hump day nuggets: glamping

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words, about the last week
We are two months into our five month small space camp out. Calling it camping is a a little ridiculous seeing that we have electricity, a couch and internet but it feels like camping in that we all move through our tight space like the synchronized jets I remember from the flight show I went to with that boy from my first grade class…mom, what was his name? I know you’ll remember because I held hands with him as we watched jets loop in unison and if I remember that, then you surely do.


When we aren’t surgically synchronized aircraft, we move like drunken participants in a three-legged race. You know when one person zigs and the other zags and the whole bit ends in a heap?


My kids have become skilled at carving out the teeniest personal space for their tasks. Margot will lay a blanket over a pillow and declare it her bus and then inform us the buss if FULL and there isn’t any more room. Ruby isn’t as adept at her explanation but there is a lot of hand tossing and shouting that, once interpreted, leads us to know sister just wants to read In the Night Kitchen by herself. 
I am especially noticing and adoring how much more snuggling and group activity we engage in as a family. Every night, we spend hours talking while preparing and eating dinner. Like we do around a campfire when camping. Every morning around 5:30am, our girls trickle into our bed. It begins with Ruby who literally rolls out of her bed, takes one step and then sleepily scrambles up into my arms. Margot eventually climbs down her ladder to join us and we lay in our bed, in the dark, in the kitchen. It’s awesome.

:: Ruby has been feverish and pukey the last few days. She says, “Lay mama, boob pillow,” instructing me to recline so she can press her cheek against my chest and curl her knees up in my ribs.

Ruby isn’t sick in these photos, looking forward to having my healthy chicken back (photos by Margot)

:: We were suiting up to sled the other day and Margot headed out first. By the time Ruby and I stepped out, Margot, Alice and our neighbor dog Leroy were at the top of the hill. It’s a steep hill and a long trek. Initially I felt uncomfortable and called for Margot to head down bit then I watched her as she descended with the confidence of a mountain goat, laughing with two dogs and I quieted my nag. She’s at home here. 
:: “Hey mom. You look beautiful. Can I take your picture with Ruby?”

Um, yes.

“Ok. Now, dance.”
I don’t usually dance like a muppet

:: I finally got a PO Box! Checking it is great fun for all three of us.
:: I published a piece a few weeks ago about Margot’s disinterest in drawing people and navigating some of my insecurities surrounding the subject. I actually wrote that essay last fall. Months later, she remained uninterested (and I was, thankfully, completely over thinking she should be). A few days ago I looked through her sketchbook and it is full of people. Giants eating babies, tiny people stuck to regular people’s arms, et cetera. 
:: I had a gift certificate to spend (thanks mom!) and my kids helped me choose this shirt and these turquoise glasses (that are tucked away until we move upstairs).


:: Welcome to new sponsor Twist & Twine! Camilla has deep roots in fiber arts, having learned to knit and dye material from her mom and grandmother as a young girl in Scandinavia. She now lives in Montana where she hand dyes yarn and, holy smokes, her work is exquisite. This mama of four who makes magic happen with yarn.


For years I wanted to knit but I didn’t (even after repeated lessons from talented friends) and, finally, I discovered I am a Lover of Knit. I appreciate (and purchase!) knit objects with mouth-watering respect and admiration. It is magical to me. And I like it that way. I find great inspiration from artists who excel at their craft.

Camilla is generously offering a skein of Seqoia Fog (seen to the left) to one of you lucky ducks!
Skein Deets:

2 ply Fingering weight
100% Superwash Merino
400 yards/3.5 oz

Needle: US 1-3

Like her etsy shop and leave a comment for a chance to win. Being the non-knitter /knit-lover that I am, I’d love to hear what you’ll make if you win the skein. Thanks Twist & Twine!

:: The skiing! Oh man I am over the moon about skiing with my kids these days.

Margot and I have a ski date on Friday.



It is when I am out on a mountain with my kids and we move smoothly over slick snow, rock and grass, undeterred by windy cold, I realize how easy it is to get out with my kids compared to the last several years.


