Jun 28, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
If you don't know my hubby, there are three things that you really must know about him:
#1) He is a wonderful man of God.
#2) He is an AMAZING husband and father
#3) Even before he was all of those other things, he was a fisherman.
He loves to fly fish. He's in his glory when he is bushwhacking his way in to the most remote stream. He's happiest to catch and release. (in face the fish you'll see later on is the only one he's ever had mounted) He expertly ties his own flies. He guides trips. He teaches others. It is not a hobby. It is a passion. It has become a way for him to conect with God in His marvelous creation. He takes Ella all the time, but he doesn't go just for himself as frequently as he did before wife, house and daughter. So when he does, he goes for a nice long chunk. He guided a trip on Wednesday that was a great success and he's been fishing in Rangley ever since. I'm anxiously awaiting his return. But his time away gave me a chance to turn Ella's old bedroom: Into THIS: The new office. Complete with entire side devoted to Jason's fly -tying and two walls devoted to his dead, stuffed or fishy things.It's a continuation of his father's day present. I got him three new plastic containers in which to organize his fly tying supplies. But then I got him this desk off of freecycle (SCORE!), painted the room, painted a great quote and a few basic pictures, (The quote reads, "To go fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with thimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature.") and hung his dead things on the wall. I call this one the "Jackalope". It weirds me out to no end. But hey, love is sacraficial right?Before this, he was tying flies on a tiny desk crammed in the back of our storage room. And he certainly did not have his dead things around to keep him company :) I CANNOT wait to unveil it when he comes home tomorrow.
Jun 23, 2011
Jason is gone on his annual fly fishing trip. He actually guided a day of fishing for a little extra income on Wednesday and then his two friends from up North are joining him at which point they will all fish their brains out until Sunday.
For Father's Day I got him a rockin' desk off of freecycle, three new storage containers for all his fly-tying gear (and a really sweet homemade fishy card) and now I will work my butt off to get Ella's old room painted and turned into a craft/office room where he has his very own personalized fly-tying space!
To save money, I am mixing the remainder of three left over gallons of paint. (They are all a shade of light green.) The polls are now open for voting on whether this is going to be a raging success or an epic failure. Feel free to chime in your thought.
Of COURSE pictures will follow!
Jun 20, 2011
This morning jumping on a mattress on the floor:
ELLA: I jumpin in da bwue wagoon! I goin' undew like da kids doos! Da watew's weally warm!
ME: Oh wow. Look at you! That's great honey.
ELLA: Hewe. Fowd my bwanket fow me and set it wight hewe. NO. Not dere. WIIIIGHT hewe. 'Cause I patended it's my towew. You can dwy me off wif it when I get out of da watew. K, mom?
Today driving home from errands:
ME: Yes love?
ELLA: I can have a sip of youw delisus coffee?
Today sitting at the table eating lunch:
ELLA: So. We goin to sing happy birfday to me. K, mom?
ME: Oh I see. And when do you want us to sing happy birthday to you?
ELLA: Ummmm.... Fursday.
Jun 17, 2011
He's pretty darn big too!Ella decided she'd like to play with him. And because her favorite things to do right now is dump water, Theo got lots of water dumped on him.
She was quite intrigued by him, "Hello little turtle," she would say. We did lots of touching...his shell, his feet, his nose, his head, his belly. And then she tried to get him to crawl into her bucket.
Poor little guy. He put up with a lot. So we returned him to his home.I'll admit. There have been days (quite recent days) when I've cursed this yard of ours that needs so much work. But I really am grateful for our land! Thus far this spring we have:
- caught toads, frogs and snakes.
- trapped tadpoles, raised them into frogs and released them.
- caught (and accidentally de-tailed) a salamander...sorry little buddy!
- seen a mama deer and her tiny tiny fawn strolling through.
daily, watched happy little bunnies that munch on our clover and let us get very close to them.
- seen more birds than I've ever seen in my life.
- watched the squirrels and chipmunks frolic...even right across our deck (Ella's loves it...I'm teacher her to scare them away...you should hear her roar at them...HILARIOUS!)
- And today we got to meet and play with Theo.
I LOVE that Ella loves animals and all things outdoors. I LOVE that she is not afraid of them. In fact my motto has always been, "Go ahead! Touch it!" and so she does, with such wonderful curiosity surrounding her new discoveries. I LOVE teaching her about all of these things and continually seeing the world afresh through her eyes!
Jun 14, 2011
We moved Ella into a new room (because it is brighter and has two windows for lovely airflow in the summers) and got her a big girl bed!
I painted the same little creatures that we see frequent our yard everyday. How she loves her little woodland animals. "Bunnies, biwdies and chickmunks." All I'm missing are our friendly deer. Perhaps I shall paint one of those too some day. I absolutely adore fulfilling my passion for art and creativity while completely something practical and something that is a blessing to my beautiful daughter!