tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-31692245409381367312017-03-28T12:29:23.027-06:00 PeaceLoveMusicGrowsEmily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.comBlogger175125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-80891217090752539312016-09-07T22:12:00.003-06:002016-09-07T22:12:49.008-06:00Choir Chatter: Back to School!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/assessment_practices.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="247" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-student-lecturer-teacher-school-college-university-graduate-graduation-icon-symbol-sign-pictogram-140910940.jpeg" width="320" /></a></div><br />School days, school days... I am back in the classroom at a part-time (.67) teaching job in the Whitefish Schools this year. While I am super-excited about the music aspect, the inevitable planning and organization needed is taking a bit for my brain to kick back into gear!<br /><br />I was planning to go back to the classroom <i>next </i>year, when Josey goes to Kindergarten, but this really felt like this position was calling to me. SO- I will be teaching High School and Middle School Choir classes!<br /><br />When I applied for the position, which was listed as two sections of 7/8 choir, I wrote in my letter that I would like to see the sections divided between Boys &amp; Girls. I am so thankful the Principal made it happen, because I honestly don't think I have it in me to teach two combined sections of 7/8 choir back-to-back. Middle-schoolers can be tough!<br /><br />I'm trying to get organized with choosing music for everyone and getting going because our first concert is October 11th! &nbsp;I also am not remembering all of the activities and rounds, etc. that I once knew, scouring through the materials I can find and just trying everyday. I'm working with a pretty disorganized library and just trying to get a grasp on what music we actually have and go with it. Thankfully the kids are all so sweet!<br /><br />Hope to post back here periodically because I loved blogging about teaching the first time around.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/6775175171314467050/comments/default" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/360806528871202701/comments/default" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-78960138857842734912016-03-20T10:49:00.000-06:002016-04-25T17:37:14.750-06:00I saw a PianoI saw a piano on a trailer this afternoon. The driver was pulled over, letting some of the traffic thining out before he started driving the instrument down the road again. The piano was all strapped up, and by the way he smiled at me, I knew he was driving it to a home and a person waiting to play it.<br /><br />Music is such a beautiful thing. I am constantly in amazement, that I am paid to listen to children play music, and share this passion of mine. My eyes often fill with tears during lessons, because I just believe these moments with music are so precious.<br /><br />Every couple days I find myself in conversation with someone and their family about music- everyone's eyes light up when they talk about it, how they wish they'd kept playing or would like to sit down more often.<br /><br />Sharing here what I always tell them- it's never too late! It's never too late to start something new or bring back something you loved. If you have a song in you, get it out!<br /><br />You can SING your HEART out! You can tickle the ivories. You can learn ukulele! You can pluck notes on guitar! You can play the songs you memorized when you were young. You can do it. There are resources, there is time. Instead of getting eye-cancer for staring at our phones, let's do something different.<br /><br />Life is short, and I believe that it's too short not to use the gifts we've been given, to let life expand further, in color, in harmonies, into every corner.<br /><br />Life is too short not to look people in the eye, to acknowledge each soul, in mutual respect.<br /><br />Life is happening, these are the days! If you are interested in participating at <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013_09_01_archive.html">North Valley Music School</a>, we have options for you from lessons to classes. Please get in contact with our office!<br /><br />406-862-8074<br /><br />Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-65144451340438201792016-02-14T20:18:00.002-07:002016-02-14T20:18:26.080-07:00ValentineThis space has set quiet since last May, and it's time I just start making time to chronicle here again. I've had a hard time focusing on what to write when there has been so much going on in different professional and personal avenues.<br /><br />So I bring myself back to why I started the blog, and that was to write for my girl (now girls), to have a place to process motherhood and to share some of what was going on for me. I wanted that reminder - peace love music- they grow. It'll always be true.<br /><br />Now, it's been almost a year since I've written. Summer has passed, Holidays have passed, and the girls are getting bigger.<br /><br />Eliza is showing flashes of the terrible twos and speaking full-on sentences.<br />Josey is learning to write, and is wonderful at coloring, and much easier to negotiate with.<br /><br />I do hope to share more here, of my sweet Valentines, and our life in our new home.<br />We'll see. 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/nursing-grants.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/professor-and-students.jpeg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/freshman-applicants.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Student-preparing-for-exam-300x200.jpeg" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-of-color.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-school-lesson-little-students-and-teacher-classroom-with-green-chalkboard-teachers-desk-pupils-322062854.jpeg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/collegestudents.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-cartoon-teacher-and-students-304994696.jpeg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-16481786052844771872015-05-02T21:54:00.000-06:002015-05-13T09:44:09.936-06:00mtn mama: welcoming waterbaby<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teaching-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teaching-students.jpeg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">In celebration of James' birthday back in November at the Oregon beach, I asked his favorite moments of the year. &nbsp;Immediately, his answer was Eliza. &nbsp;She was also on the top of our list as we reflected at New Year's, and turned one today. &nbsp;I started this document shortly after her birth, and have been opening it every month or two since. &nbsp;By publishing I'm just hoping to bring the whole experience more full circle and share her birthstory. &nbsp;We are so in love with our little girl, now, and I was blogging more while pregnant with her, and shared about <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/11/mtn-mama-little-moonbeam.html" target="_blank">finding out I was pregnant</a>, <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2014/01/mtn-mama-warm-fuzzies.html" target="_blank">seeing our ultrasound</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2014/04/mtn-mama-preparing-for-homebaby.html" target="_blank">preparing for a homebirth</a>.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/149823-425x264-Student-with-phone.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/149823-425x264-Student-with-phone.jpeg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">One of the first things I felt immediately after Eliza's birth is grounding. &nbsp;I still feel that way with her. On Mondays, Josey has a day of learning and friendship at daycare, and I get to spend the day with the baby. &nbsp;She is truly, like water in her personality. &nbsp;Flowing, hydrating, enhancing... I can't help but wonder what that has to do with being a waterbaby and what can just be chalked up to her own God-given personality. &nbsp;I know that her presence balances us as a family and I couldn't be more grateful.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Happy Birthday, Eliza May!</span></div><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Tutor Helping Math Students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Tutor Helping Math Students.jpeg" width="480" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div><div><br /><br /><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/inspirational+quotes+for+students+(2).png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students_laptop_classroom_md_wm.jpeg" width="400" /></a><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">On May Day 2014, I was determined to have this baby. &nbsp;After having contractions for over a week, and feeling like I could go into labor anytime, I was ready to incite the big change we'd been anticipating. &nbsp;I had worked through the last day of April, my student-teacher/substitute Ceri had my classes dialed and I was starting to feel like I was just at work to answer to "no baby yet?" and "why are you still here?" &nbsp;Leaving was a double-edged sword for me, because I had resigned from my postition and I knew that once I left to have the baby, things would never be the same at school. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Nonetheless, May arrived, and I felt ready to have this baby. &nbsp;I called in to work, James took Josey to daycare, and I spent the day writing, stretching, walking, napping. &nbsp;I could feel it was close and I was secretly hoping the baby would be born on May 1. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span> <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/School-pupils-students-in-006.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/School-pupils-students-in-006.jpeg" width="300" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Brushing teeth</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Around dinner time, I lost my mucus plug, which didn't happen with Josey's labor that I noticed. &nbsp;As we were getting J in the bath &amp; doing bedtime routine, I was starting to have stronger contractions, but no consistent pattern picking up. &nbsp;I had a strong urge to pick up the house- get everything in place as well as I thought it should be, contractions were about 10 min apart. &nbsp;We watched Nashville, and as we went to sleep, I was texting Sheehan (my midwife) to warn her I thought it was happening!</span></div><div><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span> <br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-school-lesson-little-students-and-teacher-classroom-with-green-chalkboard-teachers-desk-pupils-322062854.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-school-lesson-little-students-and-teacher-classroom-with-green-chalkboard-teachers-desk-pupils-322062854.jpeg" width="400" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Flossing with that big belly right before baby sis was born</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">I continued to have contractions in my sleep and woke up around 2am after a very strange dream: I had the baby in my sleep and the midwives didn't make it! &nbsp;Dream-baby was huge and had a strange wire thing/ wig-like hair. &nbsp;I was looking it over, and found it was a girl, and declared that "this isn't our baby!" &nbsp;What?! &nbsp;Maybe I knew that I needed to WAKE up and really have a baby. &nbsp;In retrospect, I wonder if the wirelike hair was influenced by the painful contractions while sleeping? &nbsp;I've always had such crazy dreams. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">I made some Baby Mama Tea (which has Red Raspberry Leaf for the uterus) and took a walk around the house, doing some lunges and making the neighbor dogs bark in the night. &nbsp;I came in, and asked James to fill up the tub. &nbsp;Moving quietly, my contractions were getting stronger and I called Sheehan.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span> <br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-exam.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/motivational-quoted-for-students.jpeg" width="640" /></span></a></div></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">She suggested I get in the water, which did slow things down temporarily, but then I continued to have stronger contractions which made me feel like I had to go to the bathroom! &nbsp;I&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">alternated between bed/water/toilet for awhile. &nbsp;Transition has to be the worst thing about giving birth. &nbsp;Around 530, I called and asked the midwives to come. &nbsp;I wanted them here to help. &nbsp;I was in the water for awhile, moving from edge to edge, stretching.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span>I was beginning to feel so tired. &nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The contractions were coming in bunches at this point- maybe a 10-minute break, then what felt like several waves riding on top of the others for about 20 min. &nbsp;I had been reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth throughout the whole pregnancy, and the idea of breathing into contractions (and thinking of them as rushes) was helping me a little. &nbsp;Regardless, contractions really feel like they're wringing me out. &nbsp;Things tense up and then release, and it is tiring. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span>James and I laid on the guest bed together, I heard Sheehan and Gina out in the kitchen, quietly calling their families to make arrangements for the school day (it was Friday) coming up. &nbsp;I felt guilty for messing up their day, then reminded myself that this was their job. &nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">We got up and walked around the house. &nbsp;Beautiful sunrise, birds singing, knowing we would have this baby soon. &nbsp;We discussed plans for Josey, as her morning routine was arriving &amp; so was her sibling.