hump day nuggets: lighten

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

I had an evening with my girlfriends last night. We went out to dinner to celebrate a birthday and, as we were leaving the restaurant, delaying departure, just one more thing, as the servers hovered and put up chairs around us, Gillian said how about a hot tub?

It sounded great but it was late and a weeknight and we have babies and things to do early in the morning. Casey turned to me and said, Let’s do it. Let’s pretend like we don’t have any responsibilities. 

So we did. Because, at that moment, really the only responsibility we did have was to take advantage of that moment. Sometimes that is hard to remember. Like, this last week when I felt overwhelmed by the weight of the world and what ifs.

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Thank you so much for your kind thoughts last week. We are thankful to report all is well.

I know it is important to look ahead, plan, set goals and pay attention to the future. But, as I age, I learn that I am much happier when my direct, concentration and focus are on today and all that stuff is in my periphery, floating, attainable and exciting. When I give my future life too much attention I get anxious.

So last night we soaked and talked late into the night. And it was really great. I felt the heaviness lift and lighten.

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nuggets.

:: Grandma Joan came and went. It is so awesome having her energy in our home.

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:: We went swimming at our local indoor aquatic center.

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:: And the carousel.

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:: Margot announced we need to share our books. “I just really think Jason and Caroline and Hugo and Atticus probably don’t have any books. I want to share some of ours. But just a couple.” She chose Weekend Sewing for Jason (dad), Visual Arts os Africa for Hugo (five years old), Chicken Tractor for Atticus (eight years old) and Portland Art Museum Oregon Biennial for Caroline (mom).
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Her favorite outfit: “darker pink pants, sparkly blue hoodie, gardening glove mittens, Lainey’s sunglasses, cowgirl boots, no socks and Ruby’s hat”

:: “Mama, Ruby doesn’t like her vitamins!”
“Oh ok you can have hers if you want.”
“THANKS mama!” as she spontaneously dances.
“So, where are they?”
“Well, I already ate them because you just said I could.”

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:: Sam Bubbas is super hard to photograph.

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:: I said to Margot, “Dad has had a long, stressful day. What do you think would make him feel really good?” After a delay, “Well, I think he wants a sparkly blue number three balloon that I can play with too.”

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:: INSERT DREAMBOAT ::

All photos from here on out are taken with my new camera. This next bit may be boring to non-camera folk but there are things that make me so effing giddy about my handsome lover. Like, the depth of field! And the ISO goes to 6400! And the zoom takes my breath away! And it’s so sharp! And fast! And easy to adjust aperture and shutter speed with the flick of a finger! I am seriously in love with this camera. It came at just the right time as I feel like I had maxed out my Rebel XT. I knew that camera’s capabilities completely. And, now. Now I have a whole new world to explore and learn and master. Hello, lover.

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:: Rhubarb continues to walk but mostly chooses not to.

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Ruby likes to wear Margot’s helmet. Her inclination to do everything Margot does about breaks my heart with its sincere love.

:: When the temps warm a bit, the chickens bury their beaks in mud. See, we’re all ready for spring.

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:: Margot loves loves loves chicken chores. She tells the hens stories and congratulates them on egg-laying.

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:: When my new camera landed in my arms my kids were sleeping so I did what any shutter-happy mama would do, I snuck into my room and got down with Dreamboat. Margot is a super sound sleeper but she did wake, probably because I was kindof squealing as I snapped away, trying to find functions. She furrowed her brow and said, “Mom. I’m sleeping right now.” and rolled over. Fair enough.

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:: We plotted and planned our garden. Margot will grow “carrots, beets, pizza, ice cream, more carrots and a pumpkin.”

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:: Margot really wanted a long skirt like her nightgown. So, one morning while Ruby napped we went to the studio together and she directed the making of her “really long skirt with a sparkly pink and sparkly gold heart.”

