Monday, December 17, 2012

Bits of Christmas in Our Home

Our first Christmas in our new home has been really fun to decorate. It has all turned out quite lovely. We have this tree in our kitchen that was given to us by my mother in law. I love the way it looks in this corner.


And here is the view from our living room and entry.


This is the live tree in the living room. Very simple.


And the family room. This is our main tree. The one filled with family ornaments, and presents, and of course a train that my parents gave the boys.


Stockings hung on the chimney with care.


I think I printed this print from graphics fairy.



All lit up.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

11 Years

Jaiden turned 11 years old last week. We have had a very rough couple of months, but he knew it was his birthday, and he was as happy as a clam.

He has been doing really well this year in school. He is learning to read on his computer and has started doing more academics than life skills. He's really catching on!

We are so proud of him.

I pray everyday for ways to show him we love him, and ways to help him.

We have a pretty big change coming up that we hope will help him more than anything. I'll let you know when we know for sure.

He's such a wonderful young man!

Brothers lighting the donut cake:




Happy Birthday Jai. We love you!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Art of Living

A few years ago I discovered blogging. Some of the blogs I read we're so wonderful for me  because they made me realize that all of us women-moms all want the same thing. To create a wonderful home and memories for our children. It may come in different forms, and may mean totally different things to each of us, but the goal is the same.

Through the years we've seen picture perfect homes, amazing crafts and projects, ideas on intentional parenting, homesteading, simplifying, etc. We've signed up for numerous social networks, found our creative side, made new friends, and captured more memories. We've also spent more time on the computer, more time finding more ideas, and more money buying into all those ideas. Sure here and there the ideas have been fantastic, the friends we've made have been such a blessing, and we may have even saved some money at times, but there is a fine line that is easily crossed when everything becomes too much.

What do we do with all the ideas crowding our heads? When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a mom. I wanted to cook and clean, read to my babies, bake Christmas cookies,  and make big shopping trips to SAMs (grin). One of my favorite things to do was read decorating magazines for ideas on how to decorate our home. I wanted it clean, comfortable, and cozy. When I got married, I showed my husband a house I had ripped out of one of those magazines. It was dark blue with white trim. It had a lake behind it, and lots of windows. It was rainy there which probably added to its coziness. I imagined our life in that home. Clean, white fluffy bedding, us sitting by the fire reading with our oldest boy.

Over the past few years I've tried and failed many times to live up to the thousands of ideas I see online. Wondering if I'm being an "intentional" mother, going back and forth with buying organic healthy food, simplifying only to find myself wanting for more the next month, adding things to our home and turning right around to find something I would've liked better, worrying if I should take our boys trick or treating, or how I should celebrate this and that, seeing others' ideas on living and not feeling I'm doing enough. We've fallen into googling any and everything we don't know, searching for ideas, recipes, cleaning schedules, and even how to be a good mom, wife, Christian. We have to get online to post pictures, check email, talk to friends, get our recipes for dinner, and check our calendars.

What if we woke up in the morning, made a cup of coffee, talked with our kids while making breakfast, checked the calendar hanging on the wall, grabbed a pen and paper to write our to do list. What if we made our same ol' favorite meals week after week with a few fancy ones here and there. What if we made a gingerbread house and some Christmas cookies with our kids in the weeks leading up to Christmas. What if we picked out a few really wonderful outfits we love and not buy anymore until there was a NEED. What if we decorate our home and it stays the same until we fill them with grand babies. What if we buy our children a  only few presents for their birthdays and Christmas and that's it for the year. What if we drove the same car for 20+ years.

What if we spent our time minding our business? Whatever it looks like for you. For me that would mean, cleaning, cooking, laundry, homeschooling, reading, and taking a walk around the neighborhood. Not bothering to worry about good food and  bad food, but having a variety of  good, basic food and snacks. I think that is good enough. Not doing a craft a day, but when one strikes the urge. Not simplifying for the soul purpose of adding more stuff...just, not adding more stuff to begin with. Not trying to figure out how to create the best memories for our family, just simply living and enjoying them will create a balanced and happy childhood. Things as simple as Saturday chores, Sunday dinner, decorating the Christmas tree, bedtime stories,  and playing games together are surely enough.

