Wednesday, March 31, 2010

these are the days

Recently my friend Nicola wrote a great post that included the lyrics to this song; one I used to listen to a lot. I've found it running through my head since then on more than one occasion.

These are the days
These are days you'll remember
Never before and never since, I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this
And as you feel it,
You'll know it's true
That you are blessed and lucky
It's true that you
Are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you

These are days that you'll remember
When May is rushing over you
With desire to be part of the miracles
You see in every hour
You'll know it's true
That you are blessed and lucky
It's true that you are touched
By something that will grow and bloom in you

These are days
These are the days you might fill
With laughter until you break
These days you might feel
A shaft of light
Make its way across your face
And when you do
Then you'll know how it was meant to be
See the signs and know their meaning
It's true
Then you'll know how it was meant to be
Hear the signs and know they're speaking
To you, to you

lyrics by 10,000 Maniacs

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

getting ready for Easter

The week before Easter is always a busy one for me - planning an Easter meal, egg hunts, and attending multiple services for Holy Week. So, I typically dye eggs with the kids the weekend before. Admittedly this is something I dread a bit every year, and usually arrange to do at a time when Alexi can mostly do it. This year I took the initiative to do it alone with the boys and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Next year I think I'll buy an extra dozen to do some of my own.

In case you missed it, last year I posted about our favorite Easter books.

These ribbon egg cards are really fun to make, and look great.

Other ideas for Easter that have caught my eye: this bunny fold for napkins and this centerpiece. When I figure out our menu for Easter I'll let you know.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 29, 2010

a spring weekend

Well hello! How was your weekend? Ours began in a dramatic fashion, almost requiring stitches as a result of one of my boys asking the other to drop a kitten on his head and the other obliging. I realized I am not able to handle the sight of blood belonging to my children very well.

We spent almost all of Saturday outside and enjoyed our first outdoor meal of the season at a neighbor's home. In general we did some lounging and play and had just the right balance of unstructured time and activities.

Wishing you a good start to your week.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday already

(photo from my archives - taken on a trip to Mexico)

It feels as if this week has really flown by - I cannot believe it's already Friday. This will be our first weekend without hockey in a long time - without having to get Abbott on the ice by 7am, Cal by 8am Saturday AND Sunday. Abbott's 9am baseball practice tomorrow will seem so easy in comparison. We've looking forward to a bowling party and a potluck this weekend, and in general to the family time the weekend brings. How about you - what are you looking forward to?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

rats

Last night on facebook, my friend Meredith alerted me to this disturbing news:

"According to the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association): Among women consuming a usual diet, physical activity was associated with less weight gain only among women whose BMI was lower than 25. Women successful in maintaining normal weight and gaining fewer than 2.3 kg over 13 years averaged approximately 60 minutes a day of moderate-intensity activity throughout the study."

And I thought my 30 or so minutes of running, around four times a week, was pretty good. I guess it's time to revisit that.

I wish you a happy, active Thursday! xo

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

bedtime musings


"Is the Easter bunny with God?" "I don't know."

"Do squirrels have predators?" "Yes, but I don't know what they are."

"Can I get another stuffy?" "OK."

"What's that noise?" "I don't hear anything."

"I'm going to be a radiologist when I grow up so I won't have to learn how to drive. I'll ride to work with Dad, and we can chitchat while we do our work and eat lunch together." "Oh."

"I miss Cinnamon and Piper." "So do I." "When will they come back?" "Oh honey, they will always live in our hearts."

"I'm thirsty." "Go to sleep."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

for your Tuesday

There are some books that really stay with me after I finish them, you know what I mean? A couple of weeks ago I finished East of Eden and it keeps coming to mind. I leave you with this thought from the book for your Tuesday:

"...I feel that a man is a very important thing - maybe even more important than a star...I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed..."

John Steinbeck, East of Eden p. 302

Monday, March 22, 2010

a sure sign of spring

(Cal is number 5)(Abbott is number 6)(candy in Cal's pocket from the parade)
Every year in my neighborhood a parade celebrates the beginning of baseball season. This parade is quite an event. A nearby high school's marching band leads the procession, and every man, woman, child and pet from the neighborhood attends, and some years the Mariner Moose (Mariner professional baseball team mascot) is also in attendance (sadly not this year). It's one of those moments that makes me so very happy to live where I do; thankful for the 'village' helping raise my children. And, in the middle of big city life, enjoying the sense of community ordinarily associated with a small town.

