“Mom, I just don’t know how to listen to you, sometimes.” You’ve made that very clear, dear…now, get out of the sandbox.
Outside my window…
It is warm and we are back home (YAY!) Today, we had some soapy water play… one of the kids’ FAVORITES! Next time, I’ll put them all in bathing suits and we’ll call it a BATH! I love multi-tasking!
I am thinking…
That life is an adventure.
A friend of mine recently remarked that she wishes that she could live with us because we have so many adventures. And, it’s true… but, the truth is… we all have adventures. This life…it’s an adventure. Some adventures are less fun, but they are still adventures!
We’ve lived some pretty crazy extremes… we’ve had years where we didn’t know how we were going to buy food for the next week and adventures where we were blessed to go on a couple of trips in one year. We’ve had adventures where we’ve seen amazing love and terrifying hate. We’ve seen life, we’ve seen death. We’ve been built up, we’ve been stretched thin. We’ve had adventures where we have brought new life in the world while separated by oceans (deployment).
Life seems so much more amazing when we look through the lens that EVERYTHING is an adventure. There is beauty in the mundane and the hard, too…if we’ll just look hard enough.
This last week, we were invited to tag along with hubby for a business trip.
There was a mix-up on the hotel room.
6 people. 1 week. This. (This is the WHOLE room.)
I will admit. I didn’t feel particularly adventurous after a whole day in the car and THIS being the room we walk into (after expecting a suite). In fact, I walked straight into the closet to cry. And then, after the front desk told us that nothing else was available, I begged to go home or buy duck tape and anti-anxiety meds for the week.
There wasn’t even room for pallets on the floor for everyone.
But then, the hotel changed it’s mind and gave us a room with 2 small doubles. It wasn’t perfect, but we could work with it!
Turns out, limos are cheaper than cabs for big parties. So, we rode in style for a week!
We browsed the American Girl store and got a quick treat. Then, we went to the lego store to play with legos
We stayed up past our bedtimes and had slap-happy laughter…
We ate chicago-stuffed-pizza and…
were photo-bombed by a zombie.
Mommy was TIRED and WORN OUT, but there was fun to be had!
So, we went to the zoo…
and had our faces painted… (and, if you squint, it almost looks professional and worth the $16 each)
We went to the park, (girls) learned to sew, and…
went on a death-defying ferris wheel.
Then, mommy came home and slept for 2 days.
I am thankful…
85. For chocolate coffee
86. Little bubbles, flying
87. A husband who is willing to wake up at 6 am to mow the yard
88. …and, go to the grocery at 9 pm
89. …and feed the kids supper because I was too nauseous to eat what I had fixed
90. To the sounds of the littles and their daddy practicing their “crazy” laughs
91. Watching littles break into dance on dance floors at weddings
92. lego creations
93. Excitement on little faces as they learn new things
94. The smell of honeysuckle
95. For a husband who defends me and has my back
96. For love-letters from my darling La
97. Sweet tears from La because she just can’t stand being away from me, sometimes (because she is just overwhelmed by love)
98. For nightly “dates” with my hubby, watching our favorite shows all snuggled up
99. fireflies – little orbs of light dancing all around
100. The sweet fragrance of honeysuckle floating on balmy breeze
101. Warm concrete, cool grass
102. Sunflowers, outstretched petals
103. Refreshing rainshowers
104. Clover – white polka dots on blankets of green
105. Clear blue skies
106. Colors, crisp and bright
107. Swinging high, legs pumping, wind through my hair
108. Relaxing in the hammock with a good book
110. The windchime’s song
111. Butterfly waltz
112. The joyous sound of the ice cream truck coming around the block
113. Running through sprinklers
114. Fellowship with friends
115. Walking on the beach
116. S’mores over campfire
117. Farmers Market
In the kitchen…
Mini quiche from yesterday (see FB page for easy recipe HERE!) <— be sure to like our FB page for fun updates and funnies.
Tonight, we are having chicken pot pie (recipe HERE)
I am reading…
I’ve been writing more than I’ve been reading, lately. I’ve started writing over at www.faithfulservantministries.com and a few things over at www.gracefilledmarriage.com (it’s not spiffy-looking yet, but I needed to get thoughts out of my head, so…there it is.)
We/I am learning…
This week is our first week (officially) of school. We school year-round, which enables us to take breaks as needed. Plus, we don’t go backwards on any of our learning. Technically, though, the kids have been working on math and random learning-stuff even on their break through May and half of June.
Currently, we are learning about the RAINFOREST (one of my favorites!) and South America. The big 3 have all selected 2 animals and a plant from the rainforest and will be researching them and giving a short presentation as to what makes them special. They are SUPER excited! Of course, Ro chose the flower that eats things.
Also, we accidentally killed our venus fly trap babies. Well, technically… they were seeds. And, they took too long to grow. There are a couple of tiny shoots, now, but keeping the lid on (as instructed) created more of a mold emporium than greenhouse since the seeds took FOREVER. So, if you know of a great place to buy a venus fly trap that is actually a decent size… let me know.
Around the house…
Today, I cleaned out the fridge. Penicillin, anyone?
Oh, also unpacked, cleaned out the microwave, and wiped down the cabinet doors. Nothing creative in the works right now. Just trying to get back to “normal.”
A favorite quote…
“Mom, I like you more than a cat.” –La