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:: As you may know, I write a weekly column, mama digs, for mamalode.com. You may not know that mamalode is also a witty, rich, purposeful quarterly print magazine.

And I am psyched to have mamalode as a new dig sponsor! This business, its mission and product are dear to my heart.

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:: Ruby doesn’t have many words but it insanely, resourcefully communicative. She signs, points and nods yes and no. So we have entire conversations where she tells me what she wants for dinner by process of elimination. I am in deep love with this kid.

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Margot said, “Ruby where’s your belly?”
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Margot said, “Ruby let’s do down dog!”

:: Margot fell and came running to me. She cried and curled into me in that lovely way that reminds me of her infancy. I held her and swept her hair from her eyes. Ruby crawled over wanting up and Margot said, through sobs, “Ruby, your mother is holding her other daughter right now. And that daughter really just needs some alone time with her mother.”

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Happy hump day out there.

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all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com

106 Responses to hump day nuggets: lighten

  1. Monique says:

    Wow, can I actually be the first one to comment today? I am always one of the last ones :-0 Hmmm..maybe my luck is changing. I love your girlie pictures and am envious of your new lover. I am saving slowly for a new camera of my own..most likely just like your older one as I learn. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  2. Tara says:

    As always I love reading your post esp. the “nuggets”. You are so smart to be writing down all the cute little sayings. Sometimes I forget what my girls say and then wish I could remember. I think a magazine devoted to the word “simplify” would be lovely!

  3. Katie says:

    So funny! I love the things Margot says.

  4. Malissa says:

    It looks as if you are quickly mastering that dreamboat of yours. Your photos are beautiful. Ruby has such pretty, curly hair. And Margot is looking long, lanky and little girlish. :) Cuties. Love your nuggets this week.

  5. Brandi says:

    Love Margo’s longer skirt and her sweet little phrases!

  6. Abs says:

    Loving the drama of this post. Thank you! And I love that I get to double my chances at winning a mamalode subscription…once with Lainey & Nella and once with Margot & Ruby. If that isn’t good luck, I don’t know what is!

  7. Fawn says:

    I love your weekly digs. Thanks for the chance

  8. paige says:

    I love Sam Bubbas. Glad my favorite Montana family is feeling better.

  9. thanks. i look forward to the weekly nuggets!

  10. Heather says:

    Hi, I’ve not posted before but I just wanted to say thank you! Your blog makes me smile, or makes me think, or makes me thankful, or all of the above. Thank you for sharing so honestly. Heather
    PS I love the things that Margot says – she is brilliant!

  11. Kelly says:

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a subscription to Mamalode and plan to get one for me and one for my sis…unless I win one, then I will just get one for my sis ;) ;) I love your blog and your weekly column and have shared many articles with my friends, so i am sure Mamalode in print is amazing! I would love to see an issue with the theme of “Recovery”. I work as a Postpartum Adjustment Coordinator at a hospital in Michigan. I work with women who are at high risk for and suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety. Obviusly this issue is near and dear to my heart and I have the privilege of helping Moms in such a vulnerable state. The only good thing about PPD is that it is 100% treatable and oh how I rejoice in the recoveries, seeing a Momma go from the pit, to a bright, energetic, in love with her baby women is the best thing ever!! Okay i am jumping off my soap box now! Keep up the awesom work Nicci…I love what your doin :) -Kelly

  12. ValVery says:

    The Canon 60D is my D-R-E-A-M camera! So happy to get to see how it functions through your beautiful, charismatic photos! I do so thoroughly enjoy reading “dig” and your mamadigs. Keep up the good work!

  13. Cassi says:

    I wouls love love love to win a subscription.

  14. Lisa says:

    Your kids’ outfits always give me that “oh, to have a girl” tingle, but this week I’m all about Grandma Joan’s socks. She rocks them!

  15. JCF says:

    I would so LOVE a subscription to Mamalode! It would make my day/week/month!

