Days of Lavender

 

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“Days of Lavender”

I am loving the beautiful Spring weather we have been experiencing here in the Pacific Northwest.  The warm sunshine, new blossoms, and sounds of lawnmowers cutting blades of grass now reaching for the sky.  My favorite season has always been Spring, probably because I have been fortunate to live in an area that is picture-perfect when in bloom.  One of my favorite flowers is lavender.  Aside from the gorgeous color, the fragrance is heavenly.  I’m not big on floral scents, but I do love lavender, fresh or dried.  I even love lavender-scented products (ie: laundry detergent, hand soap, lotions).  I love smelling fresh clean, lavender-scented towels!!  Something about white linen and lavender just puts me in a good mood. In fact, my bedroom is white and lavender, which just feels so fresh and clean to me.  For some reason, lavender emotes feelings of a fresh new start, or starting over.  It’s a time to renew goals, forgive yourself for mistakes made, make positive changes, and start fresh.  It’s also a time for gratitude; gratitude for the opportunity to start anew, and for the many blessings in our life.  I am grateful for my family, the many friends in my life, my faith and the gift to express myself through watercolor. I am thankful for my days of lavender.  

 

Snuggles With My Littles

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“Snuggles with my Little”

My kids will tell you that I am extremely affectionate with those I love.  I have been that way for my whole life.  When my kids were “littles” I loved those special moments when they would crawl up in my lap and snuggle with me; their little heads nestled in my neck, and a warm blanket wrapped around us, keeping us warm.  To this day, when I am around someone holding a baby, I will find myself rocking back and forth…in fact, I am rocking back and forth as I write this, just thinking about holding my children. I miss those times.  Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed watching my children grow into amazing adults.  They are beautiful, kind, funny, witty, talented, amongst other things, and I love being around them. But, what I wouldn’t give to have a few moments with them both as “littles” again.  Their sweet innocence, precious personalities, and overall little lumps of sweetness that I could snuggle.  I am truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be their mama.  I cannot express how much I love them each.

“Snuggles With My Littles” was painted to capture those precious moments with my babies (yes, they are still, and always will be my babies).  While my babies are grown, I now get to snuggle with my grand babies.  You can’t imagine that you can love anyone like you love your children…and then grand babies come along.  They are amazing…and even look a lot like my kiddos, so it’s a lot like snuggling with my babies all over again.  Yes, I am truly blessed.