Saturday, June 25, 2011

Applauding Today

I JUST found out that it's Applause Day!

I discovered Join The Applause on Holy Experience and it sounded cool, so I dove right in!

It's all about giving thanks to our Creator and having gratitude--one of the biggest parts of living in my Pleasant Place.

I love their tagline.... "Gratitude Changes Everything."

I'll be snapping a picture or two at sunset today in Laveen, Arizona...stay tuned!!

EDITED TO ADD...I just returned from snapping these pictures and while I was at the end of my block, I noticed a stone wall at the corner, PERFECT for watching the sun set over the field! I am inspired to do that more often!

Monday, June 20, 2011

1,000 Gifts: #587-638

I visited the Pacific Ocean for the first time this past weekendin the San Diego/La Jolla areas!! Our family went with my mom and two of my sisters-in-law. We had a perfectly wonderful time! It was such a blessing to "get away from it all" and make new memories.

587:: Andrew's first time in the ocean at 11 o' clock at night right after we pulled into town.

590:: Ethan is his giant sandbox

593:: Dad helping Andrew be brave

599:: The whole family building a sand castle

604:: My mom coming along, foot loose and fancy free!

610:: Sisters-in-law

615:: amazing views

616:: Making a homeless man's day when we asked him to take this picture.

617:: toes in the sand = bliss

620:: time for Thomas Uno

623:: Drew with his boys on Father's Day

625:: my handsome beach bum in his hat

626:: Ladies' lunch at a charming beach cafe

630:: Making memories with my son

632: Andrew's appreciation of the small things. He wanted to find a feather for the tower on the sand castle like he'd seen on Max & Ruby.

633:: Ethan's appreciation of the small things. It was seaweed but he thought it looked like a lobster claw and was chomping us with it!

634:: Thinking maybe I helped teach my boys to see and appreciate the small things, like feet in the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

635:: The van making it there and back perfectly. That was after a driver's side window problem the night before that Drew banged with his fist to fix it.

638:: Having a mom who is also my best friend and a wonderful travel companion.

The best part is, everyone was healthy and well and everything went smoothly. It's a miracle and I will appreciate it as such. AND, my writing job made it all possible. Thanks, Boss!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

My First Virtual Inspiration Board!

This was my first attempt at creating a virtual design inspiration board and it was a blast!! This will definitely help me plan my future craft room space in our next house. I think I'm addicted to Polyvore!! ACK!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

1,000 Gifts: #550-586

Just another mothering cliche that I discover is true (over and over and over again): the time goes by so fast.

This week, I took Andrew for his kinder testing (a quick, informal skills assessment to help the teachers create the class lists) and watched him walk down the hall, holding the hand of a strange woman as they chatted about Star Wars and Legos like old friends. It gave my heart a little practice run for that first week of kindergarten.

This was him, just five-and-a-half years ago:

And this weekend after he pulled out his first tooth, ten minutes after discovering it was loose.

I was telling my mom on the phone, "He was eating pizza and said, 'Mommy, this pizza made my tooth wobbly!'" when he came bounding down the stairs WITH the tooth! "He pulled it out!" I exclaimed. My mom later commented what I had been thinking: wasn't I JUST calling to tell her he CUT his first tooth?? Where does the time go??

This is why we take pictures. And why we record gifts.

554:: still tweaking out grace-based parenting philosophy

555:: not constantly pining for a night out...but getting one, and enjoying it, anyway

559:: housework done and time leftover to play

564:: Ethan climbing into my lap with a book and saying, "Mommy, I wanna book."

567:: finally scoring the exfoliating orange blossom/apricot body wash I'd been wanting

570:: yummy, fruity popcicles

572:: a husband who encourages me to take some time to myself

574:: Andrew pulling his first tooth

577:: brothers playing together

579:: losing an hour when I dozed off next to Ethan on Sunday afternoon

582:: "coincidentally" having an extra flower with me to donate to the church youth group raffle

584:: Ethan's first Sunday in the 2s class at church. He went right in like he owned the place and reportedly had a great time!

586:: Ethan saying, "It's time for bed, Mommy" with his pouty little lips {and hoping I'd stay}.

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