hump day nuggets: ebb

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and (few) words about the last week

I had hoped for more a slow, lumbering-into-second-kid few months but, yo, Life has a different agenda. We have been really nuts over here and without going into gnarly details a lot has to do with Andy’s bike accident in 8th grade and subsequent 19 years of mouth surgeries that is currently landing us with monthly surgeries to get his pearly whites and all that bone that holds it together in tip top. AND he is having his tonsils out next week. So, it’ll be another few weeks of mayhem and then, *hopefully*, slow and lumbering…

So, this lady has been doing a lot of single-parenting and animal care while taking care of my man and, wow, it has rocked my energy level. But, you know, once I let go of diaper covers and books sprinkled throughout the house and the Fact that my sheets just aren’t going to get changed any time soon and that annie’s mac and cheese with fresh tomatoes is just perfect for dinner two nights in a row, or three, it’s all just a blip. Looking back at the last week in photos for hump day nuggets helps me realize all the lovely, important and memorable activity surrounding the running-behind chaos. Oh, and I will have a mamalode piece that further delves into my current mama balance…soon. I am a fan of saying soon lately. Frees up any commitment to an actual time things will be accomplished. I think all mamas of toddlers should embrace soon whenever possible.

nuggets (mostly about bug).

:: We got an early christmas package from my mom because she is as terrible about waiting for the actual date as I am and I love that. A quilt she made for bug. And it is BEAUTIFUL. Margot thinks it is quite special and says oh blanket! when we go to bed at night. Seriously, mom. So so amazing.

:: And, speaking of quilts, chicken will have two because I am making her a quilt as well (lucky girl). In 5-15 minutes chunks of time here and there. I sew in the morning with coffee before work or when I go downstairs to get laundry, sometimes only one or two squares. But it’ll get done this way to and feels so doable. I am loving it so far.

And, notice those paintings of Andy’s in our studio? More on that soon too…he has an exhibit opening on November 20 at the Dana Gallery.

:: Margot had her first haircut. The baby mullet is a bit more gone than it was before (but still there a little bit). I actually adore baby mullets but Andy isn’t such a fan so he was ready whenever I was. And, a few nights ago, over post-dinner, pre-bed candlelight, I grabbed scissors and cut her little whispy locks. I’m impulsive like that. And her little bob is, well, cute of course. She LOVED getting her hair cut.

:: Margot is digging the toilet and we are too. After she has a success, she stands up, lifts her hands to the sky and says looket that! Her cool undies make it even better. Especially when paired with her froggy boots. The froggy boots are the new can’t-ever-take-off accessory to the sweater. She has been wearing this sweater for a year. Daily. No joke. Bug is quite dedicated to her favorite things. Elmo is still a necessity as well. As is this duck bowling pin thing. And, of course, the maraca.

:: LOTS of apple pear sauce. Again prepared and canned in small slivers of time. Small batches of five or eight pints prepared one evening and canned the next day.

:: I made this door snake to keep winter draft out. It was super easy and I wish I’d done it long ago. Just some scrap fabric (12″ by 4″ more than the width of the door) sewed in a tube and filled with pea gravel or whatever you might have on hand like rice or kitty litter.

:: This is what our back seat looks like on every car trip. It always makes me smile. Her little personality. Her intention.

:: Margot and Alice. They are such pals. Margot now knows how to be gentle with Alice and Alice has always been the gentlest with Margot, indulging her imagination. Margot often reads to Alice and really enjoys giving her a ‘coat’ (door mat) and yoga mats. Little gifts that Alice pretends to enjoy. It is a good reminder for me to be patient with my dog as she tends to be really underfoot lately. I am sure she anticipates change just as she did as we neared Margot’s entrance into our world.

:: Finally, guess what bug is going to be for halloween?

23 Responses to hump day nuggets: ebb

  1. TRB Holt says:

    OH I have been looking for you ALL day Margot! You would think your mama has something else to do besides HDN,(Hump Day Nuggets), WHATEVER! Love the new coiffure! AND the panties are to die for..frog boots…do they come in size 8? BUT my fav is Alice with you on top and her rug blanket…you so make me smile!

