Archive for the ‘Cute Things’ Category

Where have you been?
December 6, 2009

I don’t blog even a little bit these days. My life has been taken over by this beautiful little man, and I make no apologies for it. I spend most of my time making sure that he is happy and the rest of the time getting somewhere that will make him happy! Our lives just don’t really support much of the sedentary, and when it does, I choose to take a hot bath, or order groceries online. I hardly even take any pictures anymore because of the time that it takes to post them, edit them, etc.

However, about a month ago, Andor started taking very substantial naps around noon and I have been able to do a little bit of sitting around (although I ought to be working out to try and ditch these last 10 pounds), and I have opened a site on Etsy!

I need for us to have about $200 more a month in income so that I can have health insurance. I can’t go on without that safety net any longer and I’m hoping that I can make at least that on Etsy each month. I feel very uneasy with the idea that one sickness could wipe us out financially! Cal and Andor are covered and I just play the odds. I think it might be part of my anxiety.

Anyhow..that’s the deal. I’m making jewelry and selling some pristine vintage items on Etsy and I hope you visit my site.

Otherwise, we are really settling into our new place. Cal lives really close to work now and can walk there! We have so much more time with him now! It’s nice. Andor is growing, talking, running, climbing, jumping, and bossing! I love it! He’s so handsome I can hardly stand it. I want to eat him up all of the time. I savor these moments and know that they go by so quickly! He reads a million books a day and seems to get new words/phrases all of the time. All of his eye teeth are about to break through. Toilet training will be here soon.

Some bits and pieces…Cal is going to start school again. I am going to look at how much it will cost to cap my front tooth at the end of December. Gluten free is really working for our family. Routines are the way to go.

Go and visit my Etsy and tell me what you think!

September 28, 2009

This summer, originally uploaded by CamilleRynd.

It’s been a while since I’ve written, I suppose that I’m getting used it, but I think about my poor neglected blog all of the time. I’m sure that as Andor gets more independent, I’ll have more time to write. As of now, we spend most of our time out of the house running around parks. He doesn’t like being at the house unless he has a friend with him. We’re working on that.

This summer has been busy busy busy. We have moved from the Pearl, and then moved again. That’s a long story, and I won’t bother telling it. Suffice it to say, we’re happier with our new place and we’ll be staying here for a long while.

Abra had Olivine, a perfect little darling girl. Her birth was beautiful. I got to film and photograph the whole thing. You can see the final moments here
It was utterly beautiful. You can hear me nearly break down, I’m a little wimp for beautiful moments. I love the picture of her big brother holding her in the picture above.

We also went camping for the first time since Andor was born!! It was a blast. Andor had the best time throwing rocks into the river and sleeping in the tent. When we woke up in the morning he looked up and exclaimed, “trees!!” He loved helping me build a fire by gathering sticks and kept a very respectful distance from the flame, commenting, “” again and again. We went hunting for chantrelles but didn’t really end up with much, maybe a gallon. Grandpa Gibson gave us a half a flat because he felt sorry for our sad attempt. We got to spend a little time with him and Andor thought that the chickens were super cool! He spent most of the time there picking berries and eating them. I can’t wait for us to go out again. Cal and I sat and stared at the sky as the stars came out. It was beautiful. I love the quiet of the woods and the majesty of the night sky when it isn’t blotted out by the city lights.

I still have a little pregnancy weight to work off. I may not get rid of it entirely until Andor weans, and that’s fine really. We are finally attempting to night wean. Last night was the first night and Andor was very resistant to the idea. Hopefully tonight will be better. I won’t wean him entirely until much later though. I just need to get some sleep at night. He wakes up a lot sometimes and I get no rest at all. No bueno.

Anyhow, I’m going to throw myself a birthday party this year. I haven’t EVER had a birthday party and I think it’s time. I get at least one right? I mean, I’ve gone out with friends, etc, but never a real party! I want one!

I look forward to the challenge that this winter will bring trying to keep Andor occupied without going to the park twice a day.

Gotta go or I won’t have time for a bath!!

My Summer So Far!!
August 6, 2009

Alright, so I haven’t blogged in four months!! I know! Lots of things have happened in the meantime and I don’t even know where to begin. I’m also pressed for time, I have another 15 minutes and then my babysitter is leaving.

