Saturday, May 12, 2018

when a child is born, so is a mother

tomorrow is mother's day and
it feels especially meaningful to me this year
because my daughter is a mama now too.

cj is 7 months old and i take a lot of photos of him but on the day
i took these, he was 6 months.
i was at her house and she was at work,
 and it was the perfect time to
surprise her with more intentional photos.

bubs is always in a good mood and he was typically funny and sweet that
afternoon. i didn't really have a plan other than to let him roll around and play
while i took pictures.

this baby has captured my heart in ways i didn't even
know was possible.

 i hope these pictures will help us remember this precious stage  ~


"I realized when looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest form of love you'll ever know."
                                                                                                                                                                     mitch albom

aren't baby hands the cutest?

"you should never put babies to bed,
they always wake up a day older."


it's hard to believe that in the blink of an eye, this little love is now 7 months old.

every time we get to see him he just just delights
us with all the nuances of his darling personality.
he is the most curious child lars and i have ever seen.
he is wide eyed with wonder at the world and growing
and changing so fast.

getting him to giggle is about the best thing ever.
(we will swing from the chandeliers and attempt cartwheels
to hear that sweet sound.)
he has his daddies beautiful brown eyes and dark lashes.
his chubby little arms and legs are so irresistible. (he has
achieved this healthy status entirely from his mama and just started
eating solid foods a few weeks ago).

i am humbled watching my daughter mother this sweet boy.
 we always knew she'd be a great mom. it started with her loving her
dollies... then she moved on to being an awesome
big sister and then a great teenage babysitter.

  she has a fierce love for this baby of hers and it is clear~
she was born to be a mother
*and man is she doing it well.

happy 1st mother's day to our girl
and to all of you who have also had the
honor and privilege
to raise a child.

raisin' up my 3 has been my greatest joy.

xox, grama beth

a mother is a person who,
seeing there are only 4 pieces of pie for 5 people,
promptly announces she never really cared for pie.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


well now it's april 14th.
my last blog post was an ode to winter, a goodbye 
because it was the first day of spring and it was
a really pretty day. the snow was almost gone
and the birds were chirping away.

that was march 20th.

today is has snowed more than a foot.
can i just repeat: it's april 14th.

mother nature appears to be having a temper tantrum and so are a lot of my neighbors.

*shout out to our neighbors that turned their Christmas
lights back on though... hehe  *love me a good sense of humor. 

how've you all been? are you as excited to sit on your decks as i am?
i was at a garden center yesterday and the greenhouse was starting to fill
up. there were pansys, ranunculus, and all kinds of herbs and it was about
the best sight ever. i am anxious (but a little nervous) to check my
prize dahlia bulbs. they have been in buckets in the basement 
all winter and i sure hope they haven't dried up or rotted.
spring garden season is just about here and i can't wait!

the morning light in our living room has been so pretty lately
and i love that there are more hours of daylight~

 cousins mike and barb had a st. patrick's day party on 3-17 and we were invited.
here are some pictures from that fun evening. 

barb had fun decorating and was i so excited when i walked in to their dining room.

i had just gotten the results back from my ancestery dna kit and found out 
i had quite a bit of irish in me (that I didn't know about), so i was all about it.
: )) 
mike and barb love to cook. they served corned beef and cabbage and
i was pretty sure i wouldn't care for it, (i'm picky) but i did!
i actually loved it, it was really delicious!!!

barb made these yummy cupcakes laced with baileys irish cream.

do any of you watch the bachelor? this last season a girl that barb knows really well won
the show (but then got duped) and now she's going to be the next bachelorette.
barb is cat sitting for her while the show is being filmed and both she
and mike are so in love with this cute kitty that i think
it's going to be really hard for them to give her back.

it's always a real treat to get an invitation to their house. I can't remember when
I've laughed so hard...we played games and talked about some of our favorite memories
of growing up together, what a great evening~
thanks you guys!

now on to our little grandson... look how he's grown!!!
he's 6 months old and as much as I've loved every single month of
his precious babyhood, every time we see him he just gets more fun.
friends have told me this just continues, how great is that?

when he was at our house this week he had a fun surprise for us...
his first two little teeth are through.
yeah CJ!
*his eyes are turning brown now too... something I was secretly hoping for. : )

we are so in love with this little boy

well, that's about it for today.
the next time i blog i will not talk about snow.
i promise.
i don't care if it's may and we still have a foot.
: )

 until then, take care and be well

xo, beth

Monday, March 19, 2018


tomorrow is march 20th~
the official first day of spring 
and guess whaaaaat?
the forecast says it's going to snow.

hahaha- well you know what?
snow away!
i am not going to let it bum me out.
when you get to mid march, even if you do live in 
cold, frozen Minnesota, you know it's not going to last.

spring is on the horizon. you can tell by the water 
running down the street and the shrinking piles of snow.

i saw the first two robins flitting from tree to tree yesterday.
and we saw people driving a convertible with the top down on Saturday.
i've see people wearing shorts!

it is after all, 
averaging 40 degrees by midday.

so that's it. i'm calling an official wrap to another winter.
so long, farewell, au revoir, goodbye, but
before i start showing you photos of my gardens and
green grass, I've found a bunch of photos of winter to share with you.

i think winter is very beautiful too.

tulips (that i bought) on the table. buying myself flowers is one of the ways
i make myself happy in the cold winter months. 

we had a LOT of snow in the twin cities this winter. if it's gotta be cold i prefer having 
a lot of snow though... it just makes everything bright and prettier.
who wants it to be bitterly cold and brown? not me.

 snow delicately stuck to my outdoor garland 

 ice writing on the front door.

purple cone flower seed heads in the garden

feeding the birds is another way i find joy in the winter. the 746 squirrels that
are constantly finding ways to get to my feeders make it more challenging,
but the birds still get some of the seed i put out. : )

hello mama cardinal

"excuse me, do you have any grey poupon?"

speaking of feeding the birds, did i mention the neighborhood turkeys?
there is a flock of them that live here and they parade from yard to yard all day
long, eating the birdseed that's fallen on the ground, or better yet, the 
berries from the flowering crab trees.  that's what's going on in the next pictures.
these big critters are so comical to watch, they'll fly up in the trees and perch
while they eat berries, but they also sit on the ground and leap up to grab
the berries they can reach.

"hey, check for mail while you're out there will ya?"

see the tuft of stiff hair that sticks out on both male and female turkeys?
i have a new haircut and the sides of my hair stick out and remind me of this.
until it grows out a little, i'm tucking it behind my ears and trying not to gobble.

so long.

we live just two blocks from byerlys grocery store and
we also see coyotes, deer, pheasants, fox, rabbits, all kinds of birds,
& there's even a resident owl that coo's us to sleep at night.
how lucky are we?

so here's a shout out to spring,
we're ready for you!
*and if that means I have to shave my legs on a regular basis
well then, I guess it's a small price to pay.

like chip gaines says, "be sweet"
xo, beth