Monday, April 29, 2013

Hello, Monday...

I love to watch my sleeping babes. As my children grow, I see their changing faces. With every added week, month, year, the round, pudgy innocence starts to fade, being replaced by distinct brows, strong jawlines or cheekbones, and gained knowledge. But for some odd reason, when my children sleep, they still look like those sleeping babes that are forever etched into my memory.

I can only imagine what August will look like when he's older, but I know that this sleeping face will grace his pillow for many, many years.

I hope this Monday finds you all well. We are getting over colds that cropped up suddenly. The one good thing about lazing around all day, fighting a cold, is that I wasted time scour the internet for ideas.  They're mostly illustration ideas, but as one thing lead to another, I happened upon many great craft ideas. I hope to implement at least one this week!

Happy Monday!

nessa dee

Thursday, April 25, 2013


A strange little circus train at night.

Also, here's a sneak peek of a project I'm working on...

Happy Friday!

nessa dee

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

8 months

Just a few days before August was due to arrive, I was in a store, taking advantage of a sale. I was getting all of the usual stares one gets when they are so great with child that people think they are going to have the baby  right in the store. One lady, who had an 8 month old boy, asked me when I was due, what was I having, etc. Then she told me she felt for me... the fact that I was just about to start on a journey she'd been trudging through for the past 8 months. You see, her child was just starting to sleep through the night. She had been fighting sleep deprivation for two-thirds of a year, and she knew what I was about to go through. But I smiled politely while thinking, that won't be baby will be a good sleeper.
And now that August is nearing nine months old, I smile just thinking about that poor lady, and then cry a little inside because my baby is still not close to sleeping through the night. It's my fault, really. I got into some bad habits early on and I've been too exhausted to remedy them.
I had such big plans before this baby was born, of what we were going to do as a family of five, how my life wasn't going to slow down one bit, and how this baby raising was going to be super easy because, after all, this is my third child. I think the pregnancy hormones were making me delirious. First child, third child, 15th child, raising a baby is tough. While some things are easier because of experience gained, other things become harder. Each new child brings a new dynamic, and new challenges. But, then again, with each new child, your heart, which already felt so full that it could burst, somehow, amazingly expands to encompass the joy and love that you feel for this new little person, and you can't imagine life without them. You feel as though they've always been a part of your life; and planned or not planned, they are meant to be.

August, at 8 months old you are keeping us on our toes. You are walking with your baby walker, climbing stairs, opening cabinets and drawers, talking so that the whole neighborhood can hear. You are also keeping us entertained. You can clap, spit on cue, give high-fives, and show us how big you are. You love food, and try to eat anything I'm eating, but you still don't have any chompers to chew with. You love to mimic, and play games, pull the dog's hair, and distract your brother and sister from doing their schoolwork.

You are a joy, little boy, a busy, busy joy. 
I'll eat you up, I love you so.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Peek - a - boo

Just popping in to say a quick hi and let you know that I'm still here. I'm working on some projects that are stealing all of my precious free moments, but I'm determined not to neglect my blog. And in case you're interested, I've got a tumblr site now that's going to be dedicated strictly to my art. It's as follows:

 Hope you had an awesome week!

nessa dee

Monday, April 15, 2013

Looky here...

My "Book Love" print is featured on in honor of National Library Week!

Check it out here.

Thanks, Amnah, for including my print!
nessa dee

Friday, April 12, 2013


Sometimes, with all of the expectations I have for you with school, and chores, and responsibilities, I forget.
Sometimes, when I see how tall you've grown, and how much you eat, and how short your pants are, I forget. Sometimes, when I hear you read, or listen to you talk, when you use words like 'trundling', I forget.
But watching you this week, all week, as you dressed in your astronaut suit, and flew a big cardboard box to the moon countless times, I remembered that you're still my little boy.

"Little boy, you remind me how so much depends on days made of now."
 [Alison McGhee, Little Boy]

Happy 7th birthday, my sweet little Finn.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013 forward

My mom found this piece I wrote back in 2006... when I had two kids, was only homeschooling one, and wasn't chasing a dream that had been stewing in my veins for quite a while and finally boiled over at the most inconvenient time in my life. Needless to say, I had a little more time to write. 

"Mommy, when am I going to get my own lip gloss and cell phone?" Audrie asked as we headed into the grocery store. The question blindsided me. In the midst of my shock I did what any composed, sensible parent would do-- I panicked.

Lip gloss? Cell phone? Where did this come from? All right, calm down, you can handle this.

"Why do you need lip gloss and a cell phone?" I questioned, trying to assess the situation, but my mind wandered on. I saw eye shadow and mascara masking those naturally beautiful green eyes, imagined arguments over curfews, trips to the mall sans parents. An overwhelming sense of dread permeated my body as my mind ventured forth and the thought of dating entered my head.

I'm not ready for this! I thought I had more time!

This January Audrie will celebrate her 6th birthday, and I will be coming to terms with the fact that my baby girl is growing up, fast. I can no longer hide my denial in the comfort of toddler clothing from the baby department. We are now exclusively shopping in the girls clothing department, size 6. Audrie lost her first tooth in August and another in October. She has grown an inch since September, rides her bike without training wheels, and she is now reading books to me. Her plans for future careers are neatly written down in a notebook. They are as follows:
 I want to be a book writer.
I want to be a mom.
I want to be an artist.
She loves to write stories, and she draws constantly. She told me she wanted to have 15 children when she grows up, but has since narrowed it down to 3. (I personally wouldn't mind having 15 grandchildren!) As for a future spouse, she told me while I was pregnant, that she was going to marry her brother, and almost cried when I told her she couldn't. So, with the exception of a slight hitch in her marriage plans, she is well on her way to achieving her goals.