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">James got Josey dressed &amp; ready, and took her to daycare (and surprised Miss Vickie by being so early to arrive- so funny!) &nbsp;I became more full with the pressure of this baby, my water still hadn't broken. &nbsp;I wanted it to. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Fortunately, when Daddy returned, nothing had progressed too much as I was still going through transition (worst part of labor if you ask me, not going to include these details). &nbsp;I asked Gina to check my cervix, I wanted to know why this baby wasn't coming yet! &nbsp;Fully dilated, but my bag of waters was a cushion for this baby about to come through. &nbsp;I remembered when the nurse at Community checked me and felt Josephine's hair, after having felt her head at my tailbone for what felt like hours.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span>Full with the pressure of this baby, the bag of waters, this undeniable truth of a life change about to happen, I laid on the bed, looking out at the beautiful morning at one of my favorite views in the world, and the Bitterroot Mountains were shimmering. &nbsp;I was filled with fear and anxiety and baby, and that feeling of when you don't want to do something hard, but you know you'll feel so, SO much better after. &nbsp;I do believe I said the explicit version of "Let's do this __ thing," and James, Sheehan &amp; Gina knew it was really time. &nbsp;Haha! &nbsp;I got back in the pool, determined.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br />The midwives made quick, quiet preparations, while James set the scene a little more, placing&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">the Philip Aaberg record on the player. &nbsp;I told them I just felt so tired! &nbsp;They asked James to get me a spoonful of honey, which helped so much! &nbsp;Gina talked me through squatting to break my water, she was such a calm coach, and once that cushion started leaking into the pool, I could really feel the baby, whose body had been so close, but so protected, the whole time.</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">I began to hurt - more seething, intense pain. &nbsp;I remembered my Grandma talking about the truck driving through you. &nbsp;</span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Tears, keys, primal noises starting to come from me, leaning back, leaning in, squeezing James' hand as always. &nbsp;Water. &nbsp;Gina gently telling me to push again. &nbsp;</span></span>The piano music was gaining momentum, and we could sense a bigger poignancy to it all. &nbsp;Our moment was happening, it really was surreal.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">"Beautiful." &nbsp;All three of them were cooing at me, and I could sense the awe that was filling the room as it does when miracles happen.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">I instinctively put a hand down there, feeling my second child's head of fuzzy hair. &nbsp;Squeezing James' hand with the other. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">We waited for the next contraction, mentally, reminding myself it was ok- baby's mouth and nose were suspended in the only element known so far- water. &nbsp;</span><span style="text-align: center;">I pushed again, then feeling janky bumps, which as Sheehan explained as a hand/elbow.arm, followed by shoulders and the rest of the sweetness slipping out. &nbsp;(Sheehan later explained that her hand being right by her face while I was in labor may have been preventing my contractions from picking up a regular pattern in labor)</span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="text-align: center;"><br /></span></span>8:34am our baby was born. &nbsp;This sweet little soul was covered in a thick white vernix, and when brought to me, I was so excited she almost slipped out of my hands in the water, the midwives and James helping me recover into my arms. &nbsp;Once stable, I just looked at this child, unbelieving that we had done it, it was over, but everything had just begun.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Peace enveloped us like a blanket and the three of us just looked at eachother. &nbsp;The music now calm and serene, and this quiet gaze, from our new child was most grounding look anyone has ever given me. &nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">James and I sat there, and I felt us, relishing that moment of peace, and a baby who was just looking quietly at us, no crying, just these sweet, deep eyes. &nbsp;</span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">We looked to see the gender. &nbsp;A girl! &nbsp;In those first few moments of peace, I thought 'a boy', but was delighted at the news of sister. &nbsp;A sister with a very very long umbilical cord which was uniquely attached to the placenta. &nbsp;Maybe because she loved moving so much in the womb.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-u9hwReaUA8Q%2FVUBJx_0CJZI%2FAAAAAAAADes%2FnQADPB8P1ms%2Fs1600%2FIMG_5989.JPG&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/can-stock-photo_csp15806898.jpeg" width="640" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: small;">First lo</span>ok at this grounding child</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/istock_studentscloudxsmall.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/istock_studentscloudxsmall.jpeg" width="240" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Father with fresh baby, taken from the pool</span></td></tr></tbody></table><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/can-stock-photo_csp15806898.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span></a><br /><br /></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">We named her &nbsp;Elizabeth May, who we later serendipitously found out is my Great-Grandma's name (we called her Grandma May), and that they share the same birthday! &nbsp;May 2!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">My parents arrived about an hour after she was born, and the reality of accomplishing our homebirth had set in. &nbsp;My sweet parents met working in St. Peter Hospital, and they worried over us doing this all at our house and not in a hospital (as did many of our family members). &nbsp;It was relieving to show them that we made it, and their worries could ease. &nbsp;For me, I felt better knowing that women had given birth to babies forever, having a woman come visit them and help them in this time, and didn't need the hospital. &nbsp;I have rarely been comfortable at the doctor. </span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/nursing-grants.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/nursing-grants.jpeg" width="320" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Newborn baby feets, weighing in at 8.2 just under her sis and I</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Anyway, Sheehan &amp; Gina did their midwife magic... I will spare all my physical details (which are thankfully becoming foggier and foggier). </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Part of Eliza's exam was checking for the tongue-tie which Josey had. &nbsp;Sheehan noticed it immediately and my eyes welled up when she told me this baby had one too. &nbsp;We would see how nursing would go, but would be quicker to schedule a correction at the ENT like we did with Josey. &nbsp;(I have had several friends since with babies born with tongue and lip ties. &nbsp;It is genetic, and correcting it really helps with breastfeeding!) </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">We took a nap, I nursed her, we ate, &nbsp;Eventually Josephine came home to meet her sister!</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Students-on-graduation-da-007.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Students-on-graduation-da-007.jpeg" width="480" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">My parents had picked Josey up from daycare, and her life was forever changed when they brought her home to welcome her new baby sister. &nbsp;I was happy that Josey was able to get to know the midwives, the growing belly, the birthing pool. &nbsp;Even though she was only two, she had an idea of what was going on. &nbsp;Just last week she asked me, "Momma! Remember when you had a big belly? &nbsp;And then you had Eliza? &nbsp;I'm pretending to have a big belly right now." &nbsp;(one of her friends from Morning Melodies just had a baby so she is experiencing the wonder again. &nbsp;So cool)</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-behaving-badly.jpeg" width="480" /></span></div><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">We had a beautiful celebratory meal that night, grilled steaks, asparagus and wine. &nbsp;We said a prayer of thanks. &nbsp;Eliza was so tiny and sleeping. &nbsp;I felt myself sparkle into the idea of being mother of two, the experience of a different birthstory and meeting this new, completely different child of ours. &nbsp;I have never felt so complete, Eliza May was the missing puzzle piece to us, and our family.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">I was thankful then, and I'll always be thankful- for the gift of being their mother, the gift of words and photos to document this life, which is completely different than what I pictured. </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Thankful for James, thankful our babies and their Grandparents and relatives and all our ancestors. </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">These girls will hear these birth stories, as we've learned our own, they will learn of their family. </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/freshman-applicants.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/freshman-applicants.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">I'm thankful for Midwives, all of them and especially Sheehan and Gina. &nbsp;For all their amazing visits before, during, and after the birth, for showing me love and knowledge of my body through pregnancy. &nbsp;The experience of working with a Midwife is unique, and I'm so glad that we decided to go that route!</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/bored-students-000019214693xsmall.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/bored-students-000019214693xsmall.jpeg" width="480" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">//</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/20080929stressedstudents.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/20080929stressedstudents.jpeg" width="320" /></a></div><i><span style="font-family: inherit;">.....During this whole process, from morning sickness through postpartum, I drank Baby Mama Tea by Bija Body. &nbsp;{My esthetician friend Melissa developed this and a few other beauty tea blends with Bija Body, an amazing tea &amp; skincare line developed in Montana. &nbsp;I shared about them in a post <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/07/sun-kissed-with-bijabody.html" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp; If you are interested in Bija products, they are now only available only in bulk through <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/3524319001076666705/comments/default" target="_blank">this site</a>. &nbsp;</span></i><br /><i><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></i><i><span style="font-family: inherit;">While we are sad that BijaBody is no longer on local shelves and easily bought online, Melissa and I are giving away a sealed tin of this goodness today! &nbsp;</span></i><i style="text-align: center;">I'm lucky enough to live in the same location as Melissa's new studio,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/03/recipes-st-pattys-day.html" target="_blank">Skin + Sky</a>. &nbsp;I took Josey in for a mini-manicure for their opening this Winter, and when I shared about publishing this story, and reiterated my love for Baby Mama Tea, Melissa nsisted I giveaway one of the last Baby Mama tins! &nbsp;Yay!</i><br /><i><br style="text-align: center;" /></i><i style="text-align: center;">This tea is a mellow combination of helpful herbs, from Red Raspberry to tone the uterus, ginger for queasiness, to notes of citrus, rosehips, and cacao (and many more beautiful ingredients to boot). &nbsp;It comes in a beautiful lavendar tin, and is safe for pregnant &amp; nursing mamas and their kiddos to drink. &nbsp;I love it. &nbsp;</i><br /><i><br style="text-align: center;" /></i><i style="text-align: center;">If you'd like a chance win this lovely tea, leave a comment below. &nbsp;I will choose a winner<b> on May 17 </b>and send the tea to you, or the person you'd like to gift it to. &nbsp;Also, it is truly worth investing in BulkBija- I went in 4-ways on a gallon of anti-aging creme and have had extras to share and plenty for myself! &nbsp;Amazing products. &nbsp;</i><br /><br />//<br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Thank you, as always, for reading here, and sorry for the sporadic posts as of late. &nbsp;Hope you are all enjoying Spring and feeling revitalized in life! &nbsp;I'll leave you with a poem a good friend (who is now a mama-to-be) shared with me while pregnant with Josey. &nbsp;It was great to meditate on in labor, and I love to share with friends.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">//</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/08jan11+teacher+sex.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/08jan11+teacher+sex.jpeg" width="240" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); border-image-outset: initial; border-image-repeat: initial; border-image-slice: initial; border-image-source: initial; border-image-width: initial; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span class="il">Willow</span>&nbsp;Tree</span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><em style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>Anonymous</b></span></em></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">I am a</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</span><span class="il" style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">willow</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">tree,</span></b></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>Strong, yet fluid</b></span></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>graceful.