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Rain, Rain, Go Away…

Colin woke up too early this morning. Well, too early for me. Richard had actually just woken up, so I selfishly put him on morning baby duty, so that I could get a few more minutes of shut-eye. I somehow fell back asleep, even dreamed a little, and woke up feeling ever-so-slightly more refreshed.

I came downstairs and took over, so that Richard could leave for work. Colin happily snacked on little teething puffs while I made myself a cup of coffee. Then, I prepared Colin’s oatmeal breakfast. In the middle of me feeding him, I heard an unpleasant sound. A that-wasn’t-just-a-loud-fart sound. A few minutes later, he’s in the bathtub getting hosed off. Unpleasant, indeed. Lovely start to the morning.

You guys, at this point, it’s not even 8am.

He gets cleaned up and re-dressed. We head back downstairs to resume breakfast and much-needed coffee. We watch a little bit of television before heading up to play in his room. By 8:30am, he’s already sleepy again, since he woke up so early.

I put him down for a nap. As I’m leaving his room, I hear a little “drip… drip… drip…” sound echoing from the hallway. Did I leave the faucet on in the bathroom? Or maybe the tub faucet, from his bath? No, it sounds much closer. It’s coming from the attic. Water is dripping into the loft from the little attic door in the ceiling.

Great.

A leak.

I put a cheap bin under the leak and immediately get annoyed by the now-loud “PANG… PANG… PANG” sound, as the drips collect in the plastic trashcan.

Welp, that will probably keep Colin up.

I text Richard in a panic. He’s in a meeting, but calls me as soon as he gets out. Whew, he’s on his way home.

I get lucky, and Colin falls asleep. Time to indulge in a little pre-shower face mask relaxation. Ahh, it’s the little things. Alright, time to get serious. If there is a water issue, I better squeeze in a quick shower. Richard arrives shortly after my shower. WHEW.

He scopes out the situation, and it’s a water heater issue. He calls a guy.

My grandparents, mom, and sister all come over (this get-together was planned a few days ago, and I wasn’t going to cancel for a small leak!) and we have a wonderful time playing with Colin, drinking coffee, eating cake, and just catching up.

I finally got a moment to sit down and right this post – as Richard and the water heater guy are upstairs tip-toeing around Colin’s afternoon nap.

I feel like I just woke up, you guys.

And it’s 3:30pm.

Aaaaaaaaaaand this week’s Scribble Picnic theme is “Umbrella”. HOW FITTING! My scribbled umbrellas are paired with a quote from The Great Gatsby, a bit of sunshine and hope after a rainstorm. After a night of rain, an unexpected morning bath for Colin, a (quite relaxing) shower for me, and a LEAKING CEILING, my morning has been full of rain. Sounds like this theme was more of a premonition… Hmm…

I hope your morning was much less eventful than mine!

xo Cassie

Tranquility

I’m sitting at the bar in our kitchen, typing this post, with the baby monitor on my right and a cold cup of coffee on my left.

Colin is taking his morning nap.

A few of the windows are open, and I can hear birds chirping and gathering old seeds that have fallen from the dregs of our empty feeder out back. I can also hear Merlin (one of our cats) snoring. He’s asleep on the bar stool next to mine. A sense of calm filled the air as soon as Colin fell asleep. It’s a moment of peace and renewal between the bouts of laughter, crumbs, wriggles, dirty diapers, stories, and overall chaos that is my life as a stay-at-home-mom. I love every bit of it, I really do.

But I also love these quiet moments.

These moments of tranquility are like little gifts when my sleep was sporadic or yesterday was particularly trying.

Today’s Scribble Picnic theme is “Cabin”. I actually sketched this cozy A-frame cabin in bed last night – and doing so brought me a little bit of tranquility when I was having trouble falling asleep last night. I drew a place that I would want to be. I’d love to be reading a book in this little cabin, preferably by a warm fireplace, with soft blankets, and coffee that’s actually hot! Oh, and there absolutely must be snow on the ground outside!

But my little house in Chapel Hill, in my messy kitchen, with my cold cuppa will do just fine for me today.

xo Cassie

PS – I hope you’ll join in on next week’s Scribble Picnic challenge – the theme is “Umbrella”.

Eight Arms

As a new mom, I find myself wishing for more time in the day while simultaneously watching the clock and counting down the seconds until Colin’s bedtime routine starts. Being both a loving caretaker and an energetic entertainer (even after you’ve been woken up 4 times overnight) for nearly 10 hours a day is exhausting stuff!

I literally said to Richard this morning: “If someone said I could have entire weekend to myself, I honestly believe I’d sleep for 48-hours straight.”

On the flip side, there are so many things that I’d love to DO.

Tidy up certain corners of the house
Catch up on laundry
Spruce up the yard
Work on Colin’s baby book (sorry Colin, according to your baby book you don’t even exist yet)
Design and print photo albums
Finally start that tried-and-true recipe collection
Read a book
Drink coffee that hasn’t been microwaved fifteen times
Plan Colin’s first birthday

I could keep going, but I won’t.

Can’t us moms just grow some extra arms?! I mean, really. How is that not a evolutionary thing? Alright, fine. That would be pretty weird.

I drew this little octopus for Michael‘s new Scribble Picnic group. Michael is a friend from the blog world! Think of Scribble Picnic as a creative co-op – a weekly challenge for us creative-types. There is a theme each week, but other than that, anything goes! Please join us! This week’s theme was “octopus”, which just got me thinking of all the things I could do with eight arms!

Any mommas out there have some tips to share for at-home productivity with a little one? I’d love to hear from you!

xo Cassie

Chilly Days Ahead!

The temperatures have been dropping this week and mornings are quite frosty.

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I finished the Portland Headlight painting — definitely not my favorite, but since I’m just getting back into the swing of painting… I’m okay with it.

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I am trying to be better about how I judge my own work and not beat myself up quite so much. I meannnnnn, it has been 4 years since I last painted.

For lunch today, I made myself a delicious tomato, mozzarella, and basil panino (yeah, Giada De Laurentiis would be proud) with a little balsamic glaze — so simple and so tasty. It’s pictured (pre-grilled) at the top of this post!

And last night, I made cookies with some of our wedding gifts! My friend Lesley bought us two Silpat baking mats and some beautiful stainless steel measuring cups. (Thank you!!)

Cookies

The cookies were my version of an impromptu “ah, we’ve been married for one month!” celebration. I used NestlĂ©’s new caramel-filled chocolate chips. And yes, they are delicious.

Hope you’re staying warm and toasty on these cold NC days!

xo Cassie

Rekindling Creativity

I painted today.

Yep. Like, for fun.

At least it’s supposed to be fun, until you do one little thing that seems to ruin the entire painting and you have to find a way to fix said error.

Anyways, I picked up some acrylic paint, new brushes, sturdy painting papers, and a new palette. Scary thing is, I haven’t painted (aside from the walls in our house) since my senior art exhibition at Meredith College back in 2011!

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For YOUR fun, here are some progress photos.

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It’s certainly not finished, but I’m hoping to complete it over the weekend.

I don’t absolutely hate it.

So far, only a minor hatred.

Either way, the ACT of painting felt good!

Eek, we’ll see how it goes.

xo Cassie

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