  16. Abilew-who says:

    The other day after an ugly spill, my oldest, William, said to my youngest, Eleanor: “Eleanor, get back in mommy’s tummy!” Ohhhhhhhhh. After my heart reassembled, I giggled. But Goodness, they say the darndest…

  17. Mary A-J :) says:

    I am totally in love with Ruby’s curls and also with Margot’s knack for language and expressing herself so well! I hope to someday have a beautiful daughter but for now am relishing all the fun that is my boy! :)

  18. Mary-Cate says:

    I always look forward to what Margot has to say! And both your girls have the cutest clothes (I wish I could sew!) Who wouldn’t love to win a subscription to Mamalode?! I’ll show my husband this because we both like to keep it real! x

  19. Sweet! Another opportunity to win a subscription to Mamalode! (I commented on Kelle’s blog too.) I really, really miss just being able to pick up Mamalode around town in Missoula. I concur with one of the above commenters, I would like to see an issue on “simplify.” As parents, we are bombarded with so many must-haves that are often in conflict with the values we once held, pre-parent.

    And thanks so much for sharing some of your favorite features of the 60D. Seriously, did you really use ALL the features of your Rebel, or did you just know what they did and have your favorites?

  20. Minnesotagal says:

    Beautiful post – both in words and pictures! Love Margot-isms and can’t wait for Ruby-isms. What a fabulous camera and lense. I used to have similar lens and loved it so much! Style wise I’ve moved on to mostly wide-angle since my son started crawling but some days I really miss that zoom! (PS thanks for the Vann’s deal – my 50mm/1.8 came yesterday and I let out a few squeals of my own – if you ever want to see some AMAZING depth of field try one of those!)

    Topic idea for a Mamalode issue: Balance. Striving for more of that this year.

  21. Rachael says:

    Loveee the beginning of your new affair with Dreamboat. Especially the snow swirling pictures!

    And posts with Margotisms never fail to get a chuckle from me. She’s hilarious. And I love the way she wears her headband right at her hairline, totally rocks it. :)

  22. Kelle says:

    When you got to the hot tub part, before I read I’m thinking ‘oh, please say yes’ because I knew you needed it. This post is cozy and makes me wish I had a ticket to come tomorrow. Love the last pic of Rubes.

  23. Melina says:

    Wow, so many things I could comment on. Love the new camera, the depth of field and focus is just stunning. Can’t wait to see more!

    Margo’s comments could be a twitterfeed, I swear. The whole ‘your mother is holding her other daughter…’ that’s just incredible! She seems to have a seriously mature grasp on the world.

    To answer your question, I’d love to see a parenting magazine with ‘possibility’ as a theme. I’m not a mom, but I do want to be one! But with the bad job economy, and the money it takes to raise a child, and all the hardship we hear about from the world regarding mothering, I’d love to see a magazine issue based on possibility. With articles on thriftiness, success stories, articles busting the myths of parenting (for example, you can be a good mom and NOT buy the wipe warmer or the super expensive stroller) success stories, stories of the community pitching in, etc.

    And about the hot tub, sometimes you just need to do it, go overboard for the sake of the moment. Even though you may curse yourself a bit in the morning for staying up the extra two hours to soak in the tub, well, it’s important. my friend sam says it this way: it’s just the right amount of too much! I’m writing a post on my blog about that right now, actually.

    Thanks again!
    Melina
    www://www.thewildercoast.com

  24. FinnyKnits says:

    Yes – I have some looooooooooooong overdue time hanging out there for me and my new lover – a Canon 50D.

    I’ve found the features on it that I didn’t have on my last camera (which is why I bought this beast to begin with), but I haven’t even begun to learn about its heart and soul potential.

    Soon.

  25. Heather says:

    I would love to win a subscription, but if I don’t, I will buy an issue and check it out!

  26. J Scheppl says:

    I LOVE the things that Margot says! I can’t wait for my little girl to start talking more to hear all that she will someday have to say! That last picture of Ruby is DARLING!!! Love it!

