Friday, May 31, 2013

Last day to organize my thoughts in peace....

Yes, it's the last day of school. A day of quiet.
Padding around the house with coffee.
Planning the summer. Rethinking stuff.

I realized not long ago that we have come around a corner here.
I was perusing some mom-blogs with the felt crafts and such.
Realized my days of little crafty things and fun-shaped sandwiches are past.

We got rid of the blow up backyard pool; they want to swim with friends at the rec center.
The basket of craft supplies sat virtually untouched last year; they would rather play catch.
And when they do feel creative, they retreat to one of their rooms with duct tape and a plan. 
The heaps of picture books sit quiet on their shelves; they are both reading chapter books now.
Baskets once brimming with toys now hold cleats and balls and gloves.

This little universe-at-home I created served them well.

But, now it's time to rethink home.
Rethink the spaces and needs of the kiddos.
Lest you think me terribly melancholy, there are a lot of great things:

We can go on hikes and camp outs and trust them to pack and manage their own stuff.
They can help us clean out the garage and basement this summer.
They help in the kitchen and are starting to make more of their own snacks and things.
In general they are becoming the people they were meant to be.
And that's a fine thing.

Still I find myself suddenly realizing I have different interests now too.
My garden has become more of a chore and burden than creative space it once was.
My sewing and crafting things sit idle in the beautiful space I created to work in.
None of the unread books on my shelf olds any appeal whatsoever to me.
Changing the house decor has become utterly boring.

I must say this is the weirdest I've felt in a really long time.
Like I woke up and realized I am a completely different person.
Is this what they mean by mid-life crisis?

So bear with me in the coming weeks.
I may blog a ton.
Or not.
I may post things I've never mentioned before. 
Who knows?
Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We totally faked out our kids

On Saturday we cleaned and did yard work all day, and the boys were super-helpful.
We told them Su day we would tackle the garage.
Little did they know we had Reds/Cubs tickets.
They were totally surprised when we woke them up and told them we were going to Cincinnati!
We stayed one night, and had a lot of fun:
Saw the game, rode the Duck, visited Newport Aquarium, and ate at Hoffbrauhaus.
It shows you can pack a lot of fun into a weekend!









A scout is...


Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, 
Friendly, Courteous, Kind, 
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, 
Brave, Clean and Reverent.

Ideals we need in this world.

No secret, the few posts I've made lately are splashed with khaki.
I love it. I love scouting. I love the positive changes I've seen in my boys.
I love the family activities and the fellowship with the other parents.
I love having a positive impact in my sons's lives, and their friends' lives too.

I originally intended this post as some kind of political thingy.
Then I realized that like the Cub Scouts I serve, I need to give goodwill.
The Scout Law says it all. Way better than I could.

(That's me, front row center, the one in khaki, lol)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Still here!


Life has been pretty busy. All this scout stuff! We finally had our crossover, and my cub master, the funny guy, came up with his own "indoctrination" for me. Ha! The boys and everyone got a kick out of the new cub master getting her face painted for sure!

I hope to be back to blogging regularly real soon! I feel like I haven't had a moment even to snap a picture!

Friday, May 3, 2013

This moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Joining Soulemama

Thursday, May 2, 2013

I got a little crafty

I had the paint out for the boys' raingutter regatta boats.
And I had the house quiet and to myself for the day.
So I figured why not paint up an old thrift store find?
Totally not original; inspired by Dottie Angel.
It was fun to be creative again.
It's been a while.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


A nice a few things done.
Happy it's May!