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bree_rh This day cannot get anymore beautiful. 5h

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bree_rh This sweet cuddle was immediately followed by sad baby tears. Sometimes three year olds can be a little too exuberant in their demonstration of love. 2d
  •   bythebrooke88 Precious moment captured though! 2d
  •   renelralston So cute and also inevitable. 2d
  •   writenatalie C is nothing if not exuberant. I love your girls. 2d
  •   berniemccal Thought about Clio today and her personality is just so darn funny! 2d

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bree_rh On the first day of Spring I was outside laying on a blanket, snuggled with Greta as she napped. The sun was warm and I contentedly watched as Clio and Leif played amongst the playground equipment. Best guess was that Clio was a princess of one sort or another and Leif was either assuming the role of handsome prince or fearsome foe. There are few other characters in Clio's daydreams. //There are certain moments in life that I wish were possible to capture and store away so that I could simply retrieve one when there was need. A mason jar full of lightness to be loosed in those enevitable periods of darkness we all must stumble our way through. That moment, an ordinary afternoon, briefly blew out the cobwebs of memories from five years ago. //March is a hard month for me. It bears down on me like a slow moving storm on the horizon that I can sense before I can see; a barometric change in pressure long before the lightening in the clouds. It is a time when I find myself walking through the days simultaneously living in the past as well as the present. Every day is an anniversary of some sort. Every day is a reminder of just how how much was taken those years ago. Every day is filled with the shadow of a boy who would be turning five but is not. //In March there is little else to do but embrace the moments like the one I was gifted that first afternoon of Spring and be thankful I have been given so many to light my way. 5d
  •   uberangie Sending lots of love and light and gratitude for your beautiful words. Remembering George with you. 5d
  •   bree_rh @jmerandy : it's March 31 4d
  •   berniemccal George is forever in our hearts. 4d
  •   kimberlytofu Sending love to you and your family. 4d
  •   erisr23 I have always admired the beauty in your vulnerability, the strength in your love. I remember your loss and how deeply that tragedy shook me. Audrey was still a secret growing inside me, and I was momentarily paralyzed by grief, and worry, and even a little bit of shame knowing I'd be a reminder of possibilities sharing an office with Leif all those years ago. My heart aches for your loss; but it's also bolstered by the boundless capacity of love your family shares. 4d
  •   bree_rh @kimberlytofu : thank you Kim 4d
  •   bree_rh @erisr23 : thank you Eris. I so appreciate this. What a genuinely kind thing to say. 4d

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bree_rh We visited the neatest little community farm called Tryon Life Community Farm which is down the road from our house today. It has a yurt, sauna, outdoor kitchen, barn, goats, chickens, a green house. It also had this crazy high rope swing that we of course let Clio swing on. It was warm and rainy and reminded me so much of Costa Rica. #pnw #pnwonderland #pacificnorthwest #tryonlifecommunityfarm 6d
  •   bree_rh @laurajeanpitsch : have you guys been to this farm before? It's right off Boones Ferry. Seems totally up your alley. They even have an outdoor school there pre-K thru 3rd grade. Mother Earth School. 6d
  •   laurajeanpitsch @bree_rh I have, years ago when it first opened; before the preschool. I would love to find out more about the preschool. 6d
  •   suite994 Sounds so great and this is a great shot! 6d
  •   kjackson_la Sounds awesome! 6d
  •   bree_rh @kjackson_la : we want to take you guys here when you visit. You'd love it. 6d

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bree_rh I just can't stop looking at this face. 6d
  •   jmerandy Is she wearing a bib? That's the cutest bib I've ever seen! She makes it of course with those big eyes and happy smile :) 6d
  •   erisr23 I wanna see that face! You guys up for something this weekend? 6d
  •   bree_rh @jmerandy : it's a smock dress from Mini Boden. It was a very nice gift from Leif's aunt. It has a cute matching pair of corduroy bloomers. 6d
  •   hugospaperco I love those eyes! And her smile is great 6d
  •   batesuza She is growing so fast! 6d

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bree_rh Dear One. Yesterday marked seven months you've been alive. You are just a joy. I feel guilty at times that I don't have the time to give you all the attention your sister got when she was a baby. Try as I may to carve out time for just the two of us it is as difficult as trying to quench my thirst by standing in the rain. There just isn't enough time. If I could I would split myself in two so I could be all that you and your sister need. I fear that I am failing you both. //When we do have time alone together like this afternoon while your sister "napped" I felt like the world was giving me a big hug. I needed that today. I needed to make you laugh and to give you a million kisses. I needed to play with you. I needed you. I need you. //You are a bright shining jewel that I can't pull my eyes from. You are already who you will be. A masterpiece. 7d