  27. Heidi says:

    Oh please, put me in the running! The mag looks really neat and my favorite one just quit! (mothering).
    Thanks! Your blog is inspirational!
    ~heidi

  28. Shelly says:

    Seeing the little things, celebrating the small moments, living now, taking care of the now, are all growing parts of our lives. Planning, while sometimes necessary, is for the future and we miss out on the here and now, planning away. This year, more than ever, I’m living in the moment, celebrating daily, glass is half-full consciousness.

    I love your pics, and using your tips to improve mine. I got my “dreamboat” in November and still working on all it can do:)

    Topics I’d love to see are on identity, who we are, how we mold and change as our lives change. Plus I’d love a subscription to the great mag!

  29. Abby says:

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  30. Abby says:

    oooh pick me!
    My pick for a theme would be, GROWTH
    Love your blog and your daughters are adorable and Margot’s wit cracks me up!

  31. Sherri says:

    I enjoy your Montana musings and love your photos. I would really like to learn more about what camera you’re using and related photography tidbits. My theme would be FUN!(with the exclamation point!)

  32. Jennifer says:

    I adore Margotisms! She has to be so much fun to hang with! How about a day with Margot give away! :o) Of course we’d have to travel to Montana to do this!

    Cannot wait to see what pizza and ice cream look like sprouting!

    Love Ruby’s curls! Precious!

    Does Mamalode cater to parents of tweens/teens? I guess I’d have to say have articles on that age if none are present.

  33. jennymariee says:

    my older daughter, at nearly 3, has just started speaking and it’s so great to be having any kind of conversation with her. And hopefully she and I will have conversations as amazing as yours and Margot’s.

    The amazing part are my conversations with my little one (13 months). It’s all signs, head nods and such. Much like yours and Ruby’s and the way you described it made me smile with understanding and awe. It’s a pleasant surprise after the struggles with my older daughter to see how easy communication comes to such a little person. It amazes me and makes me sad to realize how behind my first is…

    Sorry about the tangent. I love reading your blog. Tonight’s just really touched a nerve for some reason. Love the pics from the new camera. I am still trying to learn what my canon xt2 has to offer.

  34. I can’t see much, but I think I love love love that swimsuit on Miss Margot! Could it be vintage? Do they make my size? Oh, gosh, if only…

  35. mkcromwell says:

    I look forward to your “nuggets” every week! Margot sayings are so adorable! Thanks for giving us a chance to win a subscription – that sounds like a magazine I would really enjoy.

  36. Sarah says:

    We put our seeds in this week too and they are sitting in their little plastic thing and I’m excited and happy to share this journey with you for our vegetable garden!! Cheers…

  37. I would love to see a magazine devoted to reality. Topics could range from the reality of parenting, your new reality, etc. My best mommy friends are the ones that are honest about mommyhood – it’s not always easy!

    Love the posts!

  38. Aly says:

    Margot never fails to make me smile and crack up. I can’t wait for my girl to be big enough to say the darndest things. rut

  39. Louise says:

    Adorable picture of Ruby doing down dog! Hehe!

    How about the theme ‘create’?

  40. Tina says:

    I love the one picture of Ruby walking with her tongue hanging out. So funny that babes do that when trying to concentrate! My little one is also just starting to walk and I find it to be such a bittersweet transition… part of me want to scoop her up and kiss her cheeks to celebrate her new-found skill, but the other part of me want to scoop her up and kiss her cheeks and tell her to stop growing up so darn quick.

  41. Gosh, balance is a good topic. Grow is another – can apply to self-growth, rearing kids, being creative with and w/o kids, yoga, mediation….you get the idea…one big damn open ended word to interpret.

    Seriously, how do you live with Margot and not crack up every day? The comment that she made to Ruby to go away had me rolling. Oh seriously priceless.

