Saturday, April 25, 2009

Spring and some birds have sprung!
This baby birdie must have thought I was his mamma with some food, but no....just a camera lens! Last year you may recall my photo of the blue robins eggs, this year I knew the next was up there but never took any photos in fear the girls would find out there was a nest and it would land on the ground like last year. Much to my surprise though I did find 2 (that I know of) little baby robins in the nest this year. So sweet!!!! Its amazing to me how birds live for one with the weather and elements that they are face with, how they fly, and are able to give birth and raise their babes....uhhh.....
Things here have been a little off. Not quite use to being back from vacation, got use to the pace we were living each day and really was satisfied with it. I was able to be creative and focus only on my own work. I really enjoyed my time this year in Virginia and am really sad to be here in RI. I need to get use to it.
Chris had a nasty flu bug and got knocked off his butt for a few days. We really didn't have much sickness this winter and was glad it stopped at him and didn't go all through the house.
Before we know it the pool will be open and days at Grammies pool with soon be upon us. I am still trying to figure out how we will work out the kids this summer with me will be interesting.
I hope everyone is enjoying this time of the year as I do and is able to take life nice and slow.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Virginia, Spring 2009

Well here my family and are in the place I truly love and hope to call home in the future. We don't know what the future really means, but we dream about it. The pace, the climate, the friendliness of practically everyone here is so wonderful!

When we vacation we always strip down to the bear basics and it is just a great thing to do. This is the first time in a long time that we debated about bringing phones and computers. We decided that we would. Is it a good thing, I'm not sure yet, but it does allow me to blog and keep up with some other things that I do love! {tee hee}

So we have no makeup, hairdryer, hair straightener, soccer balls, one bag of clothes for each of us, and our family. The family part ends up always being the most important part. We drive in the car with no radio and talk instead. We ask each other unusual questions about each other....likes and dislikes, the kids always ask us questions about our pasts, the girls tend to ask questions about our world. Its good.

The one thing I saw a shift in so far is the relationship between Olivia and Sophia strengthening, and the one between Emily and her weaken. Being 11 she seems to be more in touch with Olivia, age 13, then Emily at age 9. In one way it saddens me, but in the other I am thrilled for the relationship the two older's are developing.

Emily never shuts her mouth not one minute. She talks just to talk. We have decided that if we took half of what she says and then take a 1/4 of that ....that's about all that is true. She embellishes every story to the hilt, and it kills us all! Its funny how on a busy day to day life you miss alot of these little things. We lover her so much because shes just out little baby girl. Its not easy being the baby.

Chris is enjoying his time off and has been grinning from ear to ear the whole time we have been here. He is my fourth child. He kicks the girls butt in every possible game he can. He calls it "no mercy". Poor girls. He claims it will build character. I think they will just end up hating him--lol!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Time flies like it's nobodies business.....

So much to say to little time to say it these days.......

The highlight of last month was definitely going to the Sue Gilman/Collins Group trade show. It was such an amazing experience and very inspiring! Some of the artists that I have been in awe over were such real, simple, true to life people like you and I. I found that so amazing!!!
My hidden secret surprise was Claudine Hellmuth.
I was scheduled for a class with her and it ended up being my favorite class of the weekend. It was an altered art mixed media class that really got me to think outside my box, but with the ability to make it my own. Does that make sense? I will take a picture of my project from that class and show you. I am actually going to reteach this class in the next month or so.

Also, I am going to be teaching some amazing classes in the coming months and will be posting them to my blog. This is a new feature.....

The family and I are heading to Virginia for vacation for a week. It is my favorite place to go. I have already mapped out some LSS stores to visit while I am down there and I hope to build some relationships with a store owner or two and maybe teach some classes next time I am down there. The people in Virgina are so darn friendly, it makes me so happy to go down there.

If I don't get to blog before we leave I will definitely have a chance while I'm away.

Hope your well.

xo, kathie