Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beautiful Day

At 4:25 every single morning (except that on Saturday and Sunday it's much later) I walk into this room. To this desk.

I wish I took a picture of the way it looks at 4:25. It's pitch black and I'm holding my tea, my oatmeal in a mason jar and my phone which has an alarm set. I need an alarm because if I had my way I'd spend the first three hours with God as he reveals things to me in His Word.

I must have taken this picture on a day when I cleaned up my desk.  It didn't look anything like this at 4:25 this morning.

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I wear my workout clothes because when the alarm goes off it's workout time (most days:)) But I could never ever skip my God time. In fact it's desperately hard for me to leave.

Most days there are three different translations of the Bible going on and four notebooks. I'm messy as I write everything that I want to remember; everything I'm learning.

I heard this song on the way to 'my school' the other day and thought, "hey, I feel just that way!"

Wake up and smile
cuz it's been a while
It's been like a whole day so I could stop
so you could hold me.

This child awaits,
strong in the faith
Lord, you are the refuge
that I can't wait to get to

Cause I can't let a day go
can't let a day go by
without thanking you for the joy you bring to my life

And ohh
there's something about the way
your sun shines on my face
It's a love so true
I could never get enough of
.... it's a beautiful day

I want to remember everything I can about this happy life and my time here is where I turn my day into a beautiful day.  Hands down, it is the most important thing I do every morning.  I can't imagine mothering without my time here.  I am no good without the grace of God in my life.  I know that so I get up.  And these days with my baby teaching job I need more than ever clear direction, clear teaching, guidance and prayer.  I get that here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Little Hands in the Kitchen

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"When I was a little girl I always wanted to be in the kitchen, because it was warm, and that's where my mother was."  Dolly Parton

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Friday, September 26, 2014

I Don't Do Sixth Grade Math

So if Scott has Open House at his school and won't be home until after bedtime she has to 'facetime' daddy.

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Thank goodness for technology!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cute and Clever Lunchbox Lunches

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."  Thomas Moore 

I really should start by saying that all I ever learned about lunchboxes was from Cindy.  Over the years I've seen little pictures here and there of her lunch box creations.  They were filled with love and oh so adorable.

This year when summer was winding down I decided to make lunch boxes fun to put together.  I mean really, deep down they're a 'drag' to make.  Each and every school night.  I wanted to find a way to make it a bit more enjoyable on my part and a bit more fun for the girls to open at school.  So Cindy, my partner in lunch box cuteness and I decided to text pictures to each other if we had a new clever idea.  I need inspiration... that's for sure!

And when I need to motivate myself sometimes I have to buy a few things.  And so this lunch box kit was created.  It sits up on a kitchen shelf and I pull it down every night to make lunches.  It's like inspiration in a basket.  All the supplies I need to motivate myself and make it cute for my girls.

Have I told you yet that every single idea came from Cindy?  (just wanted to make sure!)  So this is what it looks like Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night...

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And here's a peek and tour inside... are you so excited or what?

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These are adorable snack sized reusable bags. They are soft, pretty cloth on the outside and a sort of washable plastic on the inside. I'm convinced Anna could sew these for me. But it was easier to order them this time around.

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They hold dry snacks like pretzels or rice cakes. They are such a soft touch from home.

Here are a few of our favorites.

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Now these are larger, sandwich sized reusable baggies.

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Next are the napkins. When I bought the reusable napkins I told Scott about all the money we'd be saving but both he and I know that I just 'had to have them'.

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But sometimes I still use seasonal paper napkins too. I can find them for a $1 a huge pack at Christmas Tree Shops.

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Next we're on to the notes.

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I used to be the occasional note writer until my sister in law invented these. She sells them on etsy. They are little laminated thick cards. You can use the dry erase marker or just tuck in the note. They come in that cute little clear tin in the back of the picture. Adorable, right?

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When Anna was a baby that same sister bought me these mini mini cutters. They're in the basket for making sandwiches mini (Abigail eats them better that way) and for me because she knows I love anything seasonal. I also cut cheese or even pancakes that have been made on the weekend and are ready for lunch box fun! (I think they are pampered chief)

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This was the first thing I bought for my lunchbox kit because Cindy had them. They look cute in the kit but she had to text me a few pictures before I figured out how to use them. Think of them like little colorful dividers in a tupperware type container (with a lid). Imagine this because I don't have a picture. You can put a half sandwich on one side of the container and two of these on the other half. Fill them with pretzels, popcorn, carrot sticks, or raisins. The options are endless and it adds color and interest to the lunch!

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These are baby version of the regular size. I put sunflower seeds or chocolate chips in them and then 'hide' it under something else in the lunch box. They're so little you have to cover them with another food and make them a surprise, otherwise they spill out.

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Oh and these!

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This was the big lunch box splurge.

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Vintage, darling, really? I mean wouldn't you have bought them if you saw them? There's noting like REAL silverware in your lunchbox.

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They're better in person. Trust me!

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I bought mini tin lunch boxes for Abigail's snack time in the morning at school. Perfect for not crushing her sweet potato chips.

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I mean, honestly, I don't know why I didn't start a cute kit way back when Anna was in elementary school. It's so much better like this. It inspires me to even make homemade heart shaped croutons for her salad.

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Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go make lunches... ugh!






Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Pictures that Have Nothing to Do with the Post

I like to post here as much as I can but I really don't have a 'big' post idea today.  So just some random pictures from my phone like pizza.

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And her curl.  She was just up on a Saturday morning and she knows where to find me.

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And even this.  Waaaay back in early September.  The girls first viola lessons of this school year.

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This Thursday I'm thinking and trying to convince myself that this weekend will be great. But I get that panicked feeling when I look at the calendar. It's a tight, packed one. And you all know by now I don't do tight, packed, busy weekends. It's all good things, but just too many of them in the same weekend. I need TIME in my house to feel grounded. TIME with just the girls and not 'sharing' them with events (even if we're all at an event together)

You know, someone asked me today what I do differently now that I've been a mother longer than when they were babies. What I do differently is doing less. We do less. I need less. If there is more than one 'place to be' on a weekend I cringe. And this weekend has us in something both days from early to late. I will get through. But I'd rather not 'get through'. They are things that we didn't really have a choice about. They weren't things I could say no to. Oh well, Knowing ahead of time helps.  I'll decide to find a quite moment here or there to regroup and be ready.  What do you do when you find yourself with a too busy weekend?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weekend Savoring

Silliness on Friday afternoons when we're all back together.

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Sweetness from our kitchen and from these.

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Spontaneous fall crafting

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And fall fairs too.

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(Our godson who sang a the fair and who just came out with his first ever CD.  Amazing talent but even more a boy we adore)  (his photo session was back here)

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Watching baby playing in jammies

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A bit of working

(she's working on a pencil self portrait to try to get into art club at her school.
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(and she's working on loving reading.  She's still at the lovely stage of needing a parent to choose a "just right" book.  And her "just right" books are now early chapter books.)
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The way the light from the window lights up her face.  

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And Rouding it out with more playing

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