Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I made gingerbread people and trees last night. Will starts a new job tomorrow, so he wanted to bring in some treats for the people he will miss. This was so much fun, although he could not wait for me to finish and kept dipping cookies in straight powdered sugar so he could eat them...
I love that they are super simple, and quick, and really like how they turned out.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Yes, I know it's two days away, but I have been thinking a lot about being thankful lately. Two of the biggest things we try to teach our children are to be kind, and to be thankful. From the time they were tiny, we practiced please and thank you, and also doing for others. We try to see how many good deeds we can do. Little things that seem inconsequential, like bringing in our neighbor's recycling buckets on trash day, and paying for the car behind us in at a toll booth are things that we do with regularity. They are things that get the girls excited. We try and think of things that will put smiles on the faces of others. Things that also put smiles on our faces. We like to do that. I think it makes a little bit more positive energy in the universe, which we could all use. We like to donate our bottles and cans for the refund, then donate it to a featured charity. We do this all year. I think that a lot of people think of being grateful and thankful around this time of year, but forget for a lot of the year. I try really hard to make a difference all the time in small ways. Last week I paid for the person behind me in the coffee line, then quickly left before he knew what was going on. I like to think he took that feeling and did something else good that day. Sometimes it's enough to brighten my day, doing for others. I try to be there for friends and take their kids for an afternoon so they can have a break. I think the more good you do, the better it feels. The girls are always trying to think of good deeds now, too. Lilly and her friends pick up trash on the playground during recess without being asked. Maya offers her friends the instrument they want if she has it during music time at school. Allie draws pictures for her friends to cheer them up if they are having a rough day. I think it's working. I think they are thinking about other people and how to make them happy, and they are seeing that helping brings them joy, too. I am incredibly proud of my girls and who they are turning into. I am thankful this year that we are so happy. I am thankful for the opportunities this year has given us. I am thankful that we were able to care for our friend and her baby. I am thankful that my girls are who they are. I am thankful that my husband has become an even more amazing, compassionate, caring, patient person. I am thankful that my parents are just next door and give us all so much love and support. I am thankful that my uncle is doing better than anyone ever expected he would health wise. I am thankful for all of my friends and rest of my family who are always there when we need them, and who allow us to be there for them. I am thankful that we can all bring tiny bits of joy into the lives of others. I am thankful.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
|Warrior Lilly before the race.|
|Joanna and family approaching check in.|
|Lilly and Allie shooting paintball, and looking rather pleased with the situation.|
|My attempt at a picture of my girls. Laura got a waaaaay better one.|
|Warrior waitress Allie with the frisbee she won.|
|Sweet Maya with the Warrior hat.|
|The mountain of muddy donated shoes after just the morning. I can only imagine what it looked like at the end of the second day. I do not envy the person who has to un knot all of those shoes.|
|The girls being patient.|
|Maya ducky lips and Daddy during the race.|
|Fountain fun at night. I know it's blurry, but I love it for some reason.|
|Our best Warrior faces.|
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Here we are having made it through the mud. Seriously, if you tried to not get dirty, they threw mud on you and people booed. There was no getting out of this one clean. It was Awesome.
And then over the second jump and on to the finish!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Thsi was the girl's first day of school. I am a bit late in posting, but here it is. Lilly is in third grade, Allie in first, and Maya has started pre-school. It is bizarre to have two afternoons a week to myself. It's been eight years since that has happened. They all love school, with the one complaint that it is 96 stairs from the bathrooms to Lilly's class. I am so pleased that everyone is happy with their teachers and friends this year. Looks like we may be headed in the right direction.