"We are all wanderers on this earth...our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams." ~ Gypsy proverb

Friday, April 13, 2012

Keeping it Real

Hiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!! How are you? It's been awhile, I know. I've been on a see-saw these past several days. Up and down, good things, not-so-good things, fun things, not-so-fun things, busy with little to no me-time at all. I can't complain too much, nesting is such a Spring thing to do, and I am going full throttle with creating and deepening the space that we now call home. There are still boxes to be unpacked and items to be found to fill this house, so I join Mon today with keeping it real to share with you my see-saw happenings. I've missed being here, and it's so good to be back. Thanks for your caring thoughts and your patience...


No internet for nearly 3 days.

Disgusting discoveries left by previous tenants who apparently didn't like to clean. Let's just say 3 hours with the microwave.

No car for 5 days--major oil leak ragin' like a river, and then the bill, uggh....

A bladder infection and a trip to the E.R. to let me know that I am not superhuman and impervious to earthly illnesses.


No humidity = dry skin!! Yep, I've got scales.


Making my own space in a little corner under the stairs and the visions of what I'd like it to be

A new-to-me reclaimed desk with my up-cycled chair.

A 1920's antique dresser for $25!!!!! Needs some TLC, but it's a beauty. C. will be proud :).

The arrival of beautiful things from Amanda and her shop, a vintage mug and her handmade sachets:). Thanks Amanda!

And a week before that, the products that arrived from Laura Emily's shop. Thank you Laura Emily, as usual your products are a treat and a pleasure :).

And finally the long anticipated arrival of Migrations of the Heart by Kelly of Umber Dove, I know just where this beautiful watercolor will nest...

It's a little pink looking due to the sunrise coming from the window :).
There is more but as time would have it, I have to go. And this might be a good place to tell you that every morning now, I take my kids to school. Montessori school. There is a whole post in my head about this and it needs to be written soon. I've learned so  much in the past 3 years, but this unschool loving mama has had a lot of letting go to do in the past several weeks. We are all in a cycle of evolving, and it would be unreal to say that growing pains are not a part of it. What is that quote?

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide

Wishing you a fabulous Friday and a  wonderful weekend...


  1. The painting is simply breathtaking. And hooray for all kinds of goodies for you and your new home to balance out the bad case of "sees".

    I can only imagine how hard it must be to let go when you've been schooling your little ones at home, but from everything I've heard and the handful of friends we have living in Boulder, it's a wonderful community for schooling. I hope your kiddos love it, and that you love some extra time for yourself. :)

    Happy Weekend!

  2. so so happy to see you back here, my dear. it sounds like you've been very busy with tasks big and small. i'm sending love to you and your family as you settle into the new nest and know that the schooling will make for a faster integration for your beloved children, but some pangs for you!i know that you are seeing a big picture and it's a beautiful one!happy weekend!


  3. Your new place looks beautiful, MJ, and I mean that about your place under the stairs and your place in your new State and in the mountains, and your place as you move into all this New and more New. I have been following, ever so quietly, and smiling and sending love… and I can't wait to read the post about the Montessori adventure. Oh, who am I kidding? I can't wait to read your next post, period. :)

  4. so much goodness! can't wait to hear about the school thing. (and what a coincidence -- again !!)

    loving your little space there. and hopefully mars direct will create a better flow forward!

  5. oh awesome, your own place! it has a good feel to it, tucked under the stairs. my own kids switched between homeschool and back to school and it worked for us. i hope its a very good thing for all of you!

  6. How fun to be creating a new space MJ. Sounds like life it very full. I hope you will post pictures of your dresser. I have a 1920's bedroom set that I Love!

  7. Hi!!!!! Missed you! Bladder infections are the pit, oh and the E.R., all while trying to move?! Bless your heart. Glad you found a spot, they are so important (love the bag) Growing pains, letting go, evolving...all part of the human being experience. here's to your next chapter <3

  8. is this a montessori charter school? that's great mj. how do they like it? how do you like it? i love the montessori philosophy. i would feel great about sending ez to one someday if we are in the right place. i bet you've got a good one. do you miss them being home though?

  9. so glad you are getting settled in. take your time, create your space.

  10. Oh so much you are experiencing...sending all the best to you as you find your places in this new place and time of your lives.

    Loving that spot under the stairs that you are claiming as your own!!

  11. I hope you feel better soon, those UTIs are nasty :( Love your niche in the corner!! Looking forward to "seeing" you some more.

  12. Oh goodness can that girl climb-love it! I hope you are better soon-antibiotics and being sick -boooo!
    Love you niche you are creating and that watercolor is gorgeous. Three hours?! Dag.

  13. Thinking of you and your lovely family as you adventure along new and exciting trails :)
    The owl water colour is magnificent!

  14. Beautiful painting and your friends care packages are beautiful. The body has it's way of reminding us that we are not super humans and it's better we listen. I hope you feel better. Dry skin loves lavender oil after the shower ;o)
    It is my first visit on your blog and I am glad I found it!

  15. I'm sure you're super busy setting up house, but try to take some time for you. Stress is wicked! Quite the week you've had. Hopefully you'll find your groove soon.

    1920's dresser for $25?!?! That is a sweet deal!

  16. I found a packet on the floor of my car the other day - addressed to you - argh! I still have it. When I took a whole bunch of packets to the post office a while ago I thought it had gone with them - d'uh!!! Will send it really soon - promise!!! (Been kinda crazy here too). Sending get well hugs to you and lots of love X

  17. I just received a shipment from Laura Emily too! I have almost consumed all of mine in the bath. Hiding it from the kids. It's for MY bath! We're moving too so I can completely sympathise though we're at the 'sold-house-but-may-be-homeless-for-a-few-days' stage. Darn real estate agents. No internet? Shudder.

  18. Gosh, you are on an exciting journey.
    What a beautiful painting....and I love the mug!
    Wishing you well...xxx

  19. great to catch up with you, mama.
    can't wait to hear more!

  20. Change is constant isn't it? And even good change (like you are going through) is hard work. It sounds like you all are doing it gracefully though. And I love your little space!

  21. I'm so glad to hear from you, friend. What a wonderful reminder of the ebb and flow of things daily. HUGS! Your space under the stairs is wonderful!

  22. Great space, looks like it has a lot of light. We all need reminders that we are indeed still human. Such lovely gifts and I checked out Kelly's Umber Dove - wow, she's an amazing artist. Here is too change, sending you all positive energy :)

  23. wow.. aplaus for your post MJ..
    A+++ for you.. :)

  24. Glad you are starting to settle in a bit my friend. SOOO sorry about your UTI, no fun at all! take lots of probiotics w/ those antibiotics:)

  25. Glad to see you finding your place. And try take care of yourself Mama!
    And I've been putting oil on my skin (and face!) for years to make up for the lack of moisture in this climate. Give it a shot.
    Happy homemaking!

  26. I love the sees and saws. I've been thinking of you and am glad you had a bit of time to pop in here and share them with us. I hope you're all healed up thanks to those bothersome, but sometimes helpful antibiotics, and continuing to dream in that new little space of yours. I'm so curious to hear more about the school decision and how you're feeling about it. Boulder is a pretty great place for Montessori, to be sure! I hope it all feels "right" for each of you.



“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~ George Bernard Shaw