</b></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">I can bend with</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</span><span class="il" style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">the</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">wind,</span></b></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>but my roots are tough,</b></span></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>indestructible.</b></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>Opening to birth my child</b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">is flowing with</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</span><span class="il" style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">the</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">wind:</span></b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>from a soft and gentle breeze</b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">to a stormy gale</span></b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">back to a soft and gentle breeze.</span></b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><br /><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>My body is strong, but flexible.</b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">It is my friend, it knows how to open.</span></b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">I am a friend to my body</span></b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><br /><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>eating well, walking, and loving myself.</b></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>I shall birth safely, freely, openly . . .</b></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>among my loved and trusted ones.</b></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>I am&nbsp;<span class="il">the</span>&nbsp;<span class="il">willow</span>, flexible</b></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>beautiful resilient</b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">endowed with</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</span><span class="il" style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">the</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">power of surrender</span></b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>to&nbsp;<span class="il">the</span>&nbsp;wind rustling through my leaves,</b></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>my branches.</b></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>My roots reach deep into Mother Earth</b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">Anchored in Her strength</span></b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">I bring forth life</span></b></span></span></div><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b></b></span></span><br /><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; margin-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>In joy!</b></span></span></div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-71423127234668742922015-03-17T23:44:00.000-06:002015-04-01T08:44:38.454-06:0010/52<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-large-exam-classroom-hall-full-of-students-at-their-desks-writing-a-test-flat-style-vector-311932925.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-large-exam-classroom-hall-full-of-students-at-their-desks-writing-a-test-flat-style-vector-311932925.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Troublemakers!!</div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-31494938499145018972015-03-09T12:00:00.000-06:002015-03-19T12:00:55.095-06:009/52<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/MiddleSchoolStudents.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/MiddleSchoolStudents.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Girl is waving &amp; clapping, saying all sorts of "hiiis" and "Mama" and "Dada", loves to giggle and wrastle with sissy. Shakers &amp; singing too! Such a sweet girl.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/article-1258508-088DD242000005DC-298_468x325.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/article-1258508-088DD242000005DC-298_468x325.jpeg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Always special, always spunky and sparkly. Loves dressing up so much right now! Mondays you're starting at Outside Kids- I think we like that full day of independence to make the rest of the week that much sweeter.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-38859677611334959592015-02-28T15:19:00.001-07:002015-02-28T19:00:43.966-07:00A reflection of who you are...<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teacher_and_writer2_lo.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teacher_and_writer2_lo.jpeg" height="320" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">favorite oil for cleaning</td></tr></tbody></table>... we are listening to Pea Green Boat, and it's Saturday again. &nbsp;I like this line from a song: "a reflection of who you are." &nbsp;I need to write. &nbsp;The weeks are seeming to barrel by leaving little time for personal blogging during the week. &nbsp;I'm logging 10 hours a week on Glacier Park Boat Company work, learning more about wordpress as I go and starting to expand to other online tasks for them, too. &nbsp;Plus my music-teaching/outreach schedule is starting to fill up more which I love, but I am working on maintaining a balance in the home (hopefully an even better one than before)<br /><br /><br /><br />I'm striving to instigate more circles of productivity in all areas of my life. &nbsp;More regular spurts of activity, uninterrupted, to be more productive. &nbsp;Running, cleaning, (dreaming about getting up earlier too but still haven't made that one happen). &nbsp;As we become busier, we're needing more routine, to save time. &nbsp;Something as simple as a planner which I haven't used in so long, is becoming very very necessary.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/federal-student-loans.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/federal-student-loans.jpeg" height="320" width="239" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">love the light on evening runs</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Driving to and from North Valley Music school or my longer Friday commutes to music schools, I dream of the connection we all have, this web of people and lives. &nbsp;I think about the brief interractions we have with some people, and how they can change us forever. <br /><br />When I was pregnant with Josey (and Eliza), many of my friends would share the stories of their friends who'd had babies with me. &nbsp;One woman I heard a lot about, and loved meeting was Tamara. &nbsp;The mom of 5, she loved homebirth and midwifery. &nbsp;While I wasn't quite ready for a homebirth at that point in time, I stored the bits and pieces Tamara shared about her experiences with me. &nbsp;She was so kind and open and gave me confidence in a time of newness with my pregnancy and motherhood. <br /><br /><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/foreign-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/foreign-students.jpeg" height="320" width="239" /></a>Last week, Tamara lost her first daughter <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2014/03/grows-feature-starry-knight-design-by.html#.VO2FV6AKlI3.facebook" target="_blank">Savannah in a car accident, at 21</a>. &nbsp;Her niece and Savannah's best friend was killed, too. &nbsp;The news shook me in my moods last week, as that sudden news of death is always jarring. &nbsp;Last Fall in the Florence family, a beloved student/athlete/musician/role model was killed in a car accident during his Sophomore year of high school. &nbsp;I still think about him everyday. &nbsp;W<i>hy do these things happen? </i>&nbsp;James reminds me of how safe we need to be when driving and how <b>we can only do what we can do, and make the best of it. &nbsp;</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>Savannah's life goes on, her organs were donated to five different people. &nbsp;She saved five lives. &nbsp;That in itself is so amazing!</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>//</b><br /><b><br /></b>That notion - making the best of it, living without regrets- has been on my heart. &nbsp;I know that if I'm honest with myself, I hold back a lot. &nbsp;Naturally, I'm an extrovert, who is also ultra-sensitive. &nbsp;I tend to want to reach out more to people more than I do, because I've become accustomed to holding back my impulses to be more like everyone else, not rock the boat.<br /><br />Yet, that's just not me. &nbsp;When I hold back, I am filled with a sense of regret that blinds my ability to enjoy the present. &nbsp;Finding a healthy balance between the outside world and my immediate family (especially, my husby), puts me at ease. &nbsp;With all of that, I'm striving to follow my intended path for increased positive impact in the world. <br /><br />Have you thought about that lately, your impact on the world? <br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-in-library_327x245.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-in-library_327x245.jpeg" height="320" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I love the Flathead Valley</td></tr></tbody></table><br />It seems that we're in a time of true change, everytime I hear the news, it seems like this pendulum is swinging in our culture, and it might settle somewhere better. &nbsp;In my 28th year, I'm thinking so much about my place on this planet and with the people around me, the people who have already become connected to me through past experience, and who I want to be as a whole. <br /><br />As I look ahead at my own life path, as a person who strives to bring music &amp; happiness to others, I see that this is going to take a bit more work, more shaking it up, than I'm used to. &nbsp;The tasks ahead are challenging, but are going to really take me out of my comfort zone. &nbsp;I can do it though, and the more I can release holding patterns in my life &amp; in my body, the better I can be. &nbsp;<i>Let it gooooo! &nbsp;Let it goooo!</i><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/shutterstock_24702862_crop380w.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/shutterstock_24702862_crop380w.jpeg" height="320" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Big waters</td></tr></tbody></table>I learned recently that traditionally, the Chinese believe anger to be a creative seed. &nbsp;Several times this week, I have felt spurts of anger when annoyed (which were sadly channelled back toward my headstrong toddler), and have been yearning for a way to rechannel those feelings. &nbsp;Today, we went to the beach and I drew in the sand with my hands and I realized that my creativity IS my life force and I need to be getting it out more effectively through my life work to achieve happiness. <br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Goal-setting is good, it's usually why I write. &nbsp;(<a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/4909229714972956774/comments/default" target="_blank">Writing Your Way to Happiness</a>)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">If you're reading, hope you have a great, recharging weekend! &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Welcome, March!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/standards-header-circle.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/standards-header-circle.png" height="320" width="239" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Parents and children</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-73150885230414885582015-02-22T21:28:00.000-07:002015-03-01T07:22:03.492-07:008/52: sunny sandy sistas<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/high-school-secondary-age-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/high-school-secondary-age-students.jpeg" height="640" width="476" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/9780582075177.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/9780582075177.jpeg" height="640" width="478" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ElementaryStudents1.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ElementaryStudents1.jpeg" height="640" width="478" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/australian-student.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/australian-student.jpeg" height="640" width="478" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">A big part of me doesn't even think the internet, this blog, will be around when these girls are teenagers and older. &nbsp;Yes, I worry about the apocalypse. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Still, I think about this as not only a little snapshot for family &amp; friends far away,&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">but an opportunity for an artifact for them to look back on. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Girls, I love watching you grow. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">You get bigger and bigger and I remember growing you inside of me, pushing you out of me.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And everything changed.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I began to understand a whole new level of grief. