Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

"I'm thankful for still having candy from Halloween... and going to the zoo and having a new baby brother! And I waiting for Thanksgiving and it's here now! I have another thing I'm thankful for... cause Grandma and Grandpa gives me ZooNooz every time!" ~ Rye, 5

"I'm thanksful for I love the cat, I'm thanksful for I love Jack! I'm thanksful for we got a new tv! I'm thanksful for we move into a new house." ~ Apple, 3

" 'Da ball." ~Piper, 1

" {insert soft cries here} " ~ Jack, 8 weeks

What are you thankful for this season?

*** special thanks to the Stepniak family for the sweet photos ***

Sunday, November 23, 2008

ruffler blouse in blushing mermaids

, originally uploaded by varenia.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

chocolate mint...

What a beautiful collection of browns and greens... how fun!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

bubble mini in rosegarden

bubble mini in rosegarden, originally uploaded by varenia.

My Piper.

This 21-month-old amazes and exhausts me. Usually at the same time. She is into everything... really. Everything. I've raised two toddlers before her and have worked with countless children this age, and I can honestly say I've rarely seen anything like it. So inquisitive, so insistent...

Usually Apple does at least 90% of my shop's modeling, because she's three, can follow directions, and loves getting dressed up. Oh, and she loves being "paid" to model (in the currency of lollipops, that is!) Apple has modeled so much, she has the routine down: wipe her hands clean, don't mess the clothing, set up the back drop, etc. What I didn't realize is how often Piper has watched us do this, and that Piper, too, had the whole routine down.

She was so excited when I asked her to try on this new bubble dress, she immediately started banging on the cabinet where I keep my camera, and then on the back door to be let out to model. It was so cute watching her trying to set the backdrop up, and dragging the quilt we use against it... and she was actually pretty agreeable during the photoshoot, and only ran away grinning a couple of times :)...

I guess my lesson learned today was that everyone should have the right to re-invent themselves each day. Even though I try really hard to refrain from "labeling" the children with attributes and characteristics, I find myself habitually bracing for battles and confrontations with my third little one. I guess because there have been so many. Yet today she showed herself to be so kind, cooperative, and just genuinely wanting to be a "part of"...

As she grows up sooo quickly it was an affirming reminder today that I need to be growing, too.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

when pigs fly

flying pig, originally uploaded by varenia.

continued piggie obsession...

she needed a wing so she could fly.


focus, originally uploaded by varenia.

the makings of a blue cheetah...

Friday, November 7, 2008

HIp to be square

My creation, originally uploaded by varenia.

Square neck dress in wallflower... I love this neckline. I'll definitely be making more of these.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Four weeks old...

4 weeks old, originally uploaded by varenia.