guest performance

Big Brother was asked to play a special performance this past weekend.
The crowd was over 300 people.
He played confidently and with great expression.
Piano is in his heart.  Hard to explain.  So easy to hear him play.
Lesson three times a week.
Practice three times a day.
Never a complaint.
Serious sweetness with this boy.

my cabin is my castle

 Warm fuzzy woodland creature slippers.
I love these and purchased them in multiples.
I have specific pairs for certain places.
That is not weird, is it?
Mouse-city (school and piano and music)
Other Raccoon's-house
 Last minute flooring change. I've always loved river rock.
I'd tile myself in it I love it so much.
It will go under the crazy fireplace that I'm sure we'll never use because everyone tells us it is really good and we don't want to mess it up.
It will also go on a part of the wall.
Almost went white subway tile.  Eek. Silly me.  Can you imagine the lines with the farm house flooring!
 The laundry room/ entrance. Yup. Both all rolled into one.
Not for long!
This will be a mudroom.
Small but workable.
I've spent every waking moment available on pintrest looking at mudrooms. Open to any and all suggestions!

The snow.
 There was so much snow.
 Deep, fluffy snow.
 We had so much fun!

Hey, the barn door is up!
More wood, I know I know but I had to have my barn door.  There is just not enough wood on the walls....The walls may change to white, we will see.

It was great family weekend.
Unfortunately it ended up with ANOTHER trip to the ER.
Little Brother again.
Big Brother and I were at piano and Little Brother and Daddy had some fun at the pool.  Too much fun I guess to walk up the stair son feet instead of heads.  Ugg, No stitches just glue.  Tons of crying, mostly me.

log love

These were handmade locally.
Tamarack.  One of my favorite trees.
 We build.
 We count rings.
 We talk about trees and how important they are.
 We play.
The logs are so special.
They are so beautiful, so natural.
I, as an adult, find them inspiring and I am inspired again watching my boys play with them in ways I wouldn't have thought of.
They will go up to the cabin.  They will become a part of the cabin. Forever.

My Mom

It has been a year with out my Mom here on Earth with us.
Ok, without her as we know her. 
I dream of her watching over my boys.
Being Nana.
When I am at the lake I close my eyes and I can hear her voice.
I feel a calm wash over me.

 She cried when she held this now 2 year old for the first time.
I wish I had asked her why.
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie
 I miss my Mom so much more than I ever could imagine.
When I get upset and can hear her voice telling me to be strong.
When I need advice I still ask her.
I am still learning from my Mom.  She had so many lessons to teach.
Thanks Mom.  Love you.