    Keep enjoying dreamboat. What a great way to segment from winter into spring.

    :) Jennifer from Annapolis

  42. Um, Margot’s personality makes me laugh and takes my breath away at the same time. I can’t WAIT for the day that my little Norah starts talking!

  43. Jenn says:

    I love Nuggets, always makes me smile. Margot’s wit is so very charming and the way Ruby radiates happiness is the perfect antidote to a blah kind of day.

  44. Kolleen says:

    How adorable! I sure would like to plant pizza in my garden too! Would love to see a homemade theme, from foods to everyday goodies for the family!

  45. jane says:

    What beautiful girls! Your posts always hit close to home; I have two little girls almost exactly the same age as yours and we sometimes have very similar days! Congrats on the camera as well, I must admit I’m a bit jealous!

  46. Sarah says:

    I love love love reading all of the Margot-isms!

  47. demandablog says:

    That picture of Margot sleeping is beyond perfect.

  48. hodo says:

    So fun to see pictures from your new camera.

  49. Dana says:

    such a great post!

  50. LCR says:

    first of all: “I am much happier when my direct, concentration and focus are on today and all that stuff is in my periphery, floating, attainable and exciting. When I give my future life too much attention I get anxious.” Wow. I think as a 20-something I will skip this decade of learning and try to be just like this, right now.
    ok, so maybe that’s unrealistic, but I will try. thank you for the good example.

    Second: the carousel photo? awesome.

    Third: Margot’s words are amazing.

    Happy Hump Day!

  51. KWQR says:

    I swear Ruby looks bigger since last week! Maybe its a trick of your new camera but in the ‘belly’ pic I see a little girl instead of a baby girl. Would live a subscription to Mamalode – and a theme of that elusive thing called BALANCE.
    Kate
    ps I love that you seized the hottub opportunity!

  52. Melissa says:

    So, Rubes is a mini Andy, I caught a glimpse of her future self in those last couple of shots, wow! Amazing how they grow and change so quickly!

    And what lovely, mindful, expressive girls you are raising!! Cheers, Holt-Cline family!

    ***

    Tonight on our (first) commute home (with Simon the cat meowing from the carrier in the back–Avi assured me I need not respond as “Simon is just talking to himself, Mommy”), Avi busted out with, “I love my family, Mommy,” and Leeor decided we are doing a pretty okay job at this whole parenting thing . . .and then we got home and cranky, tired, hungry me got snappy and Avi was all soothy, “It’s okay Mommy.” Sheesh. When did these toddlers get so wise?

    We also had a lengthy conversation about nostalgia (after we made our very last trip to our old pad and handed over the keys) as well as how it’s okay to be mad at those you love, Avi again, “Like when I get mad at you sometimes, Mommy.” Holy shit. I just need to get out of my own way sometimes.

    So glad you opted for the late-night tub!!

    And–my friend got her hoodie for her girl, Avi’s bff, and loves it so, I quote, “cutest hoodie ever!” xoxo

  53. Oh Nici, yet again Margot has me in stitches with her wise words & charasmatic responses…and I’m loving that photo of her adventuring through the long brown grass {in her signature Margot skirt….which my daughter lurves & wears way too often!}.
    And, wow..Miss Ruby is growing up so beautifully. It’s been wonderful to watch her journey & see her grow! That last photo of her is my fave :)
    Happy Hump Day Nici.
    xo

  54. Margaret B says:

    I am sooo happy, a bit jealous, but mostly happy for you hehe! I’ve exhausted all of my cameras capabilities and am beginning the process of plotting for a new one.
    Happy Hump day!

  55. Meagan says:

    I would love a subscription. My suggestion for a theme would be “balance” – as a mom to a 1 year old and back at work, this is my daily struggle.

  56. Marina says:

    Your Margot just cracks me up – hilarious!!! Great nugs as always!