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I don't understand why some people lose their babies,</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">their children, their loves</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">why it is so hard for some loving, hardworking parents to conceive</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">yet so easy for teenagers who have no direction.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I'm feel guilt for something I have nothing to do with. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Instead of pretending to know, I just have to do the best I can.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">That's all we all can do. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">So, I want to keep myself to the challenge of blogging your pictures every week. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">You grow so fast!</div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-43635888725696389442015-02-15T15:37:00.001-07:002015-02-15T19:46:10.739-07:00Mtn mama: 7/52<div style="text-align: center;">This portraits project is doing nothing but show me how quickly the weeks barrel by!!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/08jan11+teacher+sex.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/08jan11+teacher+sex.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">You girls sure do take it outta me! &nbsp;I have all the best intentions for so many things, and want to find more energy for you! &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/08jan11+teacher+sex.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/08jan11+teacher+sex.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">My lights!</div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;">You two are just loving eachother more &amp; more, learning to share &amp; play a little bit together. &nbsp;It is sweet so see and I think about how you're so much like baby animals! &nbsp;</div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Tutor Helping Math Students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Tutor Helping Math Students.jpeg" /></a></div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;">Eliza has 6+ teeth &amp; loves to crawl &amp; stand to walk around furniture. Says "hi" all the time, smiles &amp; claps and still loves to snuggle. &nbsp;</div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/tips+daripada+bill+gates.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/tips+daripada+bill+gates.jpeg" /></a></div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;">Josey Bean, you're turning into such a little girl! So sweet &amp; helpful and full of fire! Current loves are painting and Frozen. &nbsp;Your "special movie". &nbsp;Other fantastic quotes of late:&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">"I need some privat-cy."&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">"Actually, um..." (with the cutest lip-smack and tuck of the girls behind the ears)</div><div style="text-align: center;">"With Eliza" (your response whenever I mention the next outing)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">It is amazing to watch you grow. &nbsp;It scares me, too. &nbsp;Thinking about my childhood, my hurts and dreams and, how sensitive I was. &nbsp;I see it all in you, too. &nbsp;I want to help you through all the scary things, and I want to have FUN with you, too. &nbsp;</div></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/College_Students_TU.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/College_Students_TU.jpeg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-45143038674516039142015-02-08T19:55:00.000-07:002015-02-15T19:59:32.671-07:00Mtn Mama: 6/52<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Although we were all feeling a little under-the-weather, we checked out the&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Winter Carnival Parade 2015</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/student-in-class.html; charset=UTF-8" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/student-in-class.html; charset=UTF-8" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/chinese_students_graduating.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/chinese_students_graduating.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/sleeping-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/sleeping-students.jpeg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Bored-Students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Bored-Students.jpeg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-72162634134455977262015-02-01T20:04:00.000-07:002015-02-15T20:09:06.237-07:005/52<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">"Do you want to build a snowman?"</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teacher-with-students.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teacher-with-students.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(Baby needs shades.)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/academic_research.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/academic_research.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Josey wanted to make a snowman on the big rocks by the beach.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/chinese_students_graduating.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/chinese_students_graduating.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/social-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/social-students.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">"Eliza wanna get on here. She needs to make the snowman."</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/cpa-exam-studying-2apg596.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/cpa-exam-studying-2apg596.jpeg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teacher-talking.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teacher-talking.jpeg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/australian-student.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/australian-student.jpeg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />Happy!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-41903813745173128852015-01-18T20:06:00.000-07:002015-02-15T20:06:30.554-07:003/52: mtn babies in their double chariot<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/scholarships-for-teachers.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/scholarships-for-teachers.jpeg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">These days are feeling full and happy, having a double stroller has been making a huge difference with me getting out with the girlies. &nbsp;While it was nice having a single, and sometimes cramming the girls in or carrying Eliza (or sometimes Josey) in the stroller, it was great to finally connect with someone in the Valley who wanted to swap! </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">It's times like these that I am so grateful for the resources I do have as a mother. &nbsp;Sometimes motherhood can feel so hard and awkward and challenging, yet I have so many gifts and loved ones to lean on, and probably should do more of. </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">If there's one thing I know, it's that I'm glad these two have eachother! </div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-10125790572537606792015-01-10T23:17:00.000-07:002015-01-11T17:13:52.148-07:00mtn mama: Portraits (2/52)<div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teaching-students-thailand.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teaching-students-thailand.jpeg"></a></div><br></div><div><br></div>Eliza May! &nbsp;You are eating all sorts of things from blueberries to bananas to avocados to... pizza and cottage cheese! &nbsp;You REALLY love blueberries. &nbsp;Your favorite person is Josey and I hope you always look to her the way you do now. &nbsp;Lots of funny energy and love between you two. &nbsp;You are starting to sound more and more like big sis as you explore your sounds. &nbsp;We just unloaded a box of her old clothes and you look so cute and cuddly in all of them. &nbsp;I am so thankful to experience this sweet baby stage twice.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-computer.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-computer.jpeg"></a></div><br>Josey James! &nbsp;You are really into "King Lion" this week, as you discovered a sheet music book of mine and I played you "The Circle of Life". &nbsp;We went to Abi's house and watched it together and that was a very big deal for you. &nbsp;You are so imaginative, all day long coming up with different scenarios and adventures. &nbsp;Things that scare you (tractors, storms, sharks), are favorite discussion topics, too. &nbsp;You are so sweet and nurturing but so intense and funny too. &nbsp;People tell me often. You tire me out! &nbsp;But just today, I found myself thinking, "I'm so glad she's our first child. &nbsp;She's going to lead the rest of the family to be adventurous, fun, and loving." &nbsp;It's true, big girl!</div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-34761430554006633922015-01-04T21:36:00.000-07:002015-01-04T23:30:24.626-07:00Mtn Mama: Portraits (1/52)<div style="text-align: center;">Happy New Year! &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">// A portrait once a week in 2015 //</div><div style="text-align: center;">Of our girls, for our girls</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students+&+teacher.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students+&+teacher.gif"></a></div></div><br>Josephine James, 2 and a half. &nbsp;You could've played in this snowpile all day. &nbsp;You love to pretend to cook and play with your babies &amp; guys- making them feel better if they bump their heads or get tired. &nbsp;Singing and dancing are your favorite and you love to pretend to play violin. &nbsp;Emotion is the root of everything you do! &nbsp;Sweet sweet girl.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students_computers.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students_computers.jpeg"></a></div><br><br>Elizabeth May, 8 months. &nbsp;Sleeping is becoming fewer &amp; further between with all the sissy-watching you do. &nbsp;When you're awake, you sound like Donald Duck, and you're holding on to everything, proud little squaker! &nbsp;Crawling is no problem for you, and you are also a fan of sidelaying (and leg lifts), flexible baby! &nbsp;You're both my little cuddly loves, and I love you so! </div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-18879781131008473072014-12-10T23:24:00.002-07:002015-01-10T23:25:37.003-07:00the Holiday Spirit....This time of year, my text messages start to look a little like greeting cards. <br /><br />Much of the Holiday Spirit I have has always gone toward making things festive in my classroom while practicing Christmas music from Halloween on. &nbsp;This year is different (I'm at home most of the time) and I have been thinking more about decorating, even though we won't be here for Christmas. James started it off with some twinkies and I started opening one of our boxes, and I figure we won't be done decorating until we leave for Helena for Christmas.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-set-of-diverse-college-or-university-graduation-students-isolated-on-white-background-different-271494776.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stock-vector-set-of-diverse-college-or-university-graduation-students-isolated-on-white-background-different-271494776.jpeg" height="320" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">photo via <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/1779458025869377745/comments/default">dreamywhites.com</a></td></tr></tbody></table><br />We are in a tiny apartment and have a new crawling baby, so getting a full-sized tree was out of the question. &nbsp;I'm thinking of channeling more of the above feel? &nbsp;Find little tree for a bucket (we have a bunch leftover from our wedding)? &nbsp;I'll join the masses and give a tree update everyone <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/3745514445444830230/comments/default" target="_blank">on instagram</a> if we pull it off!<br /><br />Also, we have a TON of grapefruit right now (which is so delicious and makes me feel very healthy in the morning), and I want to sacrifice a few to channel this:<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/57120010-400x315.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/57120010-400x315.jpeg" height="320" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Anthropologie-inspired via <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/05/choir-chatter-orangespow.html" target="_blank">U lala</a></td></tr></tbody></table><div>Josey has been watching Happy Holidays from Elmo's world- she got a bunch of Sesame Street DVDs from Nicole &amp; Matt on our West Coast Trip. &nbsp;I love how she exclaims, "it's Christmas!" everytime she sees decorations. &nbsp;Reliving the Holidays though the eyes of a child is so awesome, I love that we can do this every year with them. &nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="https://ytimg.googleusercontent.com/vi/8NTUoFhNR2Q/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/8NTUoFhNR2Q&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/8NTUoFhNR2Q&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><br /></div><div><br />What are you doing to get in the Christmas spirit this year? &nbsp;While I'm starting to feel that itch, to Wear my favorite Christmas sweater &amp; belt "All I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. &nbsp;is _ _ Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! (Oo e ooo ba-bay)" at least once to my honey....here is a little playlist for you. &nbsp;Enjoy!<br /><br /><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:1212883870:playlist:198VWimqqYiVLbC6CHJDvn" width="300"></iframe> <br /><br />PS: I got the BEST diy gift from a BFF. &nbsp;I couldn't help but open it right away because her gifts are always wonderful, and I really want to share it here, because it's such a great idea, but I'm afraid I would spoil the surprise if all my girlies haven't gotten them yet...