Thursday, February 19, 2015

...being part of a family who loves you


It had been a long day for all of us. We seem to be headed to bed later than we want to every single night.  I was hoping to kiss them good night with a prompt lights out!  Something told me to sit at the end of Sophie's bed and ask her more about her day.  "Sophie, tell me one of the feelings you felt today..." I prompted.  She had been happy at home since arriving home from school, I wasn't worried about anything in particular.  "I felt sad."  She described a small problem she had with a friend at school.  Although I knew it was small and would probably be different the next day without any action from her- she felt like it was a BIG deal...and was truly heart broken.  Given her happy demeanor at home I had no idea how sad she had been just a few hours earlier.  I was so grateful for that prompting to sit, ask and listen.

After she and I talked about it for a few minutes- I asked her big sister if she had ever had a similar experience.  She shared some feelings about friendships that let Sophie know that she wasn't alone- is there anything better than being part of a family who loves you?  I feel SO lucky to have this family of ours.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

my valentine~


What would I do with out you in my life?
love you forever
photo credit: Jefra Starr Linn

Friday, February 13, 2015

all you need is #LOVE


It may have been the Valentine boxes she brought to school- a shoe box with a rustic hole cut from the top wrapped in red wrapping paper done by herself.  Each box she brought was significantly inferior to her classmates masterpieces.  When it was time to plan Valentines for this school year Ellie jumped on Pintrest to save them from the humiliation she suffered in elementary school.  She gave me the list for supplies...and put these beauties together the night before their parties.


ALL YOU NEED IS #LOVE
but a puppy never hurts





Wednesday, February 11, 2015

STRUM

 She walked in the door after school, made nachos & then STRUMMED.



Monday, February 9, 2015

"today is a gift"


"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

A new week
a fresh start
and a better perspective.

She had 28 missing assignments last term.
She came home last week with her first update of this term and had six missing from the past two weeks.
We canceled all extra curricular activities and got serious about school.
She came home today knowing exactly what she needed to get done.
She worked hard and fast!
She will figure out 5th grade in her time...which will be just fine.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

honey butter popcorn


When you come home with 11 missing assignments just 2 weeks into the term...at least you have honey butter popcorn to snack on while you sit at the counter for HOOOOUUUURS.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mozart


A new family member-
MOZART
MOZY
MO

An 8 week old sheepadoodle.
He is adored by 5 females in this house and tolerated by 1 male who adores us.
<3

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

sick day...


After Kate left for school I found this checklist that she made for the morning-

get up
eat Cherrios/raspberries
Sophie's note 
(a note to let Sophie know which of her stuffed animals she could play with while she was gone to school)
shoes
make lunch
bow bun :)
coat
:)
(smiley faces were written in all though her's were much cuter)
There is nothing quite like a list to get your head in the game! 


Sophie was home sick with a determined cold-
She and I finished the last pages of the novel
BECAUSE OF MR TERUPT
She listened attentively while a read the last pages through tears and sobs (what a great book).
She loved it so much that she grabbed the second in the series to read while she lay in bed with a kleenex box and a trash can close by.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

then by all means...


"If you hear a voice with you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." -Vincent VanGogh

I am 44 years old today.
Sometimes we believe that what is going on today---is what is possible.
Not this year...
Turning 44 I choose to seek out dreams...
dreams of not only what I want to do but more importantly
who I want to BE.
It will be the best year yet.