Sunday, April 29, 2012

Maggie and Scarlet

We had a lot fun with these two girls. If I could keep up with this blog, I would have posted these photos quite awhile ago and shared the happy smiles that were on my kids' faces for the entire week that we dog-sat Maggie. Scarlet was the icing on the cake. They've been talking about the dogs ever since, although Eric is still a huge Lucy fan. I've decided that Sarah (I'm sorry to say) would love to have her very own pocket-sized dog. She kept picking up Scarlet every chance she got - and I kept telling her to put the poor puppy down (gently, and right now!) 


Monday, April 23, 2012

Rugged Maniac

Before the race
After the race 
I donated my shoes to a good cause. They'll go to someone in need far, far away.
My new bottom line for a race - they need to have a giant slide at the end!
Brian's new Facebook photo. Nothing better than a man in tight leopard shorts.
Except for four men, looking so serious and wearing superhero underpants. 
She didn't run the race, and this wasn't a costume! She was in charge of the over-21 crowd. I don't have to tell you, really, but the people-watching was almost as good as the race. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Finding Balance

I'm enjoying my entry into the work world, and there are many moments in each week that I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity. At times, I can hardly believe my luck - I get to work with plants, and to support others' introduction to growing food. How amazing is that? At this point in my life, I don't think I could find a better fit.

But that doesn't mean I'm finding this transition easy. To put it bluntly - eight hours of manual labor makes me tired. And it makes me miss my kids. I feel torn and unsure about whether this opportunity is the best choice for our family. For the most part, Sarah and Eric are adjusting well, but when they have long days, we all feel their exhaustion. Brian is incredibly supportive - but I know he's tired too.

We're all adjusting, learning about how to find time and space to continue to do what we love, as well as learning to let go, when those things we love don't happen as often. This new life is more demanding, but we're working through it, and I hope that (for the most part) we'll be better for it.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Our Treehouse

Tree House

A tree house, a free house,
A secret you and me house,
A high up in the leafy branches
Cozy as can be house.

A street house, a neat house,
Be sure and wipe your feet house
Is not my kind of house at all --
Let's go live in a tree house.

--Shel Silverstein

Happy Easter

My New Year's resolution was to start attending church on a regular basis. It took a few weeks, but since the beginning of February, the kids and I have been going each Sunday. And - how exciting - this meant that (for the first time) Sarah had a place to wear her lovely Easter dress. My mom came with us, and from what she said, the sermon was very well done. I wouldn't know because I was too busy trying to get Eric to stop lying on the floor. It was the first multi-generational service I've been to, and I was looking forward to sharing the experience with both my mom and my kids. Next time we have one of those, I may decide to stay home . . . or maybe I'll go with Legos and Matchbox cars in my pockets, better prepared to listen and enjoy. Happy Easter!