Mar 22, 2017

Life Lately {March}

Earlier in the month I was able to attend our diocesan women's conference and hear Immaculee Ilibagiza speak- wow, her talk was amazing! (Also, she is stunning.) She told her story (obv.) but also went into more depth about her background, and Our Lady of Kibeho. I'm so glad I got to go, and I definitely want to read more about that apparition!

 That same dayTim took three of the girls to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in our town and deserves a huge pot o' gold for braving the frigid elements with a 3:1 kid to parent ratio amid the other populace!

Along with many of the other eastern states we had a snowstorm last week, which the girls were delighted about. They got a lot of good play hours out of it before it melted, and I got some baking done- snow always puts me in a big baking mood. They should change the lyrics to "Let It Snow":
 "Oh the weather outside is frightful
But eating all these baked goods is delightful
 I don't care if my clothes fit no mo'
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"
Also, it was so cute to watch Heidi outside. She was walking on top of the snow/ice in all her puffy-suit glory and not even making a dent- Tim and I both laughed she was like Legolas!

Books- I've been slowly reading Originals: How Non-Comformists Move the World. I find it super interesting but haven't been great about giving myself a good stretch of time to read in the evening, so I fall asleep after only getting a few pages in most nights.

This one was a request in our recent library haul- the story is not anything amazing but something about it paired with the illustrations is so charming and whimsical that I just loved it to pieces.
And Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes makes me want to cry every time I read it- I think it's secretly a book for moms, to give them a good "Chin-up!" and "You matter!" and "Someday your kids will do all the chores!".

Most mornings of late we've seen this hawk in our yard (just over the swing on the left). I wonder if it's hunting something? Or just wishing for a way to go down the tube slide?
Cora turned 9 months and is finally showing interest in food! Turns out feeding yourself people food is more preferable than being spoon-fed baby food- who knew? She seems like she's just on the cusp of crawling, waves, claps, and clasps her hands during Grace. She was sleeping through the night until about six months old when respiratory illnesses and teething usurped our peaceful nights- but we won't talk about that. :(

Finally, my Etsy shop is up and running!

Mar 12, 2017

What season is it? {My Sunday Best}

We've had some gloriously warm, wonderful days in the last month- this was us on Thursday:
...and now there's a forecast for 12-18 inches of snow Monday and Tuesday. NO THANK YOU.
We're basically living in this Kevin Henkes book, droopy daffodils and all.
 I know it's still technically winter but my brain cannot handle all the wardrobe changes- from wool sweaters to flip-flops and back again...

I tossed my last pair of nylons a few weeks ago (they hardly last one wear before getting runs in them!!), so I had to settle for some light grey, ashen looking tights to mass. Very Lenten, I suppose.

I also wore my new LuLaRoe dress (so comfortable, and with pockets!), so there's that!

Linking up with Rosie! Here's hoping spring weather comes soooon for us all.

Mar 11, 2017

Parenting Hindsight is 20/20

And so, the era of pens and notebooks in the girls' bedroom came to an abrupt end one night last week. 
Formerly a plain white pillowcase
I had an inkling the pens wouldn't keep to paper only. 
(Also, not a self-portrait or drawn by Heidi as it was suggested...)

Mar 2, 2017

So, I'm opening an Etsy shop!

By next week I'm *hoping* to open up shop selling vintage clothing. I'm thinking "vintage clothing" might convey different ideas to different people, so I'll explain a bit more. :)

My Grandma Betty was an avid second-hand shopper. I remember tagging along to the Purple Heart thrift store with her and my mom growing up, and I remember how proud she was that she only spent something like $2 on her shoes for one of my sister's weddings. :) My mom shopped at thrift stores a lot too, so over the years I grew to love it. Often a piece of clothing would catch my eye when I was at a second-hand shop that maybe I wouldn't wear or didn't particularly need, but still wanted to "document" it somehow- ridiculous as that may sound! Thus commenced the occasional blog post about random thrift store goods. That led me to wonder "What if?" about buying those things I find- things I love, find to be quirky and fun, or timeless classic styles- and setting up an Etsy shop. In the beginning of the year I started reading online about how to identify and date vintage clothing and find it all so fascinating! My cup of tea.

To be honest, I have no idea if this will go anywhere...or if I'll even make a sale! (In which case- my girls will have lots of dress-up clothes?) I'm just a mom with four young kids and a harebrained notion, Googling "how to package clothing for the mail" during nap time, while trying not to be intimidated by these big-time Etsy shops with professional-looking listing photos and massive inventory. *Deep breaths*

At the very least it's been a fun hobby/ side-project and I'm glad I'm giving it a try. If you're interested, I started an Instagram account and will post there (and here at some point) when my Etsy page is all set up: @Betty$HeartC0
Also, my social media know-how, so should be interesting. Fake it til you make it, right?

Prayers appreciated. :)
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