There is a lyricism to childhood that we as parents and mentors and employees and mess cleaner-uppers, and spill moppers, and shoe tier's and in and through all those mundane duties of adulthood are often apt to forget. We become masters of ushering in milestones and tucking bed corners and sniffing tops of heads and pulling on our little one's boots, and ignoring the whines. In that rythm of life we sometimes forget that children need to explore the elements of the world but do not need our approval, merely our companionship. They need us to be there with them, also exploring, creating, discovering, not saying with a nod and a placating smile,
"yes, honey. I know."
My little sunshine is four. She is bright and social and healthy and breaks my heart with her sweet yet halting eloquence. And in that she has taught me a crucial lesson: love and childhood are beautiful in a way nothing else it. They can't be misunderstood, there is no wrong way to say "I love you." There is no wrong way to be a child.
If you stand in the sunshine outside and spin in circles with your eyes closed, you will see colors dancing inside your eyelids as you spin, around, and around, and around.
Love is the same way: but it's there whether you spin or not.

I love you, my little sunshine.


Free bunny bunting!

I have something cute for you. A printable bunny bunting. Just download the image, save it, print onto card stock and cut them out, then glue to a string and you will have a sweet, fun, bunny-bunting! I like to chose 4/page in the printing options to make them really tiny. You can print as large or as small as you prefer though! I also like to print them onto 4X6inch unruled index cards and let Sunshine use them to send as postcards to her friends. They are cute for parties and birthdays or even glue to toothpicks for cupcake-toppers!

A few dresses

I've been at my sewing machine every day for a week, making lots of fabulous new goodies for an upcoming (but still far off!) spring festival. Pretty dresses? I don't mind if I do! What have you made lately?


Library Find: The Quiet Book

The Quiet Book by
Deborah Underwood& illustrated by Reynata Liwska is one of the the prettiest books for young readers I've seen in a while. We picked up The Christmas Quiet Book over Christmas (also by Deborah Underwood) and loved it just as much. The story is simply that of different kinds of being quiet: quiet while reading, or listening to music, or being curious.
The cute little animals, the whimsical accessories in their homes (really, how sweet is that cradle?) and the wee woodland elements (squee! Mushrooms!) make it fun to look at all the way through.
The only part that I'm not 100% happy about is the sad little animals in some of them- being quiet because they were "naughty" for example. It makes my very emotional youngster super worried for them as she doesn't like seeing anyone be sad.