Finn will be a world explorer. I grin when I think about how fitting his room decor is to his personality. When I was pregnant with him, I watched my belly shift and roll, felt constant kicks, and knew I would have my hands full. Since his birth, he has yet to slow down. He started crawling two months ago, and now, at 8 months of age, we expect him to soon be walking on his own. He is constantly busy, and spends his days trying to access and explore the world beyond the makeshift pen in our living room.
His favorite destination: anyplace but his current location. 
Favorite toy: everything but the age appropriate, brightly colored musical toys within hands' reach.
Favorite activity: treading the treacherous waters of the bath with his sister, or finding ways to escape the safe zone to embark on dangerous voyages into the more exciting, less baby-proofed areas.

Seeing Audrie and Finn together is such a joy. She will do the most mundane thing countless times just to make him giggle, and he laughs at almost anything she does. Yet I can't help but look at Audrie and think, Where did the past six years go?, and look at Finn and know that he will be six one day, all too soon.

As each milestone of babyhood is met and conquered, and longings for dolls and fairy wings give way to requests for lip gloss and cell phones, I feel as though time with my children is fleeting. It's at these moments that I have to tell myself not to dwell on things that are yet to come, and remind myself of the little things I encounter each and every day that make these years with my children magical.

Audrie asks me every morning, "What should I be today?" and proceeds to dress up as a polar bear or a piece of chocolate candy. The way Finn throws his arms up when asked how big he is. The smell of his hair after he has taken a bath. Audrie telling me that she loves me even more than the chocolate. Watching Charlotte's Web with her and us both crying. Finn giving big, slobbery kisses. Waving bye to Dad as he heads to work yelling, "Audrie's a goober!" Audrie's quick retort, "You're a goober!" All four of us piling up in the bed every morning not wanting to get up. All four of us sitting on the couch at night, reading a book together, not wanting to go to bed.

Audrie walked into the living room the other day and stated in a matter of fact tone, "Mommy, there are only two things that eat fairies: crocodiles and big cockroaches!" I laughed, and time slowed down, if for just a moment.

And the sweet, tiring, magical, frustrating, amazing cycle begins again.     


After reading this, it struck me how eerily and effortlessly a simple little matter such as timing can impact your life. Six years later and another kid in the mix, and so much has changed, yet so much is the same.

 I sit here staring at these beautiful little boys [seen here with their beautiful great-grandmother].  I now have proof beyond my faulty memory that August is a carbon copy of his older brother. I could insert August's name in the description of 8 month old Finn and it would all ring true. 

I look at my Finn. That little baby who I knew would all too quickly turn six one day celebrates his seventh birthday this Friday. 

And then there's my sweet baby girl. I can't believe that this stage in life, the one that I so feared somehow crept in, and now stares at me every morning through those beautiful hazel eyes. I'm still not ready for it.

And I'm left wondering if I truly savored those moments. Life gets busy. It's full of twists and turns and schedules and surprises.  And I know, I know, that I should slow down and soak up these fleeting moments with my children, but so many times I feel as if I'm just trying to make it through the day without any bumped heads, scraped knees, or bruised hearts. I live for Saturdays when I don't have to wave good-bye to my husband in the morning and hope that he'll get home before I put the kids in bed. I long for the days when I can get six hours of uninterrupted sleep. So many times I feel as if I'm on the brink of insanity. But that's just it. That's life. It's an insane, crazy, busy journey sprinkled with sweet moments. 
Reading that piece from 2006 was a bit of a slap in the face, a wake up call to slow down, to soak up, to savor those sprinkles because I blinked and this...

became this...

 I'll blink again, and they'll be grown.  And I hope that when they're grown, and they're thinking about their childhood, they'll look beyond the chaos, and remember the those little moments we shared together that made life sweet. 

And hopefully, as they're reminiscing, they'll remember to visit their mother in the insane asylum, and remind her of those sweet moments, too.


nessa dee

Monday, April 8, 2013


I love these pictures so much.

These little boys love each other so much.

What a gift these little moments bring to a momma, seeing my boys, these brothers, laugh together.  

nessa dee

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Here's an oldie for illustration Friday. As a child I feared, or maybe hoped, that I might find a little chick in my breakfast.

nessa dee

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy colors

We've been enjoying some much needed rain for the past couple of days, but with the skies being so grey, we needed a jolt of happy color. We found plenty around the house.

Even an unhappy caged baby is a pretty shade of flaming coral!

nessa dee

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring animals

Well hello there! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. Ours was fast and furious as we made a last minute trip to see family. But we are back now, and I'm trying my hardest to carve out some time to create/blog/shower. I decided a bit late that I needed a few spring animals to grace the blog...

I know that robots aren't typically depicted as spring animals, but I went blank on a third type and looked up at my peg board of paintings for inspiration and saw a robot. So, a spring robot it is!

Happy Spring!

nessa dee