  57. Kelly says:

    Oh, my. From the new camera to the PRECIOUS girls you have. All of it. The wonderful, creative garden Margot is planning. So real and so refreshing.

    My 60D is joining our family around 11:00am tomorrow and I.can’t.wait.

    Any pointers?

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  59. Daniele says:

    Last month I was reading one of my parenting magazines and there was an Elke from your town in one of the articles…must have been this Elke ;) I’d love to win that subscription, sounds like an awesome magazine. I love the theme of transitions. Transitions happen constantly with little ones and are usually exiting yet bittersweet all at once.

  60. Marti says:

    I love that picture of Ruby pointing to her belly…melts me!

    Margot sounds just as witty as Ivy and I love when Ivy is with other 3 year olds…it’s so much fun to hear the conversations they have. I want my conversations to be that simple.

    Congrats on that camera! I know you are loving it!

    I also ordered my first batch of those oils from your friend, hopefully soon I’ll be back to the old Marti or even better yet a more hip and grounded Marti…my husband can only hope!

  61. Tatiana says:

    Your girls are so sweet! And that magazine sounds wonderful..I’d love to win it.

  62. Yay for your dreamboat, *all* of your dreamboats really. Your life is filled with them.

  63. mistene says:

    I love reading your blog! I’ve come over from Enjoying the Small Things. Your hump day nuggets make my mornings when I ready them. I LOVE Ruby’s Down Dog, way too cute! Im also thinking about doing virgin harvest!

  64. Claire says:

    Love, love, love Margot’s style! Girl’s got personality! Reminds me of my own.

  65. hi! just found your blog the other day and am completely distracted (while supposed to be working)…i love it:) love the sweet pictures of your girls and your dreamboat is so my dreamboat too, but mine’s not in my hands…yet:) thanks for sharing:)

  66. C says:

    Rubys red curls are scrumptious! My man has lovely curls, and his brother was born with red hair- so I hope to one day have a curly little red head :-)

  67. Annie says:

    I love how insightful and intentional your kids appear to be.
    I would love a subscription to Mamalode! I did not realize it was in print until earlier this week.

    I wanted to add – Balance would be a theme that speaks to me.

  68. Zoe says:

    I’ve been reading for several months now and am drawn to your blog as I have a Ruby of my own who is the same age as Margot and I think they would be great friends if we lived in the same town. I also have a 6 month old daughter and I hope my girls will be as much in love with each other as Margot and Ruby are. (I also have a 6 year old son in the mix who is the best big brother ever.)

    Every week you inspire me to celebrate the nuggets of my week and with our busy schedule, I need that weekly reminder. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family, including Alice, Sam Bubbas and the chickens. Now I have to go and look at Ruby doing “down dog” again – I love that photo.

  69. Rachel says:

    I have never commented before but have been reading your blog for a while. Wanted to tell you how inspiring you are to me- your outlook on life, your mothering, your writing, and your photography are all so amazing and seriously make me aspire to live my life more fully. Thank you for that. And thanks for sharing your beautiful life. Margot quotes are the best!! :)

  70. Jaim says:

    Would love a subscription!

    You have some really cute girls and Margot is wise beyond her years.

    You are really living it like you mean it!

  71. I am always amused, touched, and inspired by your posts. I really want to work with my own Dreamboat someday! And a magazine like Mamalode would be a lovely addition too… Thank you!

  72. Ellie says:

    Margot’s last comment about the daughter needing her mother had me laughing out loud. So funny.
    Our 17-month old also loves to do everything her nearly-five-year-old brother does, and it is completely darling. I hear that lasts through the second year before it becomes outright rivalry, so I am trying to enjoy every bit of it.
    I am glad your family is well.