</div><div><br /></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-44192281858772428622014-12-08T21:15:00.000-07:002014-12-09T21:39:04.127-07:00The Sweetest Album.James had a big birthday last week! &nbsp;We celebrated him- 35 years on this earth. &nbsp;It's a great place to be- halfway to the age of his parents, gifted with the chance to live life as children again through two little ones.<br /><br />I wanted to gift him something, because I've been terrible about his birthday gifts the past couple years. &nbsp;Josey and I found him a fleece-lined flannel before leaving MT. &nbsp;Then on his special day, the mamas stopped in a bookstore on our way for Thanksgiving shopping. &nbsp;Of course, I was lured to the cd rack, and accumulated almost 5 possibilities that he might like when this caught my eye:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stressed-out-students1.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stressed-out-students1.jpeg" height="360" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />Bela Fleck was my personal intro to bluegrass, and I have always loved to move and get things done to the Flecktones. &nbsp;Alongside dancing elephants, James, Andrew &amp; KK, and I saw Bela play with Bruce Hornsby (my absolute fav) at the Portland Zoo when Josey was maybe a teeny tiny seed. &nbsp;I didn't know that he was married to a musician, though! &nbsp;The first time he heard a recording of her music, he was pulled over for speeding! &nbsp;His wife, Abigail Washburn "is every bit as interested in the present as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local." &nbsp;She also has great hair. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/1012579057253760679/comments/default" target="_blank">Check out her bio &amp; website.</a><br /><br />This new album is the first ever recorded collaboration with his wife, banjoist &amp; singer Abigail Washburn. &nbsp;When I held it in my fingers, I felt tears prickle in my eyes. &nbsp;That's a good feeling, holding an album in your hand that you know to be truly special, it almost holds your hand to the checkout. <br /><br />A work of ART. &nbsp;I just read a great piece by Gillian Welch about how people make music to deal with tragedy in life, how before all the other meda &amp; entertainment we have today, there was music. &nbsp;This album deals with some things, big ones- death and destruction among the first to come to mind. &nbsp;These songs are poignant in recent history, in the personal struggle of people today, but bringing the brutiful quality of life full-circle. &nbsp;I will be singing these tunes for many years to come. <br /><br />Even though it was James' birthday gift, I can't stop listening, pouring over the album leaf. &nbsp;They've even included a special note about each song- placement in their lives and culture today. &nbsp;The centerfold is a detailed photo and note about the 7 banjos played by the couple. &nbsp;There is even a beautiful dedication &amp; portrait of their baby boy, Juno. &nbsp;I hope they record more music together as their family grows! <br /><i><br /></i><i>//</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Have you finished your Christmas shopping? &nbsp;I strongly recommend this one as a gift for the music-lover in your family! &nbsp;I try to <b>purchase most of&nbsp;our music </b>from Independent Record Stores, and I encourage you to do so, too! &nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>However, if you do shop Amazon this Christmas, and you read this blog, please consider clicking on the link in the sidebar- my family earns a small affiliate from purchases referred. &nbsp;</i><br /><br /><br />P.S. Here's Bela and Abigail talking a little bit about their separate Banjo styles and then playing the opening track, a classic American tune with their own spin, Railroad:<br /><i><br /></i><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="https://ytimg.googleusercontent.com/vi/AOW9FtYlmNw/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/AOW9FtYlmNw&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/AOW9FtYlmNw&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><i><br /></i>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-7301073694932145292014-12-01T07:56:00.003-07:002014-12-08T21:57:39.363-07:00Grows Feature: {Courtney Blazon}<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/undergraduate-student-life.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/undergraduate-student-life.jpeg" height="145" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/4880748256167130501/comments/default" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="263px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/4880748256167130501/comments/default" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="263px;" /></a><br /><br />I was first introduced to Courtney Blazon through my friend Amy, who has one of her signature pieces in her living room. &nbsp;Once I took notice of that picture, I saw Courtney's work all over Missoula, and completely fell in love with it. &nbsp;During the summer of 2013, I became enamored with the women in her art and decided to commission a piece from her for this blog, which turned into a beautiful family portrait (hopefully our next cd cover someday, too). &nbsp;Courtney is a bright and endearing individual, her smile is contagious and her work ethic is, too. &nbsp;I am so thrilled to share her Grows Feature with you today! &nbsp;Keep your eye out for her gift-pack at the end- one lucky reader who comments on the subject of overcoming criticism (will close comments on Friday). &nbsp;Thank you all for reading, and thank you Courtney, for your kind and thoughtful answers here!</div><b id="docs-internal-guid-fded95e5-062a-4fab-18ba-0d6da55832df" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/233024007705375592/comments/default" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Pig N Whistle Small.jpg" border="0" height="480px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/233024007705375592/comments/default" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="720px;" /></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Describe yourself for those who don’t know you. &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">My name is Courtney Blazon and I am an artist and illustrator living in Missoula, MT. I am originally from Goffstown, NH and I graduated with a degree in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in NYC. I make large scale drawings on Stonehenge Paper using Copic Markers and Pen.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Tell us about a few past &amp; current projects you’ve loved. &nbsp;</b></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I just finished working on some <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/4928531852268081295/comments/default" target="_blank">seed packets for Native Ideals Seed Farm</a>, a farm in Arlee, MT. I have done thirty-six so far, and it’s always a joy. It combines the things I love about working as an illustrator: freedom to come up with different concepts, the need to expand my knowledge of the world (in this case, flowers and their pollinators), and getting to work on a series.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For my personal work, I am in the beginning stages of working on a 3’x 4’ drawing that combines the poem by Sylvia Plath entitled “Cut”, biographical details from Plath’s life in England, and the rhyme “Miss Mary Mack”. I am very excited about working on it!</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Where do you work, and how do you make this environment productive?</b></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I have a studio in my home (it’s really just a bedroom turned into a studio). I am very much a homebody, and my idea of a great few days is not having to leave home at all. Having my studio in my house makes this possible. I can also be more flexible with my hours, which I like. I am much more of a night owl, so being able to work all night and collapsing into bed &nbsp;at 3AM is like heaven to me! &nbsp;I don’t find it hard to make my studio productive. I view art making as my profession, and I treated it thusly. &nbsp;</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2015/02/452.html" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/04/musicality-joni-mitchell.html" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Members Only.jpg" border="0" height="721px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/04/musicality-joni-mitchell.html" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="720px;" /></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>How do you capture your inspiration? &nbsp;</b></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I read a lot of non-fiction science and natural history books, and gain many of my ideas from the natural world.I also love myths, fairy tales, oddities, poetry and historical photos. &nbsp;I have a method to capturing my inspiration. &nbsp;I keep a long list of work ideas using the program Wunderlist. These are often simple and basic ideas that occur to me when drawing, or from looking at or reading a book. Examples are: Ghost Ships, Dickensian Children, Ice Cream Parlor, Mucha Models. Something on this &nbsp;list can become the basis for a piece. &nbsp;After I’ve decided on what I want to focus on (say I want to draw Dickensian children in a 1950s Ice Cream Parlor that looks like an abandoned Ghost Ship), I make a folder on my computer, and I begin collecting pictures that relate to these concepts. I usually have somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-80 photos that i look at initially for one large piece, before I really hone in on what visual images I want to look at for specific inspiration. I use these photos for reference for how a pair of 1950s ice cream parlor chairs would look, what the inside of a historical ship that has disappeared would have looked like, or poses I think I’d like my figures to be in. &nbsp;I use these photos only as a jumping off point, and then I allow my imagination to take over and grow a little bit wild! I also look a lot at Pinterest, and keep Boards that pertain to my visual interest.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/5168562645773181628/comments/default" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Ben Sullivan Portrait.jpg" border="0" height="715px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/5168562645773181628/comments/default" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="720px;" /></a><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Who inspires you? </b></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Personal:</b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">My mom inspires me with her talent and with her drive to create artwork of all different mediums. My friends inspire me with their all their hard work and their entrepreneurial spirit.</span></div><br /><b style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Artist we probably haven’t heard of:</b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Walton Ford, </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wangechi Mutu,</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Meiryo; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Andrea Kowch, Dorothea Tanning, Anthony Goicolea, Amy Cutler, AJ Fosik, JC Leyendecker, Patrick Woodroffe, Mucha, Arthur Rackham, Albrecht Durer, Bosch, etc...I could go on and on and on!!</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>What materials do you use? &nbsp;(please be as specific as possible) &nbsp;</b></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> I use Stonehenge Paper, Pearl Gray. I sketch in my ideas loosely with a .05 Mechanical Pencil. Then I use Micron Pens (usually 02, 03, and 05) to ink in the whole composition. I do a lot of my shading and “fleshing out” of people and objects with the pens. &nbsp;After the pen, I move onto using Copic Markers. &nbsp;I have roughly 250 colors in my collection, so there is a lot to choose from. For each different colored area in my composition, I use 5-10 markers blended together to create a painterly and dimensional feel. &nbsp;I then accent the marker with white china marker and a white gel pen. Lately, I have been using Pan Pastels for the larger spaces in the background.</span></div><br /><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/7202400759503048918/comments/default" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/7202400759503048918/comments/default" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Forgetful of the Flies small.jpg" border="0" height="1080px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/7202400759503048918/comments/default" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="720px;" /></a><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>How does it feel when you know you're finished with a project? (or, How do you know you’re finished with a project?)</b></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Well, my work is so dense and there’s almost no empty space, so it’s kind of easy for me to know when the piece is done. &nbsp;It is a constant struggle for me to edit my need to add and add and add! &nbsp;Right after I finish a project, I often feel a bit of a let down, after the joy that comes from the process of making the piece or pieces. Usually after a few days away, I can start to see the positives and negatives of what I just finished. I often just can’t wait to start the next thing!</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2015/02/452.html" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="La Cenerentola Poster.jpg" border="0" height="960px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2015/02/452.html" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="720px;" /></a></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>What are your upcoming creative goals? &nbsp;</b></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I’d like very much to complete a full narrative book of some sort. Whether this is a sequential body of work, or a collection of pieces, I am not sure yet. