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PINI’ve just got this feeling … this week is going to be good one!  No signs of sickness, we’re pretty much caught up on the back-log of schedule/appointments, temperatures each day are forecasted to have highs around zero degrees celsius.  It HAS to be good!

On the horizon:

. i’ve been looking for a used wooden play kitchen (wish we could afford this!) since before Hunter’s birthday and can’t seem to find one on kijiji, without it being hundreds, yes i said hundreds, out of our budget.  again, keeping my fingers crossed to find something this week or that Matt would magically have the time to make them!

. one dinner this week, it’s going to be crostini night.  going off some of these toast ideas.

. i actually won a few things on IG over Christmas (crazy!) … can’t wait to get them! 1 | 2 | 3

. drink more water!  this is always easier said than done for me, might try some ideas like my IG friend.

. trying to brainstorm some cool DIY gifts for some new babies ready to join us … if i was better at knitting (not sure if i’m “there” yet), i might attempt making something.  for sure i’ll be getting some of these ready, tho.

. sorting Israel’s clothes AGAIN!  he’s wearing 9mos stuff right now (already, what?!), got to put away all the 3-6mos stuff

. meeting some friends at a play place this week.

. listening to this song on repeat.

. not sure what we’ll do for our family night activity/adventure.  last saturday night’s swimming at the wave pool was a hit!

. LAUNDRY – because that will be never-ending every week.

. going to see the “Sisters” movie with my sister.  we have not seen a movie together in who knows how long!

. figure out what is in the Starbucks ‘holiday spice flat white’.  i’m finding because we are getting farther away from the “holidays”, less and less Starbucks will make them.  if anyone knows, PLEASE TELL ME as they are quite delicious!!


I think that’s it (for now!).  Anything interesting going on in your neck of the woods?!

pic pix: a few mornings ago when the sky was a cotton candy dream, Jan.2016, at home

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PINcolor: white, mint green, rust, wine, browns and all the rest

word of inspiration: current state

source of word:  I’d have to say, that if I were to give a color palette for what this season/current state of life exudes, it would have to be this combo.  I’m drawn to each of these colors together and separately.  It’s inspiring (I seriously am inspired to paint some walls when I look at this combo), familiar – thus comfortable, fresh, a bit of new and old world colliding, tasteful … ahhh, all the happy things on this board and the many more that couldn’t all fit!  In terms of color (and many other things), this is a good season!!

/1. this room gives me all sorts of inspiration  /2. i like these whales a whole lot  /3. this humble hilo backpack has been on my radar lately – in love with it (i mean, it even has stroller straps included!)  /4. israel is getting this!  /5. i must have an obsession with watches  /6. clutches/satchels/mini bags same difference and this one (though sold out) is beautiful  /7. with knitting the thing these days, imagining all sorts of color combos and projects!  /8. this scene has me in a day-dream  /9. isn’t this custom picture my friend (of thicket grove designs) did for israel simply beautiful?!  /10. this headband tho?!  also, i like this all the more because of her hair  /11. bracelet love  /12. i love me a beetle print on my bag, not a beetle on my bag

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  • March 22, 2017 - 9:03 am

    colorboard / no.46 » Sarah Nadine Blog - […] needed in my life  /11. would like a pair of these plushy blushies for my studio  /12. a couple colorboards back, i highlighted the bison blanket (which we now have) from this company.  my latest obsession? […]ReplyCancel

PINIf I were to get a glimpse into the person I am today, only 4 years ago, I don’t think I would believe it.  Had I had the chance to feel the love that I feel today, four years ago, I would literally say I had not ever felt love that way before.  Should there be a way I could shuttle back in time four years ago and listen to myself say “I’m tired”, I would give the biggest eye roll (and yawn) to myself.

You see, four years ago, I was pregnant with my first and not yet a mama on the outside.

As much physical outside change there has been, so so much has inside change has resulted since becoming a mama.  Parts of me that I felt weren’t beautiful are something that I see totally different now. And other areas that I thought I was put together, let’s just say, have somehow unraveled themselves and I am a constant work of humility.  What I deemed as important in my day-to-day life have now morphed into things more of necessity and need.

Never have a I felt a need to protect so fierce and the carrying the heaviness of someone else’s hurts/burdens/joys is insurmountable.  I never knew that the pitter patter of feet into our bedroom could bring two emotions at the same time – 1. excitement to see their little faces and 2. dread that up-time (as Hunter calls it) is upon us.  Their faces when they are sad, happy, in trouble, shy – whatever! are so darn cute, I gush just thinking about them!

