Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Life Changes and So Do We

 Apologies for the long space between posts. Consider this an update with hopefully more catching-up to come. 

We successfully completed our #utahtour, hitting four states outside our own and knocking several hikes off my bucket list! Course, we also found places we'd love to return to. That's the joy of a quick road trip -- being thankful to move on when the destination is brutal and making note of places that deserve more exploration. I have renewed faith in my boys ability to sleep outside and hike longer distances. We had a BLAST. I want to write posts about each of our favorite spots -- hopefully I'll have time for that soon.

Speaking of time...lately I've been filling it all up with three different part-time jobs. Teaching preschool is my favorite, but when I'm not there I'm tutoring online or substitute teaching in local public schools. The best news is that I'll be taking a full-time position next year teaching Kindergarten!! I'll get to keep my current students with me in the classroom for another year! Working full time will be an adjustment, so I'm collecting ideas and making plans for the coming school year NOW. #notknowntoprocrastinate

I obviously don't have a sustainable posting schedule. It isn't practical for me to post multiple times per week anymore. Gone are the three hour naps and the desperate need for me to unwind and connect with other mothers of young children. Life has changed. Also gone are my whimsical ambitions to somehow provide my family an income from my blog. The ads and sponsored posts just need to go. So -- what shall remain? I'd like to continue sharing my favorite recipes here as well as trip reports from our best destinations. And most of all, I'd like this space to just be a record of things we do and who we are. So I'll try to keep posting...but it probably won't be consistent.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. 
Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” --Lao Tzu

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BFFs and Some Links | Weekending

My two boys, 25 months apart, are most often really good friends [they have their moments of discord, of course]. This morning I woke up with Pete by my side in bed [bad dream] and soon he began calling Buzz with the little secret melody they made up. Buzzra walks in with his favorite [queen size, so it's dragging on the floor] snuggly blanket -- "you called me?"

Right now, they're adorable. Pete says they are "BFF's".
Time is FLYING by. I've been substitute teaching and teaching online and just barely keeping the house clean and food on the shelves. My preschoolers and I get to go see baby animals at a farm tomorrow morning.

weekend shares:
Five Responses That Work With Children by Carrots Are Orange 
How to respond to a child with a lack of empathy or a child who gives up easily. Great ideas here.

To Die For Carrot Cake by Mom on Timeout
I tried it. It's really good. If I get some time, I'll share with you my healthier version of the recipe.

Alternatives to Family Dinner by Let Why Lead
We're the kind of family that grazes a little -- we eat when we're hungry. There are plenty of ways to get the same benefits of a family dinner, without all eating meals at the same time.

Eating | confession: I ate one of those magnum chocolate ice cream bars today
Enjoying | the super green grass with the rain we've had
Pinning | these apple pie cinnamon rolls. definitely something worth trying
Tweeting | this post about the work New Reality International is doing in Haiti
Planning | our packing list and food ideas for the twelve day road trip coming soon!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Color Me | Yellow and Grey

Ruffled Bible Case by Gathered and Sown || Girls Dotted Dress by Dressing Bree || Pallet Love Sign by Signed by Bradley
Chevron Duvet by River Oak Studio || Every Little Thing Wall Art by erinjt || Owl Mini Pillow by Little Side Kick 
Turtle Personalized Wall Art by Happy Cat Printables || Mens Yellow Checked Tie by littlevys || Elephant Die Cuts by Mariapalito 

Don't you love all that?! Well, I'd like to introduce my own brand of beauty. This handmade jewel pictured below is made by yours truly.
It's a baby blanket backed with super soft dot minky. I love the colors and the chevron design. Find it in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

52 Adventures | Zooming Downhill on Plasma Cars

This was all my husband's idea -- this riding plasma cars down hills thing. And a very good idea indeed!!! We had an absolute blast! I highly recommend it.

Have you been adventuring lately? Post photos on Instagram or Facebook with #52adventures!
To see other adventures we take, click here. We try to do lots of fun stuff. :)

Friday, March 06, 2015

Real Life | Stuff We Do

:: I have six posts in draft form.
:: I worked 35 hours last week subbing + teaching my preschoolers.
:: The family went for two days without clean clothes. I finally did get the laundry done.
:: I haven't taken any photos this week at all.
:: The sun has been shining for a couple weeks now and the forecast looks amazing.
:: I made cornbread tonight. The boys always like that.
:: Buzz has nine weeks of school left before he graduates into first grade.
:: Spring break is coming up fast and I need to wrap my mind around our big trip to Utah.
:: I planned a field trip to a farm with baby animals today.
:: We totally bombed spirit week -- no camouflage, no crazy hair, no cowboy clothes.
:: I have a love/hate relationship with monthly goals. I love them and then I hate them.
:: Subbing can be good or really bad. Two bad ones this week.

Life with babies is so different from life with kids in school. I hesitate to say that now is just as hard because I promised myself I'd never forget the physical suffering of disturbed sleep and being pooped on and wet sleeping bags. Yep, OK -- those first four years trump everything else I think. But it's my first year with kids in school and me at work so there are growing pains of course. I know it will get easier. I'll start letting go of my unrealistic expectations and enjoying life as it is.

Spring break is coming and then summer, which means my loves and I will have much more time for camping and adventuring and photos and swimming and hiking and kayaking and all the other fun things. Life ebbs and flows and we've done our best with the school stuff and soon we'll be rewarded with the looser lifestyle called vacation. Bring it.