Well, Hello There!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I'm back. Hi!

In the last two weeks, I have facilitated three trainings; had two super sick kids (curse you, wicked stomach flu!) and conquered an evil sinus infection; attended four soccer games, six soccer practices, my first volleyball game as a parent. I also attended my first middle school football game as a middle school parent of the cheer manager (whoever's idea it was to give Cee a clipboard and a whistle - thank you...you made her 7th grade experience complete with both of those gestures!!). I've been amazed time and time again by my girls, their influences, and their motivations; and to be perfectly honest with you, I have enjoyed every minute of being present with all of it.

I'm not sure my girls have ever been that sick at the same time, and I'm not sure I've ever felt so needed as a mom. It's such a relief that they're both feeling better!

I think one thing I really missed out on last year was being present for all the moments of the girls growing up, and it feels really good to be back on track. This quote showed up in my life last weekend, and I can't get it out of my mind. It's profoundly perfect for where I am right now.



So, in case you missed it, the Pope was here. One of my children asked me on Monday morning, "Who's Pope? He's all over the news!"

It's the end of the previous week and the beginning of the coming week - they now have a full understanding of just exactly who the Pope is, they wish we could have gone to the east coast to see him, and the girls know exactly who he is. What an amazing man!

Speaking of inspired, Jay came home on Thursday talking about Lizzie Velasquez. She told us the whole story of how Lizzie was belittled and bullied, how she was loved unconditionally by her family, pushed to new limits by her teachers, and how she used the hatefulness of others to leverage herself into the position of Activist.

A big part of Jay's enthusiasm for Lizzie was that her teacher was in the movie - pretty cool!

This was us waiting for the movie to start today...


...you won't get an "after" picture because I was a red-nosed, tear-stained mess. The power of the punch created by Lizzie is just incredible to me, and I am glad Jay encouraged us to go see it.

If you have a chance, I hope you'll go see it, too.

If you're reading this, thanks for hanging out and coming back during my "overwhelmed break" - I appreciate it more than you'll ever know!

That's all for now...

Peace.

253/365 - Fin.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

It's official. I hereby concede.

I can't keep up. I'm not going to use the q u __ __ word because that bothers me. I tried my best on the #365tolife project and here I am.

It has become a chore instead of an inspiration, and I've lost my steam...for now. I need a little break and then I'll be back to blogging.

However, the teacher in me needs to know how successful I was. I'm taking the mathematical liberty of rounding up based on no math rule whatsoever: 70%.

Sigh.

My friend Lindsey sent this to me the yesterday, and I love it. It pretty well covers the #365tolife project.


I think it's important for you to know my backyard has been a dove hunter's dream this week. And I love it. I think I've become a semi-legit bird watcher/enthusiast!

I also think it's important for you to know that I am irrationally excited about football season. And fall. Sunsets, sunrises. Oranges, reds, and golden tones. Seeing Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations at Hobby Lobby. The school year (for me and for the girls). Soccer season. And everything in between...

252/365

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I was trying to sneak a few pictures of the girls being sweet to each other.

This happened instead.


Can't you just feel the cup runnething over on their sisterly love?

What I can tell you (even though I'm sure you could come to this conclusion on your own) is that Jay is trying to jump {literally} into Cee's lap because she knows it will make her mad (thus the evil, one-eyed smile/cackle) and Cee is yelling, "Ssssttttttooooooooopppppppppppp," in a voice that is not at all different from fingernails on a chalkboard.

Makes a momma proud.

I think it's time to embrace the grays - they're regenerating and sprouting at a completely illogical rate, and I think they're over the whole idea of me trying to suppress them.

Maybe this battle isn't one worth fighting.

#growthmindset

251/365: First Visible Customer

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I was scared to get up for this picture, so you're just going to have to trust me. The prettiest cardinal visited our new bird feeder this evening.


Also we are trying super hard to grow grass so the focal point of our backyard looks "real" instead of "like dirt." Thus the yellow hole poker thing and the exceptionally dark soil. This is Cee's passion project right now, and she's doing an amazing job of tending to her crop.

What I really want you to notice, though, is the yellow bird feeder. This was Jay's purchase because she loves nature, outdoors, and {seriously} every living creature.

They're with their dad tonight, so I had to snap a picture of this guy - our first guest.

It's starting to cool down from the nasty summer heat, and this evening was filled with a very gentle breeze - just enough to keep the cardinal spinning in lazy, slow circles as he nibbled on his kibble.

He stayed for such a long time, and I wondered if this was an experiential moment for him. Like having a nice dinner at the Tower of the Americas or taking in the scenery and fine cuisine at SkyCity in Seattle.

And then I realized I was definitely over-analyzing a lovely moment instead of just enjoying it at face value.

250/365

Monday, September 7, 2015

It was a wookie kind of day for us, and Jay has been saying, "May the 4th be with you..." all day long!




249/365

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Guerrilla Warfare meets some sort of Red Carpet...

Weapon of Choice: Nerf.



Game? On.

248/365

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Nothing better than a little fun in the sun with these two!


Also, super proud of my Red Raiders.

Not sure if you can view these, but if you can, it's well worth your time!

This one makes me infinitely happy...

And this one does, too!

(242-247)/365

Friday, September 4, 2015

Once again, I've botched this thing a little bit.

Fortunately, catching up is going to be extremely easy.

We were in desperate need of a three day weekend because my girls are worn out and at each others' throats - 94.2% of this is due to sheer exhaustion.

So here goes my catching up post! Ready?

{hint: Cee=Pink, Jay=Turquoise;
rudeness leads to phones taken away}

Sunday:


Monday:









Tuesday Morning:



Wednesday (legitimate fail - they were with their dad and I didn't snap a single picture):

Thursday:



Friday:


And at one point this week, I completely forgot where I put one of their phones.

Not. My. Best.

And now I'm questioning myself. Why do I hide their phones when I take them away? I do not have an answer for this. It seems like I'm creating extra work for myself. They've never taken their phone from its time-out location.

Maybe I should just go with a Phone Jail.

Yes. Yes, I should.

The end.

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