We still did it with regularity but now it is SO nice to now be able to just leave and hike knowing everyone will ask for what they need, that snacks can happen when we return home. 
We are all hardy stock now.

At the windy summit! (I was so happy to discover Yak Trax are made in her size)

Thankfully, Ruby is on the mend so we are back in action today. Off to the studio and back to work in our camp kitchen.


happy hump day out there

72 Responses to hump day nuggets: glamping

  1. Mandy says:

    Love your “nuggets” posts! Your girls are beautiful! Have a great rest of the week :)

  2. Meghan says:

    love the pic of M jetting down the hill on foot. also loved the “now dance” bit. unlike you, i ALWAYS dance like a muppet. :)

  3. Delhibound says:

    I can’t remember how I found you, but I love reading about your little nuggets and glimmers of happiness!

    Boob pillow? I want one :)

  4. Amy says:

    Nuggetsssssss!!!! Oh how I have missed them! They definitely did not disappoint, just as tid-bitty and fun as I remember!
    Margot skiing in a skirt? She slays me.
    Love how your ground is resembling spring already… so jealous!
    Your purple boots are so bad ass.

  5. Heather says:

    We’re in MD and haven’t seen much snow this year. I’m envious of all the sledding your girls are doing. LOVE the yarn. I’ve picked up (and put down) knitting many times over the years and finally finished my first scarf!!

  6. jen says:

    That yarn!
    That Ruby face!

  7. @Amy, I keep forgetting to answer questions about what brand they are! They are SO awesome, those purple boots.

  8. Rhett says:

    I missed your Nuggets! Love the pic of Margot in the snow with her t-shirt and bibs and the Muppet dance one. The yarn is gorgeous. I don’t knit either but my Mama does. I love her handmade knits!

  9. Kathi says:

    Wonderful post, I’ve been a follower for over a year now and am still in awe at your wonderful outlook on life, children, art! I went to Etsy and added Twist & Twine to my favorites and also liked the shop. :-) Amazing “threads”. Would love to win the skein to make some new photo props for my shop (hats, etc.)!

  10. Catherine says:

    Great nuggets! I love how your family is outside just as much in the Winter as the Summer.

  11. BRH says:

    Your girls are so beyond delicious! Love their little elfin faces–and Alice, too. And still laughing over the name Leroy for a dog. Fantastic! :)

  12. ctb says:

    LOVE that red shirt! or is it orange?

  13. Lacy says:

    Yarn! Snow! Anthro! Awesome!

  14. Yeah for nuggets! I’m a wee bit jealous that you have snow AND dirt. We went for a short road trip last week and Juniper stepped out of the car in Ennis, took one look at the grass and asked, “What’s THAT?” It’s snowing now, we have several feet on the ground and I’m getting the itch for DIRT. Anyway. Loved these nuggets and the YARN! Oh, my. I started knitting at 9 year old…still love it.

  15. Wesley says:

    That last picture is a keeper for sure!

    Love the yarn!! Recently taught myself to crochet and it is a great new hobby. I realized I could make thoughtful, homemade gifts while being on a tight budget since we’re broke college kids. Plus all my friends started having babies and it works great for baby hats and blankets. I recently looked up patterns for booties too. :-)

    Cheers to two months in your tight living quarters!

  16. Nici you are such a lovely family-enjoying all the images you all skiing and the outdoors of Montana….and boob pillow…hehe. Margot is very hip skiing in a skirt (new trend?)Your little nuggets defintly look like happy campers!
    Thank you again.

  17. I can’t wait until we are all hardy stock too, lol!I feel so trapped this year!

  18. I can’t wait until we are all hardy stock too, lol!I feel so trapped this year!

  19. Aly says:

    I don’t knit, I crochet and that yarn would make some beautiful fingerless gloves. Pick me, pick me!!

  20. AC/EC says:

    Wow, I just checked out Twist & Twine and she’s got some *beautiful* colours! I only took up knitting (for the second time) a few years ago and am absolutely hooked at the process of creating something pretty yet functional. Thanks for the link!