    Nici, all I can say is I love you. There is so much love in your house…shown with your writing & great photos..the canning, the books, the sewing, the love of Andy, your animals and of course there is BUG…I am one blessed Mom & Gram.

    xoxo, Mom/Gram

  2. TRB Holt says:

    ps…ARGH yourself matey!….can’t wait to see your Halloween booty! And the quilt looks divine Burb! xo

  3. Erin O. says:

    Feeling like a total dope because it has never occurred to me to haul a few books with us in the car! Because you shared, my girl will be oh, so happy. :)

    My heart goes out to your whole household on the tonsils. Had mine out when I was 26 and it laid me out for 2 weeks.

  4. jeanalbus says:

    Oh, for heaven’s sake, that was a sweet read/photo look-see. Gosh. I might come live with you. Would you take care of me? Sigh.

  5. paige says:

    Love the photo of Margot on the table after her haircut. And gorgeous quilt, Gram.

  6. jen says:

    i love that in the midst of crazy … finding the time to write about your week can open your eyes to how much beauty is really there.
    take care … good luck … thinking of you and wishing slow and lumbering days in your future.

  7. Kelly says:

    I could look at pictures of Bug all day and that video? Seriously have watched it 40 times! So flipping cute! You always manage to handle it all with such grace and confidence! I admire that about you!! (can I put anymore exclamation points in this comment?)!!!


    one more!

  8. Kelle says:

    somebody got their bangs trimmed! love it. and can’t wait to see her as a pirate. andy’s art is amazing…the two of you together are crazy artistic. i expect great things from bug & little little cline.
    life will slow down soon. for now, you make busy look good, baby.

  9. Kelle says:

    oh and ha ha on the panties. i love them. character panties come in handy here as they satiate her desire to wear dora and elmo enough to skip the ugly double-velcro light-up elmo tennis shoes she’s drawn to when we go to buy her sandles. thank you, panties.

  10. Farmama says:

    “Soon” seems to be my daily mantra over here…there’s just never enough time in one day! That quilt is awesome! …everything about it….I love the colors and the pattern..
    That sewing machine is fun…I’ve been looking for an old singer. The bob is really cute on your little bug. Take care and don’t do too much….macaroni and cheese is a fine dinner!

  11. sage says:

    Love these pics of margot… my god she is growing up fast now! Seems there is this little time frame inbetween 1 and 2 when they slow down and stay little, and then all of a sudden they are on to toddlerhood!

    I also love your impulsive whimsy and love hearing both you and margot’s sweet voices! Happy be-lated hump day!

  12. Anonymous says:

    The quilt looks fab! Your mom told be about it….beautiful! I love the pictures are fabulous! I love that margo bea!!! Cant wait to see the baby!!!!!!!!!!!
    love you,

  13. FinnyKnits says:

    Ok, I know I always focus on Alice in these posts, because I’m a psycho dog lover I guess, but these take the cake.

    Margot sits on her and covers her in throw rugs and yet still, the sweetest thing.

    These are great memories she’ll have, friend.

    Hope your man’s teeth get all straightened out (sorry, pun alert) soon and successfully so that y’all can slowly lumber.

  14. Katie says:

    I love Margot’s committedness.

    Also, Arrr!

  15. Lois Lane says:

    oh I just laughed out loud at work even though i’m working late, when i heard margot say “argh!” god i love her. and you. xo

  16. Beegirl says:

    I did too! LOL to Margot’s Arrrgh! Such a beautiful quilt!!

  17. Your mom’s quilt is stunning, and tell Andy great photography.. WOW!
    You get so many wonderful things done in a week. How did I miss HDN until this morning?

    Have a good Sat! Maybe some sunshine in Montana today? We are fogged in at the moment, super fogged in, like I can not see even half way across the field.
    P.S I love your green chair!

  18. joan says:

    Just got to see this today. I have been sick with a cold and then threw out my back on top of it. Today is the first day out of the house and straight to the office I came to check out nuggets. That quilt is so gorgeous. Margot in big girl underpants is just a cute as ever. She shows a great ability to accessorize as well. Funny how she gloms on to certain items. RE: boots…. I am looking forward to seeing you all next week. Milkshakes for my son, jello shooters. He will be easy to cook for. Thanks again for the post. They make my day. Now I just have to decide which picture to make as my screen saver. hmmm

  19. moniak says:

    Oh it’s so nice she is already interested in reading. I like Elmo too. I think she’s going to love literature, maybe poetry, so sweet. And I like her in these frog-boots. So sweeet. Greetings from Poland:))

  20. Great photos! Margot is beautiful. I love the pictures with Alice.