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I’d like to spend more time working in my sketchbook, and working on experimenting with mixed medias (inks, airbrush, colored pencil, gouache, vellum, etc.)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I would like to start to expand the reach of my work out of the region and into the Northwest at the very least. I go through periods of high esteem where I feel certain that I can make a go of it outside of our region, and other periods where it seems like such a daunting task.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/11/happy-birthday.html" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Playtime in the Valley.jpg" border="0" height="555px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/11/happy-birthday.html" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="720px;" /></a></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Share a piece of wisdom you’ve learned. </b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Talent is a little bit important, but it is not nearly as important, or as necessary, as hard work. Unless you have internal motivation, it is diffcult to maintain a creative career. Also, &nbsp;never take criticism personally. It’s important to develop a thick skin, because you will be confronted by endless odds and lots of rejection. Stay true to what feels right in your creative brain.</span></div><br /><b style="font-weight: normal;">//</b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/03/five-minute-friday-remember.html" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Giveaway Items.jpg" border="0" height="1008px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/03/five-minute-friday-remember.html" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="395px;" /></a><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span>What do you think of it all, readers? Can you see why Courtney has had to deal with criticism but through it has expressed unique style through her work? Here's her discussion question for you:<br /><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span><span id="docs-internal-guid-fded95e5-0651-14e9-d0f9-67cc1d2290d1"></span><br /><h4 style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></h4><h4 style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;">"</span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Do you think criticism is important in your creative life? </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">How do you deal with criticism? &nbsp;How do you keep it from getting you down, while still allowing you to grow?"</span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"> &nbsp;</span></h4><div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">You can think on it, just make sure to comment by Friday to be entered in the gift-pack giveaway: </span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A12” x 18” Print entitled “The Ethical Culture School of Disappointment Island”, a T-Shirt Dress size L (fits like a Medium) and a pack of cut out stickers.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><br /><br /><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Also, to see more of Courtney's fantastic commissions and work, bookmark her website: </span><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/04/ritual-routine-eat-your-greens.html" style="line-height: 1.15; text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.courtneyblazon.com</span></a><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> &nbsp;and follow her via <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/11/mtn-mama-go-jabberwalkey.html" target="_blank">Facebook</a>. </span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more inspiration head to her <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013/04/ritual-routine-sunday.html" target="_blank">Etsy</a>, and <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2013_08_01_archive.html" target="_blank">Pinterest boards!</a></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;">All the best to Courtney in expanding your style throughout the Northwest! I for one, think her work is iconic in Missoula and look forward to seeing it grow! </span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.1666679382324px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/6667213846110213157/comments/default" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="259px;" src="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/6667213846110213157/comments/default" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="259px;" /></a></div><br /></div><br /><br />Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-49092297149729567742014-11-24T23:52:00.001-07:002014-12-01T07:36:16.597-07:00Road Tripping with Tots!<div style="clear: both;">We have been here long enough that our car smells like sea. &nbsp;I know, because I just cleaned it out! &nbsp;Which got me thinking, it might be nice to quickly share a couple things so far. &nbsp;We've been lucky enough to start our vacation pre-Holiday and now getting to midway in our adventure. &nbsp;This might come in handy for anyone beginning travels soon!<br /><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/study-group.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/study-group.jpeg" /></a><br />On road-tripping with littles (ours are 6months &amp; 2.5 years):<br />--&gt;&gt;pack with lots of reusable grocery bags or any bags you like to use- keep the ones you want accessible in the back seat.<br />--&gt;&gt;one bag for dry snacks (we like DIY granola, bars, fruit snacks, a couple apples &amp; bananas)<br />--&gt;&gt; one bag for diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.<br />--&gt;&gt; have white noise available. &nbsp;We couldn't live without it for our littlest! &nbsp;easy-to-install as an app on your phones, we also have an on-the-go Giraffe with built-in-sounds, which takes up plenty of littlest's attention when she's not giggling at silly big sis!<br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">--&gt;&gt;designate one bag for all kid books, baby toys, etc. &nbsp;use sparingly, corral often. &nbsp;We are finding that Josey is very imaginative and one or two things occupies her attention in the car. &nbsp;Too many toys can be overwhelming!</span><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/third-graders-studying-math.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/third-graders-studying-math.jpeg" /></a>--&gt;&gt; reserve screen time for dire circumstances! &nbsp;We have been too lenient with this - Jos has been asking for more &amp; more....<br />***<br />ALSO, if you have an iPhone, are you familiar with the bottom-swipe command screen? &nbsp;so helpful. &nbsp;Try it! &nbsp;Swipe up &amp; ta-da, all arguments about forgetting headlamps, diffused:<br /><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/574108433275093a6b883a3313afe569.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/574108433275093a6b883a3313afe569.jpeg" /></a>If this is a new discovery to you, too-notice the other features. Top-to-bottom, L&gt;&gt;R:<br />Airplane mode: great for driving through spotty service as not to waste data/battery.<br />Wireless finder,&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, photo-orientation lock. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The bar comes in handy for adjusting your screen in bright sun vs dark night, especially if yours doesn't adjust automatically.</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Whatever is playing will be the main command: music, white noise, YouTube, which it would seem our toddler likes to find on her own, etc.</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The bottom row speaks for itself :)</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Student-Nurses-group.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Student-Nurses-group.jpeg" /></a></span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Are you traveling for the Holidays this year? &nbsp;Where?? &nbsp;What's your favorite secret or tool for travel?&nbsp;</span></div><div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"></span><br /></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-30901157581820145162014-11-06T23:26:00.000-07:002014-11-12T22:58:06.637-07:00A Cleanse & Some Additions...<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/happy-students-jumping-in-the-class_23-2147532723.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/happy-students-jumping-in-the-class_23-2147532723.jpeg"></a></div><br><br>Originally, it was all about balance. &nbsp;Yin-yangs and such.<br><br>Where I am right now, is standing at the bottom of a see-saw. &nbsp;I can feel myself needing to restore health, clarity, and fitness. &nbsp;Some say it's harder after the second baby, to "bounce back". &nbsp;It should be, right? &nbsp;Giving more to more kids, and of course there's only so much time in a week...<br><br>Before motherhood, I was concerned with my mental health, wondering if I was bipolar. &nbsp;Let's just say I strongly identify with my Zodiac sign, Gemini, and sometimes my emotions run like a rollercoaster. &nbsp;Through reflection and conversation during that time, I vowed to watch my intake (nutrition), my exhales (exercise), and my self-talk. &nbsp;Monitoring those things was a recipe for a more even-keeled Emily, which as a teacher and wife was important to me.<br><br>So I started running &amp; making more salads with protein. &nbsp;I sat at the piano and I sang more (I don't talk mean to myself when making music- my teachers taught positivity), I spent time with good friends. &nbsp;I told those friends, that I needed to temper my mental state with time in the outdoors and good food. &nbsp;I told them I believed another alternative could be a prescription, but because I'm me, I didn't want to go that route.<br><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/220px-Shimer_College_conversation_with_students_2010.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/220px-Shimer_College_conversation_with_students_2010.jpeg"></a></div><br>Right now, I can feel myself needing to step onto the right track, wellness-wise. &nbsp;I need to keep stretching for more&nbsp;<b>positivity and patience</b>&nbsp;for Miss Josey Bean. <br><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/cpa-exam-studying-2apg596.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/cpa-exam-studying-2apg596.jpeg"></a></div><br>If you call and ask me, I'm going to say that we're good, because we are. &nbsp;In the grand scheme of things, I consider us lucky. &nbsp;In the day-to-day, I know I'd like to be in a better, healthier place and a more even-keeled mama &amp; lover. &nbsp;Using my intuition, I know that I'll find my groove again. <br><br>Here's how:<br><br>&gt;&gt; Wake up &amp; <b>drink a big glass of water</b>! &nbsp;Everyday! &nbsp;(It's amazing what a difference this makes)<br><br>&gt;&gt; <b>More yoga</b>. &nbsp;This just builds patience into my day.<br><br>&gt;&gt; <b>Stop</b> starting &amp; stopping my day with Instagram all day long. &nbsp;Save it for later!<br><br>&gt;&gt; Just. <b>no. more. gluten</b>. &nbsp;Sure, there are plenty of articles naysaying gluten sensitivity. &nbsp;No matter what people &amp; science are saying, it's a trigger food for me. &nbsp;Lately, I've been tired and sluggish because I've let it creep all the way back into my daily diet. <br><br>&gt;&gt;Strive for more cycles in life- creating<b> rituals &amp; routines </b>to love together, like running with one girl or the other, like going to Morning Melodies at Coffee Traders, and sharing healthy meals. <br><br>&gt;&gt; <b>Work balance</b>. &nbsp;I need to be carving out space for work blogging for Boat Co, and for finding another source of income. &nbsp;Ideally, at least one source will be <b>musical</b>, so pianoing everyday (even just a little bit) needs to be part of the routine, too.<br><br>&gt;&gt;Take it <b>one piece at a time</b>. &nbsp;I tend to look big-picture and get overwhelmed by all the can-dos, should-dos, and how I'm not doing them. &nbsp;Instead of getting overwhelmed, my intention is to utilize the time I have wisely. <br><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/disrespectful-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/disrespectful-students.jpeg" height="296" width="400"></a></div><br><br>I love writing goals, releasing them from spinning in my brain. &nbsp;Sharing with others gives a bit more credibility, too. &nbsp;Do you have any November goals? &nbsp;Do share! <br><br><br>***Also..... notice the NEW HEADER here?! &nbsp;What do you think? &nbsp;I decided to FINALLY share our commissioned piece the phenomenal Courtney Blazon! &nbsp;She drew the piece before Eliza was born, and we just love it so much. &nbsp;You'll be hearing more about Courtney here as our Grows Feature coming up. <br><br>***And.... our first official SPONSOR is Starry Knight Design! &nbsp;If you're not familiar, check out this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2014/03/grows-feature-starry-knight-design-by.html" target="_blank">Grows Feature</a>&nbsp;from earlier this year. &nbsp;Melanie's leather apparel is AMAZING and readers of this blog get a whopping 15% off with the code PLMG. &nbsp;Check out <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2014/04/mtn-mama-preparing-for-homebaby.html" target="_blank">her Etsy</a>- she has countless designs for newborns-kiddos, and even some great accessories for adults! &nbsp;Thanks, Melanie!<br><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/2014/04/mtn-mama-preparing-for-homebaby.html" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/professor-and-students.jpeg" height="320" width="320"></a></div><br></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-28402950125756949412014-11-02T17:38:00.000-07:002014-11-02T17:38:34.249-07:00On Intuition<div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students+&+teacher.