Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Season

A friend at work told me that this year she took the last picture of her kiddos together on her front porch on the first day of school. Her oldest is a senior this year and her younger one is a junior. I know its cheesy and I've sorta already been doing it. It sounded so refreshing and original to me though, what a great idea! I know its probably not an original one but how do us younger moms get great ideas if we don't glean from those that are in seasons farther along?

So here it is, R on his first day of first grade, and H getting ready to start preschool.


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So I'm hoping the idea sticks in my head and I continue to take the 'front porch' picture every year from now until I blink and R is a senior.

In other super busy news...
School has started for all of us. We're in the swing of the new schedule and are still getting used to a few things, like early mornings and all of us being out the door by about 7:15, the new carpool system at our school. And last of which is my schedule. I originally thought I'd be working 4 full days a week. But sadly I'm not. I work for a 'choice' homeschool partnership program and this year we changed a few enrollment requirements for the age group of students I teach, well as a result our numbers were WAY down and one of my classes had to be closed because there weren't enough students in it to justify the cost of having the additional class. So after re-grouping at work and at home we're still adjusting to my newest schedule.
Every day gets a little better and I'm confidant that by September things will be rolling smoothly.

One of the new things we've added to the schedule is my involvement in a choir. My kiddos get to play with some of their friends every Thursday night and I get to sing again! I sang classically for about 4 years while I was in college and then for another 4 at the church we attended. Since we moved to CO (4 1/2 years ago) I haven't done ANYTHING with music really, so its been a while I'm so excited to stretch the 'ol vocal chords.
I remember thinking a few years ago about forcing something like this to happen. I remember thinking 'I can make this work' if we do this with R and this with H I could make this work...
But there was always too many voices in my head telling me not to, not to mention a super patient husband, and boy am I glad I listened. Because right about the time I decided not to do it I'd see or find out the reason why. And I remember feeling in my gut that some day the season would arrive when I would feel complete freedom to sing again with a group.
So I guess all I have to say tonight is that I'm exhausted from the past 15 days of preparing for the new school year and getting the kids and daddy ready for me to be working again but I'm also unbelievably excited about THIS SEASON.

Til next time, remember to find beauty in your midst!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer Time

Yesterday the family and I braved the heat and walked to a nearby park. I grabbed the camera to take a few pictures of summer time in our neighborhood and in the flower garden at our house. We've had quite a bit of rain in our part of Colorado the past month so things are very green!








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Til next time, remember to find beauty in your midst!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What I Don't Do

A few months ago I read a book. I will at some point blog about this book but for now it will be just a book. This particular book was/is the BEST book I've read in the last five years. So at some point when the time is right I will give you full on throttle details of this book and why it was the best book I've read in the last five years.
Anyway, in the book the author spends a chapter talking about what she doesn't do. It for her was a way to free herself from the incessant 'to do' lists that plagued her life and her feeling of inadequacy when she didn't complete the list.

So I decided I'd start writing one for myself. Its actually pretty awesome thinking what I don't do and giving myself permission to NOT do something, and the grace to have an easy way out sometimes. And its a work in progress. Just now, minutes ago I added a new item to the list. So I may write about what I don't do from time to time but for now here's what I got:

-Make pie crusts from scratch (yes I'm sure its easy but I don't to it), Marie Calendar suits me just fine
-Make homemade frosting (yes I'm sure its easy and better for you than the store bought stuff but I simply just don't do it)
-Wear big earrings (not because I don't think they are adorable, I've tried wearing them before and I just don't think, even though I wish, they are my style)
-Paint my finger nails (because I'm a perfectionist)
-Make homemade lasagna I've priced it out and stouffers is actually a smidge cheaper than making lasagna homemade), this item will probably be chucked off this list at some point.
-Have indoor plants. I've tried oh how I've tried and what a waste of money it was.
-Drink coffee without creamer. My morning beverage no longer, completely, resembles a melted candy bar. Even though I do 1/2 skim milk and 1/2 creamer I still need creamer in my life every day to keep the world spinning in the correct direction.
-Wear skinny jeans without long shirts. Call me conservative, or call me chicken. Bella Swan I am not. I have however ventured out the front door in slim jeans. And if you are wondering there is a big difference between the two, slim jeans are much more 'chicken' friendly. I actually happen to adore slim jeans with a great pair of flats. If you have never experienced this combo, get thee to an outlet mall.

What's on your list?

Til next time, remember to find beauty in your midst!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Sweet Spot!

Happy August!
In honor of the fastly concluding summer, Mountain Man and I decided to head to the mountains and spend the day creekside with some inner tubes and a picnic. We did this last summer and it was by far my FAVORITE day of the summer. And again it was this year too.
There is something about some sunshine, a shallow stream, a picnic and the imagination of two kiddos to remind you that life really can, is and should be THAT simple.
The water was shallow enough for them to walk almost to the other side. It was awesome having them so independent this year.

He had a blast!


So did she.

This smile is why we went.

He did this ALL day

Water balloon time:)


'What, its time to go?'


By far the best moment of the day, was on the drive home.
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Hope you are having a GREAT summer!

Til next time, remember to find beauty in your midst!