A letter to Little Rabbit: 2 years old

dear twoDear Little Rabbit,

You are two. TWO. Actually, you’ve been two for a couple of months now, but I still get those moments when the reality of it floors me. That’s when I want to grab onto time and pull it back, stop it for a while so I can catch my breath. But that, of course, isn’t a thing. So here we are: me and you, little bug. My big girl.

I think this is my favorite age, so far. You’re active, independent, and a little wild. You insist that I share my chapstick, love to be chased, and can handle your lunch from start to finish pretty much by yourself. You stall bedtime as much as possible and think rocking with mommy can fix everything. Every time we hear a baby crying in public, you tell me he/she needs to rock. And you ask for extra hugankiss at nap time every day.

Usually, you’re adorable. Your dimply smile is magic–you can get your daddy to do anything for you if you give him a hug and a smile. But sometimes you get whiny and boy can you whine. Most often, about how “hungy” you are and how much you want a “swammich.” Nevermind the fact that you just polished off your lunch 15 minutes ago. You eat like a beast. Still, the little fat roll on your thigh is almost totally gone now, so you must be putting all that food to good use.

You like to sing–a lot. The other day, I heard you in your room singing “Maaawwwwyyyy had a yaaaamb. Mawy has a Jeeeesus, a baaaaby!” For the record, those are two different Marys. We’ll work on it. You’re starting to repeat parts of songs I sing to you or that we listen to in the car (“sunshiiine, make me happyyyyy when skies graaaaaay!”). Your favorite fallback is still “yaaaaa yaaaa yaaaaaa,” though, and you usually pause to let me know “I singing!” You go, girl.

Your favorite animal right now is an elephant. You’ve seen them at the zoo several times, but really I think you just enjoy the fact that, when I ask what an elephant says, you get to make fart sounds. Because you also happen to think that farting is hilarious. It makes you dissolve into uncontrollable giggles, and you often do it on purpose, just because you can. I’ll be sure to remind you of this some day when you tell me some little boy is gross because he farted near you.

At two, you’re delightful. You’re such a cute, sweet, lovely little girl. Before you know it, you’re going to be in school, growing up, up, and away. So don’t mind me if I “squeeze the love into you” a little too often or cover you in kisses more than you’d like. I just want to hold onto you as tightly as I can while I have the chance. My little bug. You’re the best.

Love and kisses,



Where we’ve been

I have to tell you, I’m very glad that summer is almost over. It’s been great and all, but I’m ready to slip into a cozy sweater and curl up under a quilt. And soup! Bring on all the soup.

With fall approaching so quickly, I thought it might be good to do a little personal check-in. Summer has been a care-free ride, and that’s wonderful. But it also means I haven’t been here as often, so I’m a little out of sync. So let’s all get on the same page,–what have we been up to lately?


+ I’ve been researching essential oils again. I think I’ve finally come up with something of a plan for moving forward. *self high five* But still–hit me up with all your favorite resources! I like to learn.

+ We are splitting a whole hog with C’s parents–it’s currently at the butcher’s and will be ready any day now. But our chest freezer in the basement is full. So we went to Menards to pick up a second one, intending to grab a cheap 7-cubic-foot chest freezer to give us a little extra space for the pig. An hour later, we walked out the new owners of a huge upright freezer instead. Whoops. The bright side, however, is that we now have a ton of space, and I’m totally going to start stashing homemade egg noodles for soups. #yum


+ Our tomato crop has been disappointing this summer (though it does seem to finally be producing something, rather late in the season). So we went to the farmer’s market and bought tomatoes for canning. #Boo. Still, at least our pantry is stocked for another year. And if our plants do decide to have a late summer party, we’ll be able to dedicate it all to salsa and marinara making.

+ C just got home from a week-long hiking trip he took with a few friends in Colorado. Little Rabbit and I missed him lots, and it’s so great to have him home again. I tell ya, there’s no way I would survive as a single parent! Having a partner is such a blessing, and that was really underlined for me this past week.

+ Now that C’s trip is past tense, we can start looking forward to the trip we’re taking (back to the mountains) with C’s family in October. We haven’t been to the mountains in a couple of years (sniff), so I’m beyond excited. Crisp mountain air, a week lazing about in a cabin, a trip to the Christmas shop in Estes… bring. it. on.


+ I’ve been bit by the thrifting bug this month. It’s just so fun to find unexpected treasures that are truly one-of-a-kind. And it’s a lot less expensive to take a trip to the thrift store than to take one to Target, so there’s that. Plus, I’m now the owner of a little family of brass swans and an old fashioned nesting doll. Winning? I think yes.

+ While C was gone, I was in charge of the garden. Meaning I spent hours on my knees trying to kill all the squash bugs that chose that particular time to stage a takeover. #yuck I think I finally gained the upper hand, but let me tell you: fighting bugs is a pain. And majorly gross.

What have you been up to lately? What do you have planned for the next couple of months?

Challenge #28 [August 18-24]

challenge titleChallenge #28: Do all your dishes immediately.

A sink full of dirty dishes drives C bonkers. It bugs me a little, too, though not as much. Either way, it’s one more thing on the to-do list that just has to get done. And therefore it’s one more thing that you have to get out of the way before you can create, garden, exercise, play with your kids, etc. So this week, do them right away. Even if you have a dishwasher, rinse and load all your dishes immediately. Then you won’t have to spend 15-30 minutes doing them at the end of the day–you can just get right into your fun, instead!

August journaling prompts

I’m a little late this month–I blame the hot, hazy days of summer! Never fear, though–the writing prompts are here now!