There is certainly a time and place for inspiration and motivation. Online is a great place to "meet" with friends that are far away, but it's okay to not have the social need met all of the time. It's okay to get bored doing laundry everyday, we don't have to fill every single moment with something to do for us and our children. It won't hurt us. It, in fact will help us enjoy the extras all the more.

I'm finding a balanced life that suits our family. I want to know these little boys. I want to kiss my husband when he comes home from work. I want to hop in the car on a cold evening and look at Christmas lights. I want to dress up for church in Sunday. I want to laugh while doing school work because I taught the boys to make duck noises with their hands. I want to check out hundreds of books from the library. I want to have more babies and give them baths in the sink. I want to turn on the sprinkler on a hot summer day for children to run in. Things we were more than likely already doing before we found a thousand more ideas.What I hope our generation realizes is we were already doing enough. Maybe we find a few great new traditions here and there, but it is okay not to add anything else.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Leaf Jumping

Last weekend Dan cleaned up the yard. The boys begged him to save a pile of leaves for them to jump in. They would line up, and Dan would throw them in. So much fun!



This guy was more interested in having a cup of cocoa.


I love this boy. He is the biggest help and has such a wonderful heart.


Doing their own little thing. I sure love having them around!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Cards

I can't believe it's this time of year already! I am pretty behind on getting things done as far as Christmas cards, gifts etc. So yesterday we set out to finish buying Christmas gifts, I took pictures of the boys, and I came home and made these cards. The hard part? Choosing which one I like better, ha! Have you gotten all your shopping done and cards finished? We still have a few things (like a scooter) to get for the boys, and my boys are just DYING to buy something for their daddy. Other than that, we are done!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A New Start

Obviously it's been a while since I've really blogged. Funny thing is, this blog sits in the back of my mind like the need to pick up the phone and call an old friend.

I've had many thoughts about life and how I spend my time. I have a love/hate relationship with technology, and I've had to reevaluate what I'm doing with my time again and again. I deleted my Facebook a year ago and I've cut down how much I use pinterest to maybe 10 minutes a month, but I've picked up instagram which is another huge time waster and (if I'm honest) quite addictive. I've made wonderful friends there, so it's bittersweet. I've also considered stopping my blog. I havent picked up my camera enough, and I can hardly even think of what to write about. I know life has its seasons, and this one has been in fast forward mode all year!

I've thought and prayed through this and I love my blog and the friendships I've made through it! I am so thankful for you all! So, I'm starting again. I love the little journal online, I love sharing with far away family and friends, it really is important to me.

So here we go. A new start. Praying and gathering my thoughts. Get ready!! ;) I'm excited for the holidays and to share what we've been up to. I hope you are all well, and will stop in to say hi!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pirates of the Canyon 2012

We hopped out of bed at 5:00 AM this morning to enjoy the annual hot air balloon launch. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning!

I can't get over how stunning it was. Such a beautiful blessing. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Simple Beauty

I've been spending many mornings admiring the beauty of fall. The simplicity of this season is so comforting, and it's beauty is breath taking.

 I love how the trees seem to glow.

 And the bits of red that remind me that winter will be here soon.

Even inside we have a sense of calm play. Gearing up for days spent inside staying cozy and warm.

Our kitchen is the the heart of our home, and it doesn't lack the small touches of fall that make this room an even more pleasant one.

I hope you are taking moments to stop and enjoy the changing seasons. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Nature Walk and Craft

We aren't the best at nature studies, but I have been trying to get out intentionally for exploration at least once a week.

We noticed the difference in the blooms on the liriopi.

 We had to bring a football along of course...?

 Admired reflections.
 And the beauty of the sun in the trees!

We collected sticks and leaves and made a frame and a little deer friend. Can't wait to see all those trees turn colors of the leaves we found!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

I have been trying to work on the way I dress lately. I was stuck in a rut and was feeling frumpy. My friend Liz posted about this as well (though I'm not sure that girl has ever looked frumpy a day in her life!) and she gave me what I needed to join in the What I wore Wednesday over at the Pleated Poppy. It's fun to get outfit ideas over there as well!

I'm don't take a lot of self portraits, so bear with me ha:

I'm wearing a silver sparkly top that I got for $2 at a yard sale. The brand is Kik It,  never heard of them. The sleeves are poofy and loose. 
Jeans from CATO.
Shoes Target Mossimo silver and black zebra stripe. 
I have simple earrings from SteinMart since I already have some sparkly going on. 
Here is a closer look at the sweater. 


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