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bree_rh Greta enjoyed three whole days of health between when the antibiotics for the ear infection finished and when a new round of cough, fever, and runny nose started. So here we are enjoying our Sunday afternoon at the pediatric urgent care with a dozen other sick kids and their tired parents. When is this flu and cold season going to be over? WHEN? 2w
  •   jeramie_joy I could not agree with you more. Stillllll happening in our house too. I've managed to avoid the last few sniffles over the last weeks but got nailed this round. Nursing sore throat as we speak. Both kids snotty. Again. Over. It. PS that doctor is an idiot. Enough said. As my mom (who worked 2 jobs my whole life...and I have no "absentee mother memories) says, "it's quality not quantity" and clearly your two girls get everything they need from you. And I second the school thing. We are getting slammed and both my kids are in school. It's inevitable. Stay strong. Sick kids are soooooo hard! Especially on the mommy emotions. 2w
  •   jmerandy I've had a rough cold season with my girls too. They are in the care of a nanny 3 days a week, but my middle has seriously has a runny nose and cough since October. I think the younger ones get exposed to more germs from the older siblings and I know me being around sick kids at work doesn't help. Is your pediatrician a mom? She should know better than guilt trip another mom. We never feel like we're doing enough. We don't need additional kindle on that fire. I think you're great Bree, sorry it's been so rough. 2w
  •   bree_rh @erisr23 : thank you Eris. That totally helps to hear. I was really sad to miss P's birthday party today. She's my buddy. 2w
  •   bree_rh @jeramie_joy : I don't even understand what kind of evil super villain bugs are going around this season. For a couple hours today I was feeling sorry for myself blaming Portland weather for all the illnesses. But I see it was like 80 something degrees in SoCal and you guys are sick too. So it really must be just an especially crappy season. Sorry you're sick. Hope it isn't stopping you from enjoying the sunshine.// PS. Your mom has the energy of two human beings. 2w
  •   bree_rh @jmerandy : she is a mom! She isn't my normal pediatrician but one of the staff at an urgent care. All the more reason to watch what you say to a patient. Bleh. Thanks for the encouragement friend. One of these days I'm gonna need to ask you how you manage three kiddos. I want another one but can't imagine how much harder it could get. 2w
  •   jmerandy Surprisingly, it gets easier. Or... You just learn to let things go... Which makes it easier ;) 2w
  •   jeramie_joy It's totally not Portland's (or your) fault. Rough season here even with the sunshine. True statement about my mom. Haha. 1w
  •   evvied65 Get better Greta. 1w

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bree_rh Finally getting around to organizing the garage. I admit to being somewhat of a type A personality and the fact that the garage has been a mess since we moved in over a year ago has made me feel anxious every time I walk in there. I'm relieved to be organizing things (in fits and starts because, kids). In other news, how many hammers does one family need? Four. How many tape measures does one family need? Eight, apparently. Because that is how many I've found so far. 2w
  •   jackatrandom I can help you with this. 2w
  •   bree_rh @jackatrandom : Don't think I wasn't already channeling you. I thought to myself the entire time, What would Josh do? 2w

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bree_rh Clio the Lion-hearted 2w

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bree_rh I don't know if it's the warm weather, all the vitamin D I'm getting, or the beer I had with lunch but things are looking pretty rosy. Yes they are. #thatpnwlife #stopshowingofforegon 3w

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bree_rh The sweetest face. 3w

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bree_rh Apple boat races. 3w

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bree_rh She is so kissable. Thanks to @airrainzz for getting this shot. 4w

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bree_rh Ok, so this is the last one for the day I promise. But I just couldn't leave this out because just look. I mean, really. #vistahouse #pnw #pacificnorthwest #thatpnwlife #stopshowingofforegon 4w

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bree_rh This face. I love it. Boogers and all. 4w

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bree_rh You guys look at this place. A thirty minute drive from Portland and a quarter mile hike through trees and moss-covered rocks and this is the reward. Magical. #stopshowingofforegon #PNW #pacificnorthwest #latourellfalls #nofilter #thatpnwlife #pnwonderland 4w

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