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A quick break

It’s been a little over a week and no post and it’s probably going to be another week before I have a good one for you. I have my doula workshop for the next four days and need to focus my energy on that and family. I apologize for being gone and hope you understand.

 

Hugs.

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WOW! Freshly Pressed!

I went to check my e-mail this morning and had a slew from wordpress. At first I thought perhaps I was being spammed and then I logged in and realized I was Freshly Pressed. Thanks wordpress.com! You all rock.

Welcome to our blog at We Four (5) Kings. I will admit to having a few computer issues this week, (in need of a new battery and storage space) but have been working on it daily so we should be back up and running at full speed after this weekend.

I’m so excited to have you all here. I’m a little giddy actually. I think being freshly pressed raises the bar a bit. So I better get back to fixing this here computer so I can put out some more blogging goodness.

Hugs and happy Vernal Equinox!

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~ This Moment ~

inspired by SouleMama

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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What’s happening in Project-land

I’m seaming a blanket so many generous women have helped to make. It will be delivered to the family later this month with more details posted after it has been received.

I’ve knit a gauge swatch for my hooray cardigan. Unfortunately that’s as far as I’ve gotten, but once I’m done with the blanket, it will be the next thing on the needles.


We’ve been reading and reading and reading. About foraging, the pacific northwest, childbirth, being a birth partner, etc.

And I got a stack of cotton knit fabric for kids clothes. I’m so excited to get working with these. I haven’t sewn with knits yet, but I’m not too intimidated.

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Third Thursday of October 2006

Who doesn’t like a good love story?
This is the story of how Chris and Laura met {from Laura’s perspective}.
& Thanks to Candace for the encouragement to share our story.

It was April of 2006; my best friend and I recently turned 21 and were enjoying our new found freedom. We went out for a couple drinks and some dancing at J&M in Pioneer Square. We met more than a handful of people, but one of the people we met happened to be the person I would spend the rest of my life with. I’m pretty sure he and I exchanged no more than each other’s names that night, but that was not indicative of what was to come.

Within a couple of days, we met again at a mutual friend’s music studio. The mutual friend wasn’t someone we really enjoyed spending time with and I’m not sure if that had to do with the lack of dialogue we had that day or if we were just not all that interested, but I don’t recall learning a whole lot more about him that day either.

Within a week or so we ran into each other in a crosswalk downtown. We walked together and chatted it up. We got BBQ sandwiches from Longhorn BBQ in Pioneer Square and went our separate ways.

Another week later, my friend and I went to Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center. We ran into Chris at one of the entrances. We were all planning on spending the day at the festival so we decided to hang out together. We saw a few shows and rode on the rides. At this point we exchanged phone numbers and were sure we’d hang again soon.

I doubt more than a couple days passed and we started hanging out very frequently. My friend and I worked downtown at Hotel 1000 and lived just up the street at Harbor Steps. Chris was attending Seattle Pacific University, working a few jobs around town and living on Queen Anne. It was easy for us to cross paths on a regular basis. We’d go to jazz clubs, out to watch sports, or just hang for dinner. We went to a lot of concerts and smaller local gigs. But it should be noted that not all of these events were planned. We continued to just run into each other very often.

During October of 2006 a couple weeks passed and we didn’t see each other. I’m not really sure why… And then on the Third Thursday of October my friend and I were heading to Paragon on Queen Anne. As we rode the bus up the hill I realized I didn’t have my phone with me and was bummed because I was supposed to call my cousin Megan that night to talk about goalkeeping and we were going to be in Chris’ neighborhood and he’d dig the band that was playing that night.

We were at Paragon for probably 20 minutes ordering drinks and waiting for the band to get set-up when Chris and a friend of his walked through the door. I was stunned. We chatted it up for a while, listened to the band play and Chris left after an hour or so. My friend and I stepped outside during the band’s break. We talked as only girlfriends can about what the heck was happening. I’ll admit I wasn’t exactly looking for a partner at that time, but I knew that if I didn’t act, I might lose the best thing who was standing right in front of me. I was a little bit afraid of the potential. I couldn’t think of a reason Chris and I wouldn’t work. I usually had one of those reasons in my back pocket going into a relationship. Not this time.

