not really... haven't been posting much and then the emails start filing in making sure I'm ok and all is well. Yes, all is very well. I just seem so busy lately with really important things like this...
and then family came into town and we had to go here...
and the kids aren't allowed to swim at our community pool without supervision, so I have to lay in the lounge chair and watch them while I'm here...
All making for very busy days that have little time for computers in them! Hope you all are having a fantastic summer!
The latest rage in our house these days is aerial silks. The setting couldn't be more idyllic and this is one gnarly workout! A friend and I are taking it with the girls and the girls are picking it up rather quickly, while us two adults have a hard time walking or even lifting a glass of water the days following one of these classes. Talk about 'a core workout!' Holy moly this is a workout. But oh, so much fun!
I hope all you moms out there had a wonderful day last weekend! For me, it was a real turning point. This was the first Mother's Day that we weren't around extended family. A friend and her daughter and myself and the two girls headed to a nice hotel and treated ourselves to an outrageous brunch with quite possibly the best view on the planet.
It felt so good to treat ourselves. We all left with a stomach ache of course, but were able to lay on the beach for hours as we recovered from the food comma we all put ourselves into.
When I woke up in the morning I found cards and handmade gifts of necklaces and bracelets laid onto my bed. We're not really keeping track of days right now since there is absolutely no need to so the fact that the girls knew it was Mother's Day and made this effort all on their own, was truly the most meaningful to me yet. No Dad to tell them to do it, or Grandma, or school to 'make' the gifts. They had just been sneaking off all week into their room to work on the gifts... It is a nice reminder once again of the age they are currently in. Right in the middle between the neediness of younger childhood and the challenges of the teen. I just love how they can both keep up now.
We can all go boogie boarding together rather than one staying back because she is not get a strong swimmer. They now race up a mountain while hiking faster than I do- something I thought would never happen when they were little and wanting to be carried. Now I'm the slow one and boy is that music to my ears! "Hurry up Mom!" I say, "Oh, say it again! Say it louder! I can hardly believe my ears!!"
It can be very nice to be around extended family on some holidays and it can also be incredibly freeing to just be around the little nucleus and have the entire day dictated by what feels best. A very good day indeed.
Just came across this and cannot wait for it to come out! It looks sooo adorable. But dangerous. I mean...dangerous in they way of 1.) wanting to go to all of those places and 2.) I dare say... having another baby! I am no where near that point in my life, but I have always wanted to adopt from Asian and an African country and seeing those littles does make me want to jump into the screen and start kissing fat cheeks! Enjoy.
Some rough footage of our garden as it's growing. We are now harvesting kale and peas on a daily basis! yahoo. It's soo nice to have such fresh produce at our fingers. And to hear my kids say, "Can we go to the garden. I want some peas." Yes, we can!
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is on the subject of travel tips. I usually draw a bit of a blank since I really am a minimalist travel. So, I've decided to open this up to all of you. If you have a great travel tip whether it be related to family travel or solo, domestic or international, let's hear your best tips.
I will choose a random person each week to win a DVD of their choice for just giving us your best tip.
Please do not reply to this post, but click on the tab in the menu that says 'travel tips.' That way they're all in one place that everyone can easily view and have access to. Thanks!!