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The Waiting Game

Waiting for baby#4.2Waiting for baby#4.3Waiting for baby#4.1We’re playing the waiting game around here, counting down the days, and feeling pretty anxious as things go… Clothes are washed, ready and put away, and there are still more details to iron out as time gradually slips away from us. We are trying to be very practical about what we need for this little one, including things that will help save space over the long term.

We know that we won’t be living in this cottage forever, and we dream about a house that will properly fit all six of us one day… goodness knows where that will be, but it is definitely on our list. Til then, there will be welcoming arms, open hearts, and abundant heaps of love and affection to shower this baby. That’s all he really needs in the end, isn’t it?






A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014…

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//Reed: snug-as-a-bug…asleep in his toddler bed for the very first time

//Finnlagh: digging with his favourite beach spade; he lost it in the ocean only moments later

//Alina: after the 2nd grade end-of-the-year picnic, she thoughtfully picked up some sweets for her brothers

//Baby #4: airy pregnancy silhouette taken in Week 35 by my dear, sweet Grant



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A List (of sorts)

20140603-195424-71664411.jpgI am…

making many miniature peanut butter/honey/banana sandwiches for ravenous children at school picnics

cooking not so much these days –more like garde-manger assembling

drinking itty portions of this chai tea paired with unsweetened almond milk, ice and a dash of cinnamon

reading Edward Rutherford’s Paris; Mark Helprin’s Freddy and Fredericka: A Novel

wanting everything to be tidy, perfect, ready and done

looking out my bedroom windows at all the gorgeous wildflowers blooming in our garden

playing Mario Kart 8 for Wii U

wasting a great deal of time agonising about the family of skunks living under our stairs (work your humane magic, Wildlife Control!)

sewing a brightly coloured yellow linen pillow for an end-of-the-year teacher’s gift

planning big changes to Niko & Nonnie and the blog (stay tuned!)

enjoying any and every opportunity I get to sit down and put my feet up, blog or read a book with an icy cold drink at the ready

waiting for Grant and me to make some decisions about significant future options

liking our late night line-up of tv shows on the Roku: The Good Wife, Orphan Black, and The Americans

loving impromptu afternoon naps, quiet time and watching the baby create earthquakes in my tummy

wondering when in the heck it’s ever going to rain again here, and if we’ll ever pull out of this drought

hoping that besides day camps, book clubs, swimming at the beach + pool, and play dates, that we can keep the children engaged and active this summer (and not hear the prohibited words “I’m bored” even once) —hopefully having a brand new baby in the house will provide most of the excitement!

needing to get my hospital bag organised and packed

smelling meyer lemon and peony candles (kept on our bedside tables)

wearing typical school-run Tuesday fare: a brown-print maternity dress, white sandals with silver buckles, a tan-coloured handbag, and a loose bun on top of my head

following lots of new and interesting blogs on Bloglovin’

noticing that, at 35 weeks pregnant, things are getting harder, my body aches when I get up, and I am really needing to slow down

thinking about how truly topsy-turvy our lives are about to become

bookmarking artwork and beautiful things to add to our walls

opening large crates of organic produce and juicing their contents

giggling at how Reed knows exactly when to turn on the charm, that little stinker!

feeling proud and markedly less-stressed after the launch of Issue #3 of Agave Magazine (which turned out to be a spectacular summer issue, despite being one of our most challenging ones yet!)

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A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014…

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//Finnlagh: always engaged in some activity requiring a helmet

//Alina: headband and summer up-do in the late-afternoon sun

//Baby#4: feet peek-a-booing out from under a generous belly umbrella (34w+5d)



ps: Grant and I celebrated a decade of love-at-first-sight on May 31st…Has it really been 10 years? I am so very grateful every day for the wonderful life we’ve built together.

Joining in with Jodi of Practising Simplicity



Monday’s Moment

A single moment captured in a photograph. Candid and fleeting, this will always be a special moment in time…

Reed dumps water_May18:2014The magical properties of water are bound to delight, no matter what the age. It almost looks as if cellophane is rippling out of Reed’s bucket and peeling off into the sunshine, not like ordinary salt water spilling onto the warm surface of the sand. He dumped his water, fetched more from the ocean, and repeated this game over and over, never tiring of the results.