Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rambling

 
 
After taking an extended break from blogging, I often have a hard time deciding what to write about.  After a lovely Christmas and a holiday with friends and family, my mind and my desktop are stuffed with memories. Perhaps I should give myself the permission to ramble on about whatever pops into my head.

I still have crumbs on the lips from the most delicious homemade bread that Amelia brought home from sparks a couple days ago. I NEED to find out who made it and get the recipe. Have I mentioned how much I love good food!
 
I am trying to motivate myself to finish waxing a dresser for a friend. She gave birth to a sweet baby boy this week and I am sure she would appreciate the extra storage space.

I tried tackling our finances today after taking a break from adding up receipts for the past year. Yikes. We seem to chronically live outside our means despite our best efforts to live on a budget. We are still trying to find the balance between being "good stewards" and "living a little".

I finally packed away the last of our Christmas décor away and have started a gallery wall dedicated to our travels. It gives me SUCH intense joy to glance over at photos of the far flung places we have traveled, especially now that my world is so small. Nathaniel and I have started dreaming about the day we will be able to take our kiddos to Hawaii. I can just picture Amelia hording anoles (little lizards), Claire loosing her mind over all the flowers and Levi frolicking in the waves.

Speaking of Levi, he has FINALLY started sleeping through the night. Hallelujah! The world is a whole lot more sparkly with a decent night of sleep.
 
Nathaniel's schedule at worked changed and I am thoroughly enjoying the change in our routine. I love that he is home by 4:30pm everyday, the fact that the children get to spend more time with him after school and that I don't have to deal with the girls at bedtime  (my least favorite part of the day).
 
I am so glad that we went up to Kamloops to visit our friends and frolic in the snow, because I have a feeling that we won't be doing much of that around here anytime soon. I finally got a chance to go through our pictures over the holidays and choose a few to share.

Making perfect snowballs with Allan.


Enjoying a delicious breakfast at the Dodd's house.
 

Captivating scenery


Sledding is pretty awesome when you don't have to climb up the hill. Props for the guy who brought two ski-doo along with him


And made an awesome fire to keep all the kiddos warm.
 
 
 So much snow!!!!


These logging trucks reminded me of my childhood when my parents would take my siblings and I  up the mountain to go sledding.


Babies and snowflakes falling out of the sky!


 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gratitude

 
My heart feels full of gratitude this dark, early morning. I am grateful for hot, soapy water  to wash out pukey bowls, for a washing machine, for a hot cup of Echinacea tea, for cozy socks, a decent night of sleep and the fact that my sweaty, sleepy baby is happy being carried around on my back while I get stuff done.
 
  Although it was NOT nice to wake up to a puking baby, I can't help but think "at least it was not the middle of the night", "at least Nate was home to help with the sheets", "at least it is a Saturday and I am not trying to get the girls ready for school". The remainder of our morning was spent listening to classical Irish music on spotify and slowly catching on the dishes that I did not have the energy to tackle the night before.
 
Gratitude.
It is not always easy to find things to be grateful for in the midst of a crummy situation, but it is a valuable skill to have.
 
Lately I have been reading a heavy peace of medical literature about the horrific conditions in which people lived in the 1800's. As a result I have found myself appreciating the things in my life that I ordinarily take for granted. I also find myself overwhelmed with gratitude that I don't have to watch my children die of scurvy or starvation. Man, if that doesn't put things into perspective, I don't know what will.  
 
We have SO much to be grateful for.
 
I admit I have not been a source of gratitude the past couple of years. I have grumbled and complained a great deal. I have not always been enjoyable to be around. I have been guilty of being cynical, critical and negative.  Sleep deprivation has certainly played a role in my attitude and in my ability to cope with life, but I think it is possible to have a cheerful heart and a positive outlook despite one's circumstances. I admire people would have been through insane amounts of loss and brokenness and yet are still able to utter the words penned by a man named Horatio G. Spafford. You may recognize the words...
  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.
  2.  
I feel as though the Lord is working on this area of my life right now, teaching me that it means to be able to say "it is well with my soul". Teaching me how to have an "attitude of gratitude" as my father would say. It sounds so corny, but there is such beauty in those words.
 
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quote of the day


 

"The emotional labor pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth, perhaps it is even more sacred."- Joh Kusek

These days: January




Looking
forward to making some adorable polymer clay foxes with Amelia at 4cats studio next month.
 
