Saturday, January 26, 2013

365 Moments: 14-25


Walking into the door from a trip and Noah screaming, "MOMMY'S HOME!!!" and running in for a big hug.


Eating strawberries in New York that were grown just down the road from my parent's house in Florida.


Sitting on the couch with the fireplace going and my husband sitting next to me and deciding not to do what I should be doing, but to just enjoy the moment instead.


There was a moment at dusk where the light was the most beautiful lavender. I've been noticing that often the  things that move me during the day are the color of the sky and the beauty of the natural world.


I went to Noah's school for math games today and when he saw me he ran and jumped in my arms for a hug. This was after a particularly rough morning with him, so it was extra special.


I went to a party and indulged with a single oreo truffle was so good and just enough.


I woke up in the middle of the night to hear the wind howling through the trees. I was once again amazed at how small we really are compared to God.


I took the boys to see a movie at a theater that didn't accept cards. I didn't have enough for tickets AND snack, and they didn't even complain!


I woke up with the world literally spinning and decided to spend the day on the couch. I am so thankful for a flexible schedule.


It was so cold today it literally took my breath away. I was shocked every time I went outside.


This morning I walked into the kitchen and every single drawer and cabinet was open. I asked the boys what happened, and Noah informed me that a leprechaun did it. I closed them all before I thought about taking a picture.


I got an unexpected facebook message from the father of a friend thanking me for encouraging her to get in her workouts today.

“It is more Important to be of pure intention than of perfect action.” 

Friday, January 25, 2013


I really should get back into the habit of regular blogging. I miss it because this blog is a great place for me to process things. I think for a while I was reluctant to do that here for whatever reason. Maybe I felt like my readers would like something different, but when it comes down to it, my blog is my voice, so I should use it or it will get rusty. Better to post something that is at least helpful to me than to post nothing at all!

Anyway, I feel like my head has been so full today. Full of thoughts and ideas, encouragement and inspiration, and excitement for how I am feeling.

I didn't write about my intentions for the year but I did make three. I like to think of them as intentions rather than resolutions, because you can't really fail at intentions. Intend means to direct the mind on. This is both action and thought. So here are my intentions.

1.  Follow through.

I have a tendency to start on projects, ideas, thoughts, you name it, and I have a little bit of a problem with following through. Part of this is due to the fact that a lot of the time I take on way more than I can handle, so I end up doing things for other people and don't follow through with my own stuff which is easier to put on the back burner. So this is a multifaceted issue. To follow through with the things I really want to follow through on, I have to limit how much I take on. I need to say no if it is something I don't really want or need to do. I cannot do everything, but by trying I often end up doing nothing to completion.

2. Lighten up.

This too is a multifaceted goal. I take myself way too seriously. I want to laugh more. I want to have fun and be crazy. I want to feel like a kid every now and then. I have enlisted a few lighthearted friends to give me gentle reminders if they catch me taking things too seriously.

The other way I want to lighten up is in my body. I have been trying to lose the same 10 pounds forEVER. I'm not sure why I haven't been able to do it, but I think I have finally found a way that inspires me and makes me feel like this is the year. This is the year that I will clean up my health and be mindful of what I put in my body because due to my less than great genetics, I cannot keep thinking that exercise is enough. Now I will say that I am fairly healthy and definitely fit. I don't need to lose a ton of weight, but I do think I can really clean up my diet in a way that will greatly benefit my overall health. I have already begun on this and there will definitely be an upcoming post about this.

3. Enjoy the moment.

This one has been both easy and hard at the same time. I made myself a project that you might have seen a bit of already called 365 Moments. I am going to record a small moment of each day that strikes me as something worth remembering. I've done a few posts already and you can see them here and here.

When I am having a good day this is very easy. Everything seems like something worth remembering. When I am not having a good day, this proves much more difficult which is exactly why I am doing it. You'll be able to enjoy some of my moments with me throughout the year. Maybe we should even think of starting a hashtag on twitter? #enjoythemoment?? I love to see other people's moments too..

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

365 Moments: 7-13


I took the boys to the dentist today. As I was walking him back into school, Ryan said all the girls were going to call him "cool breath." he-he


The sky was amazing all day, and I just kept looking for something so beautiful I wouldn't be able to stand it. I was rewarded...

