Friday, May 3, 2013
And I am pretty sure at this point my children see "take your child to work day" as one filled with donuts and lunch out. But when I look at this picture, and those heads fitted with EcoElite hats, I can't help but feel a new and more personal significance to this yearly event. I think it might always remind me of throwing our proverbial hat (and savings) in the ring...and all the unknowns and uncertainty that came with it. We had no grand illusions of monetary success, but more we were just trying to provide for our growing family, and take what felt like the right step (as scary and stress-inducing as it was). Our children always displayed implicit trust in us. Of course this shipment of hats (or uniforms or fliers or whatever) just showed up on the doorstep for Dad. When inside I'm like, "Who the heck are we to be doing this!" as the delivery man walks away. Perhaps it's just another one of those reversals I seem to constantly run into during this parenting experience. Here we are, supposedly exposing them to career ideas, letting them in on our "adult" day to day, when they have always been, and will always be both the motivation and the encouragement behind the entire operation.
Labels: day to day
Friday, April 26, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Poppy didn't really need the head start we gave her on our family egg hunt. She ended up with a basket full of goodies mostly on her own...racing from egg to egg. Like her older sister, she is excited by life. One of my favorite things she is doing now is yelling "YAY!" whenever she senses something fun is about to happen. Waking up to easter baskets on Sunday, "YAY!"
Coming downstairs and seeing all the hard boiled eggs and dye cups
(and trashbags covering the counters!), "YAY!"
She's a doll that little Poppy.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Kitchen time! We are mostly finished with kitchen projects (still hunting for a light fixture for the breakfast nook..gotta finish some painting...) But it feels so good to be here. Good to be done with the crazy parts.
I walk downstairs each morning and pinch myself.
Kitchen before (well, we had already refinished the floors)
I like the antique brass hardware, warms the space up. Knobs on top, pulls on bottom.
It's a big process trying to decide exactly where you want to spend your money,
and your (husbands) time.
There were a few ideas that didn't make it pass the chopping block, but all in all, I am loving the changes we did make.
It's my baking pantry in a cabinet (idea ala pinterest)
I keep most baking supplies here as opposed to in the pantry.
The drawer on the right is filled with baking spices,
and the drawer on the left contains all those baking gadgets
(measuring cups and spoons, mixer attachments etc.)
Below are my baking pans and trays.
Organizing in this fashion has really streamlined my process.
I love this little area in a ridiculous way.
I love that it's something one could implement in any kitchen.
View from behind the island.
I soooo appreciate how quiet the dishwasher is :)
(anything that lowers the decibel level in this house is a friend of mine!)
There were decisions to save or splurge the whole way through.
The faucet was one place I spent a little more, and I don't regret it a bit.
It's front and center in the kitchen and to me, like jewelry.
We saved on hardware (clearance find!), backsplash, and doing most work ourselves,
but the other splurge was probably the countertops and again...we are so happy with the result.
It's a white quartzite stone with beautiful veining.
Between my wonderful (but messy/destructive) children, and my own kitchen habits,
I appreciate that it is durable and performs like a granite.
Also loving....that deep single basin sink.
Like most good things the kitchen was a combination of preparation (saving up our pennies) and right-timing (how long I dreamed of my own home again) and a large dose of blessing. I feel the blessing part every time I walk into the kitchen. It's super fun to dream and scheme and then to make it/see it happen. Lots of satisfaction in the process for sure!
Now it's on to other projects, like actually hanging something on a wall.
Labels: our house
Monday, February 25, 2013
This is surreal.
It went through my mind each time I did something in preparation for Zachary's Baptism day.
Ordering his first quad-set with name lovingly engraved...
Emailing the program details...
Writing a little talk about the Gift of the Holy Ghost...
Shopping for a snazzy new church outfit (for him)...
The significance of the day was not lost on me.
It was simple and meaningful.
And most importantly, his choice.
(what I love most about being baptized at the age of 8)
While singing the opening hymn Baptism (again, his choice)
the most sweet spirit filled my heart.
There are few life experiences that actually, truly reach the designation of joyful,
this was one of them.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
This is my first attempt to hijack my wife's blog and I hope I survive.
It has been a three week long ordeal with the "sickness". Well I guess its been a week since the last incident, but it lasted for 3 weeks. My dear sweet wife that is already borderline sick at night because of the pregnancy could only offered up moral support from the other room as I bathed kids, cleaned sheets, and scrubbed the carpet and rugs. I told her she better make me out to be the best dad and a beyond amazing husband. She has been doing a pretty darn good job so far. She found this video to show me. I guess in my mind if she feeling and is thinking these things about me than that is better than any "thank you" or "your the greatest" she could ever say. This post is not meant to be about me its to let the whole world know that my wife is amazing. She is the best friend anyone could ever have. She is my Eternal Companion and the mother of my children. I would be completely lost (shes not afraid to remind me of this) with out her. Every day I hope that I can find some way to reassure her of my love and commitment to her.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A few weeks ago Zachary got up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, only, instead of using his own, he walked into Dave's office and flipped the light, thereby waking David and I. Of course, we were only awake for a second before we realized what was going on, and drifted back to sleep. I remember (vaguely) the lights being turned back off, but it seemed much, much later. One of those weird sleep tricks, I supposed.
The next morning David and I conferred. It seemed to both of us that Zachary had been up for a long time. Sure enough, a quick check on the computer's history revealed that Zach had been awake from 2:00- 3:30 am and had perused ESPN.com reading players stats and histories the entire time. We were rolling with laughter at the 20+ names he had typed into the search bar in hopes of reading more about his favorite players.
One morning while making his bed I found a small notebook, flashlight and pencil. He had recorded page after page after page of what I am assuming are his fantasy teams. Careful lists of teams, coaches, and players, names I know nothing about, filled the front and back of each sheet.
We are not a professional sports watching family. Playing sports, sure, watching family play sports, absolutely. But you won't ever find a game on our television (no cable = no espn). I can't help but think that some of this is just in his genes (it's how I remember my little brothers...to...a...T...) and some of it is just this awesome stage he is in (think The Sandlot movie). Either way, I'm a fan.
Labels: day to day