I picked up the phone the next day and gave him a call. Chris and I have only been apart a handful of days since that Third Thursday of October in 2006.

Picture taken in December of 2006


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Top Ten {Winter Comforts} Tuesday

It’s still winter everyone! I know it’s the first day of March and spring is just around the corner, but it’s still the bitter cold winter. And because I don’t want this season to pass without due gratitude, I’ve compiled a list of my top ten Winter comforts.

Hot Tea – We love chai over here, but without dairy my chai just seems a little lackluster. So I’ve been mixing it up with Dragon Pearl Jasmine and Moroccan Mint. With two babies in the house, a little caffeine is necessary. It doesn’t hurt that it smells so good and warms the body at the same time.

Books – I love children’s books. The beautiful art; the poetry; the cheerful images. Every day is a good day to read with your kids, but during the winter it just seems a little more special; a little cozier.

Snuggles – Ah yes. Family snuggles. Miles likes to climb in our bathrobes and snuggle up. It’s pretty dang cute. A cup of tea, a good book and family snuggles… who’s going to complain about that?

Playdates – When the weather sucks and you’ve been stuck inside for a while, one of the greatest things is a playdate. The kids get to run around; the adults get to chat {with other adults!}. Playdates are even better when they include yummy food and hot tea.

Savory snacks – Braised short ribs, curry dishes, roasts, slow cooked meals. All the things that warm your house and make it smell so good all day long.

A clean house – If you’re going to spend a bunch of time inside… you’ve got to have a clean crib. Not always the simplest task when you have kids running around, but when they start to help it gets to be a lot more fun. Miles has recently taken to picking things up for us. The only problem is that he doesn’t exactly know what trash is and what it isn’t. So far we’ve found his underwear and an envelope with change in the garbage can. We better watch out for that guy.

Sewing and knitting projects – Things that keep you busy while keeping you warm and productive. I’m seaming a blanket right now and I love having it over my lap in the evening. I think about whom it will belong to when it’s completed and all who helped contribute to it and the love they sent along. And while this project would be just as meaningful in the middle of summer, it’s helping me {the “seamer”} stay warm through the few days it resides on my lap this winter.

Dinner dates with friends – Those meals you cooked all day long… share them with friends. Share the love and warmth with people you care about. I promise it will improve your cold winter days.

Evening television and movies – Of all the seasons to have decent TV and new movies, I’m grateful they make a good push in the winter. Snuggles and tea and a good movie… good times.

Dreaming of spring – This is hope. I like spending a little time each day thinking of what we will do when the temperature rises. Where we will hike, what we will grow, and what great treasures we’ll find. So while I think it’s important to enjoy the season you’re in, there’s nothing wrong with being hopeful for the next.

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“Papa, how do worms have babies?” – Let’s Google It.

Ah yes… the questions our kids ask us. There are few things better than exploring the world with your children. And now we’re lucky enough to have the world wide web at our fingertips. So when your kid asks how worms have babies or what an atom looks like or where Timbuktu is, you can give them a real answer based on facts instead of a big fat “I don’t know” or some myth you heard.

Sydney comes over with a laundry list of questions and while we may have answers to most of them, we certainly don’t know everything. When she hears a response of “I’m not sure”, she instantly replies “Let’s Google it!”. Lots of times she wants to see where a place is. We have zoomed in on villages in Africa, cities in Australia and our own homes. Sometimes she expects to be able to see herself in our house. This is just six year old hope. Someday she’ll understand the limitations of Google.

Miles loves watching steam engine trains on youtube, his favorite Jason Mraz song ‘Outdoors’ or The Wheels on the Bus. He also likes looking at pictures of insects, zoo animals and family. Skype is a pretty awesome feature for a toddler too. How cool to be able to talk with G-ma and play peek-a-boo with her from home.

I look forward to the littlest ones growing up and being able to explore the world through their (& our) fingertips.
What fun questions have yours asked you lately?

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