Yes, babysitter. I have a neighbor (at least he’s a neighbor for another month or so) that I can trust with Andor and I’ve had him over three times now to watch Andor while I try to have some down time. However, as my luck would have it, It looks like his family has bought a house and are moving in at the end of this month! What then?!?! I finally find someone that I can trust to watch Andor and he’s moving away. Grrr. Arrrg. He claims that his mother will drive him here for a weekly thing, but I really don’t think that that’s going to happen really. It sounds like they have a lot of renovation on the house, and then he will start school again.

I don’t know what I’ll do. Andor requires ALOT of interaction, and I have reached my limit. I need time to decompress and write, or read, or just stare at the wall for a couple of hours a week. It’s unnatural for a grown-up to play 17 month old games all day! In order for me to be a better mom, I need more alone time.

Anyway. Andor finally decided that solid food was better than nummies and eats way more regular food. He still nurses plenty, but over all he asks for food more and nummies less. He loves to swim (he is part fish) , and run, and play with legos. He is talking up a storm.  He just loves a kitty of any kind and would pretty much chase one all day long if he could.

Also, Abra and I have planted a garden and it has grown up and started to produce. It is great! We have been eating plenty of fresh produce from it! It has been utterly satisfying to grow food. I hope I have a chance to grow my own food from now on. It’s nice.

Also, Abra is due on the 8th, in two days, so there is a new baby soon! Oh how exciting it is. She is ready for the baby to come, so, now we just wait…I have been given the task of making food and taking pictures at the birth.  She is having a home birth and it will be nice to document.

Lastly, Cal and I have applied for work at Breitenbush Hot Springs. I’ll keep you updated!! If we get it, we’ll move there. It will be interesting.

Love you gotta go!!

My Best Friend’s Wedding
February 16, 2009

These photos and this blog were a long time coming, but they’re here! I can’t even describe how well the wedding went, despite the weather nearly causing many tempers to be tested and chain application challenged! All went well, no one fainted or gave drunken toasts, the food was good and the staff was very helpful.

We were at the Bonneville Day Spa in Washington, accommodations were perfect and very comfortable, and we spent the night after the wedding lounging in the hot tub outside, surrounded by snow drifts and cool fresh air. It was very nice.

So, now that the pictures are in, we can pour over the memories, and decided which one of these things to print. I think this picture is a candidate for printing for my wall for sure.

Hello 2009!
January 1, 2009


2008 is over and another year has just begun!

The last year was, in some ways, the most difficult, and in some ways the most wonderful year so far in my life. I learned to finally let go of the notion that I can change anyone other than myself, a painful realization for someone like me, who really wants to help others find their joy. On the other hand, I learned that I can choose a happy family and friends, my own happiness, and my own well being! How beautiful a lesson to learn, and how much richer my life will be for it!

Now on to the new years resolutions!

I will:
Lose ten pounds
Create and stick to a schedule
Blog at least twice a week
Get more involved in my community.

Those things are within reach, reasonable, and throughly wonderful resolutions.

What about you? Any resolutions?

My Life
November 28, 2008


My life has changed so much since Andor was born.

This has been the best year of my life.

I’m happy and fulfilled and greatful.

Thanks to all my friends and family for your love.

These moments
October 9, 2008

When I found out I was pregnant, I knew that my life would change.

These moments say it all.

So far
May 3, 2008

So far I love being a mother. It’s beautiful. It’s an experience that I am so very glad to be having. Yesterday we all (Andor, Abra, Myself and Cyan) lounged about and played under the sun at Jamison Square. We talked to the other mommies, and met other children and infants. It was one of the most relaxed and happy afternoons that I have had since I got pregnant. I look forward to this summer being full of the same sun bathing and socializing.

I’m fortunate to live in such a lovely neighborhood. There are so many very cool families that live in this area. Mommies that hail from India, Thailand, Japan, the Ukraine, Italy and Germany live in the Pearl and hang out by the fountain! I couldn’t be happier, and Andor, who gets cooed at and petted by these ladies, thinks that life is relaxed and happy, and full of different colors and languages, as he should.

I’m glad I love in Portland, no offense Texas.