  73. enmouton says:

    oh how i envy you right now!… the camera is the bombdiggidy… i will will will have one in the near future… i had the same relationship with my old sturdy Minoltas… carried them everywhere… now have boxes and boxes dedicated to housing negatives and photos… it tool me years to just stick my toe in the digital pool… but now that i’m there it’s kinda fantastic… have been thinking of subscribing to mamalode for a while… love reading your nuggets and any other tidbit of awesomeness you throw this way… keep on keeping on…

    e

  74. rebecca says:

    ,,,margot’s musings are so entertaining, reading her words makes me grin from ear to ear, she’s adorable!,,,

    ,,,i’m happy for you that your camera is bringing you much joy, you’re deserving of all the best!,,,

    ,,,”Let’s do it. Let’s pretend like we don’t have any responsibilities”,,,good for you nici holt-cline (smile),,,

    ,,,could ruby be any cuter? i love her smile, her yummy curls, and those teeth!,,,and i love that she aspires to be just like her “big” sister, monkey see monkey do,,,

    ,,,10 more days and counting,,,(smile)

  75. jen says:

    “her other daughter” … love that.

    congrats on the moments of forgetting responsibility and relishing in friendship. is there anything better than a hottub in winter?

    you and i both know there is … but sometimes hottub in winter trumps all else.

  76. Heidi says:

    As always, your family is so creative and inspiring. I can almost hear how you talk with Ruby and Margot through Margot’s dialogue. I’ve been reading Mamalode online and love it! I like the idea of a theme on simple balance. Finding balance is a challenge for many of us mamas. I feel like contributors to Mamalode have good balance and ideas to share with us.

  77. So excited you got your dreamboat! Wow! It sure does do some amazing things – love the pics!

  78. Bikini By 30 says:

    I love Margot-isms. She’s a doll!

  79. Michal says:

    I love, love, love your blog, your kids, your chickens…
    You and Kelle give me something to look forward to every time I walk into work and log on to my computer.

    Thanks for inspiring me and making me smile with every post.

    oooh mamalode subscription… I want you so bad….

    -Michal

  80. Kristine says:

    I love all the Margot-isms. I’ve been writing those down for 5 years whenever my son says something fun/cute like that. Hopefully he gets a kick out of them when he’s older. ;)
    Margot’s “longer skirt” is adorable…and it’s awesome that she designed it herself.
    Love what your creating with that camera.I think I have lense envy.
    xo
    Kris

  81. Rhonda says:

    When did Ruby get all that hair…so cute!!
    I would love your subscription!! I cant get enough of parenting issues :)

  82. Angie says:

    I think Balance or Identity would be a great theme. Glad that you are having so much fun with your new camera!

  83. Jo says:

    What a lovely post!

    I love Mama Lode! And Elke’s comment is so true. I’ve always gotten that feeling when I read it. It would be sweet to get a subscription :)

  84. oh oh… pick me! the sister and i will both be getting subs for easter unless the bunny comes early :)

  85. Yuliya says:

    I love every single one of those pictures, but the sleeping beauty might be my favorite.
    And Mamalode? Yes please!

  86. Shaams says:

    Ah! What beautiful pictures and what beautiful words! How funny is Margot…I love the things she says! Ideas for Mamalode…Breathe. I forget so easily…pick me!!!

  87. April says:

    I’m late this week with my blog reading! Hope I didn’t lose my chance to win a Mamalode subscription, sounds awesome, sign me up, put my name in, yay!!

    Glad you have your new dreamboat. You are one resourceful mama, such an inspiration!!

    xoxo,
    A

  88. Donna says:

    Please don’t pick me for the subscription.. I live in Missoula and can get it anytime. I would love for new mamas to be exposed to it. But I did need to write…I love the things Margot says. I often repeat them to my husband “the three year old said to the one year old…” Has me laughing!

  89. Blair says:

    oh my gosh- Margot’s comments knock my socks off;). I would love a chance to win a mamalode subscription!! I think a good theme for it could be ‘balance’… all mamas do it, in some way or another. great posting and glad to hear that things are better than last week.

    xoxo,
    Blair

  90. I love your hump day posts! One question: Do you just carry your camera around in a regular bag? or just out? I have a DSLR and want to bring it with me more often, but it is kinda big and I feel like I might break it if I just put it in my purse. Thanks!

