Thursday, August 21, 2014

Setting our Sights on Routines and Resolutions for the New School Year

There is a peace and calm that overcomes me when I look out on a beautiful horizon.  A cool breeze catches my hair and the sound of nature, faint murmurs, and quiet bird song fill my spirit and I suddenly feel inspired. I look at my children and I see that they too are in awe of God's creations and I make a solemn vow to slow down more often, forget the amusement parks, movie theaters, and loud over-stimulation that our society emphasizes and just sit and look out.

The fall rather than January first has always meant the start of the new year for me.  It is when all seems to start afresh.  The play and relaxation of summer usually gives me the energy to plan to do more, be better, and start something new.  With two children now in the school system I have spent the last month signing them up for various after school activities, taking care not to overbook them so as to leave time for homework, prayer, and family.  On Wednesday my oldest will embark on his new school year, First Grade. I am so excited for his journey, new friends, learning and the like.  My Middle will begin Kindergarten, a full day of school, new teachers, and a new school.  Things will change for me as well on Wednesday.  I will be home with just one baby.  I will have many hours dedicated to her attention, and I no doubt will be anticipating the stories, and arrival of the two eldest from school in the afternoon.  With this change questions began popping up in my head.  Will I have more free time?  If so, what will I do with it?  What are my goals and resolutions for the new year?

I decided to make a list, just like many people do on January first, so that I can check back at the end of the school year.

*  Read at least one book a month

*  Finish baby scrapbook
*  Finish my picture book
*  Volunteer at pregnancy center
*  Make dinner most nights
*  Make time for mom's group meetings
*  Make time for weekday mass at least once a week
*  Get more organized
*  Finish home renovations
*  Read to the kids every night before bed
*  Bedtime prayers with the kids every night
*  Blog at least once a week
*  Make time for friendships
*  Date night every other week
*  Have more patience

Here's to a blessed and wonderful new school year, may our routines keep us comforted and our resolutions keep us focused.  May we never forget that family and God is most important, while we embark in exciting new beginnings where anything is possible.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sisters and Flea Markets History at its finest!

This weekend I traveled with the baby to stay at my sister's house for the night. Our plan was to be up and out the door by 6:30a.m. babies in tow to scavenge the local flea market. 
It is not often my sister and I have the opportunity to sit face to face without the distraction of a holiday or family party and so we were thrilled at the opportunity to do so.  I cannot tell you specifically all that we did or talked about, nor would it be all that important to you, but what I will say is boy did we laugh!  I mean really laughed!  Crying, hurt my sides, barely able to speak laugh!  We stayed up much later than we should since we had early morning plans and we shared and laughed, in a way only sisters can.  Sisterhood is a beautiful thing.  Its like taking a trip in a time machine back to when we were just two young girls sharing a room.  We share an understanding that only family can understand, raised by the same parents, in the same home, with the same traditions, jokes, isms that only make sense for those who lived there.  I felt transported to those nights where we stayed up late sharing secrets and giggling uncontrollably trying to stifle our outburst for fear that our parents would come in. Only this time we tried to not wake the babies.
It was fitting that our early morning plans were to pick through vendors tables at her local flea market.  Which by the way we were up and out the door by 6:30a.m. as planned.  With an adrenaline surged by the excitement to shop and share a day with my sister we were up and armed with coffees and cash.  The beauty of a flea market is you never know what you are going to find!  I found scrapbooking materials, clothes, pictures, and toys for the kids.  The history you see at the flea market is beautiful.  Each time I bring a piece into my home I like to imagine who may have had it before me.  Did they use it the same way?  It brings character into my home, a character developed over the years of things that were once considered treasures, then possibly replaced for something newer, only to be treasured once again.  
This picture is my favorite find.  My children will see this picture on our wall and it will instill a feeling, perhaps even a memory.  For me each time I read it I will think of my mother, my home my upbringing, my sister.  Who knew a weekend away at the flea market could do all that!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Making time for Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is one of my favorite pass-times.   Over the years my albums have taken on many different styles and themes, each one is a special labor of love.  Having a hobby helps me to de-stress and also feel accomplished on days that perhaps the most interesting thing I did that day was change a diaper. 
I am currently working on my youngest daughter's baby book.  I steal away moments during my day and do a page here and there, or a sticker here and a picture there.  I have had  my work - in - progress sprawled out all over my dining room table for a week now.  
As you can see in the picture below stolen moments is all that I have sometimes!  ha I just have to keep reminding myself that this is what life is about.  If it was not for these beautiful children, no matter the interruptions there would be nothing to scrapbook about.  As I am reminded by the many wise older mothers that I pass in the grocery store  " cherish it, it goes by way too fast". 

Above is a picture of my completed scrapbooks so far!  It always makes my heart swell when one of my kids ask to look through their scrapbook!