What I learned this last year

Baby Everett and Neko Dog's first year together

Baby Everett and Neko Dog's first year together

My son is celebrating his first birthday today. This last year has been amazing, awe-inspiring  frustrating, terrifying, and exhilarating.

A few things my one year old has taught me:

Don’t give up. From rolling over to standing up to picking up a cheerio, this kid never stops trying until he gets it. He gets frustrated, but he doesn’t quit.

Work on your flexibility. I’m not saying I want to be able to stick my toes in my mouth with ease, but touching my toes without groaning is a start.

Sometimes you just need to scream. Life will hand you moments that are so crazy, confusing, frustrating, and wild that a scream is warranted. Also, screaming into a pillow can be extremely therapeutic. Trust me.

Smiles are contagious. Smile. I promise it will make you feel better. And possibly that grumpy person next to you too.

Watch and learn. He just sits quietly (sometimes) and absorbs it all. We could all do with a little bit more observation.

You’re going to fall and that’s okay. I have watched him time and time again stand up and fall down and stand right up again with this built in determination. Nothing is going to stop him.

Always be curious. Even though it can get you into trouble sometimes, it’s worth the risk.

Breathing exercises can be beneficial. Counting to ten helps too.

Laughter truly is the best medicine. Tickling and silly faces work wonders on a little boy. And, not taking myself too seriously works well for me. A bit of Bill Burr now and again never hurts.

Can’t wait to see what more I will learn from this sweet boy in the next year.

Happy Birthday Everett.

I love you.

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a baby sleeps and all you see are his eyelids peeking over his overalls
a baby sleeps and all you see are his eyelids peeking over his overalls
Everett and his overalls

In the last year I have grown, birthed, and cared for a little boy named Everett.  Preparing for a baby is crazy enough, but not as awesomely insane as figuring out how to raise one.  Needless to say, I have been a bit distracted.

What a wonderful distraction it has been.

There’s nothing like a 24/7 responsibility to get yourself to re-write your list of priorities.  After 2 months of hanging out, Everett and I have found a rhythm.  I’m told that won’t last long.  But, while it does, I’m sorting out how to be a mother, an artist, and everything else at the same time.

One thing I would like to do is use this blog more often to sort out my thoughts and ideas about new and current projects.  I’d also like to continue collecting and posting projects and things that inspire me to come back to when I need a little kick in the pants. I’d also like to use this space as a journal.  Hopefully it will become a storage space for some of the random moments in my life I choose to record through writing and photography. Basically, if you want to get to know the girl behind the mask, she’s letting you in.


Empty jars hold so much potential.

three different sized ball jars on a table top

three different sized ball jars on a table top

I just got back from the local grocery store where I purchased 3 cases of various sized canning jars.  I can’t wait until my gardening extraordinaire of a husband gets our garden going and I have fresh fruits and veggies to fill these jars up with.  This girls is already dreaming of delicious recipes.

A little bit of summer here and there.

I hate to complain about the Bay Area, because it is pretty much perfect. But, I have to admit, this has been the lamest summer, weather wise, thus far. I am talking fog every single day. And, not the nice morning fog that makes you relax in the morning and slowly wake up to the day. I am talking about fog all day every day. I feel like I might as well move back to Oregon in the winter (but have it be like that all year round). Grey is becoming my not so favorite color.

Luckily for Tom, Neko and me we were able to take a long vacation a couple of weeks ago. We had straight sun for 2 whole weeks! I actually got a little red on my cheeks. It felt nice to feel the warmth of the sun. For the first week of our trip we visited with my side of the family in Utah. There were nephews galore, food, drinks, hikes, cousins, brothers, sisters, dads, moms, lots of stuff!

Sam and Braden even found time to go on a date.
Neko likes to feel the wind of her face.
Olivia, Paige, Dylan, Braden

Tennyson is always ready to clean.

For the second week Tom and I visited with his parents at their new cabin in Southern Colorado. They have an awesome plot of land with a 360 degree view. I helped out around the house when I could (they just had a frame and a toilet when we arrived), but spent most of my time laying on the deck watching the clouds role in and out of my view.

The view from the deck of the cabin.

Needless to say, it was hard to adjust when we returned. Back to phones, computers, traffic, people, etc. But, it has been a few weeks and I think I am back into the swing.