Being Mama has changed the way I look at expectations.  Never could I have expected such joyful gifts as these boys are.  The amount of times I question myself if I’m doing things right gets evened out with the amount of times I do things naturally with no hesitations.  The dreams I have for them, all that I want to pass along and have them experience … it’s like I literally want to give them the world.

Every parenting cliché seems to come to mind as I write this (and I really am not a fan of saying or hearing them!), but they all carry some truth to this journey.  Sure, it can be is hard work, but every morsel IS worth it and something that only I will get to do.  Only once.

Being your Mama, Judah, Hunter + Israel is my greatest joy.  I am so so blessed.


pic pix: grainy iPad selfie with the older boys today (Israel is in my arms to be technical), 12.Jan.2016, at home

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  • January 15, 2016 - 2:06 am

    Martha - Hi! What a beautiful little post…being a mama is nothing and everything that I thought it would be, and I’m thankful for every minute. Saw your comment on BluebirdKisses granola post and decided to check out your blog, and I really like it 🙂
    P.S- absolutely love the names you gave your sons! We are pregnant with our third and can’t wait to find out if we’ll have another little man join our two older little men 🙂
    Best wishes from way far away in Israel!ReplyCancel

    • January 19, 2016 - 8:51 pm

      sarah nadine - oh, i like bluebird kisses blog too ☺️ thanks for popping over here to say hi!

      congratulations on the soon-welcoming of your third!! for me, the transition has been easier from 2-3 than it was from 1-2 … trusting it will be the same for you. it’s so exciting to watch families become the unit they were meant to be!

      bisous and hugs from here in canada xoxoReplyCancel

      • January 22, 2016 - 12:49 am

        Martha - Thanks! I keep hearing that going from 2 to 3 is easier, I really hope that’s true lol!ReplyCancel

PINGoodness knows how happy I am to start this week … healthy!  We take for granted every single day that we are in pretty good health.  Then, we get sick for a couple days and our appreciation for life and each other intensifies and we become more humbled and grateful for the huge blessing of being well (for the most part).  I’m also SO thankful we have washing machines!  There is no possible way, at least I don’t think, that I would’ve been able to clean all of those linens by hand!

That behind us, I am ready to hit this week with a punch!  Here’s a few things on the agenda …

. I’ve been using these for dryer balls for a while now, but have wanted to make my own wool dryer balls.  Think I’ll try making these this week.

. Make this bread.

. Have an explore day with boys.  Depending weather, we may go to the zoo or something.

. Knit some more!  I’ve already been looking for the next thing to make 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

. Try some of these wintery diffusing blends.

. Finish our company book work for 2015 – always easier said than done.  Needing grace and patience!

. Take the boys out skating again.

. Get back into our daily rhythm of pre-school.  This month’s theme is “Wonders of Winter”

. Hope to get to a yoga class … it’s been a while.


What are your weeks shaping up to look like?!


pic pix: Jude & Hunt during bath time (giggles galore!), Jan.2016, at home

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  • January 12, 2016 - 2:15 pm

    Calista - That bread looks delicious! I hope you have a wonderful week!ReplyCancel

    • January 12, 2016 - 11:03 pm

      sarah nadine - i cannot WAIT to make it!! bisous, xoReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2016 - 1:38 pm

    Candace - I just made some dryer balls last week with some scratchy wool I got from Re’s grandma. They work great!ReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2016 - 11:51 pm

      sarah nadine - sweet! i have a whole bag of wool from value village that i plan to use. did you make them similarly? and p.s. i NEED to see you!! xoxoReplyCancel

PINSomedays are a lot easier than others.  Today, was not in the category of such.  We got a stomach bug which isn’t/wasn’t too too bad, but the boys were definitely not themselves today.  The snow was blowing and our house was a tad cold for just a t-shirt on, you needed to layer up.  It was a busy yet lazy day for me.  Three dishwasher loads (and still not a perfectly clean kitchen – never really is!), 6 loads of laundry, payroll completed for our 18 employees, and three of the cutest little men fed, cleaned and full of energy by bed time.

When you get to the end of a day like today, I feel like, yea, I got some stuff done but it isn’t that rewarding “I got stuff done” kind of day.  Having a day where we don’t go out or talk to other individuals can make you appreciate your family more or make you realize how driven up the wall you are with the constant connectivity!  Regardless of how “off” it may have felt or different it was compared to a normal productive day, drawing near the end of it, you just gotta love the moments that DID happen that WERE great.  And be super thankful that the happiness of life is not measured off of one day. View full post »

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