls. Some needle felting happened too. And I got our wool nice and organized. And I got my sewing space nice and organized. And I finally made a new ironing board cover. It only took me 3 years to choose a fabric, but once I did I made it in about an hour. Now on to one of the many other projects on my home sewing list!

But oh yeah, I didn't take any pictures at all of any of our happy creating.

I did get some other weekend photos though.

The girls and their roly-poly's. So many hours spent playing with and caring for their roly-polys!

And fort building! The girls finally spent the night sleeping in a fort without it coming crashing down at some point in the middle of the night. This is a pretty impressive fort. Chloe's side has two rooms. A bed, bookshelf, a dress, her bonnet, her dolls.

It is kind of hard to take a good picture of a fort. Especially when it takes up the entire room.


And it is really hard to take pictures of yourself! But I decided to pick up the camera anyway. Inspired by lovely ladies and a really great project, and most of all for my dearest friend Rae, who is always asking to see more of me, cause it is so hard for us to be so far apart...

So here I am. Saturday morning. 37 years old. Like everyone else I am working on acceptance (so I think I'll say nothing else...)


Also, the most wonderful thing has happened. It has been raining. Raining and raining and raining. For days. It stops in the earliest morning hours. It is damp and cool when we wake up. The chilly air is so to be appreciated after some very hot weather in past weeks. The sun comes out, there is time in the garden, time to dry a load of laundry on the line. And then the afternoon clouds come. And then later in the evening it starts raining. Very hard. And we get to listen to it. All night long. So so nice!


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34 comments:

CrookedMoonMama said...

Oh wow, you are a gorgeous mama! I love the long hair and the soul filled eyes. Nice to meet you!
xoxo

onegoldensun said...

Happy 37th! I just turned 37 ten days ago, and finding acceptance is a perfect description. We also have a friend in common, sweet Rae. Your blog is wonderful.

CrookedMoonMama said...

Oh and I like the steiner quote...one of my favorites!

gardenmama said...

Renee your weekend sounds like it was full of love and joy and you my friend are both beautiful on the inside and outside! Beautiful, beautiful mama xoxo

Cadi said...

Rain??? What's that? I haven't heard the sound of it in a long time.

I really like all your pictures.

Sarah said...

I love your photo!

momma rae said...

yay!!! i LOVE your pictures! so wonderful to see your beautiful eyes looking back at me! you are gorgeous....and that hair! it is so long now. sigh.

notice my post like this has the fewest words of any post i have written. ;) it was easier to post and just not talk about it for me, too.

i miss you lots and lots! so nice to see you again. ;)

Wendi said...

You are beautiful!! I've always wanted to grow long hair but never been able to. You look very serene.

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

You are so beautiful! You have a very ethereal sort of look, so enchanting!! I love your hair and gorgeous eyes. Thanks for these photos, love them.

Twig and Toadstool said...

Another beautiful picture of a beautiful mama!
So nice to meet you! How refreshing to get to see these woman behind the blogs we love!
I think by baring our souls a bit, we appear more beautiful...maybe because in doing it our guards are down, and there WE are!
xo
maureen

Nicole Anne said...

my pretty sister with the longest hair i have ever seen!

Wabi-Sabi Wanderings said...

You are gorgeous. Nice to meet you! I too have been wondering what on earth I'll write in posting an unmasked photo of myself. I am completely stumped. I love your idea of writing just the basics, and allowing the self-portrait to tell its own story. And yours tells the story of soulful contentment.

Thank you for sharing :-)

Sara said...

I LOVE your hair!!! Beautiful, beautiful photos of you and happy 37! I turned 38 in the spring and I must admit that it felt a bit strange. :)

Ginny said...

You are so beautiful Renee and your hair is amazing!
I am so happy to have a face to go with your name now!

Linda said...

