Through Their Eyes

Children are always watching and listening, which can be both good and bad. Definitely bad if by chance you happen to whack your head really hard and accidentally let slip something you don’t want them to repeat and they, of course, repeat it.  Granted, they have pretty selective hearing, but I digress.  There are days when they surprise me by just how much they really pay attention to what’s around them and see things rather than just looking.  Some days it’s a very good reminder to myself to slow down and SEE because there’s a difference.  Unfortunately I haven’t been very good about it lately, either.  Perhaps our upcoming trip will be a good opportunity to change that.  I’ve also been having fun trying to help the kids learn how to use a camera.  Their hands are so little they sometimes have a hard time, though.  Haha!  Time for more practice!  In the meantime, I haven’t done a post with pictures by Enzo, though I do have a lot more to scan.

We all have our favorite seats on the couch.  This is the view from his.

Hey Dad (and messy kitchen/dinning area).  I kind of wish that wall was an actual wall rather than a banister so you don’t have to view the backside of everything and cords and whatnot.

Some day all too soon this bag is going to be filled with actual schoolwork rather than just fun little projects from preschool.  I admit that sometimes I worry about him going to Kindergarten this fall…. will it be too soon?  Is he ready?  Do all parents stress this much over these kinds of things or do I just have extreme anxiety when it comes to this sort of thing?  All the more reason to spend more time teaching myself to breath and let the worry go.  I’ve been too “busy” or too “tired” or too “insert excuse here” lately, and self care isn’t something you should put off or ignore.

At least we didn’t get a foot of snow?

I was supposed to get a lot done this week, but that didn’t happen.  Phoebe and Josh had a stomach bug, so our week was thrown out of whack a bit and never really turned around. On the bright side, our original forecast for today was almost a foot of snow, but I am pleased to report that we received none whatsoever. Unfortunately, our warmer temperatures have ceased, though. It’s been hard explaining to the kids why we could wear short sleeves and then suddenly it’s freezing again. You can see the looks of indignation on their faces and that really says what we all feel.

See that look, Mother Nature?  Enzo is displeased by the thought of snow in our future.  Also notice Phoebe happily skipping about in the background, absolutely clueless.  She was actually more unhappy about the cold weather this morning and made me go back inside to grab her blanket for the car ride.

I’ve promised the kids that I would take them to an indoor playground tomorrow. There are a couple that aren’t too far away, so I’m picking the one that looks like it has more space for them to run around like wild animals as opposed to the one that looks better for more crafty/imaginative play, which we can do easily enough at home.

Phoebe is excited to wear shoes that aren’t snow boots. She was ecstatic to show everyone her cute shoes that she was able to wear during our warm streak. Also ignore our mess of an entry way. I’m looking forward to summer if only so we won’t have gloves, boots, hats, and a million different jackets and hoodies scattered everywhere.

Okay, lets end this rambling session here and now.  Have a productive and fun weekend!  Or procrastinate like I enjoy doing and simply let dishes stack up and read a good book instead!

Photo Dump – Just another excuse to blog when I have nothing to say or new pictures to share…

It’s a glorious day, it’s Friday, and because I haven’t taken any pictures at all lately I’m going to dump a few that have been hanging around. Sure, I could just delete them, but it seems so wrong… which probably explains why I have a stack of art work the kids have done in school that is probably as tall as they are. I’m getting better about throwing out some of their papers that they bring home, but I really need to get over my attachment to everything they’ve ever created and do some purging. Keep the special stuff, get rid of the rest.

When the car decided to start dying. One day we’ll get El Guapo back… hopefully soon. The kids get ridiculously attached to our vehicles and are not fans of the loaner and will only ride in the van.

One day she’ll love this super flattering photo of her as an ice cream zombie.

May we never have lice again… ever!!!

With how dark it is outside, this should be nighttime, right? Nope. Enzo likes to get up early on the weekends. Every weekend. I don’t remember what it’s like to sleep in until the sun is actually up…

You can just tell by the look on his face that he knows exactly what he’s doing. Sure, Phoebe, let’s play this game where you push me around on a chair. It’ll be great!  Do my bidding!

Hey, remember when it was fall and there were corn pits?

CORN.

I will climb this bear despite my short stature. Overcome any obstacle!

I can’t wait for the weather to stay warm so I can go on more weekday walks… and weekend walks with the kids.  I would have today if I hadn’t had errands to run.

On that note, tea sounds lovely. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

Joy

I sometimes feel obligated to keep up this blog. It’s not as though I’m paid to keep this blog so I can quit at any time I feel like it, but then again, it is an easy way to keep a journal of the things I want to remember and it’s also been a great way to meet new people. Perhaps it’s just the time of year getting the best of me. I’m not depressed, but I feel restless in a way. Unsure of what I want to do with myself because there are too many things I want to do and simply not enough time. Then again, is there every truly enough time?  I wonder if I would still feel there wasn’t enough time if I did somehow manage to get more.  Most likely, yes.  I’m at a point where a big part of me wants to take a step back and lay out the pieces of my life before me and take a tip from Marie Kondo, hold it up and ask if it truly brings me joy.  Granted, what to do if I find too many things bring me joy? Ha!  I suppose I shall then find a way to make time for it all. There’s always time for the things we really love, right?  We just have to learn to make time and more importantly not waste the time we do have. I am absolutely guilty of wasting time, sometimes because I’m exhausted, but other times for no good reason at all.

So, that is what I shall do. I am going to remove all self-imposed obligations for the month of December and rediscover my joys and my “Why.”  If it doesn’t bring me joy, it’s gone. If it does bring me joy then I’m going to make it a higher priority.  Granted, I can’t exactly just stop doing the day to day things that don’t bring me joy, but I’m going to find ways to make it so they don’t take up as much time.  I think decluttering and rearranging is a good place to start. So, if I’m gone for a while, you’ll know why, but I might stop in if I feel like it… and only if I really feel like it.

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Hello, It’s Me…

Funny how I didn’t really pick up my camera at all this week or last and just forgot to post anything last week, so all pictures from this post will not be recent.  It’s that time of year when everything is just crazy and I start to hibernate more and find it harder to motivate myself to do anything but read, cuddle, and watch Netflix. Have you watched The Crown, by the way?  I’m thoroughly enjoying it right now.

The kids started a new preschool this morning, and I won’t lie, I felt my eyes get wet as I watched the uncertainty in Enzo’s face and knew exactly how he felt from my own experiences as a kid starting new schools and feeling so overwhelmed by change.  I’m really hoping that when I go to pick them up I’ll hear only good things. I so want this to work out for both of them since the ideal situation (which would be me staying at home and him going to preschool part-time and Phoebe going next year) just isn’t feasible right now.

So, there’s a lot going on right now and I’m trying to prioritize how I see fit, which means less time blogging and doing a lot of things and trying to focus more on parenting and being with my kiddos and just figuring a few things out and how to make it all happen, you know?  Ideally, by this time next year I will be at home with the kids most of the time (Enzo will be in Kindergarten this time next year) maybe working part-time, and we’d be headed to our little cabin for the week up north (the plan is to get a cabin up north).  Now to just make it all happen, right?

In the meantime, how  about a few pictures from the zoo from a few weeks ago?  I imagine we’ll be there fairly often this winter when we want to go warm up in the Tropics Trail. 😉

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