Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Sweetness in our Life....Literally

The weather this past weekend was made for thinking, snuggling, afternoon coffee, and well, apparently dessert.  It brought our first real rainy days of the year, a little thunder, and time to stop and brood for a while after letting go and stopping to take in the sounds and smells of a new season.  Rain and I, yeah, we have a thing.


Henry and I may have one too. Give us a blanket and 15 minutes to listen to the rain on the roof of the sun room and, well, you get this.....likely from both of us.  :-)



I indulged in the rare dessert order after dinner on Saturday night.  They had me at salted caramel Gelato.



On the way home we stopped spur of the moment to grab Frozen from Red Box and some baked goods for a breakfast date on Sunday morning.






Owen was ready to dive into this on Sunday morning....Greyson, he stayed in bed reading for a while.  I think he may have a thing for the rain too.



He's also utterly adorable while I mop the floors and he stays out of my way.






Monday, March 31, 2014

Appreciating The Little Things

A couple of weeks ago I was busy running all over town picking up some of the final auction donations for an event for the boys' school.  That morning Greyson decided he wanted to tag along with me.  Owen did not....because I wasn't willing to promise him candy at every stop or something equally as silly as that that.

One of our stops was a comic book store.  I was feeling very rushed and frazzled, as though there was no way I would finish what I needed to that day.  So, when Greyson asked for some quarters to play a pin ball game at the store, I paused a moment before handing over said quarters.  My head was screaming we didn't have time.  But my heart was telling me that he'd been such a good sport, that he'd been a lot of fun to hang out with, and that he needed me to say yes.

That brief pause watching him have fun and taking the time to appreciate his excitement, his facial expressions, and his description of why he liked the game was what I needed to feel energized and focused again.



 

This boy is always teaching me new things about myself.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Little Lovin Last Night

I've never been big into Valentines Day, but like many holidays as a parent, kids make it more fun!  We've had some decorations up around the house and last night we settled in for some Valentines Day preparations.  The boys got their bag toppers made for their classmates and teachers....we're waiting on Amazon to deliver the much needed gumballs.



After homework and showers (hence the crazy hair), Greyson asked to make a card bag for a visiting teacher who would be in their class on Friday.  So sweet!
 
 

 
 


A little V Day organic lemon lime soda and cherry juice to set the mood.


The tongue out in concentration.  :-)


Despite the special treat from the boys school....Happy Valentines Day - Your kids get out of school at noon!  Blah blah blah  ;-) - Friday is really going to be a lot of fun!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Whole Lot Of Nothing

We've been busy in general as usual, but nothing momentous seems to be happening over here so I haven't had much to say.  We're having some ups and downs right now and seem to be just coasting from one activity to the next hoping for a breakthrough of sorts.  It's been a long, cold winter so far and that's rough on everyone in the house.  I think I'm just ready for fewer stressful anxiety filled days and more positive laughter filled days.  Maybe it's just how I'm looking at things.  Maybe we really are all in a funk.  The Lord only knows.

In an effort to have a little fun, I told this guy that he could wake me on Saturday morning when he got up and we'd run to get donuts and surprise everyone.  Since we stayed up late watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics I didn't expect to see him at 6 am.  We counted the number of houses that had lights on inside at that time of the morning.  We got to 10.



It has been many years since Brian and I have spent a few hours going through antique stores.  I decided that we'd get the boys interested at least a little so we could stop at fun places once in a while.  We headed out after lunch on Saturday and I gave everyone (including myself) $10 to spend that day.  That was all they were getting...in other words don't ask me for a thing thankyouverymuch.  I told the boys to see what sort of treasures they could find but when it was gone it was gone.  First stop - they both bought a swiss army knife.

Second stop, I bought a potato masher.

Then somehow my day was derailed.

We ended up at a local quirky shop the boys love.  Owen spent entirely too much time trying to decide if he wanted to purchase something.




And these two ditched us to go to the fish store a few shops down the block.


Owen didn't buy a thing.

And somehow we walked out of the aquarium store with a truckload of things and a dent in our wallets.  It was a lot more than the $10 I told Brian he could spend.  Those three have been cohorts on trying to get me to say yes to an aquarium for a while now.




Then they decided that I needed to see Cabella's.  You know since it's just so amazing and I'd never been there before.  Greyson tried a bow so that he could show his dad he could use a certain size.  Boy was he disappointed when Brian told him he'd have to pay for half if he wanted it.


The boys spent the rest of their $10 at Cabella's.  I can't remember for the life of me what they purchased.  Must have been great.  I ended up making my $10 purchase there too.  I got a hysterical coffee mug for the up at the cabin.

The most exciting thing for me this past week?  The boys FINALLY playing with Legos.  They yell at me when I say that.  They're BUILDING with Legos.  So sorry!




And the most entertaining thing....Daisy REALLY likes the aquarium.  As in we can't get her away from it likes it.  She's crazy.  And she has a really cute hiney!
 



Happy posts to come soon!!!!  I promise!

Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 Pinewood Derby

The boys competed in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby this weekend.  While we had fun making the cars, their hopes were dashed early on during the event.  We tried a few different things this year year and, well, they didn't win one race.  They did however have fun playing with friends and cheering them on.  Greyson made some modifications to the car he used last year and raced it with the "renegades."  He won all of those races, but it wasn't really a consolation to him.  And I was selling concessions during the race, thus did a terrible job of documenting the day.

While these guys worked on the  derby cars.......



This guy worked on a match box car!  Notice that he will NOT look at me.  So sassy!




Here is Owen showing me his car.  ;-)



And Greyson showing me his car.  (Much better)



I managed to catch one of the races with my phone.  It makes me sad though, he looks so hopeful.  His car is the red and blue car closest to the front.



Next year people!  We'll figure this thing out yet!

Friday, January 17, 2014

First Snowboard Lesson

The boys have been taking downhill ski lessons for a couple of years now, so we thought we'd let them have a try with snowboards this year.  My predictions were right, one wants to stay on skis and one wants to board with mom!





And back at the cabin, Daisy was having a fit over the boys peeking in the windows with their snowmobile helmets on.


It's always so beautiful in the woods in the winter.  Never get tired of this view.