I decided to start a few regular blog posts, and the Rajovilla Library will be one of them! Everyone who knows our little family personally, knows we spend a lot of time reading and have a ton of books. Did you see the instagram photo I posted recently of our need for more bookshelves asap? I owe much of this to my husband who is an avid reader. You see, I spend my free time making things, sewing, painting and cooking-I do love magazines and cookbooks. My husband however spends... Read The Rest →
This DIY placemat is something super simple I made one day for my 2 year old. I had a scrap of gray canvas and a sharpie. While he was playing restaurant and kitchen, I drew the place setting and decorative border on this canvas, then stitched the edges. Next time I might actually cut the canvas straight and write the items legibly for a toddler (ha) but for now, this works fine.
MARCH 2013 My boys in matching stripes (by mabo kids) together at the beach. Ages 9,7 and 2. I rarely ever match the boys’ outfits beyond pajamas at Christmas, but I couldn’t resist these stripes. This was a fun evening at the beach and quite a work out for my husband and I trying to get the boys in one frame. I love casual photos, something more than having everyone gather and smile. That also works really well for three kids at a beach.
We had a gorgeous day here in southern Ohio today! It was the perfect day for some spring cleaning outside. The little one and I headed out to the front porch to spray it down, sweep, pull weeds and water the flowers. We have a massive, beautiful Victorian porch. It is really something. I feel incredibly honored and blessed to be able to enjoy it, and I actually feel this way every time we sit out there. Sometimes I even sit and think of all the people, or families that... Read The Rest →
An absolute favorite beach photo is this first one above. I love that all of my boys are in the same frame (hard to accomplish these days). I love that it captures perfectly what I see when I watch all of them together. Going to have to enlarge this one and hang it somewhere special. Here are a few more of my iphone beach snapshots below.
A few nights ago, my youngest son woke up crying and scratching repeatedly only an hour or so after his bedtime. I checked him out, didn’t see any welts and rocked him back to sleep. He woke up again, and again and yet again, where I finally plopped him in our bed trying to soothe him. At around 2 o’clock in the morning I turned on our lights, and checked him thoroughly for a rash or some sign of allergic reaction. He had a prickly rash down his back. Of... Read The Rest →
What we have been up to while the weather is up and down and rainy in between: watercolor painting on any old scrap of paper (raining outside), watering tulip bulbs planted in containers (sunny outside), sweeping the porch (rain or shine), block building (raining outside), playing trains on the porch (rain or shine), sorting seashells (raining outside), drawing faces with new details- straight hair, curly hair (rain or shine) and of course outside playing soccer in wellies (rain or shine). and then a snack & a good book: and... Read The Rest →
What a messy age of eating! But sort of enjoyable the third time around. Here are a few of our lunch time meal items. I usually pick three: (food allergy friendly of course!) a turkey burger, rice pasta with daiya cheese, lentil soup, rice & beans, avocado rice noodles, peas, broccoli, applesauce, banana or pear slices, roasted turkey and vegetables, potato wedges, sauteed spinach, baked sweet potato, sometimes allergy-free pancakes! and a glass of coconut milk.
From top left: my daily french pressed coffee, our old-world doorknobs, morning sun through kitchen windows, boots, an apron to match, vegetable soup for another day.
Brothers Together these two spotted a handsome, red cardinal in the snow out the back door. Another little moment I am glad I captured with these photographs.