Reading

Longing
to go dumpster diving after watching a documentary called "Just Eat It!"

Drinking
all the delicious  loose leaf Christmas teas my hubby brought me from David's Tea

Blog loving

Enjoying
sleeping through the night and de-pilling my couch

Not enjoying
Levi's 5am wake up cry

Eating
Egg whites and oatmeal

Learning
 how to choose foods that will help me achieve my goals.

Instagram loving
 
Focusing
on keeping a food journal and exercising at least five days a week.
 
Watching
the new season of Downton Abbey (Hurray!!!!!)
 
Working
on finishing up project life 2015 and December Daily 2015
 
Feeling
inspired to document my fitness journey with something like what Cathy Zielske has created

 

 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Scenes from December

It has been a rather quiet Christmas season for us. Other than visiting with friends and participating in a play at our church, we have stuck close to home.  I have not had the energy to attempt nearly half the stuff I ordinarily do. I  like to believe that it is because keeping up with Levi has consumed whatever residual energy I  may have had for such things. That being said, I have enjoyed dressing up twice in once month and leaving all three kiddos with a babysitter so that Nate and I could attend two work parties.
 
 
 
Other than taking a ton of photos, I have not made much headway on our December Daily album this year. I will most likely finish it sometime mid January.

 
 I have certainly enjoyed looking back at past December daily albums though.

 
A rare moment when both children were quietly coloring.
 
 
 
 An armload of snail mail to post


 
Getting Christmas snail mail brings me a ridiculous amount of joy  
 
 
Feeling extra loved this year!
 
 
 
We had planned on getting another Lego calendar from Costco but they were sold old. The kiddos were more than thrilled with this one.
 
 
Ordinarily I harvest a TON of evergreens but this year I did not have the energy to do so.
 
 
Decorating gingerbread houses together
 





 A little something for all the awesome teachers!

 
A special gift from Claire's preschool teachers and a romp in fresh snow.
 
 
 
 I actually managed to have a girls night. I think this is going to become a monthly thing in the new year. How can you go wrong with chocolate, wine and good conversation?
 

 
I made a Martha Stewart gingerbread cheesecake minus the gingerbread (which were an epic fail). This photo is from Google images, as I forgot to take a decent photo of mine.
 
 
Jack frost has been having fun painting the car windows.  

 
Our wreath this year. Costco.



First snowfall on Mount Benson.

 
My beautiful, vivacious, hilarious friend Erin.


Watching the first snow fall with her girls 



A sweet little man dressed for a walk and our wreath this year .


The icing sugar dusted coconut trees that I made with Amelia. I don't have any pictures of the butter tarts or and dark chocolate almond and dried cherry biscotti I made.


Our entryway chalkboard and one of many lovely cookies from our neighbor and her two sons.






A crafting event at Amelia's school.
 


Christmas party fun! Nate is so much crazier than me.

 
All dressed up. I loved the Christmas tree in this very "adult" living room.
 
 
Some of the decorations for the annual Christmas play at our church


Amelia rehearsing for her role in the play and doing Christmas crafts during her downtime.



 
 The branch in my kitchen strung with lights and gingerbread stars and a lovely event called "Field of Dreams" at the Buzz Coffee House.

 
 
 Christmas Décor
 












Our tree bears little resemblance to this one, as most of them have been removed by the little darling in my childhood cradle.

 
Usually, we stick our presents under the tree, but after Levi systematically opened a bunch, we decided to pile them on a dresser.
 
 
 
A clean kitchen and a very mucky window!
 
 
Our seasonal corkboard covered in Christmas awesomeness.
 
 
 


 
 

 
I love Amelia's Nativity scenes

 
 
We have taken a lot of frosty walks




 
The kids love searching for frozen puddles and smashing the ice in them. Watching them brings back so many great childhood memories.
                                                             



 
 
 
Making sugar cookies with Oma and cousin Sam
 
 
 
Armed with a sugar cookie and off to look for a tree

 
 
How about his one momma?
 



We did a lot of our Christmas shopping at Michael's craft store. Amelia and I find ourselves audibly sighing in nearly every isle.






 

 
Levi finding another purpose for a gift bag from a friend. Enjoying a caramel Brule latte from a friend.
 
 
 
And a sneak peek of the fantastic getaway I just took with my girlfriend. More to come.
 
 


Merry Christmas everyone!