  21. Kristin B says:

    Makes me feel good to know I am not the only momma whose got a child who loves the “boob pillow”!

  22. CorinaHelen says:

    beautiful wool! Margot skiing in a skirt reminds me of myself at that age…I refused to wear pants for the majority of my childhood…cheers to my fellow fashionista!!! Checking my PO Box is always somehow more exciting than just checking the regular “home” mail, isn’t that funny?

  23. Hazel says:

    The yarn is gorgeous, but like you I don’t seem destined to knit! It took me 3 years to knit Rob a simple scarf!
    I love that Margot wants to take your photo now, and I love the dancing shots. I wish I could say I don’t normally dance like a muppet – but it wouldn’t be true.

  24. Sophie says:

    I loved reading your nuggets, it looks like wonderful fun in the mountains :)

  25. Katie says:

    Yay for the nuggets return!

  26. “In the Night Kitchen” is Sully’s favorite, favorite story! In fact, he reads it to use now mostly.

    I admire what you guys are doing. It’s going to be so amazing when the whole pad is yours.

  27. Kelly Cach says:

    Oh, goodness!!! Margot is precious: “Hey, Mom. You look beautiful…” made me tear up.

    And all of a sudden your Ruby looks so big!

  28. Sarah says:

    We cannot WAIT to ski with our kids….just a bit harder to achieve in Sydney. Still, we get to surf instead.
    Margot rocks – wearing a skirt skiing. She is one cool wee chicky.

  29. Kelle says:

    I’ve so missed nuggs. Wonderful to catch up. I can feel the love, the sun, the snow.
    And, am I wrong, or does “In the Night Kitchen” have a picture of a little pee-pee in it? Because if it’s the same one I’m thinking of, we totes loved that book for that very reason as kids. Gotta love a nice illustrated pee-pee.


  30. Lori says:

    What gorgeous wool! I would have to use it to make something of my very own, which doesn’t happen too often.
    I just recently found your blog (I can’t remember how) as I was looking for fun mom blogs. I am pregnant with my first baby, due May 3rd and it’s so nice to find other like minded people. I got hooked and had to start at the very beginning of your blog and made it through it all with a bit of skimming. My husband and I used to live in the Rocky Mountains in Canada and would love to move back one day. You’ve made me nostalgic for the mountains again.

  31. I was a little disappointed that they weren’t turquoise eyeglasses. Because you have the moxie to pull that off, and I’d like to see it. Although it makes more sense now why they’d be packed away until the move. :)

  32. Ellie says:

    nuggets are back! They’ve been sorely missed. I hope Ruby feels better soon. And I so know what you mean about the relief of being able to head out without too much forethought. We hike every Sunday, and it just keeps getting better. Jealous of your snow, though…my chicks have yet to SEE snow.

  33. Tonya says:

    I never post a comment just for a giveaway, but I am seriously wanting that yarn! A nice new pair of socks is what I would knit 😀
    Of course, I always love your posts as well, glad Ruby is feeling better, nothing worse than a pukey toddler.

  34. Great nuggets , beautiful beautiful wool, and love your new shirt it is a fantastic colour.

  35. TRB Holt says:

    I am racking my brain to remember your firsthand-holding date’s name…it will come to me, in fact just sent you a gmail…. the photo of you and him. Yes holding hands, air show, spring 1984 upstate New York…check it out you are blowing a bubble with gum! All I can think of is Tommy and that’s not right….Adam?

    Margot and Ruby….I so remember teaching your mama & Uncle Trav to ski! They began at age 2 also. I got really good at skiing backwards! Such a fun family sport….I cringe that helmets were not even a thought back then! I Love You A Bushel & A Peck…You Are My Sunshines!
    Love to all, Mom/Gram

  36. TRB Holt says:

    HIS NAME WAS Chucky :o)!!

  37. ChantryS says:

    Love your blog! I’m excited about this giveaway, it’s absolutely beautiful yarn. I’m not personally a knitter (I’ve tried, I have the attention span of a 2 year old…which is actually not a fair comparison, my 2 year old can concentrate much better than I) but my lovely cousin is super talented and I would love to get her to knit my in-utero baby a little pretty.