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students+&+teacher.gif" /></a></div><br /></div>James is a Winter child, he's taught me to love the upcoming season (yes, it was snowing today in Whitefish!) so much more. &nbsp;During our first Winter living together in a cute, Missoula basement apartment, we went Downtown to a Ski Event at Sean Kelly's. &nbsp;Plenty of schwag to be had, and it was time to get *stoked* for ski season. &nbsp;The big item they were drumming up was a snowboard with "Kokanee" written on it. &nbsp;Crazy as it seemed, soon after we walked in the door that night, I KNEW I was going to win the snowboard. &nbsp;Not even that I wanted the thing. &nbsp;I just KNEW I was going to win it. &nbsp;Over burgers and beers, I repeatedly stated: "I'm going to win that snowboard." &nbsp;Hours later, at the end of all the raffles, they called my name. <br /><br />Scrolling through email a month ago, I noticed <b>goop</b>, you know, Gwyneth Paltrow's hip newsletter? &nbsp;The title: &nbsp;<i><a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/1012579057253760679/comments/default" target="_blank">Trust the gut</a>, </i>drew me right in. <br /><i><br /></i>A great line from the article:<br /><h4><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222;">"Intuition makes the sliding doors, choose-your-own</span><wbr style="background-color: white; color: #222222;"></wbr><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222;">-adventure a little bit of a smoother sail, as we're more inclined to go through the right sliding door."</span></span></h4>That sounds nice, doesn't it? &nbsp;Intuition is rarely as easy for me as it was that night at Sean Kelly's, just buy a raffle ticket &amp; wait to hear your name. &nbsp;No, I tend to second-guess it often. &nbsp;What's your intuition like? &nbsp;Do you notice it? &nbsp;Do you overthink or follow your gut?<br /><br />My therapist, Elizabeth, helped me through some challenging times in Middle School and High School.&nbsp; We'd often discuss the connection with individuals who have disordered eating to intuition. &nbsp;Many of us tend to be people-pleasers, who end up compromising a strong feeling, something we know in our gut, because are influenced by outside factors. <br /><br />When we act against our <i>gut </i>or intuition, it creates an icky feeling, an imbalance. &nbsp;Many of us try to fill it up with the wrong <i>fillers</i>. <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/sleep.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/sleep.png" height="214" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">/Happy Belated bday to the photographer of this favorite photo!<br />Anders Olson</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Do you know what I mean? &nbsp;Hole-filling? &nbsp;When you just need something, so you fill up? &nbsp;It can be attempted through emotional eating, shopping, substances, the media, etc... but it always feels worse than making an effort for the good stuff- like going for a hike or talking with a loved one. <br /><br />After I read this goop article, I read it again. &nbsp;Nothing spoke to me as strongly in months. &nbsp;Intuition's something that Jill, the intuitive from the <b>goop</b> article, says grows as women experience motherhood. &nbsp;I thought, <i>at the same time, intuition can be really hard to hear in this day in age. &nbsp;We wake up to our iPhones, we go to sleep with them. &nbsp;How are we supposed to get in touch with ourselves with so much extraneous influence?</i><br /><br />The next day, one my favorite Instagram feeds, Alpine Baby Co. posted a raffle for a pair of Adventure Leggings. &nbsp;I saw the word <i>raffle</i>, and I had&nbsp;that same&nbsp;feeling.&nbsp; So I bought a ticket, and I commented "#feelinlucky"!<br /><br />Low and behold, soon after, there was a congratulatory email in my inbox, and now Eliza has this adorable new pair of Adventurer Leggings!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/male-college-student-backpack.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/male-college-student-backpack.jpeg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a href="http://www.peacelovemusicgrows.com/feeds/8952743692341126586/comments/default" target="_blank">Alpine Baby Co</a>.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />If you're struggling with intuition, Elizabeth said one thing to do to help can be to write down (or at least take mental notes) of those times you follow it and end up with a good result, or when you don't. &nbsp;Either way, it's recognizing the existense of this powerful voice we all have inside us.<br /><br />Examples: going to bed early, working out, passing a slow car on a two-lane highway at the right moment, instead of hesitating and getting stuck forever, the voice that tells you to stop procrastinating, ok... you get the idea.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-talking.html; charset=UTF-8" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ideal-students.jpeg" width="212" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The snowboard, after I repainted it for my brother</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><br /><br />This subject of intuition simply facinates me. &nbsp;I'd love to hear from you--- have you had {{good/bad/indifferent?}} experiences with intuition? &nbsp;Do you think using it can help us create better experiences?<br /><br /><br /><br />Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-44178837673543413882014-10-12T20:24:00.001-06:002014-10-13T08:06:11.014-06:00Currently: with 2<div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/disabled-student.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/disabled-student.jpeg"></a></div></div></div><div><br></div>I just saw my girl Hannah at Joyful Life posted a currently, and is now hosting the linkup! &nbsp;Hannah, talk about needing to get a blogging butt in gear! &nbsp;I am so behind. &nbsp;If I had $5 for every draft I've started since moving North, and not posted, I would be in the market for a good deal on my dream-boot, Fryes. &nbsp;Let's give ourselves a break though, we have two babies keeping our hands full (everyday, without one doubt, there is someone to remind me how very full my hands are).<div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/colege-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/colege-students.jpeg"></a></div><br><div><br></div><div>Thanks for the prompts to keep me on task here:</div><div><br></div><div><i style="font-weight: bold; ">Thinking: </i>about how,as James put it, the "rest of the world" lives. We just moved into an apartment out of a trailer. &nbsp;We wanted to live in town, for proximity to things we like to do, like trails and parks and libraries. &nbsp;But, we are also trying to save to buy our own house. &nbsp;So, we were looking at low-rent options, and our other close competitor was a spacious, quirky, retro house in the middle of a trailer court. &nbsp;Across from a cemetery. &nbsp;There was little sleep as I worried over where we lived, as there are trade-offs for everything. &nbsp;At one complex I dropped an application to, the owner/manager said, "you know what I say, if it's meant to be, it falls into place." This apartment by the water fell into place and I am all sorts of thankful!&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ElementaryStudents1.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ElementaryStudents1.jpeg"></a></div><br></div><div>Let's say there are some sweet perks, but some things I might try and ignore, like more junk than I'd like and cigarette smoke. &nbsp;Much of the world lives with violence and hunger, and I worry about a sweet scores on Craigslist, minimizing clutter and adhering to a nap schedule. &nbsp;</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/cosmetology-scholarships.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/cosmetology-scholarships.jpeg"></a></div><br></div><div>It's important to keep those things in perspective, as the privileged individuals we are in this country. &nbsp;Important to give thanks! &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b><i>Making</i></b>: a new home. &nbsp;Really, home is wherever my love &amp; girls are, but this flat is our place until Spring. &nbsp;Maybe if I get my act together, I'll share some pictures once we're settled. &nbsp;Its pretty cute, but MAYBE. &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b><i>Anticipating</i></b>: our trip to the Northwest for a November Holiday Celebration! &nbsp;Love to plan ahead for travel (so many first-world-privileges, I feel spoiled). &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Also, Halloween! &nbsp;Still brainstorming costumes for the girls... So far Josey's been an elephant &amp; a minion. &nbsp;This year, she might actually get Halloween a bit more. &nbsp;Love how much she talks &amp; asserts herself in this world. &nbsp;Feel pretty darned lucky to be in this life with the one-of-a-kind Josey James!</div><div><br></div><div><b><i>Wearing:</i></b> Eliza May. &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/istock_000016678101xsmall-300x197.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/istock_000016678101xsmall-300x197.jpeg"></a></div></div><div><br></div><div>Actually, I went for a lovely walk with Eliza May this afternoon, chatted on the phone with a certain special birthday girl, and this boutique, who was having a huge moving sale just drew me in! &nbsp;I was nervous about trying on my items because she was comfy in the Ergo, and I wasn't going to be like- "Hey, lovely French boutique-designer/owner, will you please just hold my baby while I change out of my sweats into your beautiful clothes?" &nbsp; Fortunately, the sweet lady offered me this adorable bag, which unfolds into a play-mat for baby, and I was able to try on some gems, which I'm so excited to add to my pre-baby wardrobe (which has been packed in bins for months and months). &nbsp;Yay for fashion!&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><i><b>Thankful for:</b></i></div><div><i><b><br></b></i></div><div>A roof, a bank account, clothes and ample smiles, giggles, songs and colors. All of them!</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ProfileChecklistCollege.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ProfileChecklistCollege.png"></a></div></div><div><br></div><div><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); ">Thinking of our Canadian loves as they celebrate Thanksgiving. &nbsp;Need to get our minis to our Northern neighbor, soon! &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); "><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); "><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-reading-in-library.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-reading-in-library.jpeg"></a></div><br></span></div><div><br></div><div><br></div></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-23700985909502214472014-08-28T22:49:00.001-06:002014-08-28T23:07:22.400-06:00... The place that chooses you<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stressed-student1.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/stressed-student1.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Canadian Radio gave me a nice reminder the other night. &nbsp;In the car with laptop in tow, one babe left snug in bed and the other left mid-lull with Daddy. &nbsp;Moments of true solace are so few &amp; far between these days with 7 roommates, tourists, and a steady stream of visitors. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">So, the solo drive for some coveted "smartphone"service turned into a stop to reflect at the Sherburne Dam while listening to The Road Home -a beautiful program on CKUA. &nbsp;the DJ-host shares music, poetry, and sounds from his home in the country. &nbsp;He is living his dream, and I realize I am living a dream, too. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/confused-male-student.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/confused-male-student.jpeg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/high school students studying.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/high school students studying.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Not once, as pianist/housekeeper/server/Heidi's employee/Hootenannigan in 2005, 2006, 2008, or 2009 did I ever think I'd be living here with children. &nbsp;I mourned the end of my time as summer pianist and took action to have the position filled by a talented &amp; spirited friend. &nbsp;The splendor of these mountains, the history in the Grand Hotel, the legacy of Mr. Tippet, falling in love here- all etched a permanent print on my life, and ultimately I can't &amp; won't stay away. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/bored-students-000019214693xsmall.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/bored-students-000019214693xsmall.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">So, who am I, here and now? &nbsp;A mother of two who "used to be" someone else? &nbsp;A tired "has been"? &nbsp;Sometimes, I turn a envious green hearing of roommates' fun, late nights &amp; epic hikes. My experience here now is complete with diaper blowouts and tantrums on the trail! &nbsp;(and of course the sweetest smiles &amp; new discoveries...) &nbsp; Like most who have graced this place, I hold so many times here near and dear. &nbsp;Summers of friendships and adventures not to be forgotten. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teacherHelpingStudents.