Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pioneer Days

When I was a kid, I religiously read the "Little House" series. I must have read each book at least three times, and I loved them all equally. Laura Ingalls Wilder describes this simple life of home, family, and childhood, and growing up, I couldn't resist her stories. My sister and I even dressed in calico frocks and bonnets and pretended we were pioneers crossing the plains in a covered wagon, or sweeping the dirt floors of our dug-out. Ahh, memories.

Today, living in Philly and freezing, I've had some domestic opportunities that remind me of Wilder's days. She often wrote about wintertime; when it was so cold outside and you had to stay indoors for months. She wrote about what the family would do to entertain themselves, and how they would spend their time staying warm inside.

I've had a cold for the past week, so I've been REALLY staying inside (avoiding anything that makes me leave our warm home). But, I've enjoyed getting some things done that require a little patience, time, effort, and opportunity. My friends call this "Nesting" and perhaps that is true. Maybe these adventures in domesticity have something to do with my pregnancy hormones. Nevertheless, I'm having fun :)

Mixed berry cobbler...from SCRATCH
Cinnamon streussle cake...FROM SCRATCH!

Baby's closet...

"Going home" hoodie for baby...

And, in case you're wondering where all the baked goods are going...here is a pic of my bump with the only shoes I can actually see when I wear them--Tiger Slippers. They're GRRREAT!

Hahah..John hates those slippers! Can you imagine?!?! I think he's just jealous that he doesn't have a pair.

Few more months...and then comes Spring,


  1. The goodies look delish! And I love your little man's hoodie! Don't you just love that closet full of little clothes???

  2. Can't wait to see that bump in person! Thanks for posting the pictures and sharing your thoughts