Saturday, February 17, 2018

February's 10 on 10

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month (Saturday).
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day! }

1 new Lego set = 2 happy boys

Winter means puzzles.

Aiden's basketball game.

We'd gone to the library the day before so we were all a little obsessed with our new books.

If you set your heart towards gratefulness, this is what a life of luxury can look like. A second-pot cup of coffee, alone in the basement watching Fixer Upper while ironing a hard-working-husband's shirts.

Spinach, salmon, avocado, beets, feta. Do I eat it because its SO yummy or to gross my family out? :)

Books in hand, it was a quiet ride to church.

Avery and J amused themselves while Amanda rehearsed with the praise team.

I taught in the toddler class, which is usually quite entertaining. 2 & 3 is awesome!

In my head, I pictured us all sitting down to a nice family dinner. What actually happened was K went to her boyfriend's house after work and Shaun was too spent (and cranky! ;) from his very long and uh...taxing week and day of work to join us. During this time, I've learned to "give space and grace", just like we tell our kids all the time.

Back at the Lego project and they actually completed it.

Go, USA!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Project 365. Week 6

Lots of dailyness in these photos, but we like normal and routine, even when its full, and largely without Shaun :(.

February 5

“Next time a sunrise steals 
your breath or a meadow of flowers 
leave you speechless, remain that way.
Say nothing and listen as Heaven
whispers, "Do you like it?
I did it just for you.”

February 6
Day 1 of a new training program. There's a half marathon in my hometown the end of April.

February 7
Another! snow day.

February 8
When its Aiden and I grocery shopping, I throw most of the items to him then he puts them in the cart. He has amazing reflects. :) He's also great at giving me "the eyes" such that things like mini bagel pizzas end up in our cart. ;)

He saved up his money and comparison shopped for this lego set. He spent hours looking at the box, thinking, dreaming, planning, waiting for the day when Shaun would be home to help him.

February 9

The kids can make fun out of a kiddie pool or a large, iced-over puddle in the yard.

We had an inordinate amount of fun at the library.

February 10
Finally the day arrived! Shaun didn't have to be in to work until 10, so they started building the Lego set before breakfast.

February 11
Amanda was part of the worship team for the weekend. Its a big sacrifice, taking about 8 hours of the weekend, but its beautiful to see her serving and using her gifts.

J had a horse show...she sent me photos with all her ribbons!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Project 365, Week 5

This week took some fancy coordinating to make it all happen, but with the help of a few, we got it all done! Also, we crossed into February!! And even though its freezing cold right now, in this month we'll start to have some warmish days and the early flowers will start poking through the ground. Very exciting!!

January 28
Our Easter production kickoff meeting at church! So thankful to be a part of this ministry and am in awe of the work that Brent and Amy do, taking a hundred volunteers from all walks of life and making it come together in a beautiful production.

Shaun wanted Amanda to play indoor soccer to prepare for the spring season, but it looks like this might be the only game she makes because of rehearsals. She and I got to have some nice time together in the car though.

January 29
On Sunday there was a large fire in our town at a garbage plant. Hundreds of firefighters from 14 different towns helped to put it out. Smoke was thick around town and even made it on the weather radar, 4000 feet up. Even the next day inside our house smelled like smoke. Because of the poor air quality, school was cancelled.

Avery came to work with us...watched animal videos on youtube and worked on a school project.

The others were home enjoying some rare movie time. When I walked in from work this is how I found them.

January 30
Another snow day!

This time Amanda came with us to work.

January 31
Close game for the girls, down to the final buzzer.

Both girls auditioned for parts in the kids scene.

February 1
In the midst of everyone talking over each other, clamoring to tell their day's stories on the walk home from basketball practice, I noted that it was still light out at 5:25pm! Also, I love our school walks, even when people yell, I was talking!

February 2
For months K has been working on a senior project, a winter dance. On this night it all came together.  I went early to help her set up and stayed for the dance to take pictures. She seemed proud to have me there and even asked me to dance. Super sweet!

February 3
Avery attended her second year of MathCounts, a math competition at the US Coast Guard Academy. Our little school placed 13 of 24, the best we've ever done.

While we were there, Pop and Kiki picked up the kids so they could see Renna's very first dance competition. J sent me these adorable photos.

Avery and Amanda had a sleepover with two sisters who they are close with. Classmates, teammates, friends. So sweet!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

State of the House ~ January

I don't care what people say, I love Januarys and fresh starts and new resolves and blank planners. Maybe because its also my birthday month, I tend to do some soul searching...where am I, where do I want to be, what can I do to affect positive changes in my life, making this vapor of a life count for eternity.

This year I involved the whole family in creating a few goals. We said This Year:
  • Want - Something you want to try this year
  • Need - Something you need to learn or acquire
  • Share - A talent or skill you will share with work, school, community
  • Succeed - A specific goal
We also each chose One Word to focus on. K made a beautiful collage so we can have them up as a reminder. We chose:

Brave, Welcoming Heart, Involved, Focus, Content, Try New Foods, Intentional

My word is intentional. As part of that, I want to do more deliberate training with the kids. Character training, of course, but also basic and advanced life skills that they will be able to take with them. I told them the chores I wanted them to "own" and together they hashed out a weekly system that works with everyone's schedules and abilities. I was impressed with their problem-solving skills.

January is usually good for snow, too and these guys know how to enjoy it!

We use our mudroom heavy, too. :)

And basketball. Avery and Amanda play for their school and Avery and Aiden play rec for the town.

More reading than usual as we snuggle up to stay warm.

Someone sent me this photo...I love the kids school and I think 6th graders are so much fun!

We were inside more than usual because much of the month was particularly cold. Which means 30 degrees started to feel warm and we got out walking! :)

Beautiful birthday flowers to remind me that pretty, colorful things are coming!!