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/teacherHelpingStudents.jpeg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Beyond the unique vegetation &amp; geology, the unforgettable landscape, scents &amp; tastes, this place has an incredible history of musicians entertaining guests here. &nbsp;James &amp; I are performers in a whole different way these days, our family on "stage" each Sunday, my children an adorable part of so many vacations. &nbsp;Still playing duets &amp; group numbers, trying to hold the Hootenanny together during the transition from Glacier Park, Inc. to Xanterra.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/nursing-grants.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/nursing-grants.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The time to finish a thought on a screen or a paper is fleeting. &nbsp;My desire to document this life in a new way has become my focus, and my creative work focus has become the musical tradition at Many Glacier Hotel. &nbsp;I posted earlier about my desire to create a documentary on the Showplace of the Rockies. &nbsp;While few would deny that it's a great idea, no one will say that it'll be easy. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students6thurmbsup.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students6thurmbsup.jpeg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The affirmation- "shoot for the moon" rings in my ears, and a favorite performance from a past Hoot, with the talented singer/fiddler/mandolin serenader- "Moonriver" swoons me on. &nbsp;My babies have become the most important thing to me, and oftentimes I feel that continuing Music at Many Glacier has been an uphill battle. &nbsp;The notion of the "golden years" is almost annoying to me at times, while I love and treasure the history, I want music as a cornerstone of each Hotel guest's experience. &nbsp;I can't do it all, and I've become better at going with the flow now that I have two.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/student-grade-sheet.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/student-grade-sheet.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ProfileChecklistCollege.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/ProfileChecklistCollege.png" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I'm not returning to Florence to teach this Fall, and it's a strange feeling. &nbsp;No lesson planning, no warmups, no repertoire. &nbsp;I feel a twinge of guilt, leaving the students I care so much about, leaving the program I worked so hard to build. &nbsp;Yet, there was a part of me that wasn't meant to be there anymore, and I have to accept that. &nbsp;I also can accept that the teacher taking over for me is fully competent and will do an amazing job (maybe a twinge of jealousy mixed in there). &nbsp;So. &nbsp;September at Many Glacier.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The impression, the quote I took away from that night with The Road Home: "When the place you choose as home chooses you." &nbsp;I guess that's happened, and I couldn't feel more lucky, challenged, and... home. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/third-graders-studying-math.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/third-graders-studying-math.jpeg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-talking.html; charset=UTF-8" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-talking.html; charset=UTF-8" /></a></div><br />Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-70809011454550687272014-07-22T11:21:00.001-06:002014-07-22T16:44:05.312-06:00Update from Many Glacier<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/57120010-400x315.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/57120010-400x315.jpeg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">A friend recently asked me why I haven't posted here lately! &nbsp;I was hoping that no one noticed. &nbsp;Truth is, blogging is very different without service, I learned that here last summer. &nbsp;Plus, life is busier with two- especially in a full house with constant visitors! &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Summer is rolling right along, tourist season in full swing, our fourth Hootenanny was this week- lots of talent including both our little girls who sat with me at the piano. &nbsp;Every Sunday at 6:30! &nbsp;It's amazing to think how many Hoots I've played in, coordinated, experienced since 2006. &nbsp;Boat Co Family in the audience, visitors &amp; employees beaming as they get a break from the norm to listen to sweet music.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Much of my mental efforts have been to document this tradition- to make a film. &nbsp;I'm working on synthesizing my plan- opening my mouth &amp; talking about it- and setting the wheels in motion. &nbsp;Gathering archives, planning interview, and anticipating next year's main event:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">For all participants of the MGH Hootenanny at any time: we are having a reunion next summer- July 31-Aug 2. &nbsp;Spread the word, mark your calendar! &nbsp; More info forthcoming!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students_1630446c.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students_1630446c.jpeg"></a></div><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><br></div><br></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-2330240077053755922014-07-07T05:49:00.001-06:002014-07-07T05:49:11.111-06:00Mtn Mama: two in July<div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/cosmetology-scholarships.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/cosmetology-scholarships.jpeg"></a></div></div><div><br></div>Watermelon dribbles<div>Lotsa bug bites</div><div>Chipped polish</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Tutor with student" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Tutor with student"></a></div></div><div><br></div><div>Treefrog earns</div><div>More love from our</div><div>Rollercoaster of toddler emotions</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/shutterstock_24702862_crop380w.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/shutterstock_24702862_crop380w.jpeg"></a></div></div></div><br></div><div>Patience is stretching,&nbsp;</div><div>As my no's become certain,&nbsp;</div><div>My yes' plentiful</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/20080929stressedstudents.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/20080929stressedstudents.jpeg"></a></div></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br></span></div><div>Still, there<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> are many things to fear:</span></div><div>Whipping winds, the drier buzzer, cars.</div><div>"Always safe by momma."</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/College_Students_TU.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/College_Students_TU.jpeg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Adventure everyday and</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">my hands are full,&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">my heart's spilling over</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/College_Students_TU.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/College_Students_TU.jpeg"></a></div><br></div></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Every experience&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Twice as wonderful&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">As it already was</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/high-school-secondary-age-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/high-school-secondary-age-students.jpeg"></a></div><br></div><br></div><br></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3169224540938136731.post-37914330200903789312014-05-25T19:59:00.001-06:002014-06-04T17:38:00.106-06:00And...we're back!<div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/medical student tutor.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Education-Quotes-for-College-Students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Education-Quotes-for-College-Students.jpeg"></a></div><br></div>Well hello from Glacier country! &nbsp;In the midst of crazy May, there wasn't time to write, plus all sorts of things have been changing too quickly to synthesize. I did take on Mamalode's Instagram series #dayinthelifeofmamalode, a nice way to capture &amp; share some emotions and happenings during this transitional time of leaving a full-time-job &amp; becoming full-time-mama. &nbsp;Not that all mamas aren't full-time, but you know what I mean!<div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-on-campus-amu.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students-on-campus-amu.jpeg"></a></div><div><br></div><div>Back here at Many, I'm hoping to set aside a little bit of each day for some creating and exploring, working on the Hoot documentary and music. &nbsp;Also trying to rest and enjoy the new growth around me. &nbsp;Noticing bright snowpack as it diminishes, tiny buds on branches. &nbsp;<div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/College-student5.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/College-student5.jpeg"></a></div></div></div><div><br></div><div>It's been nice to shake out a little cabin fever as Josephine plays in nature. &nbsp;All the&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">moving: toys and tools, clothes and kids, it was emotional, it was hard, it was good. &nbsp;Nice to remember that all you need is some rocks and dirt after pining for material items &amp; memories.</span></div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Elementary students writing.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/Elementary students writing.jpeg"></a></div></div><div><br></div><div>So much stuff! &nbsp;Many of our commitments are now wrapped up- some more abruptly than others. &nbsp;Many folks were left without a goodbye, and I feel strange being so disconnected from school when it's not out for summer yet. &nbsp;James &amp; I tag-teamed it to move our family of four, which was much more difficult than anticipated (isn't it always?!) Now we are decompressing a bit, letting things go.</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/male-students-has-been-falling-asleep-in-class_188980700.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/male-students-has-been-falling-asleep-in-class_188980700.jpeg"></a></div><br></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The rhythm of purging and organizing has felt really good- with moving and now at the boat house before the whole crew is here. &nbsp;It's nice to take a bit of time and figure out where and how to make things look and function better than last year. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/istock_studentscloudxsmall.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/istock_studentscloudxsmall.jpeg"></a></div><br></span></div><div>Eliza (aka tree frog) has been through a lot in her first month of life, I want to mellow things out for her. &nbsp;She's had a harder time with nursing, as she came into a busy world that wasn't stopping: accompanying me to school early on, lots of running around for a newborn. &nbsp;She took a bottle early, thanks to the breast pump (provided via Obamas healthcare for all). &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/college-students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/college-students.jpeg"></a></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div>Mommy-guilt is so hard. &nbsp;Today, as she was screaming during her usual witching hour, I reminded myself, "you're doing the best you can." &nbsp;Hard not to be too hard on myself. &nbsp;Remembering that this wee babe just left my womb, and we are missing parts of each other, needing each other now in new, different ways. &nbsp;Oh, and thank God for babywearing!</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/onlinecollegestudent.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/onlinecollegestudent.jpeg"></a></div><br><div>Returning to Many has been fun with Big sister. It feels like her first time as she is just putting it all together. &nbsp;Girl is&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">so darn passionate, exuberant, curious, impressionable. &nbsp;Her reactions to all these "new" experiences, interacting with boat co family in a while new way. &nbsp;Endearing and entertaining! &nbsp;Often, fear comes first, but excitement follows. &nbsp;See Miss Bumble Tuna below. &nbsp;Shortly after this, she whispered "I don WAN na go to Many GLacier." &nbsp;I reminded her Ty &amp; Margaret were here, and we were able to get stoked on the gorgeous Spring drive into the Valley, including making Duck sounds "one more time" a million times.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/hispanic-grants.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/hispanic-grants.jpeg"></a></div></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">On our first Lake Josephine visit, she said she saw a whale! &nbsp;I know how grandiose this place seemed to me when I first came here 10 years ago, but nothing beats a child's imagination!</span></div><div><font face="Helvetica Neue Light, HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif"><br></font><div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/China students.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/China students.jpeg"></a></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">I am excited to be on YouPlus2 Parenting later this week sharing my take on play with Josephine- how much electronics and the internet can affect our toddlers. &nbsp;Look for it! &nbsp;It's already been great to unplug here in Glacier and just follow the needs of my babies. &nbsp;Simplify life a bit. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students_laptop_classroom_md_wm.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://peacelovemusicgrows.com/images/students_laptop_classroom_md_wm.jpeg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div></div></div></div>Emily Hackethornhttps://plus.google.com/112428874169149750318noreply@blogger.com0