Snapshots of Winter Days at Home


One year old details.  Little white onesies and drool.  Confession: One morning I buckled him into his booster seat and fed him a lollipop just so I could clean the kitchen. Win-win!

Conrad's newest trick that we keep getting after him for: climbing on top of the table!  He likes to swipe leftover dry cereal from Jed's breakfast bowl and claim it for himself.  Then he hides in this corner next to the couch to eat his treat.  Never a dull moment!

February Snow Day


Over the last couple of weeks, the temperatures have been well above freezing and the wind has been blowing.  I definitely thought Spring was on its way!  But then we woke up to a layer of the white stuff on Monday morning.  I knew thinking Spring was here was too good to be true!  It's been such a mild winter, especially compared with last year.  So naturally, I had to get Levi and Conrad dressed in their gear to enjoy the winter wonderland while it lasted.

(Poor Jed.  School got in the way of his snow fun.  But I sent him to school with a pair of good gloves in his backpack pocket in hopes that he'd make a snowman during recess with some friends).

Levi volunteered to take Conrad for a ride in the sled up and down our street.  They both had a blast.  Levi told me, "Mom, a long time ago when I was four (last year), I remember Jed pulled me around in the sled. Now I have BIG MUSCLES and I can pull Conrad!"  Melt my heart.  I hope these brothers always love and take good care of each other.    

Our Saturday Adventure Exploring Black Magic Canyon


What a difference a week makes!  If you stopped by our home last weekend, you would have found me glued to the couch with a baby on my lap.  Conrad was feeling so so sick.  He ran a fever for four days straight and vomited at least once a day for a full week--up through Friday!  It was concerning enough to me that I took him to see the doctor.  He was basically surviving on breast milk.  (So much for weaning this month.  I'm not sorry.)  Both Jed and Levi got sick as well, but bounced back fast.  Even I felt a little off one day.  Something was definitely going around.  I didn't mind slowing down and enjoying all the extra snuggles.  In fact, it was necessary.  But it was sure good to see Conrad's appetite suddenly pick back up yesterday.  Whew.  I am glad to have that week behind us and to all be healthy again!

Before I launch into explaining our family adventure, I need to mention a much smaller and yet equally exciting--to me--adventure that occurred yesterday morning.  I was recently asked to volunteer my time helping with the local youth orchestras.  They meet every Saturday for two months every Fall and every Winter.  I agreed and showed up for the first time yesterday morning.  Upon arrival, the conductor of the Beginning and Intermediate Orchestras had to leave; she was so sick she could barely stand on her feet.  Could I fill in for her?  I hesitated.  I took a conducting class in college but had zero experience conducting anything.  I said I'd give it a shot.

You guys!  To my enormous surprise, I CAN CONDUCT.  And not just wave my arms.  I mean, I can actually conduct.  Given, the music wasn't anything too complicated and I know there's lots of room for personal growth, but it was my very first time standing in front of a group of instruments as their leader and the whole experience came amazingly natural to me.  I felt like I was in my element!  I read the scores without trouble.  We stopped to work on difficult passages.  We made progress.  And it was fun!  I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise to me.  I've spent literally weeks of my life sitting in a little black chair playing my violin in various orchestras and symphonies.  The thing is, I didn't expect to like being on the other side of the music stand.  Now I realize I wouldn't mind taking on the responsibility of conducting these young kids and contributing to their musical growth.  In fact, it would be a great honor that would give me the happy giggles.  Talk about a natural high!  I just discovered an ability I had no idea I had!!!

Centennial Man for the 100th Day of School


Today I sent an old man off to school in place of my second grader to celebrate 100 days of school.  Jed was so cute.  He was so enthusiastic about dressing up. We didn't have much around the house to use, but my favorite part of his outfit, by far, was his little gut. (How's that for creativity?  Hehe.)  Makes me wonder what Jed will really look like many years from now!  And if he'll possibly really live to be 100 years old?!

ONE Photo: The Paper Heart Project


Welcome to the monthly blog circle!  February is the month of hearts, so we're switching things up with a theme.  We're joining Danielle Awwad, a fellow blog circle member, in The Paper Heart Project to help raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects (CHD).  Danielle's son was born with a heart defect.  Her family's story is one of trial and inspiration.

Did you know that 1 in every 110 babies is born with a congenital heart defect?  Some defects are minor and simply require monitoring while others are life threatening and require open heart surgery--sometimes multiple surgeries!  Raising awareness can lead to change, research, and funding.

The good news is that you too can join in the fun to help spread awareness for CHD.  Simply post a photo to social media of anyone holding a paper heart and hashtag it with ‪#‎CHDawareness‬ and ‪#‎Paperheartproject‬ throughout the month of February. If you or your child has CHD, draw a zipper on your paper heart and hashtag it ‪#‎hearthero‬.  Let's spread the love and awareness all month long!

Please hop on over to Kelly Ann's blog to meet her precious brand new baby (who was born with a minor heart defect!) and continue through our special paper heart blog loop.

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