on “Cute Day”

Tuesday evening I had a really great idea.  We would label Wednesday, “Cute Day.”  On Cute Day, Silas and Beatrix would be sure to wake up completely recovered from the respiratory illness that just won’t quit, there would be no non-stop crying, and we would all make little cute things and be happy.  I’m a little low on sleep right now.  Evidently, I am also lacking in the coming up with creative titles department.

For some reason, the day didn’t work out as planned.  I spent most of Wednesday morning nursing Silas and reading to Beatrix so they wouldn’t cry, while Larkspur observed that it sure didn’t seem like Cute Day.  Eventually nap time arrived for Silas and we quickly pulled out every single craft supply we own and made four cute little walnut babies (idea from this book) before the girls decided that Cute Day was kind of boring.  I guess I didn’t have enough ideas.  They decided to go outside and make mud pies.  It was such a pretty day that I thought that was a good plan.  I also realized that making small cute things with small cute children is very challenging.

The boys joined me and made a few of their own things before I cleaned up the craft mess.  Keats made a pinecone owl along with some fancy origami and a weaving loom from a plastic salad container.  He is quite resourceful.

I do think the illness has finally passed for my little ones.  I have high hopes for today.  Maybe a Library Day?

p.s. Have you heard of Apartment Therapy?  It’s a giant blog all about creating a home.  They have this “thing” every year called “The Homies.”  People nominate their favorite blogs, and then everyone gets to vote.  The top six blogs move on to a second round of sorts from what I understand.  Anyway, some sweet reader nominated Small Things in the Best Family & Kids blog category, and I would love it if you would hop over and vote for me.  A login is required, but it’s pretty easy and I would so appreciate the effort.  You can login with your Facebook or Twitter account.  There are lots of great blogs nominated including a couple of my favorites such as Like Mother, Like Daughter, and Bird and Little Bird!  You can only vote once for each blog, but you can vote for as many blogs as you like!  Voting ends tomorrow!  Thank you so much!!

p.p.s. I made a Silas collage.


  1. What a cutie (Silas in the collage) I hope the sickness is gone for good for your littles, and I saw you in the homies and already voted for you! Good luck 🙂

  2. I agree, it is very challenging making small cute things with small cute children…I have discovered this as well with my own children! But I’m trying to enjoy every phase!

    I enjoy reading your blog and all your lovely pics! Happy Friday!

  3. Voted for you!

  4. Voted!

  5. Voted!

  6. Loving the walnut babies! Makes me want to have a cute day at home too, though I have nu cute kids to have one with 🙂

  7. Hello Ginny! I just recently came across your blog and wanted to send you a quick note to say I’ve really been enjoying it. I love the simplicity in all you do…so very inspiring! Seeing all your beautiful nature photos was also just what I needed to get my boys bundled up and playing outside today! So thank you. P.S. I also have to mention this “small world” connection…I recognize your church. My husband grew up going there and the pastor married us. My in-laws still attend there (and my mil is actually the assistant director of CCD), but we live about an hour south. 🙂 Such a small world.

  8. I kept staring at the homemade plastic loom wondering if it was a soda bottle or what it was. Love it! He’s a very creative little guy!

  9. you totally should win.. voted!

  10. Cute Day looks the very opposite of boring to me! Kellie xx

  11. LOVE those walnut babies.
    So jealous….your children are outside in bare arms…Freezing here again today and we are bracing for a big snow storm tomorrow….but I shouldn’t complain….it’s to be expected in Canada.

  12. Hope everyone is feeling better today. Love the collage 🙂

  13. Ginny,
    LOVE the Silas collage. 🙂


  14. Hi Ginny. Thanks for the ‘real’, the days when “cute day” doesn’t look so cute and a mud pie day is so much better than anything momma could have planned.

  15. Oh I love, love, love the walnut babies. Everyone seems to be having a good time playing outside too. Outside??? We still have snow piles everywhere, while your littles are outside barefoot! How I wish that were my home.

    I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks trying to shake the flu bug along with hubby, so I know how it is with the sickies this year.

    Praying all is better and the family is blessed with good health. Thank you for sharing your ups and downs with us. Believe it or not, now that my family is grown and gone, I even miss the sick days. 🙂


  16. Oh, how I love to read your blog. You have a beautiful life, and you share the hard parts–the morning spent nursing non-stop while reading–seems so familiar, I must say.

  17. Hi – I love the walnut babies; they are definitely cute. I find it demoralising when I have what I consider to be fun ideas with Little Son only to find out he thinks it boring (said in the way only a 9yr old can!). I hope you are all well soon. I am going to check out the Apartment Therapy website now. Lily. xxx

  18. Well from here it looks like a cute day. I voted for you the other day. I hope you make it to round two!

  19. I am so charmed by the walnut babies! My daughter would go “nuts” for this project 😉 Also, as a new reader, I’m just learning everyone’s names, and I’m also so charmed by the names you’ve given to your children. LOVE them!

  20. Hope everyone feels better soon. I have spent our time here in VA sick and miserable. Hoping to feel better soon, so I can enjoy the sites!


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