About my health. The cesarean incision is nearly all healed up in the inside. I ran up the stairs the day before yesterday and noticed that it didn’t hurt at all! Ana (another mommy in the neighborhood) and I and her children (Selena- 6 months and Tyler 3 and a half) went for a stroll down to the docks and back yesterday evening and I didn’t have extra bleeding or soreness! Great news for me because as summer approaches so do long, luxurious walks along the river, and I wouldn’t like to miss those!

And now or something completely different.

I have some projects to do. I want to plant some herbs again for this summer. It was so nice to have fresh basil and parsley for all the yummy farmers market veggies last year. They lasted a long time too! I also want to do a photo project/blog on my teeth. I really want to earn some money to fix my two front teeth, but I need something to help me visualize. Anyone know a dentist that feels like donating to charity? I have the most difficult time smiling with my gray tooth and gap. Last, but not really last, is my belly cast. I need to finish it and hang it. I like it very much and now I need to make it a piece of art instead of an unfinished belly cast that sits on my floor.

Andor needs me. Gotta go.


April 22, 2008

I am dorked out in love with this kid; now that that’s clear…

It’s been a while since I talked about me, so, I thought I’d give an update. The cesarean incision has nearly healed on the outside. It’s still quite sensitive to the touch, or kick, as Andor reminds me night and day. The inside of me could take a while to get it together so I still have to take it easy. Otherwise I feel fine, physically.

Emotionally, the shock of not having the sort of birth experience I wanted is beginning to ease. I have to admit, it’s tough admitting that I may not have been able to have this baby on my own. I’ll always wonder what if…

Back in reality..

I have this new person that lives with me, and he requires nearly all of my time. I’m beginning to wonder what it was I did before this little man came into our lives. What was I spending all of my time doing? It’s hard to imagine my life without him now.

It’s hard, some days, to even look in the mirror because I just have too many other things to do. I have less time to worry or obsess over myself. It’s refreshing to be free from my own mind for a change. I was never quite comfortable, forever scrutinizing myself..No time for that now.

It’s like I wasn’t living before, I was only waiting to live.

So that’s the update. I am truly, and perfectly happy. I wake up in love, and go to bed in love. Tired, but in love. I am needed and wanted and looked forward to. I have a meaning that is greater than just cook, photographer, friend, or lover. I have more of a purpose.  I have a child, who I love, that is half of me and half of my man, who I love.  That equals a whole lotta love.

More later.

I Stand in Awe
April 9, 2008

I can finally say that life is beginning to get a rhythm again. The last couple of weeks have been a little hectic for all of us. I breastfeed on demand, twenty four hours a day, which puts a serious dent into routine., something I value very highly. Also, learning the language of a brand new baby that needs things from you takes patience, diligence, and wit, all of which can be draining on two hours of sleep at a stretch. This too shall pass. Someday we’ll have a schedule and in the meantime I’m just trying to get a clue.

I took this video today hoping to catch even a portion of the cuteness I am subjected to daily now. I just needed there to be witness to my torture.

Gotta eat, not much time left….

I love you all!

No, I can’t help myself
April 5, 2008

Andor had an appointment with my midwife Susan today. She weighed him in at 8 lb. 6 oz. When we came home from the hospital he weighed 6 lb 8 oz. He’s gained 2 lb 14 oz. Impressive.

We gave him his follow-up PKU test too. It broke my heart that he had to get poked and bleed and cry. I’ve declined all the vaccinations and eye goo because I didn’t like the idea of introducing him to the world with a series of pokes and prods and pricks. No thank you. The PKU however, will tell you if there is any sort of immediate problems, that need immediate attention. An ounce of prevention in a sea of ridiculous vaccines. Meanwhile, i’m in love and I can’t help but take pictures of this perfect little person. I made this.

Andor Relaxing Jamison Square
April 3, 2008

The sun is out and the fountain is on at Jamison Square!

Abra, Andor, Cyan, Eve and I went to bathe in the sun and socialize with the neighbors. It was lovely. The kids all get to gather and play while the mommies get to enjoy the sun and each other. The only thing that could have made it better is if the farmers market were open and it was berry shortcake day!  We have to wait for June for that.

Soon enough.

It’s so nice to have the sun back. It goes away for far too long for me sometimes. To get to bask for so long today was so nice.  Doesn’t Andor look like a fully satisfied baby? Ah, nummies in sun, the ultimate relaxant.