snot and such

Last week, I played on the couch with Ruby for over an hour. With pillows, tracing faces, counting toes. Andy was in the kitchen, which is like eight feet away. I said, “I feel so alive, so present. Like I am participating in life without distraction for the first time in a few months.” He laughed and said, “Yep.”

Last month, we were way busier than we like to be. Part of me wants to list all the drama and craziness that happened in December. But a bigger part of me just wants to say this: I am impressed with and proud of us. We accomplished a whole lot. My body is thankful it is over and ready to settle into the regular ol’ life drama.

I’ll do a post dedicated to this outfit that has rarely left my child’s grip in days. I couldn’t resist a preview.

Also, my body, in its unwinding state, settled right into a gnarly cold. I know it is strange, but I felt a little (just a little) psyched to get a cold. Perhaps I can only declare that now that I am on the other side of the cold. Sure, it was annoying to be so exhausted and snotty but I feel like it made me do exactly what I needed to do: make time for rest. For two entire days, I napped with my kids and cancelled plans. I hydrated. I worked very little, went to bed at 8. And yesterday I woke feeling renewed with ideas! And insight! And motivation!


During the foggy cold days I wasn’t on top of my parenting game. I was impatient and grumpy.


The whole curmudegeonly bit crescendoed on a walk with my kids. I wrote about our vision quest in this week’s mama digs: making room.


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Four things:

1. My story about my snagged url was syndicated on blogher. Thank you, kind reader, who passed my words to the good people over there.

2. The ah-mazing Elke Govertsen is featured in the February issue of Where Women Create. And, I am so honored to be the photographer for her story! You can buy WWC at Barnes & Noble, craft stores and more.


3. This week I am hosting a skirt sale on facebook. All my skirts are repurposed from button down shirts, tees and sweaters with appliquéd love. Sizes 12 month – adult xl. Not on facebook? You can still view the images and email me if interested (

4. My new temp studio space is right in downtown Missoula. I am sharing Piper and Paisley’s shop until June and we have public hours and a retail space. 612 South Higgins. Locals, come on down.

the girls love it at Piper & Paisley – Dig HQ

I have so enjoyed this slowing down and haven’t been the best blogger. I am now officially back and ready for more regular posts. I have a lot to share including some awesome new sponsors, recipes, riveting stories about our move and answers to many of your questions (the number one FAQ regarding the move: Did you bring your chickens? Yes. And wait until you see the coop my man is building!).



23 Responses to snot and such

  1. Kelle says:

    ready to run out to ballet but first had the little gift of this post. glad you are on the mend, happy you were able to rest. Love, love Elke’s creative space and the way you brought it to life!

  2. Judybusy says:

    Good for you for slowing down! I feel the same way about colds: sometimes, they’re just our bodies’ way of telling us to chill out for a bit. I had a mild one while on vacation, and it totally worked with my beach agenda!

  3. MT Goddess says:

    so thankful for your morning post!! your words have such a way of resonating with me and my life! They always get me motivated! Thank you.
    We moved back into the zoo a few months ago and downsized from a 3500 sq ft home/20 acs to a 1500 square foot home/1 ac out on Mullan ( where mom and dad live in a loft with no door or walls!!!). we took downsizing to a new level and now after a thorough cleanse we are adjusted…I think, it is amazing how happy the whole family is, now that we have less crap and more time for each other and can easily jaunt to our favorite park or playdates

  4. rebecca... says:

    ,,,it’s always a GREAT day when i have “dig” words to read, thanks! so happy you’re on the mend, cheers! OH, i can.not.wait to read the story on the frocks M is wearing. the veil, the pink gown, the silver shoes and guitar now that’s some *get-up* and i’m certain margot has a very good explanation for it all. i’m one of many who is wondering “where are the chickens?” have a beautiful day!,,,

  5. Some days I’m just not on top of my parenting game, too.

  6. Meryl says:

    Love the outfit and can’t wait to see that coop!

  7. ctb says:

    bring on the coop daddy! dig, cant wait to hear more, and more, and more…

  8. Kelly says:

    Happy to see you back in full force. And, thank you for answering the burning question about the chickens…I was wondering.

  9. Melina says:

    Girl, you can take a few days off you know, from blogging? We’ll still be here. I’ll still be here. You’ve earned it.


    I always love waking up, gettin some coffee, checking the feed and seeing there’s something new from you.

    I want to know more about this downtown studio space! Is piper and Paisley a MT company?


  10. Seelife3d says:

    woot woot to getting your rhythem!

  11. So glad you’re feeling better!

  12. Shannon says:

    love that you are back! and just ordered a fab piper & paisley hat. thanks!

  13. Glad you’re snot-free again :) I love Margot’s outfit….something my daughter would also LIVE in. x

  14. Kellie says:

    love those skirts! i “pinned” in hopes that my son’s girlfriend sees them LOL… cute cute cute!

  15. TRB Holt says:

    I am glad you are on the mend….I think I had the same bug, let’s chalk it up to a whirlwind move in record time…but as you said, “We accomplished a whole lot. My body is thankful it is over and ready to settle into the regular ol’ life drama.”….me too!

    I have to say, as crazy as it was when I was there, looking back I LOVED every crazy day! My love you for and your family grows more every time I spend time with you all…my granddaughters are over the top and how did I luck out to being on the receiving end of having THE best son-in-law on the planet?!

    I had to laugh at your #1 FAQ, I can certainly answer that question…too bad I don’t have a video of me and those 2 wonderful people,(who were trying to sled with their children), helping me corral all six chicks; tucking them safely into their makeshift temporary digs!….yes indeed, knowing you and Andy…it will be a coop with a view!!

    Love you all so…

    Mom/Terri and Bug & Ruby’s Gram

    ps…need to get my hands on a copy of WWC….way to go Elke!

  16. Nici,

    I really do know that your blog is huge now and these Blog awards probably aren’t that impressive anymore.. but, I am sending you the Sunshine Award. Your blog is one of the first I subscribed to; it always makes me smile and I figured with all the moving, snot, and the lot, some sunshine could only be a good thing. I try to never post my own link on other’s blogs, but this is the link to the Award, where I’ve recommended you to my readers. I know they will enjoy your sweet life, as much as I do! Keep doing what you do so well. dawn

  17. Mrs Mason says:

    I’ve put a paw mark on the cat one on FB. Inbox me! Glad to hear you are on the mend xx

  18. Congrats on the photo shoot. That is the coolest thing ever! Love the way you captured it and can’t wait to see the rest.

    Be mended, friend. I love every word of this post.

    (Also, your skirts are radddd.)

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