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Spring Showers

I spent some time working a new shower curtain for the girls. I know it’s not directly linked to my photography, but given the oh- so-dreary and oh-so-freezing weather we had, I needed an indoor project to keep my hands busy and my mind calm (being cooped indoors all day with Wild Things can do strange things to the inner workings of a mommy mind!)

The very dreary weather that hovered and fell over us during our "ice storm".

The very dreary weather that hovered and fell over us during our “ice storm”.

For our new bathroom, we (we being the little wild women and I) knew that something cheerful and fun was called for. Not to mention, something a little more “big girl” than the rubber duckies. Nothing I found at Target or Walmart was really doing it for me, and despite the girls best efforts, I wasn’t having a hello kitty or dora bathroom. After all, it might be their bathroom, but I have to spend time in there too! Plus, I really didn’t want to buy new towels, so we were hoping to make the aqua work with our new theme.

I found some fabric and decided to just do it myself! Afterall, it couldn’t be that hard right?

The cheerful, fun fabric we chose to help liven up the bathroom.

The cheerful, fun fabric we chose to help liven up the bathroom.

Actually, it wasn’t really that hard. It was just time consuming and a wee bit boring, since long straight hems are not my forte when it comes to sewing.

Sewing ribbons on the back of the curtain so we could "hook" it to the curtain rod if we chose to.

Sewing ribbons on the back of the curtain so we could “hook” it to the curtain rod if we chose to.

So I rewarded myself between long hems with breaks of fun things; I took some time out to watch the rain with my little man, and enjoy the sound as it bumped the roof.

Showing off his joy at the storm. After all the dust and heat of Nevada, rain is one of his favorite things about Arkansas.

Showing off his joy at the storm. After all the dust and heat of Nevada, rain is one of his favorite things about Arkansas.

Thing3 and I spend some time just watching the rain drop into the puddles. My little Nevada man is enamoured with the rain and spent nearly 45 full minutes just enjoying the show Mother Nature put on for us.

Thing3 , my little Nevada man is enamored with the rain and spent nearly 45 full minutes just enjoying the show Mother Nature put on for us.

Also, I took a moment to step outside and see the icicles that were forming on the rocket box. Curiosity didn’t kill this cat, but it nearly got her wet!

Icicles on the rocket box after only three hours of the storm! Next on my at home list is curtains, because the drafts slipping through the house gave us goosebumps.

Icicles on the rocket box after only three hours of the storm! This photo was taken from the safety of the our front porch. Wow. That was only 3 hours into our “storm”.  When they say “ice storm” they do mean “ice storm”. I have it on good authority that this was just an itty bitty teaser of a storm and nothing like the hard freezes they get in the dead of winter.

Yipes! I hope I have enough indoor projects to keep busy; after  Nevada, I am not terribly accustomed to my photography being limited by Mother Nature and her whims. The weather was almost always pleasant enough for an outdoor shoot, unless the winds were kicking up some serious dust storms, so this whole “rainy day” or “ice storm day” for that matter, was a new concept for me! Now I understand why so many outdoor, location photographers only shoot during the summer- Winter schedules are risky business when you are at the whim of Mother Nature.

As for this little sampling from Mother Nature, I will call the downtime a success.

The fun, bright blossoms are just what the girls needed to brighten up their bathroom and the blue goes great with the towels.

The fun, bright blossoms are just what the girls needed to brighten up their bathroom and the blue goes great with the towels


The girls enjoy their new shower curtain and it helped keep away the cabin fever. I may have had to endure three days inside during these Spring Showers, but our indoor shower is just blooming.  I can pat myself on the back with a “job well done mommy” and begin hunting for other fun things to do during the downtime Mother Nature provides when there is a down pouring of ice, hail and sleet. Maybe those indoor, homey projects will help make our new house our new home. 

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