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I'm Denise and mama to two little wonders. I created this space to remind me to be more present as we move through the dance of our days. . .keeping my eyes, ears, and heart open to the joy and magic in each moment. Feel free to comment, I'd love to hear from you! All questions are answered in the comments section of each post.

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Wednesday
Mar302011

There is *Magic* everywhere!

Ever since he was tiny, Cedar (and the rest of us too) have been greeted with a brand new toothbrush from Nanny Semanchin each time we see each other. In fact, come to think of it, TJ and I have been getting new toothbrushes with every visit since well before Cedar arrived. In any case, sometime last fall, Cedar decided that Nanny must have her very own toothbrush factory! Of course, the image of this coursing through his sweet little head was just too cute to correct at the time. . .and TJ and I have exchanged more than one secret giggle since as Cedar's story has continued. But our laughter was hard to squelch this last visit when he proclaimed, "I didn't know Nanny knew how to make THIS kind of toothbrush!" And every night since he (and the rest of us) takes great delight in finding a new place to "put away" his toothbrush before bed.

(this one was extra fun as Papa had to stand on the toilet to reach it!)
I suppose we should tell him the truth before our next plane trip to visit Nanny and Grandpa. . .but in the meantime I have no problem giving him the space to create magic wherever he chooses to see it. 

Tuesday
Mar292011

:: costa rica memories (wildlife) ::

Of course a trip to Costa Rica is not complete without some exceptionally unusual (by us Midwesterners standards) wildlife sightings. And even with the loud volume that typically accompanies a family with 2 youngins, our trip was still quite saturated in all things wild. While in the cloudforests of Monteverde we did go to a butterfly house as well as an evening frog facility (both of which were much better than TJ and I were expecting). We also awoke to our alarm one morning for a guided hike where we even saw (but did not get a chance to photograph) the lusted after quetzal. And throughout the trip there were plenty of howler monkeys, koati, iguanas, other birds, and lots of insects. The photo above shows a tree that when bumped into becomes alive with biting red ants which take residence inside those spikes. Oh, and my brother did indeed find a scorpion in his undies (no, he was not wearing them at the time).
But the CRAZIEST and by far most memorable wildlife sighting were these ridiculously large and actually quite scary grasshoppers. I know, how can a grasshopper be scary, right? But look at this thing - it is ENORMOUS, which means it is heavy, and it behaves exactly like any normal grasshopper -- flying about completely haphazardly and landing on you when you least expect it. TJ did lose a little bit of sleep over this one, I think. 

Sunday
Mar272011

:: costa rica memories (ocean play) ::

For over 2 weeks we heard the sound of the ocean all day and all night. For a blessed 5 nights we only had to walk a minute or two before our toes were wet. There were early morning pajama walks along the shore. Seashell gathering. A first surf lesson. A sunset to remember every single night. A 4-year old laughing hysterically as his mama got drenched by the blow hole over and over again. A 1-year old happy enough to just be out of her winter clothes with the sand between her toes.
And one ridiculously joy-filled belly surf shared between two souls remembering why we had fallen in love in the first place. 

Saturday
Mar262011

:: costa rica memories (a night to remember) ::

an unforgettable sunset perched atop a ridge with an unforgettable view * blessed by the company of a special uncle and his special girl * enjoying one last extra fancy liquado * relieved to have two well napped kiddos with enough energy to not only withstand, but remain cheery during a late night oceanside dinner of seafood, pizza, good wine, plenty of laughs and stories old and new

aside~ just a few days ago Cedar was talking about Mark's girl and said, "At first I was shy with her. . .but then I wasn't.  Is that making a friend, mama?"

Friday
Mar252011

:: winter memories ::

a moment in early February when a little boy was blessed by a very generous and kind-hearted grandma (aka Nanny Kiecker) and allowed to unwind an ENTIRE ball of her knitting yarn . . . round and round and round the house, the hall, the island, the chairs. . .