Book of Lists 5: Today I Saw…

Finally, my list! Because it’s this late in the game (whoops), this will be a digital version this month. Once I print pictures, I’ll put them into my smashbook…

Book of Lists 5 | April 2013 | Today I Saw

More like, this month I saw…

Evidences of the Little People in my Life.


I’ve been mentally compiling some of my favorite things about mommyhood, and this is by far one of my favorites: the trail of fun (although mostly mayhem) my girls leave behind. At times, it is frustrating (crayon on the window yesterday, for example), but overall I would say that I love walking into a room after my girls have been there, and spotting their “marks” they’ve left. It’s like a crime scene.

Olivia loves to crawl into our bed at random and look at books… in or out of the covers. The photo above was taken while I was getting ready in the morning and she decided to wait for me in my bed and catch up on her reading. ;) Her current favorite read is Raul’s Calvin and Hobbes book on his nightstand. She will ask me to read the comic strips to her, and she usually doesn’t understand the humor at all, but I usually laugh aloud at it and I think she enjoys this. She likes pointing out how cute Hobbes is, too. It’s become a sweet thing for us to do in the afternoons, or before R gets home from work & we’re trying to tidy up! (But are easily distracted…)



Natalie has gotten into the habit of pulling little chairs up to everything for access. And removing chair cushions before crawling inside, especially in this old, brown chair. The fun of having two kiddos is seeing how vastly different they are… Liv would never take a chair cushion off before sitting… Natalie tosses it without thinking twice, and uses it to boost up to where she wants to go, and to catch her when she topples out. I love it.

Silly Quirks of Dexter, our Chocolate Lab.

Our dog, a 4-year-old lab, has issues with tags. Don’t ask me why…

Ever since I can remember, he has torn tags off of towels and clothes if he came across them… usually when we replaced the towels in his crate. He’s very professional with this–no damage is done to the towel, and the tags are immaculately sitting somewhere for us to find. I found this a week ago, on the living room floor:


It made me laugh because I’d forgotten about this quirk–Dex drives me nutso, but for some reason things like this just endear him to me. And, let’s be honest, still drive me nuts.

And a true random spotting: Doctor Who…??

While the kids were resting/napping today, and Raul was home, I went for a walk by myself, which is seriously a luxury these days and something I don’t do nearly enough. Ahhh. Anyway, I was on my way home when I spotted this across the street from me:


Could it be?? The Tardis hiding under a tarp? If you haven’t seen Doctor Who, this is absolute mumbo-jumbo to you, but if you watch… all I can say is… ooh wee oooh….. :)


All of these little somethings are small in everyday life, but I’ve really enjoyed looking for them and being touched by them. I feel keenly aware that this special time at home with my girls is a short season in the scheme of life, and seeing them through this list was so sweet and fun.

While it took for me to post about it, I will say it was great to be a little more mindful–it’s something I’d like to continue doing. I definitely had sentimental eyes this month (Dr. Who aside), but I think in general, there are soo many times I see something and want to take a picture of it, or write about it, simply just because. Simple things, like coffee and a pretty breakfast. It’s a must for the creative spirit, I think; doodling, writing, making, just because. I’m trying to figure out how to make this more a part of my life as full-time mom.. it’s tougher than I thought it would be. But these lists are certainly helping me begin. :)

Next month’s list topic is I Always Have With Me… This will be a fun one to share. New to the lists? Click here.


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