what I’m into {may 2014}

I feel like the first half of May was such a blur that the second half should have lasted longer. It’s hard to believe that it’s the first of June! Our schools have an abbreviated summer and when I first counted up the weeks off I thought “what in the world are we going to do for all those weeks” and now that I’m counting down I think we’ll be back to school in the blink of an eye. Lest I get too far ahead of myself, we are enjoying our days off and I’m enjoying not having to get people roused out of bed and pack lunchboxes!

In May, my husband and I celebrated 17 years of marriage. Here’s our then and now:

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Here's to 17 more!

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We had a quiet day at home as some sweet friends of ours took our kids off to a local theme park and then we enjoyed an amazing dinner at a local swanky restaurant. Nothing fancy, but after a crazy spring it was I think what we needed most.

We finished out the year with awards at school (the boy got the character award for the whole 4th grade…warms a momma’s heart) and we had our annual last day of school water balloon fight in the park (so much crazy fun!)

And this is how we know school is almost out for the summer – water balloon fight time

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And the last few weeks we’ve just been trying to figure out how to slow down and entertain ourselves without lots and lots of tech time.

Watching…

As a family we watched an old t.v. version of A Wrinkle in Time. It was strange. Then we watched the original Cheaper by the Dozen. It was depressing and weird. This past Friday we watched Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. It was not as hokey as we thought it would be, but yet it was. So we scored zero on the family movie night choices this month. I got about half a watch of Free Birds and Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters while the boy watched them for his tech time this past week. Percy was ok. Free Birds was totally stupid. The husband and I enjoyed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and while it wasn’t as great as I had hoped, the message of following your dreams and not just dreaming them was so fitting with our lives right now.

Reading…

I’ve been reading a fair amount of non-fiction, parenting, child-rearing books lately trying to figure out what makes me second child tick. She’s been struggling with some issues lately and we’ve been struggling with how best to parent her through them. I started out reading The Highly Sensitive Child and while it was somewhat helpful, it wasn’t. I agree with many of the reviews on goodreads that she just kept describing what a highly sensitive child is and didn’t really give much in the way of advice in how to best parent that kind of child except with lots of patience. Now I’m sort of spot reading Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders and Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings. Both have been helpful as we continue these uncharted waters. I also picked up a few books from my mom’s house and am just about done reading Telling the Bees. It kind of ebbs and flows between good and yet not. I keep thinking there’s going to be some big reveal in the way she writes and then it’s really nothing major that occurs. The kids and I are reading From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. It’s funny to read it as an adult. I loved it as a kid and now I’m not so sure why I loved it so much. My oldest is enjoying it more than my youngest.

Listening…

I am continuing to enjoy listening to podcasts and my go-to podcasts right now are America’s Test Kitchen which I am absolutely loving and Modern Sewciety which I recently discovered.

Thinking about…

I wrote a post recently about why I refuse to have a Pinterest summer. May is one of those months where my Pinterest feed blows up with summer reading lists and summer boredom busters. Chore charts galore and gobs of crafty ideas to make for a happy summer for you and your kiddos. Every year I tend to do the same thing and this year I decided I wasn’t going to. We are trying to have a calm, summer that isn’t filled with bucket lists and impossible things to follow.

NPR did this whole series on the state of photography and what it is doing to our memories and it was fabulous. You can listen/read one of the best interviews here. In so many ways I love it because I feel so off the hook for not photographing every single second of my children’s lives.

The Gospel Coalition had a fabulous article about seasons of life and how we, especially us as mothers, cling too long to the idea of seasons and how they keep us from ministering etc in life. It fits so well with the book Spiritual Rhythm by Mark Buchanan that I’m reading.

Goals for June…

We are headed for vacation this month and I also have a week with only one kiddo to contend with while they other one is away at camp. The shop has been on a small hiatus (in that I’m only offering ready to ship/instant download items) and I’ll continue that through most of the summer. I’m hoping to get caught up on so many projects:

  • um, such as the last 3 months of my business financials
  • finish painting the front porch
  • work on my photo album
  • get caught up (sort of) on my One Little Word project that I’ve totally dropped
  • sew a few pairs of these and a few of these
  • after a girls trip with my BFF to my little slice of heaven
  • get some planning done for the 2nd half of the year with my shop and our family life

I leave you with my favorite instagram shot from May

Mother's Day by the creek in the mountains with a little stitching. Bliss

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