Sunset taken from the car with no filter.


I got a new stability ball (now to use it!!) and laughed while Noah thoroughly enjoyed pumping up the whole thing by himself with a hand pump.


Today I had an americano with heavy cream, and the first sip was like a little taste of heaven.


Getting my picture taken with a dead pirate.


Turtles at breakfast.


While spectating at the Disney Marathon today, I tried to take a picture of my sister, Emily, posing with a sleeping guy. It didn't work, but it was really, really funny.

It is good to have an end to journey towards,
but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
~Ursula Le Guin
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

365 Moments: 1-6

"Forever is composed of nows."
~Emily Dickinson

Back in December I started thinking about creating a project for myself for 2013. It would be an everyday project that would help me to appreciate the small blessings and moments to remember in my life. I actually went back and forth with whether or not I would even post this project on my blog (or do it because I often have a difficult time following through on things - but that is another upcoming post), but I realized that this blog is for me just as much as it is for the people who read it, so here it is.

365 Moments: a few words, a picture, a video or just a fleeting thought caught from each day of 2013.


I pulled Noah's tooth out (his first) while sitting on top of was both terrible and hysterical at the same time.


I sat on the couch and helped Noah send an email to his grandma that he wrote by himself, misspelled words and all.


The snow falling gently outside my window on a very cold day.


I am totally loving my newly rearranged family room. I find it brings me a lot of peace.


Instead of rushing through my shower like normal, I turned the water to as hot as I could stand and stood under the shower until my skin was red and I felt a bit waterlogged. It was fantastic.


All of my men snuggled up on the couch together on a lazy Sunday morning.

"What day is it?
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.
~A.A. Milne

Saturday, January 5, 2013

What the Elf on the Shelf Taught Me This Christmas

Happy New Year! And now bear with me while I talk about my Christmas and what I learned from the Elf on the Shelf.

I had gone back and forth in my mind deciding whether or not an elf would come to our house. (For those of you not in the know, the Elf comes down from the North Pole to keep an eye on things for Santa. Every night he travels back to the NP to let Santa know who is being naughty and who is being nice. He also sometimes can be a little naughty himself.) I love the idea of the Elf, but I didn't want to resent having to do it, especially after I found a couple of blog posts like, "50 Great Elf on the Shelf Ideas in 25 Minutes or Less!. Seriously? Twenty-five minutes? How is it possible that people have this much time on their hands? I need the same thing but in TWO minutes or less. Come on people!! Why do you have to make the regular mommies feel bad?

After a bit of Pinterest research, I decided the Elf could come and I was committed to it. First I bought an Elf from Hobby Lobby for $3.50 because the real Elf on the Shelf is a little bit creepy AND costs $30!! His first appearance in our home was on the first day of December and I seriously wish I could have recorded Noah's reaction when he spotted him. His eyes got so big and he sort of waved at him like he was saying hello but was too scared to talk.

Our elf was named Bells and he showed himself to be quite mischievous.

Bells not satisfied with the tree before the ornaments went on.

After a particularly hard elfish day.
 Whoever thought being an elf was easy clearly has no elfish experience!

Sitting atop the candle quite satisfied with himself.

He was quite creative,

and very hungry.

He was quite dusty after this little adventure.

He clearly subscribes to the "do as I say, not as I do " philosophy.
 (Note: toothpaste is extremely hard to get off of mirrors.)

He was shocked to discover that this little stunt took much longer to
execute in real life than in his head.
He even came with us on our trip to Florida.

So what I learned is this. It doesn't take very much time or effort to bring joy into my kids' lives, and when I do make that little effort, it brings even greater joy to my own life. Win-Win!! This little elf brought to me the important lesson that I need to lighten up, to laugh more, to be silly, and to have fun with my kids every single day. No matter how much I have to do, no matter how stressed out I am, no matter what - say something funny, do a little dance, have a tickle fight, leave a scrolly note from the tooth fairy, look at them cross-eyed when they least expect it, whatever it takes!

Thanks, Bells! I hope you return next year, not only for my kids but to check in on me too!!