nuggets: grow

nuggets: bits of the season in photos and words, about the last week

I just asked Margot what we’ve been up to lately and she shrugged, sighed and said, “Took off on an airplane to California and then came back to Montana and gardened.”


We’ve been outside, our family. Coming together to build a fence, plant seeds and starts, move our bodies with sun on bare skin.


This time of year is the most hopeful and saturated.


Me: I am so excited to move into our new home in a few weeks.
Margot: I am exciteder.
Me: Oh? How is that?
Margot: Well, it’s because I am braver.
Me: Hmm. And what does that mean?
Margot: Just that I am old enough.


I, after hoarding the canning lasts like a crazy person, decided to open the jars and use that goodness right up.


No need to wait on enjoyment.


Ruby starts nearly every sentence with Guess what? One time… Photobucket

My endlessly crushable husband has several paintings in a group exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum right now. And, he has an exhibit in Spokane at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery coming right up. Just wait until you see his new work.

And, while on the subject of Andy Cline, here he is demonstrating how a dig hoodie can be used as a kid warmer/carrier. This was on the evening of Margot’s end-of-year preschool presentation. In this week’s mama digs, I wrote about how I sat proud in the sea of parents, remembering her first day of school. Click to read love grows.

Another post in the next few days about The Fence. It’s done. All your questions will be answered.

24 Responses to nuggets: grow

  1. ctb says:

    the fence is downright beautiful! cant wait to hear all about it.

  2. Jean says:

    They’re gonna love Andy’ stuff in Spokaneroo!

    Dang, those girls are the cutest. xoxo

  3. I love visiting you although you are much younger than me I feel as if I am visiting my “abuelitas house” Grandma is just the homey feeling.

  4. Kelsie says:

    Looks like that fence is up just in time!

  5. Spring feels like a promise that *everything is possible*.

  6. Tina says:

    Can’t wait to hear about the fence – we need to come up with something affordable and simple for our garden and that looks like it might fit the bill perfectly!

  7. Mama Mel says:

    Ha ha! I can so relate to how Ruby starts her sentences. My recently turned four year old starts every sentence with, “Um…I have something to say to you…”

    Love Ruby’s pigtails!!

  8. Ellie says:

    Love the photo of Margot looking at deer through the fence. Also, conversations with the 2-5 age group are just hilarious. I’d like to freeze them in time right now and never let them grow, just so I can keep having those conversations.

  9. Martha says:

    Moved away from Missoula five years ago but we raised our daughter there until she was five. I feel like I’m there when I read your blog!!

  10. TRB Holt says:

    Burb, THAT FENCE is a beaut…..the perfect barrier to hold your future bounty! I can hardly wait to see it in person, as well as your all in your new abode…not sure if I can wait until July!

    Margot ~ You are braver and old enough! I wish I could have seen your end-of-year preschool presentation. Your choice to be a wise owl was perfect…I bet you were a hoot!! ;o). I am so proud of you helping in the garden, the food you mama grows will have an even more special meaning knowing that you had a part in the process. I Love You A Bushel & A Peck!

    Ruby ~ Guess what? One time I knew a doll with strawberry blonde pigtails and blue eyes that is the light of my life; her name is Ruby Jane! You Are My Sunshine!

    Love to all!
    xoxo, Mom/ Gram

  11. Aunt Kiki says:

    Hi Nici!
    Not sure if you’re all heading this way for Andy’s show in Spokane? Wanted to give him a heads-up on my favorite coffee shop downtown. It’s called Atticus – it’s a must if he has a chance to grab a great cup of joe. Hope all is well with you and your family. I’m about two months out from having our second baby boy. . . hope to see you again one of these days. Would love to make another trip out to Montana and pick up another WA State tee for our newest wee one. Hope all is well!
    Kate and Henry from Liberty Lake, WA

  12. I love how sinking your toes into the earth pairs with the sound of an aroused and opened jar of canned yummies from your old place.
    That plot is impressive, as is Andy’s new work (but, isn’t all his work amazing)?!
    Man, those sweet sisters…miss them.

  13. How much do I love your pictures, your stories, your kids’ comments? So much fun. Looking forward to seeing more about the fence. Happy gardening!

  14. Noelani P says:

    I just want to you know that when I’ve had a long, hard day like today, one of the most uplifting things I can do for myself is read your blog. Thank you for pursuing your dreams and living your values. Know that it is an inspiration that fuels others.

  15. Kelly Cach says:

    I love everything about Ruby’s pigtails and everything about Margot’s mind :)

  16. elizabeth says:

    Are those tomatoes you have planted? You are brave, do you cover them at night?

  17. Noelani,

    I went to a workshop a few days ago where we talked about how to talk about our brand and I realized (well I kinda already knew) I am really bad at answering the question ‘what do you do?’ I’ve been asking friends what I do to help me put it into a few sentence nugget that feels good to say. It’s hard! I certainly try to live my values and well, if my work also inspires, that feels great. I really appreciate your comment. Thank you!

  18. elizabeth, Yes! Tomatoes in the ground. I’ll cover if we get a frost, which we might. So far so good!

  19. elizabeth says:

    Oh good. I hope you don’t get a frost. What else are you planting? I’ve been eating arugula, spinach, lettuce and cilantro, but I won’t plant my tomatoes for at least another week and I plant them in a greenhouse, but I live in Wise River. Maybe I’m being overly cautious, they are certainly ready to be planted. I planted out a couple tomatillos yesterday, but this week is pretty cold or I should say its pretty normal and last week was unusually warm. Love your new garden. My husband does all the woodworking for my garden, isn’t it nice to have a husband that can do that stuff.

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  22. Melina says:

    I start every sentence with “Guess what…one time…” as well! Go Ruby!!


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