  91. MeganMR says:

    I love reading your blog! My 11 month old son does down dog too, it’s adorable, and when he looks at me through his legs he just giggles to the point where he can’t hold the position any longer.

  92. great shots with your new camera! i have a hard time taking pictures of my all black dog. i would love to win a copy of motherlode. did you know that mothering magazine is out of print now?!

  93. Kelly says:

    Your Margot is a trip. I love her! And, I would love to win a subscription to Mamalode…
    How about out-of-the-box-thinkers or non-conformity as a topic?

  94. Amy says:

    YES~ You are totally rocking that new camera!! Love all the pics… Rubys hair? Un-freaking-believable!!

  95. I would so LOVE a subscription to Mamalode, as we are seriously cutting expenses at the moment.

    Love your posts/pictures/blog!

  96. Kelly says:

    Absolutely love all the pics using Dreamboat!!!! And Margotisms are so great!!

    I think an entire issue about organization would be great.

  97. megsplegs says:

    i love mamalode! i’ve been following your monday posts on their site since i started reading your blog last year….my fave thing about mondays. :)

    thanks for the lovely nuggets. your girls are beautiful and i love miss margot bea’s words of wisdom!

  98. TRB Holt says:

    Burb ~ I guess I have been, “Let’s pretend like we don’t have any responsibilities.”….because it has taken me this long to comment….not that it is a “responsibility” to comment…you know I AM YOUR #1 FAN!
    Margot Bea ~ I know you are the big sister and all…helping Ruby with yoga & identifying her body parts, designing gardens & new frocks, art, chicken chores and giving suggestions to relieve your papa’s stress.. but isn’t it reassuring to know that you are never too old to crawl in you mama’s lap and demand some alone time? I remember so clearly when I was sick, or sad or needed a boost all I needed to do my call my Mother, your Great-Grammy, and “figuratively” crawl into her lap and I would instantly feel better….I did this until the day she died, (OH how I wish she could have met you and you her). …..may you always know the love of your Mom!…. I Love YOU A Bushel & A Peck!
    Ruby Jane ~ Who is that little girl growing up right before my eyes?! You are so lucky to have a mentor like Margot…it won’t be long before you too will run, swim, swing, ride bikes and sit side-by-side on the carousel with her. I know soon too your mama will be quoting Rubyisms….I can hardly wait to hear what you have to say….You Are My Sunshine!
    Sam….you are one cute cat!

    Love you all & see you in a few days!
    xoxo, Mom/Gram

  99. My son was born on the 4th, 4 weeks early. My first week and a few days as a mom have been the hardest, best days of my life. I read your Monday posts weekly, and would love to get my hands on the magazine in its entirety.

  100. i’d love to have a subscription…and read about something that makes me confident in my many tough choices as a mom to three!

  101. The Watzeks' says:

    I’m in love with your new lover.
    Would love a mamalode subscription!

  102. Sarah says:

    I love the Margot comments. such depth to her.

  103. seamusmom says:

    Margot’s long skirt is adorable! She is so lucky to have a mama who can whip up custom made clothing.

  104. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE a subscription to Mamalode. Also LOVE seeing your beautiful girls. My brown-eyed three-yr-old and blue-eyed one-year-old are leading parallel lives to your girls down here in N’awlins. I would love to get my little Elise together with your sweet Ruby. I think they would have a blast.

  105. Jeanne says:

    Great post! I would love to win the subscription to Mamalode!

    I miss my chickens…

  106. There are so many great photos here I can’t pick a favorite. Maybe Ruby at the carousel with so much wonder in her eyes. I would love to win a Mamalode subscription and flip those pages through my fingers. Thanks for the opportunity.