Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spring Cleaning


I've been feeling kind of quiet these days. There's been a sweet rhythm going on in our home. The rains that went on for weeks have stopped and already warmer weather and Spring seem to be upon us.

I've spent my time cleaning our home, removing the myriad of things that seem to accumulate and block the flow of an uncluttered life. My kitchen countertops shine and I actually find joy in cooking for my family again.


The boys and I walk to school and take the time to smell the flowers


The afternoons are spent doing crafts such as these Valentines finger puppets for friends


... but mostly I spend a great deal of time just watching my beloved boys... relishing this time of them being so little... so playful


Right at this moment, I am happy and content...
I am savoring this moment of feeling quiet and settled as we all know these times can be fleeting and short lived

Sending You Love and Joy,
Marina

20 comments:

Nicole Spring said...

This is really cheering me up stopping by here today! I feel I need to do this at our home, too but the sickies have stopped me. I have been so down and have missed you so!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXXO

calynde said...

so sweet. how i miss california and it's inspiring weather. :-) not much of a spring feeling in our part of the world, except for a shy little snowdrop or two peeking out of the snow!

Kelly and Kelly said...

I am so loving those flowers. Gorgeous. I can feel your content feelings through your post. So great!

cat said...

aw..you have daffodils already! spring is arriving early to the PNW. i remember being in humboldt and waiting for the daffodils as they were the first to arrive and announce that spring was here..;) we are experiencing the opposite. we actually had sleet and snow this week...a rarity here. lots of icy cold rain right now. the daffodils are just now poking their heads up from the ground, maybe about an inch through..;)

enjoy!!! and your kitchen looks marvelous, want to come do mine? heheh

xoxoxox

Kelly said...

Hello there
It is wonderful to have times spent at a slower, comtemplative rythmn. How beautiful and uplifting to see pictures of blossom and daffodils. I really love your blog header pictures - full of love! Fun Valentine crafts too. Wishing you a wonderful Valentines weekend.

C said...

I can totally relate to your enthusiasm for cooking in a tidy kitchen. Or rather, I know what it's like to not want to even go near the kitchen when it's not clean. ;)

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renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Isn't spring cleaning fun! Well, I think so anyway...
Glad you have been enjoying your quiet family time. Your header is so so pretty! So sweet!
Happy days to you all!
With love, Renee

Jen said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and all of your lovelies. Your craft project is darling. What supplies did you use for the bodies?

Jenna said...

Sweet Spring! I so needed a reminder of what's around the corner, we are still burried under snow.
I love your new banner. <3

nicola@which name? said...

what a beautiful and sweet post, marina. so glad you have been taking time to slow down. photos of your boys always make me smile!
your new header is beautiful, marina. i am enjoying the new buds, too. it was as though they appeared out of nowhere!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Those little acorn-capped valentine finger puppets are the cutest things I've seen this holiday!!

So ADORABLE!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday tomorrow! :)

Simple Mama said...

Those finger puppets are so stinking cute!

<3

Earth Mama said...

So true. I notice when I mentally make a point to stop and really looks at my children, a little light just seems to shine, and I think how I want to remember those moments forever. Slow is good.

:)Lisa

http://pondering-ponteuf.typepad.com said...

Where are you to be blessed with Daffs so early in the year???
I cannot believe just how big Mister Luca is,it seems like yesterday that you posted his birth announcement!!
x

Heather said...

It is really wonderful to see the first soft signs of spring popping up. How wonderful that you have a slow rhythm that is enjoying this wonderful time. Beautiful post to end a wonderful weekend with. Thank you

Christine said...

sounds like a beautiful morning. and daffodils. i can not wait for some to spout over here :)

childhood magic said...

beautiful photos! lovely blog!

RunninL8 said...

I'm trying to incorporate a good cleaning and clearing into my home as well. It's hard for me to center, create, and be present when everything is in a disarray. It will be fun to post the before and after pics of my studio/multipurpose room!!! But I'm still working on the "after" part!!!!
Glad you are feeling serene!

Amanda said...

Love your finger puppets. But I love that cat face the most! So precious! love your blog!

Amanda

healinghillary said...

I love the jars in a line. I did some organizing a few weeks back and brought out our misc jars and filled them up with our bulk items and now they are out on a shelf. I really like the small change, because now I can see what I have.
And the budding daffodils...sigh. Spring is right around the corner.