Friday, May 22, 2015

five minute friday: Rise

 Today's prompt is:RISE

         The moment often spoken of has recently happen when my kids are less and less often my alarm clock and my husband's actual clock or the sun is. It is amazing how much that minute or two to gather my wits helps. I know that there are breakfasts to make and lunches to pack but not having to answer questions milli-seconds after I have woken has so helped my stress level and ability to rise and greet the day with a smile and bit of enthusiasm.

         While I have never and may never master the skill of rising before the rest of household I am finding my way to a place peace and happiness that I hope is setting a better tone for everyone as they set out to their separate adventures.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Birthday Weekend Recap

Last weekend we had the great fun of celebrating both of our birthdays.  Charlie and my birthdays are a day apart and so we are use to celebrating birthdays together, which of course is more fun when they land on a weekend ~ adding to the festivities this year was the fact that his was a birthday ending in a zero and both our moms came to help us party.

Friday after school we head down to Longwood because my mom had never been and my mother-in-love enjoys going whenever we have the time during her visits.



Saturday we let Dr Daddy sleep in and I took the older two for some last minute party shopping ~ they agreed on a  dinosaur theme because everyone loves dinosaur!!



 We made it back in time for a wonderful pancake breakfast and later headed out for a lovely lunch with many of friends from church; some in town for the weekend and some soon moving on to new adventures.

Errands filled much of the afternoon including Lisbeth's end-of-year gymnastics celebration.


 We picked the party up later that evening with Cake & Presents!!



Sunday brought my chance to sleep in before church and coming home to an amazing brunch!  That evening we went out for a wonderful dinner with our moms and friends from the music group Charlie sings with.  All in all a truly wonderful birthday weekend!!


In addition to the cake we got Charlie's music group surprised him with a cake too!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quick Takes #181





  1. Elisabeth 'bridged-up' this week to Brownies or as Dr Daddy said "you went from being a flower to being a baked good"
  2. Caitlin is afraid of our Jack-in-the-box; refuses to play with it and if 'Jack' is visible insist that someone tucks him back into his box
  3. Social Security Admin. released the most popular names of 2014; I find it interesting that Liam is top of the list and Elisabeth & Caitlin are fading as they all seem to me to be subtle twists on classic names.
  4. My heart and prayers go out to all those injured or who lost loved ones by the Amtrak derailment earlier this week. Hits close to home as this is a train Dr Daddy often takes when working in Washington.
  5. Earlier this week was Katharine Hepburn's birthday and I mentioned my favorite movie of her's is Philadelphia Story, but her version of Little Women and The Lion in Winter are also great favorites. 
  6. Busy weekend what friends and family coming into town and a couple of birthdays to celebrate. Going to try hard to step away from the stress to enjoy the festivities and maybe even be in some of the pictures.
  7. Happy Weekend!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

five faves: May 13th



Dr Daddy's birthday is later this week and so I'm feature some of my favorite things he introduced me to:

  1. My Cousin Vinny ~ and I'll admit I didn't get it the first time he showed me the movie but I now think it is one of the funniest movies and fully understand why Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for her performance.
  2. Silly Sister: Maggie Prior and June Tabor ~ amazing harmonies on beautiful hymns and songs of olde.  Proven through many a late night drive to family to be the perfect companion ~ soft enough sleep thru but with very witty lyrics for the driver to listen to.
  3. Kielbasa; cold kielbasa that is, growing up I had always had (and liked) it grilled and served hot. Charlie introduced me the joy of eating it sliced and served cold. This was actually an even exchange as we also occasionally grill it up for dinner.
  4. Calvin & Hobbes: well I did already like the comic but since Charlie really likes it we have most of the books and can enjoy throughly whenever.
  5. Him ~ in truth the best thing Charlie brought into my life is him and his example of faith, service and the ability to take great joy in simply being alive.


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Quick Takes #180: Lots of links


Sharing with you some of my favorite reads cause I like to share and maybe you are having the same kind-of sick, grumpy, toddler testing week I'm having.

  1. Still bummed I missed the conference ~ love the recaps: Rosie, Abby
  2. Today I got to attend Muffins with Mom at Liam's school. Songs and food; it was a lovely program and so nice to spend some one on one time with Liam.
  3. Totally agree with Ana's take on Mother and Sons
  4. One night last week Dr Daddy went into the hospital to be with a family as they said those important good-byes. Hugs and prayers to all of those missing their mom or child this weekend.
  5. Mary's post on staying present while remembering.
  6. Sarah's piece about missing a mom.
  7. Happy Weekend!
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May Goals

I'm a bit late getting this up but spent the weekend traveling ~ better late...

    While there are aspects of winter that I love it is also very true that I often get a case of the 'winter blues' which often means some slippage in the self-care department.  So I'm taking the clear appearance of spring and the start of a new month as a opportunity for a reset; and sharing here so that others can join in and/or holding me accountable.

Goals for the month:

  • Wake up my style by committing to wearing skirts or dresses 3x a week
  • 5000 steps (counting on my phone which I don't constantly carry) a day and strength training 3x a week.
  • 30 oz of water a day 
  • Journaling daily in my nice new Blessed is She journal
  • minimum of 8 posts this month on this little blog here

There you go ~ 5 goals for the fifth month




Thursday, April 30, 2015

DayBook: Late April

Inspired by Rosie of A blog for my Mom here is my daybook:

Thinking about...
     How to make Charlie's birthday special; he is a very modest low-key person so I know something elaborate would embarrass him but as it is a milestone birthday attention must be paid.  Caitlin has her first dentist appointment yesterday which has also been very much on my mind. We thought we had finally found a good pediatric dentist and she has recently left the practice so starting over is frustrating but the new one seemed very nice; time will tell.

Excited for...
    my nephew/godson's First Communion! Looking forward to spending time celebrating with family and getting party ideas for next year when it will be Lisbeth. The only downside is that I won't be able to attend the CWBN Mid-Atlantic conference.  Will be stalking the Instagram accounts of the attendees!!

Wearing...
    Short and 3/4 sleeve shirts as the weather has been warm but very windy. Jeans most days but am doing better about breaking out the skirts more often. (Note to self: must take more selfies or hand off the camera more)

Planting...
    Forsythias, lavender, and phlox, oh my!!  It is a big yard so I need to pace myself and am likely done till fall; excepting a couple of tomato plants.


My view...
     Dogwoods and darlings!!
















Reading...

    North and South; slowly but steadily. Excited to start Erin's Ring by Laura of String of Pearls and Them by my youngest sister Carey Heywood very soon.
Cooking...
    Salsa Chicken and Quiche Lorraine with the last of the Easter ham.

The kids...
    Enjoying the better weather and more time outside playing.
Elisabeth is reading more and more; still wanting to know all she can about dinosaurs.  Loves her gymnastics class, playing secret agents with Liam, house with Caitlin, and with her Legos or Calico Critters when she needs some alone time.

Liam is becoming more and more interested in Super Heroes though Transformers still reigns supreme and having recently learned a new series Robots in Disguise I don't see that ending anytime soon. He is becoming a bigger boy everyday but stills looks for some serious snuggling for the world goes sideway on him.

Caitlin or rather Princess Caitlin is very found of dresses and dancing currently. While she still snuggles Sophia and Amber at bedtime when allowed some screen time is requesting Mickey&Minnie much of the time. 

What are you cooking/reading/growing? I'd love suggestions!