Saturday, May 12, 2012

Onward and Upward

The past few weeks have seen some changes at our house... seems like all of us, in one way or another, are moving onward and upward!

The biggest change has been that B got a new job cooking at a nearby vegetarian restaurant. It's work that he enjoys, and overall is a good step for him. The downside is that this means he has 14-hour days on Fridays and Saturdays (the first half at his tea shop, then closing at the restaurant). The children and I are adjusting to his being away more often, and he is adjusting to this slightly crazy schedule. It will take a while to get used to the new way of things, but adjust we will!

I, on the other hand, have just finished a big project that took over a month to complete: painting our kitchen! I am thrilled that it's finally done and love the new, bold colors. (We decided on a plum-purple accent wall, which really brightens up the space.)

Here's a look at the corner with the stove, before:

And after (a limited view because the stovetop was a mess, but it captures the vibrant color nicely):

Here's a look at the windowsill (though the lighting isn't wonderful so the colors are a bit hard to see):

C's latest development has been climbing trees... she is getting more confident at scaling our dwarf apple tree every time she gives it a try.

And D has been making great strides in leaving diapers behind. He has a great success rate with the potty... but only when he's not wearing pants. We still have a way to go with potty learning, but we're all so proud of that little guy! He's also been talking so much... I'll post soon on some of the frequently heard phrases around here.

Our little cat has been enjoying the sunny weather we've had the last few days. She is in the midst of shedding her winter coat, another sign of the season change ahead.

We haven't been eating much out of the garden yet, save for herbs. Today, though, I found two more shiitakes growing, and was excited to add them and some sorrel to tonight's scramble. I also picked some rhubarb for a strawberry-rhubarb sauce to top our pancakes (breakfast for dinner; a weekly favorite around here).  

And so, on we go! Tomorrow will be the first day in a few weeks that all four of us are together all day, which is celebration enough for me. Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!

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