I love your photos! You are beautiful! Your face is so kind and wise and your hair is amazing!
Thank you so much for your lovely words you left on my blog, they mean so much to me:) I do hope you blog your ironing board cover, I need to make one for mine. Was there a tutorial that you used, I am not the greatest at sewing and tutorials make me feel a little more confident at the task.
Take care
Linda

Melanie said...

Oh, it's so nice to see you Renee! What beautiful hair you have! And you have such a peaceful and lovely face. And I like this idea, and might follow along too. :)
Your girls are just so sweet!:)

AG Ambroult said...

that's quite a fort! I love this summer weather, too. and afternoon rainstorms are such a relief--IF you remember to take the laundry in(which I never do)
Love you photos,it's always so nice to see the faces behind the blogs. I feel quite close to many fellow bloggers but have NO IDEA what they look like. And yes, acceptance. An ongoing project of mine, too.

HereWeGoAJen said...

It is really hard to take pictures of yourself. Mine never come out that well.

BerMomma said...

Hi there, I found your blog via, Beauty that Moves. I adore this post especially the self portraits. I have a hard time not fussing with photo's of myself or choosing photo's of myself where I'm looking right at the camera. Maybe I'll get some guts from you and do one myself.

Your hair is stunning!

Juliana @ Shakti Mama said...

I agree with Ariella, you do have a very ethereal and magical look! I love the bangs and long hair ... so beautiful ... and your eyes are soulful (like someone else already said). So much spirit and lightness in these photographs ...

Thank you so much for participating and for linking up :).

6512 and growing said...

Smiling to see a picture of your lovely face.

Bending Birches said...

you look marvelous, first of all....love your flowing hair:)
and here's to living in the forest, homeschooling, and making your clothes:) thanks so very much for the kind words; they mean a lot to me:) I am loving your blog and all the peace and inspirstion it evokes.... xoxox

Earth Mama said...

Wow, I stopped here today to be lead on quite an inspirational path through the blog o sphere! I love your beautiful face and it just radiates all of the inner beauty that you possess. I love the simplicity of the words you write here. It is you!

My kids always want to build forts and sleep in them too. Sometimes I don't know how they could possibly be comfortable!

:)Lisa

Tan Family said...

How nice that it has been raining in your neck of the woods! You've inspired me to pull out the sheets and build forts with the kids. You look beautiful at 37! So young. :)

scraps of starlight said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely pieces from your day :)
You have such a beautiful face. I see a gentle spirit, warmth, wisdom.
You have really soulful eyes.
Thank you for sharing.

heather said...

those are awesome self~portraits, renee. you are cool and BEAUTIFUL. yay for fort sleeping. we have yet to do that!!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

I am just loving the opportunity to see the beautiful women behind their blogs. Renee you are too!
What a wonderful weekend of creating and organizing - sounds perfect to me.

Marisa @ Getting Back To Basics said...

Love your hair and eyes and Happy 37th!

Tahara said...

You look beautiful Renee!...I love your long hair :-)...I love reading about your times with your girls...You are such a talented Mama!

whiletangerinedreams said...

What a beautiful blog and gorgeous mama! Great forts too and what fun that must of been to have a sleepover in there.

angelina said...

gorgeous mama, love your posts. forts are so magical, i still remembering my mother letting us turn the living room and her fancy sitting chairs into forts. magical times of childhood. blessings to youxxx

Homesteadgirl said...

I scoff at "fort builing kits" I've seen in stores, and guess that the people who buy them have more money than they know what to do with...blanket forts are the best! We use our easel, kitchen table, an avenue of chairs...baby swings work great too! Many a wonder-filled hour is passed in the cozy shade of a blanket fort.
Thanks for joining my blog...you were my 87th, I believe, and I'm YOUR 87th! *smile!*

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

You are so beautiful, Renee! So glad to see your face! We had a share of forts this month, too. Love it!
Nicola

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Loving the fort!! And you, missy... you are so beautiful!!!! That hair *swoon*, can I have some? you are such a special soul, beautiful inside and out. We are all so blessed to know you, even if it's only online.
Sending you lots of love <3