Long live Little League!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

officially spring

Today is our neighborhood's Little League season kickoff parade... a sure sign of spring. I'm soaking up the spring sunshine and enjoying the hum of lawnmowers.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Friday, March 19, 2010

thoughts for a Friday

I took a walk yesterday in lieu of my usual morning run. Thursdays I spend the morning volunteering in the school library, so I don't have time to go home, run and shower before school gets out. A walk, however, often fits in nicely. I'm always surprised at the things I notice with a change of pace. I remember enjoying this during both my pregnancies, when walking was all I did after a certain point. It seemed intuitive and right to slow down and listen more closely inwardly as well as to my outside surroundings.

On my mind today:

Check out this fun list of springtime finds (I contributed a wishlist item).

Best idea ever.

Happy Friday! xoxo

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

wondering


Yesterday was one of those days that began as a nice day...I remember noticing a pink cloud as I was eating breakfast. I went running and then for a walk and the day was mild, pleasant. Midday it became quite windy - at home I watched waves crash, and the wind literally howled. Until that point in time I always thought wind howling was an expression. I worried about losing power - we didn't - and when I picked up the boys from school they were quite shaken by the wind. Abbott's recess had been shortened because of it (I think fear of branches falling on the kids).

A few years ago we had a terrible windstorm in Seattle that was quite traumatic for our family and many others. The house we used to live in suffered significant damage, and we were without power for almost a week. In preschool for the following two (!) years (!), nearly every story Cal dictated to his teachers had some element of a windstorm in it.

When my boys look back on their childhood as adults, I wonder if that windstorm will stand out in their memories, though they were two and four at the time? I wonder if they will always shudder at the wind?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

green

Good morning!

Exciting to think about planting, isn't it? Thinking is all I've done so far.

Today I plan to take a walk with a friend. I may also try this neat DIY project for St. Patrick's Day...and I need to make sure we have green food coloring in the house for tomorrow's eggs and pancakes.

Happy Tuesday to you!

Monday, March 15, 2010

if I lived to be 100 years old

"...I have lived a long life. I went to...school. Next I went to college at the University of Washington. Then I became a detective agent and solved crimes and mysteries. After, I began secretly being a global protection force and superhero. Last, I became an olympic hockey player and won gold for team."

The above is an excerpt from Abbott's recent (second grade) writing assignment, "if I lived to be 100 years old..." (He's pictured above in his class play in the role of a wolf.) This writing assignment really made me think about how I'm living my life now and my hopes for the future.

Thank you all for your well wishes over the weekend for our family and for my friend.

Happy Monday to you!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Purple Thursday

Purple reminds me of my paternal Grandmother; I can't remember a time when she wore any other color. I found myself feeling surprised to see purple listed as one of the colors for spring color week. I don't associate it with spring; I associate it with her.

I hope you all had a nice Thursday...feels like Friday around here, as my boys don't have school tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

my favorite

Those of you who know me or who have been reading this blog for awhile know that my favorite color is yellow. Always has been, always will be. And so today, for spring colors week I am happy to be posting yellow photos; I hope you enjoy this punch of color.

I just got a letter from the census bureau stating that my packet will be arriving soon. I'm kind of excited about it; is that silly? Has yours arrived yet?

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Green Tuesday

Continuing on with the week of spring colors, it seems fitting today - green Tuesday - to tell you about a project Abbott's second grade class is working on. Each primary class at school is collecting as many of one item as possible to create a class art project of recyclable materials. Abbott's class is collecting plastic lids, after viewing recent artwork by Chris Jordan. Some of the images are graphic and disturbing, but do depict the horror of pollution. It is my hope that participation in this project will affect the way we all use plastic at home.

Here is a message by the photographer, Chris Jordan:

"These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking."

Please visit his website for more information; Click on MIDWAY. You can also watch the video.