March 22, 2015

  • Trombone player

    So proud of Ethan! He did great at his first concert!
    Its his first year of playing Trombone and he is doing an awesome job!
    It was so neat to see his principle sitting close by, taking pictures and cheering
    on her students. Love how involved she is!

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    Growing up too quickly but he will always be my little boy!

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    And this silly girl could not take a serious picture!

    Thinking the concert went on way past her bed time.
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March 18, 2015

  • Quotes I saw and loved today

    Quotes by Wayne W. Dyer

    “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

    “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.”

    “Conflict cannot survive without your participation”

    “Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.”

    “if we focus on what's ugly, we attract more ugliness into our thoughts, and then into our emotions, and ultimately into our lives”

    “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with
    another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change
    you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you
    are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or
    frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about
    something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it
    is about you that is making you unhappy. ”

March 17, 2015

  • Spring

    I love Spring Time!

    Ethan has his Spring band concert this week and Junior High orientation.
    He has been working so hard on a power point presentation due this week.
    I have had the pleasure of "pretending" to be his "audience" for the 20th time.
    I pinch myself and remind myself that "the little things are the big things" to him.
    And hey at least he wants me to watch it.
    Such an amazing student he is!

    Brooklyn and I have been immersed in reading a book called "Speed of Light" by Sybil Rosen.
    She had picked it off her teachers book shelf and read it to herself during class time.
    She thought I would really like it.
    So we brought it on Amazon and have been reading it every night together.
    And every night she asks me " Mom do you like this book, what do you rate it".
    She is my love bug and so emotionally intelligent, wise beyond her years.
    I could not be more blessed to be her mom!

    When you look at a field of dandelions, You can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred Wishes.

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March 10, 2015

  • Ayelet Waldman
    "Even if i'm setting myself up for failure, I think it's worth trying to be a mother who delights in who her children are, in their knock-knock jokes and earnest questions. A mother who spends less time obseessing about what will happen, or what has happened, and more time reveling in what is. A mother who doesn't fret over failings and slights, who realizes her worries and anxieties are just thoughts, the continuous chattering and judgement of a too busy mind. A mother who doesn't worry so much about being bad or good but just recognizes that she's both, and neither. A mother who does her best, and for whom that is good enough, even if, in the end, her best turns out to be, simply, not bad." ~ Ayelet Waldman

March 8, 2015

  • Chag Purim Sameach

    Esther 4:14  If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place,
    but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?

    So Brookyn came home from school the other day and said she had to share 2 unique facts about herself with her class.
    I asked her what she shared.

    She said "#1 That I am Jewish. #2 My name!

    Love that she is proud of her heritage and proud to be Jewish.

    In celebrating Purim together as a family we read the book of Esther.

    What a courageous women!  Being brave, is standing alone and doing what is right despite how hard it may be.

    We made Hamantaschen's also  called Oznei Haman's filled with Nutella (Brooklyn's favorite filling).

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March 7, 2015

  • Its a beautiful day

    With Michael in Grad School, papers and presentations due
    The kids and I have been going on more adventures together!
    Some I drag, kicking and screaming but out we go :)
    I love the sunshine and being in the outdoors with my kiddos.
    Its been such a beautiful mild winter and I could not be more grateful for the Sun Shine.

    Brooklyn lives by this

    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”

    Nature is her balance beam
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    This boy was our body guard
    He likes to "pretend" that he does not like going to the park or being in the great outdoors
    And Brooklyn and I like to pretend that we have our very own body guard
    So it works quite nicely, if I think about it. "Win, Win"
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    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.-Albert Einstein
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    Where flowers bloom, so does hope.
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    It's up to you to see the beauty in everyday things

February 24, 2015

  • Beautiful Sunny Day in Cannon Beach

    “The Cure for anything is salt water- sweat, tears or the sea” Isak Dinesen

    The kids and I drove up over the weekend to spend some time in Cannon Beach!
    And yes I hit up both Insomnia and   Bella Espresso  for both tea and coffee while we were there.
    Constantly a warm beverage in my hands from October-June.
    We had such a fun, peaceful day together! Love spending time with my babies!
    Brooklyn at one point got tired and snuggled up in my lap. I soaked it up!
    Love moments like those and wish I could freeze time!
    Brooklyn and I loved dog watching in Cannon Beach.
    Every breed you can imagine wanders through that town  and more often than not they resemble their owners in some way or another.
    We are hoping for a labradoodle come this Spring.  Brooklyn's wish will come true.
    I have given poor Coco permission to join her fellow guinea pig peeps in the great beyond.
    Thought she might be interested in what the after life is like for her and all her Guinea Friends :)
    Apparently she would rather stick around and keep Ethan's room smelling like a barn.

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    Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.Proverbs 3:3

     

January 23, 2015

  • This Girl

    This Girl
    "Though she be but little, she is fierce!” William Shakespeare

    She came downstairs the other day with her bow/arrow and skateboard
    She took aim at me, the couch, nothing was safe
    She makes me laugh
    She knows what she wants
    She is my girly girl, yet loves to rough house with her dad and be tough
    She is persistent, like so persistent
    She wants a dog something fierce

    She just started cheer leading again and is loving it

    Together the kids and I are learning to "Talk About Our Joys" and to stop talking about our complaints
    Finding Joy in the ordinary, Choosing Joy!

    Do not mess with her
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January 5, 2015

  • San Diego Fun

    While Ethan was catching up with an old friend from Portland who now lives in San Diego
    My sister, mom and I headed to the San Diego Children's Museum. These cuties had lots of fun together.
    Nothing better than spending time with my sister and mom while Brooklyn got to have fun with her cousins!

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    They had a "Rain Room" in this museum so all children who live in San Diego
    could hear and know what the sound of rain sounds like :) cracked me up

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January 4, 2015

  • San Diego Safari Park

    We had a blast at the San Diego Safari Park with my sister and cutest niece and nephew
    Lucky duckies get to live so close to such a great area
    The lions were especially majestic

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