"Good morning, sweetheart," he said, as my eyes slowly started to open. I could see him flashing a crooked smile at me while my mind was coming out of the fog. It was as if he knew I was trying to figure out what day it was. Monday. It was Monday, and he was leaving. Though it was only for the day, even a day apart feels like too long, much too long. As I was silently contemplating this, his lips caressed my forehead and left with the gentlest of kisses. I started to smile back, and inhaled his delicious scent. With that, his lips touched my shoulder, a tingle ran through me and my heart raced. I could feel the flush that flooded the skin of my cheeks. With a sweet whisper of goodbye, he was gone. I closed my eyes and tried to wake myself out of this dream... but I was already awake, with the perfect awakening.
Just as I made my way downstairs, I noticed a pretty little box laid sweetly in plain sight, with a perfectly folded white note placed atop. A smile crossed my lips, and only grew larger as I unfolded the note that began, "Thinking of you," and said, "Happy Anniversary Week," along with many other wonderful affections. An enjoyable morning indeed, complete with a taste of chocolate, and a fantastic start to a marvelous Anniversary week.
Though Spring has arrived, Winter seems to be keeping a tight hold on the temperature that jumps and then falls just as fast. Where is the respite from this blanket of snow that is slowly worn away toward bare ground and then returns with a new cloak to cover our little corner of the world?
Days like this call for a change of scenery, a place to splash and play and pretend that Winter's grip has been relinquished. Short hotel stays certainly shake things up a bit, and with a visit from the grandparents thrown in, it's just that much sweeter a concoction.
“Watch me at the window from your place on the couch, watch me pretending that I am really looking out. You say 'come here, I can't see you in this light,' but I'm much safer beside the moon tonight. 'Cause when I am a silhouette I have no fear”
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you."
Baby Blue has been enjoying her sunsets from her window... literally. And as for our family we've been busy as well... looking up and looking forward. The shadows of the past just fall behind.
Spring has definitely sprung! I'm so ready for Spring weather to really be here, and then bring summer right on it's heels. I'm ready for the sun. We are all ready to get outdoors and run around without having to get all bundled up, covered from head to toe in layers. Spring always reminds me that bathing suit season is just around the corner. I can see it now, watching Baby Blue run through thick green grass, with a pink lemonade in my hand, a summer of splashing in the pool and sporting great tans.
Then I realize with all of the fun in the sun comes the dreaded 'effects' of the sun on our skin. We're using Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion, and the great part is it's perfect to use even now... before the hours that will be spent by the pool... I use it even while dreaming of hours by the pool. The 'shielding' part does more than just block the sun rays, it also blocks out other harmful irritants and chemicals while allowing the natural moisture to remain in the skin. We love it. We love our smooth skin after using it, the light feel, and the fact that it's not greasy. A little really does go a long way and it's fragrance and colorant free, hypoallergenic and Paraben free! We use it on the entire family, it's gentle enough for your face, and effective enough for your feet!
Oh, and one more thing! Leave a comment, any comment at all, on this post, and be entered in a drawing to win a full size 4oz bottle of Skin MD Shielding Lotion (a $25 value)!! Plus, I'll pick two more, randomly selected, lucky, dry skinned FreshMommy readers that comment, and send you a sample size packet.
So, what have you always wanted to say?
Comments closed. And the winners are...
Tricia Nugen said...
"I love your blog! how do you get your pictures so big! Love it!"
Posted MARCH 28, 2009 8:38 AM
Congratulations Tricia, who won the full size bottle of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion!
Corey~living and loving said...
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Posted MARCH 27, 2009 10:58 PM
Leslie West said...
"Where do I begin? I read your blog almost everyday, and love all the great tips & recipes you include. Baby Blue is so super-cute!"
Posted MARCH 27, 2009 8:54 AM
Congratulations Corey and Leslie, who've won the sample size packets of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion!
today, I am...
wanting:: to say 'thank you' for all the sweet words you all still shower me with and all the encouragement you've given since this happened.
enjoying:: each and every moment I can spend with my loves.
feeling:: hope and excitement for what I know is still to come... a growing family.
listening:: to One Sweet Love by Sara Bareilles - beautiful.
knowing:: there are still taxes to do.... but I'm taking my sweet time.
thinking:: I need to get Dolce groomed, she looks so cute when she gets home.
wondering:: how I'm ever going to get through the mountain of editing tasks ahead of me.
drinking:: acai berry tea, very yummy, but sort of wishing it was Chai Tea.
looking:: forward to a productive yet relaxing weekend... hopefully.
wishing:: you a very productive yet relaxing weekend coming up as well!
"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." ~Charles Dickens
We've been experiencing day after day of burrowing away from the biting wind only to come out and let the sun warm us. Just like the flowers beginning to bloom, looking for the change of season, seeing the possibility that blossoms with change. Spring... inspiring.
So, it's been a little while since a Fab Find list, and I had a few fun links to share. Hope you get a chance to check them out!
1. 60 Second Break: Ok, so do you ever just feel like you NEED A BREAK?? That's what 60 Second Break is all about. Check it out, it makes for a good laugh break.... and you don't feel so alone with the chaos that happens in your own life. The other plus, submit a story and you could win cash!
2. Confessions of a Craft Addict: Giant Rice Crispy Treat Cupcake... adorable and delicious, and perfect for.... well, just about anything!
3. Happy to be at Home: Raising a good eater, AND avoiding public food battles. The best part... these tips really work!
4. Anyone Can Quilt: The cutest fabric chalkboards. Oh, I wish that I could sew.
5. Swaptree: An online superstore to trade your old books, cd, dvds or video games for new ones!! It's cheap and green!
6. Just a Girl: Cute and personalized hand sanitizer makes a perfect teacher's gift!
7. Full Circle: Peanut butter and bird seed letters for the birds. My girl is really getting into watching the birds this year, this would be perfect for it!
8. Molly Chicken: The sweetest little love bird softie. Now I REALLY wish I could sew. I know my Baby Blue would love this... and so would I.
9. Pepper Paints: Now THIS is something I can do. Messes and mixing... all to make fun bathtub soap crayons.
If you come across any Fab Finds you want to share... just email me and let me know!
We're moved back in!! The floors turned out wonderful, and though we are cleaning out dust by the pound, we are enjoying being back in our home!
So... recently, very recently, we decided to do a bit of remodeling. In fact, this is us ripping up flooring out of our living room, dining room and kitchen. The reason the photo is so grainy... we were ripping up flooring at 10pm. Yes, we're crazy like that.
Here are my good friends Rachel and Briony, that I dragged out of bed to come help me pull carpet staples out of the floor. Our hands are still sore and I am forever in their debt, I'm confident they won't forget this favor.
Oh, and the tile flooring from the photo on the right, that's what our kitchen floor used to look like. I'm sure my great-grandmother would've loved that floor. I couldn't be happier that it's gone.
Here is the progress after the first day. Though sawdust covers every surface we have, I'm so excited to get home and see the finished product.
Enjoy your green day!
I've just wrapped up my Days of Winter photo series. Thank you for joining me in this journey that lasted quite awhile, which means there is so much contrast in the photos from beginning to end... but it makes for quite a fun journey. Winter brings so many joys and challenges, and it's a big difference from the Days of Fall series, though they are both filled with the things that are important and fun for us as a family.
I'm not sure what will come next or what tomorrow brings. For now, I just know that I'll have my camera ready.