Monday, November 25, 2013

Sitting Out

The old couch sat on our couch for a week, reminding us several times a day that it wasn't gone yet.  Solution:  stick a "free" sign on it and put it at the end of the driveway. 

It provided some entertaining outdoor seating and was gone by the end of the day.

We're regrouping after several days of being housebound and oh-so-sick.  These immune building years are intense.

Here are a couple of gems to tide you over until we're back at 'em.

For now, off I go to Genevieve's first parent/teacher conference....there's sure to be a story about this to come....

Sunrose Catching Dreams

Genevieve's been having nightmares.  She tip toes into our room at some odd hour, taps me on the shoulder, wide eyed, shaking, and pale, four inches from my face - she'd get the leading roll in any horror movie.  Her nightmares are scaring the shit out of me. 

So today I dug deep (REALLY deep) and found my inner hippie.  Let's call her Sunrose.  She had a solution. 

The dream catcher was created, filtering out every bad dream that breezes in a bedroom window on an Edison wind.  Thanks for being there Sunrose.  Let's meld heartbeats more often. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

House Project: Couch Lover

It's like having a new boyfriend.  I'm obsessed.  I keep staring.  Find myself smiling.  Don't worry, I'm not flying the coop or anything crazy like that.  It's just that......I'm in love with my new couch!!

We bought the super size family couch (read an earlier post about it here) after Genevieve was born.  It was well loved, well worn, and well...ugly.  It wasn't the right scale for our house, you couldn't see the TV or the fireplace and it took up too much room.  This is just the beginning of the long list of convincing reasons I've been firing at Drew for the past year, steadily building my case for the purchase of this sleek, simple beauty. 

It's a hide-a-bed too, so we'll have no shortage of beds when guests come. 

Now that we have less couch and more space, Drew is in the process of designing a larger dining room table that will seat eight. 

It's dark and rainy outside, my garden has mostly been put to bed, and I'm happily turning my attention inside.  Rehanging.  Re-arranging.  And dusting.  Lots of dusting.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Marguerite:  Mama, do you want me to stay little forever?
Me: Yes.
Marguerite:  It's me birthday, though, so I'm going to be doing a bit of growing today, okay?

Yikes, this is my longest time away from Realized Mama, and I have a zillion blog posts stacked up in my brain!  I'll catch up - for now I'll leave you with these gems from Marguerite's birthday and get back to eating out too much, snort laughing with my mom and leaving my kids with my parents for more hours of freedom than I've had in ages!

Here are the dresses Lynne sewed the girls.  Lynne who made my prom dresses and my wedding dress and has hemmed 400 pairs of jeans for me.  Lynne who Marguerite refers to as her best friend.  Lynne who has been the best auntie to me.

Genevieve made the birthday girl a crown:

The cousins sent a package that luckily had everything Marguerite's party was missing...

...including balloons

Cupcakes went the distance:

Three candles were blown out:

Much yearned for ballet slippers and ballet leotard were gifted:

Champagne bottle was polished off by this classy mama:

The birthday girl partied until she dropped:

Yes, Marguerite, we want you to stay little forever, but we sure are having fun watching you grow.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Dentist Chair

Are you riddled with fear about going to the dentist?  Do you hate all things oral hygiene?  If so, you are in good company with Marguerite (fairy costume optional).

Fortunately we have an in-house, compassionate and thorough dentist in our family.  We really don't know what would happen to Marguerite's teeth without her.

She is accepting new patients for a nominal fee.  "Two bucks" says Dr. Vallee, who is saving her pennies for a real-as-life silicone baby doll.