Friday, June 26, 2015

This is how we roll...

 
Just a regular day in the Lord household......
 
Our floors are sticky and littered with toys, the table is strewn with abandoned snacks, and there is always furniture that has  been re-located for one reason or another. Our meals are unstructured and frequent. The dishes pile and pile until there is no longer counter space with which to make the next meal. Throw pillows rarely remain on the couch and instead are used as doors for tents. My children run wild both indoors and outdoors. They spend their days picking huckleberries, making mud, flower soup, and playing games that only 3-9 year old children could comprehend. They ride their bikes for hours without sunscreen or hats and only come indoors to inhale water and food. Most of the time they are  half dressed or running naked through the sprinkler. Our "china cabinet" has become a "craft cupboard" and it is filled to brim with glitter, glue, paper and feathers.

We have fruit flies and regular flies and we rarely close our doors. Our entryway is littered with the shoes of the neighborhood children. We bellow and coerce and sometimes spank our children. We talk about death and domestic abuse and why there are bad people in the world. We let our children explore the meadow and the forest behind our home. One of their favorite places is the foundation of a home that burnt down a long time ago.  Capturing dragon flies and snakes brings our children an insane amount of joy. More often than not, they have twigs in their hair and flowers in their fists. They are free and wild and creative. Their idea of an outing is foraging for berries. I think it is safe to say that my children are "free range".

 I don't dress up much these days, or go out for that matter. My hair is in a perpetual knot on the top of my head. I fantasize about clean surfaces. "Me time" consists of a sweaty twenty minute workout or five uninterrupted minutes of surfing pinterest. It means that I am emotionally and physically spent at the end of my fourteen hour work shift only to nurse the youngest several times a night. It means that my shoulders are always coated with snot and that I stay up late just to enjoy solitude. I have learned that things and small humans never stay put, so it is better to let the house go to ruin rather than stressing about keeping it tidy. It means that I am no longer as punctual as I once prided myself in being. Just the other day Nathaniel and I had a discussion about our marriage "goals"and our unanimous answer was "survival". We joke about learning another language so that we can have a discussion in private. Our idea of a date is homemade popcorn, PVR and a quickie before we collapse into bed.

Sometimes I wonder if I am making the best parenting choices and if I should have them more in involved in "structured activities" but I figure that they will have the rest of their live for such things and that they can only be children for a small period of time. My children are not nearly as sheltered as I was growing up, but that is largely due to the fact that Nathaniel is their father.
 Sometimes I feel like an awesome mom and other times I think my children deserve better.

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, angry and bitter while other times I feel elated, fulfilled, thankful and content. Thankfully, on the whole I am incredibly satisfied with my life and the craziness that is my normal.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Journey of a Lifetime

 
Nearly seven years ago Nathaniel and I took an incredible trip around the world. Earlier this month I finally turned the blog we kept into a photo book. I am so thankful that it is FINALLY done. I used a program called Photo Book Canada and am very pleased with the results. This particular photo book is 80 pages long and measures 12 by 16 inches. It is hardcover and is an excellent coffee table book. These are just a few of my favorite pages.
 
 





 



 

 


 

 
 


Saturday, May 30, 2015

These days.....



 
Reading
Kindred Hearts: Nurturing the Bond Between Mother and Daughter

Attempting
To actually use my cloth diapers

Watching
Ashamed to admit it.... but the Bachelorette....
  
Trying
To workout at least five days a week

Raspberry, quinoa muffins (but they were an epic fail).

Learning
That one step forward and two steps backwards is not failure.... its called the cha cha!
  
Drinking
Almond milk

Scrapping
Cards with a neighbor next week

Trying
 Crock Pot Freezer meals in an attempt to not always be scrambling for meal ideas at 4pm

Waiting
For someone to mail my Maya ring sling back to me. I miss it SO much.

Dreaming
About the home and property that Nathaniel and I hope to buy some day

Excited
That I might be able to do "mudderella" after all
  
Loving
My new fit bit Charge HR
  
Hating
The fact that Levi has decided that 5:10am is a good time to wake up every morning. Gah!!!!
  
Enjoying
Working out at VI Gym again. They have a class called "Group Power" that kicks my butt.
  
Thinking
About the various perspectives on cessationism

Feeling
Empowered and strong

Listening
To "Zen" jazz on songza
  
Finishing
A photo book of our trip around the world - FINALLY!
  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mini Vacation

A couple weeks ago my parents invited us to enjoy a mini vacation with them in a place called Sooke on the south end of Vancouver Island. We stayed at the Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort, which was absolutely beautiful.  The building reminded me of something I might find in the Bahamas or Deep south.
 

This was my favorite little spot in the lobby. The d├ęcor was stunning!
 
 
 
 
Cousins
 
 
Enjoying brunch together
 
 
We spent a lot of time soaking in the hot tub and pool. Because it was low season for the hotel we practically had the place to ourselves.
 
 
Amelia spent most of her time there underwater, as she was thrilled to have an opportunity to use the snorkel and mask she received for her birthday.
 
 
 
One morning we were looking for crabs at the pier when all of a sudden a harbor seal popped up in front of us. Nathaniel quickly ran to the nearest bait shop and bought some frozen mackerel to feed them.
 
 

They ate right out of our hands! 
 





We also took a lovely hike around the at the Sooke Potholes Regional Park.


 
My poor mother had thrown her back out earlier that day but it didn't stop her from tagging along.

 
 
 
 
 
Getting out in the woods with these two reminds me of the good old days when the three of us would venture into the wilderness behind our home armed with only a buck knife and some rope.
 
 
Amelia was thrilled to find a red bellied newt, but devastated when she had to leave it behind.
 
 
 
We also took the trek to Botanical beach and enjoyed some time in the wilderness.  It was WINDY!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 



What fun that was!!!!! Thanks Oma and Opa!