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Friday, March 13, 2015

That moment in a good sappy movie...

MOMMY:  OH OH!
ADDIE:  Ewww!
ELLIE: I only like it when they kiss just once, not when they eat each other's face other!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ellie Draws

I wonder who this could be from. Too funny.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Addie Draws

I am loving how Addie draws things that I never would have thought a child would draw. With Ellie, it was always cute pictures of family or animals with an occasional monster or dragon tossed in for fun. Addie? She draws everyday life, though I'm sad to say I haven't been able to capture very many of them because she loves to give her drawings away as gifts. This one was a gift for Daddy. It's a football game.

And when she does draw something in the fantasy realm, her details are incredible. I would consider bringing my dragon to life (via felting) if I understood what was going on around his feet area. Hahaha.

This Valentine's Day monster is a strong contender for the next creature I create out of felt. Isn't he fantastic? Addie says if you're feeling sad, you just have to pick a heart off of the monster and it will cheer you up again.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2nd Grade Thank You Letters

Daddy gave Ellie's class a presentation about some of the projects he is working on. It included a brief description of some satellites as well as a demonstration of how blurry an object can be if you are looking at a pixelated image. I got a big kick out of the letters that Ellie's classmates wrote to him. I've posted images of some of them below. It's amazing the range of writing skills present in the same classroom, but allow yourself a good chuckle on some of the responses. It made my day.










Monday, March 09, 2015

Stinky Tunnels & Christmas Time!

Last weekend we took an impromptu trip up to Glenwood Springs. On the way up, the girls decided to hold their breath any time we went through a tunnel. Though this is normal behavior for kids to have, they added a bit more character to the reasons why. Apparently tunnels are stinky. Now you know. We spent the day in the hot springs (the girls got a kick out of swimming in the middle of winter time) and on the rides. Though it wasn't in the original plan, we did a mini Christmas celebration because the lights were still up, and then headed back to the pool to swim at night. All in all, it was a random yet very pleasant change from the norm.






Friday, February 20, 2015

Long Live the Tooth Fairy!

It's been nearly a year and a half since I thought the Tooth Fairy was debunked. Since that day, there have been many times when Addie will casually comment on me being the Tooth Fairy.

There was one time when Addie was telling me that she understood that it's possible to be more than just a mother, and that there was more to life than just having a good career. I thought she was going down the path of combining the two, and was about to tell me about her dreams of being a mother AND a veterinarian. Alas, the words out of her mouth were "I can be just like you! I can be a mother AND a tooth fairy!"

It wasn't until the other day that I realized the damage our conversation from years ago had caused. It's not just that I'm the Tooth Fairy, it's that I. AM. THE. TOOTH. FAIRY.

ADDIE: Mommy! I missed you today! Here, you will need this.
MOMMY: What is it?
ADDIE: It's a list of all my friends who have loose teeth. Did you know that I'm the first one in my class to lose a tooth?
MOMMY: OH! Why do I need a list of all your friends?
ADDIE: Because you're the Tooth Fairy and I am helping you so that you know to pay attention to them because they have loose teeth!
FRIEND #1: Are you really the Tooth Fairy?
ADDIE: YES! She is! AND she's my Mommy!
FRIEND #2: Can you come to my house when I lose my tooth?
FRIEND #3: Don't forget about me!
FRIEND #4: I live at...
ADDIE: It's OK. It's OK. My Mommy will take care of all your tooth needs!

Oh boy.

One can't help but love how she never lost her innocence even when faced with the truth.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Priorities

Well I'm back up to a weight that I'd rather not admit to and I'm torn on how I feel about it. I recently read a brief article (I wish I could link directly to it, but I wasn't able to find it again quickly) about just this topic.

The article posted "before" and "after" photos, but unlike your standard before/after scenario, it had the hot photo as the "before" and the "after" shows her being less than ideal. She wrote to talk about how she was able to accomplish a great body, with amazing abs and all. Then she listed the things that her life included in order to make that happen. As I recall, the list included items like:
- Waking up at 5:00 AM every day
- Exercising and never loving it
- Calorie counting
- Calorie limitations
- Not participating in celebrations (i.e. cake or special treats) or feeling guilty when she did.
- Not spending much time with her family.
- Stressing over the number on the scale.

Then the list of things that she was able to do to obtain the "after" photo:
- Spend more time with family.
- Enjoy the moment without stress or guilt
- Focusing on her career & advancing
- More laughter
- More enjoyment at meal time

Again, I'm rehashing only what I remember from the article, give-or-take, but it struck home for me.

I have been fortunate in that I've never been one to get my sense of self-esteem from the way my body looks. When I read about a boy who called a girl ugly and her response was "I'm not here to make a fashion statement, I'm here to learn! And I'm brilliant!" my heart couldn't help but smile a bit more.

The thing is, I go back and forth on how I feel about the topic of personal health. On one hand, I want to remain as healthy as possible to live a long happy life. I do not want to be one of those retired people who can't enjoy their retirement, or who go to visit Mont Saint Michel only to rationalize why they weren't missing anything even though they didn't walk to the very tip-top of the abbey. I like to eat healthy food. It's pretty darn yummy.

On the other hand, even when I was working out often and had a weight I was proud of, I wasn't enjoying that time. I don't like to get all sweaty and out of breath unless I'm on my way to a particularly pretty destination. I like eating healthy food, but I also like the unhealthy stuff. Food is just plain yummy.

I think it boils down to time management for me. I don't buy the standard excuse of "There's just not enough time," though I'm sure those words have escaped my mouth. It's a matter of prioritizing your time. When I was working out and maintaining my health, I was also in a place where I didn't enjoy my job and wasn't particularly engaged in my career.

I think that everyone should take a good long look at what really matters to them in their lives, and then choose from there. A couple years ago (specifically the timeframe when I was working out more), Michael and I both did this and we came up with the following priorities...

Michaels Top 3 Priorities:
1. His little family of 4
2. Financial health
3. His health/fitness

My Top 3 Priorities:
1. My little family of 4
2. Financial health
3. Helping others

Now, a couple years later, Michael's daily routine is very similar to what he was doing back then. He wakes up early every day and works out. He focuses on his job and his career advancement. And he makes sure that his little family knows that he loves them dearly.

As for me, my priorities haven't changed but I would say my daily routine has. I am not working out daily like I did back then. Instead I'm in a new job position that I love. I spend more time at work, but it's time I'm enjoying. My time with my little family hasn't changed much, and I believe they still know they're my priority. As for "helping others," I am still doing my yearly donations and have taken up making gnomes again. It makes my heart sing.

It's interesting to me, how my priorities haven't changed, but how I allocate my time has. True I'm not as fit as I was a year and a half ago, but I'm happy and I'm still living with my top priorities in mind. In the end, that's all I hope to teach my kids.

What do you think? How do you prioritize your time? How has it changed in recent years?

Michael's top 3 priorities:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Age is mind over matter

ELLIE: I wish I was Addie.
DADDY: Why is that?
ELLIE: Because when I am 100 years old I will be dead.  But when I am 100, Addie will still have 3 years to live!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Life is good

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you are absolutely completely content on what you have in your life? I hope so!