Saturday, December 20, 2014

Decorating the Tree

This Christmas I feel just a little bit dizzy. Disillusioned...

I just want to hit the pause button and give Tom a few days to catch up in with work and me a couple hours to stare at a wall.... and then YAY! Christmas!!!

 But alas there is no pause button and so I have to try to squeeze in some wall staring and some praying for my overworked husband... and find my Christmas spirit anyway...

And its always when I start... when I just do it that I find the feeling that I am looking for.

When I pull out the ornaments and let them at the tree.... and I realize twelve months have passed since last we did this.

They are all a year older. The time just slips through my fingers each day... until on days like these I notice. And I breath deep and thank God for it all... and ask for more time. More awareness. One more year of all this joy I don't deserve.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Rope

At the end of a long week and another dinner on my own with the kids I exclaimed to no one in particular that I was at the end of my very short rope!!!

Tommy then being confused  innocently asked me "How short is your rope exactly momma?"

At this moment.... it got a little longer. Some of the knots of anxiety and irritation undone by six year old accidental humor.

A few minutes later at dinner the kids and were talking about Camelot.... King Arthur.... Guinevere...

 I was trying to ring bells because I know they have seen movies involving the legend and we just got the Magic Treehouse book, Christmas in Camelot.

 I asked Bella if she knew what it was and she said, "The place with the bears?"

I looked at her confused and Vivian exclaimed, "Ohhhhhh! You mean Canada?"

um..... no.... well.... yes. Canada has Bears.

But that is not what we were getting at...

Ok never mind.

In other news today was the first real snow for this winter. Talk about excited kids! They were out playing in the glorified dusting before nine and in again before ten! 

Here is to a happy and relaxed weekend and a mama with a slightly longer rope at the end of it all! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Roundup

Soooo.... Whats happened since February? HA..... a lot...

Lets just start with what happened this weekend...

Tommy played in his first Soccer game! Much anticipated and a week late because of a high fever last weekend. So proud of my boy! Its fun being a mom on the sidelines... heart wrenching but fun.

Daniel had his first game last week... I got pictures but none of them turned out to well.... I will have to mine Dads phone for some better ones and post them next time.

Besides Soccer there was a trip to Home Depot with the whole crew.

And some impromptu drywalling of the basement stairwell followed...

Then I thought I would make us all some apple dumplings ala pioneer woman. So I popped open the crescent rolls I had stolen from my Mom only to find they were GARLIC flavored.... have you ever heard of such a thing??? So instead we made pepperoni rolls.

I discovered Vivian has a flare for rolling bread dough.

Hers were by far the neatest of them all.... so... all in all a good, busy , productive and fun weekend.
And hopefully a good little start in getting back into the habit of keeping track of some memories here.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Catching Joy

         Today was a blur of laundry, school, meals, dishes, school, folding, school, diaper change, school, break up fight, kiss boo boo, meal.... But somewhere around dinner prep as school work got finished and chicken got put in the oven the kids begged to go outside. Into the barren tundra. And I sighed and gritted my teeth and said yes.

           Then came the gloves, layers, POTTY FIRST! More layers, hats, lost boots.... And finally they were out! 

.....Then Vivian's boot slipped off. So out I went to help her. Thinking I would come back in.

I went out in sweat pants and just my coat and boots.... But the joy caught me. And then Tom who was working in the office saw the joy out the window and had to come join in. 

And we spent and hour freezing and winded. Together and laughing. Snapping pictures, making memories, grabbing onto the fleeting joy of fresh snow in a too short childhood. 

Sometimes we get so busy we forget what it's all really for. 

More of this please and thank you.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Family Outing

Today we had a long overdue family day.

We cashed in on a gift card the kids got from my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Roger.
I thought I was indecisive... I may be, but my children outdid me today.
We spent a good forty five minutes letting each of them decide how best to spend five dollars.
The blessing was at least everything was five dollars so there was no need to veto any choices.
We would probably still be there if that had been a factor....

It was fun to see what they picked for themselves, Vivian got a ball, the boys picked bow and arrow sets, and Bella got a little stuffed puppy in a pick purse.

Next we ran through the grocery store and pet store, and then to McDonalds.
A rare treat for our four to eat out with all of us... it just gets to darn expensive.

Now we are home, tucked in and eating all the Halloween candy we can while we watch a movie.
And looking forward to and extra hour of sleep in the morning!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New app new day

Today got the urge to blog. This hasn't been the norm lately as you may have noticed.... But I feel like I am missing things. Moments. Forgetting the funny things they say and do. I am hoping a new phone and a new app will help streamline the photo sharing process also... Because pictures make it so much more interesting! 

School today...

And now some quiet time.... 

And here's a little backstory on our summer.... In photo form.

More sooner than later i hope! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Last night Tom and I went out for a much needed date. And we had a trip to the store to pick a gift for Daniel's birthday today.

When I got home he was still up and he got out of bed to say goodnight.
I said "Give me one more three year old hug and kiss! Tomorrow when you hug me you will be four!"

To my great surprise the boy who will NOT let me refer to him as my baby got teary eyed and quivery lipped and said "I think maybe I wanna be three for just one more day mama. I don't wanna grow up yet!"

I informed him that he wasn't born till after dinner... and therefore we could count most of tomorrow as still being three :)

And now just to keep him three at least a little bit forever.... All about Daniel

1.  How old are you? Five.... uh four!

2. What's your favorite color? Green. and I like black.

3. What's your favorite food? Grapes.... black and green and red.

3. Who's your best friend? Isaac and Jofuf (Joseph)

4. What's your favorite toy? um... I don't know. Everything in the galaxy.

5. What's your favorite tv show? Batman and Superman and hulk. (he has never see batman.)

6. What's your favorite movie? Aventurers. ( Which means Avengers.)

7. What's your favorite treat? Twistlers (twizzlers)

8. Where is your favorite place to go? um.... the museums.

9. What's you favorite video game? Sonic

10. What do you wanna be when you grow up? A Dad.

11. What's your favorite song? I don't know. Bruno Mars?

12. What is your favorite memory of something we did? What's a memory?

A memory is something you remember we did before.  Oh... I remember going to cooks forest.

13. Why do you like Cook's forest? I like going out with flashlights and finding people.

14. Who is your favorite babysitter? Andrea

15. Why? Because she is my best friend and I love her.

16. Where is your favorite place to go with Daddy? the working place (home depot)

17. What is Daddy's job? going to Mr. Bruce's and fixin cars and trucks.

18. What is Mommy's job? Doing stuff at the house and cleaning stuff and putting stuff the right way.

19. What's your job? playing.... I don't have a job. I only have to play and eat.

20. What do you wanna now that your four? um.... go see what my presents are at nans house. Can we go now? Can we?

And so we are off to swim and get a present as per the birthday boys request :)