  38. Kelsie says:

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  39. Kelsie says:

    Love the feeling of your feet in the snow and your face in the sun. Winning combination. I’m driving to Missoula this weekend. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to bump into you somewhere :)

  40. Honey says:

    Her etsy shop just had me drooling even more!

    I will tell you this: I am a very visceral yarn person. I can dream and imagine what a yarn would be good for, but until I’ve held it in my hands, run it through my fingers and sniffed it (yes, I sniff yarn) I am never totally sure. Sometimes the yarn tells me what to make with it and it’s always best to obey the yarn!

    I love the muppet dance!

  41. Ruby is getting so big! She’s looking so much like Margot in that last picture. Completely adorable!

  42. I LOVE the fingering weight yarn — perfect for all the tiny creatures I can’t seem to stop knitting…I’m drooling over her Etsy site.

  43. Kelly says:

    “She’s at home here.” That make me so happy for you and your girl. :)

  44. andralinn says:

    I am jealous of your outdoor adventures. I miss mountains and snow and terrain. We make the most of flat, traily parks surrounded by concrete but I long to let my girl run and climb hills without fear.

    That yarn is beautiful. And my girly needs new mittens! Although it was 80 here in VA yesterday, we are headed to Montana in a few short weeks! Mittens are necessary!

  45. Homestead says:

    It makes me so happy to see your kid drawing with a Sharpie.

    My kids use Sharpie all the time… apparently that horrifies other mothers. Who knew?

    Life is too short to always use washable markers.

  46. What a beautiful place you live in! I love the post office picture; Ruby looks like she is on a mission.

    Gorgeous yarn! I’m thinking I’d turn it into a big loop of a scarf/cowl maybe with a simple lace pattern.

  47. FinnyKnits says:

    Ski dates with the kids – now THAT is quality time. And I love seeing Alice watching over Margot on the sledding hill. Good ones, those girls :)

  48. Minnesotagal says:

    Yay for nuggets!!!

    And oh my goodness that yarn! I have always typically bowed out of freebies and just bought directly from anyone who’s products I really loved (umm can you say Earlywood? – thanks for that by the way!) But that particular skein in just too delish to pass up a chance at!

  49. Michelle says:

    OBSESSED with that yarn. What talent!

  50. Liane says:

    I started knitting about a year ago and I love it! The only things I am any good at are scarfs & blankets but one day I’ll attempt something more complex!
    I’ve missed your nuggets and love how you’ve all adapted to living in such a small space when most people (myself included!) would spend the 5 months moaning about it! xx

  51. melody says:

    gosh what a dreamy yarn! love her shop, and am loving those pictures margot took of you and your ruby. i love it that you are an appreciator of knits. i got a good laugh out of Margot’s illustrations and Ruby’s “give me space” lingo. am so loving your “camping” adventures :)

  52. Aimee B says:

    So, this is Zoe, not Aimee. I’m on Aimee’s computer however, and didn’t notice ’til now that she’s all Google-signedin. LOL! Aaaaaanyhoooooo…

    Holy smokes. It feels like forever since I’ve commented! What a girl has to contend with when her beloved Mac’s screen goes kafluey.
    Ah well…
    LOVE this yarn! I’ve been a mad knitter of late… got myself (finally) a sweater done, so I now actually own a sweater, got hubby’s socks and hat done, sister’s maternity sweater is blocked and has buttons, got a fun pair of socks in fuzzy purple done for moi, and am working on a pair of lace socks in blue wool/silk.
    Yeah, gone a little wacko with the knitting. Love knitting!!!
    This luscious stuff would most likely be either more lace socks (really developing a taste for lace knitting) or a cute lacy tank.
    Totally liked her shop on Etsy. Yummy yummy yummy yarn!!!

  53. you have the cutest kiddies! I wish i would have another girl someday, so lovely 2 sisters
    rocio from

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