Category: brothers

Crafter-noons

Ah, summer…that special time of year when we stay-at-home parents find out what we’re really made of. Some days, I’m made of mellow patience and full of laughter. Other days…well, let’s not talk about those days, shall we? Or if we must, let’s just say it’s a darn good thing I married a winemaker. Finding little bits of time to…

Playing Hooky (part I)

Even before the solstice officially marked the onset of summer, we have been feeling the change of season in everything we do.  You may find us on any given day, still in our pajamas at 11 am, reading books or hiding out in our “underwater-space- submarine-rocketship” (aka the couch cushions and blankets). At first, I must admit I was slightly…

These Boys…

These boys of mine, they are growing up way too fast. Some days it just slaps me in the face like a wet dish cloth. I now only see glimpses of the babies and toddlers they once were. I look at Levi when he is asleep and just can’t believe that he is 5 1/2 years old already…taking up so…

Illinois Farmhouse

Making things by hand…it’s a family affair.  My little brother (even though he is 38 years old, will always be my little brother) is one of these guys who is a jack-of-all-trades.  He has never ceased to amaze and inspire me with his natural abilities and talents. He is someone who, if he wasn’t doing what he does today,  could’ve…

The Love of Handmade

Last year at Valentine’s Day, I posted a comment on my Facebook page about how disappointed I was that not too many kids give handmade Valentine’s cards anymore.  Levi was in still in preschool and I was so disheartened by all of the cartoon/super hero-laden, store bought cards that he received. It made me sad, really, to think that this…

Our Favorite Time of the Year

I always thought that Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams, should be rewritten about autumn.  It definitely is my most favorite time of the year for everything from fashion to food, time spent outdoors and certainly the holidays…Thanksgiving being my favorite holiday ever. I think it’s the cozy factor and the turning inward that…