Monday, March 27, 2017

my weekend in photos.

Our first full weekend at home following spring break, and it felt right. With a couple of sick kids in our date night swap groups, we decided to cancel date night, but had an impromptu dinner with our neighbors. But first, wine run.

 These two are just a few months apart. We love the boy next door.

Saturday morning started slow - complete with breakfast and chai latte prepped by Colby. Dream. Colby and Owen went out for an afternoon round of golf, so the toddlers and I ventured out for a walk to a different park for a change in scenery after a morning building marble races.

It was a cloudy and rainy morning, so everyone came home with wet bottoms from the slides and swings. Then somehow we ended up back at the neighbors for dinner Saturday night - a little less lively than the night before. Sadie and I whipped up a batch of cookies for the occasion.

Owen sang in church this morning for our church's "soft launch" weekend in the new sanctuary. Children's choir is one of the sweetest sounds. Here's the tail end - Owen gets in a wave to his mama on the big screen for a split second. <3 p="">

Silly boys following church.

We joined some friends for lunch out. 4 adults to 7 kids (6 and under) isn't the bed odds, but we managed to escape with a decent experience and a few completed sentences in conversation between the grown-ups.  The oldest two:

Our family went for an extra long walk to pass the time Sunday afternoon before small group. We stopped at yet another close by park. Colby and I got to sit on a bench while the kids played nicely together without needing our assistance. What a nice change!

A slow Saturday and busy Sunday was a good balance - we had a great weekend!

life::an outtake.

Walked in to this scene in my kitchen this afternoon, and for some reason SHE was yelling at ME.

Two year olds.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

life::an outtake.

I've been trying to make a habit of making the mornings I get up early for a run to capitalize on the time between the run and shower for myself. Instead of getting a head start on packing lunches or folding a dryer full of laundry, I'm choosing to spend those 20 minutes writing - either in my prayer journal or writing journal (both of which are far too empty), reading a short devotional, or just in quiet prayer in a dark and still house. This morning, I read a daily devotion from Jesus Calling, then about 2 sentences in to my prayer journaling, I had a sweet little boy appear at the bottom of the steps. He was wearing his t-shirt from yesterday and a diaper with no pants - the way we sometimes put our kids to bed to simplify just one piece of the chaos that is bedtime for 3 young children. 
Psalm 63:7-8
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.
I patted the cushion next to me on the couch, and he scurried over and climbed up next to me. And leaned in. It was approximately a quarter 'til 6, and still dark everywhere in the house, except for the lamp lighting the room where we sat. I kissed his head. He just sat there in silence, sniffing the corners of his muslin blanket, staring off into the dark hall and kitchen in front of us. I quietly continued my thoughts on paper, feeling especially content with his 3-year-old body snuggled against me, and the few of his pre-boyhood, still cute little feet barely hanging over the edge of the cushion.

Monday, March 6, 2017

my weekend in photos.

We had an impromptu dinner with our neighbors for a Friday evening of fun.
Then had my first long[er than 2 mi] run in too long, 'cause I was definitely on a run high all morning after 6 on the trails with Bambi and 3 of his friends and my bestie.
Colby and Owen went out for some golf with his brother and niece, so I introduced the toddlers to the movie Frozen while I tackled Mount Laundry overflowing from all the closets.
We picked the boys up from the golf course, grabbed a late lunch and headed to the park for a longer while than normal. The between secondary work seasons for Colby and between sports seasons for Owen made me aptly aware of the extra time to linger.
We grilled burgers to play off of the beautiful weather, and aired The Little Mermaid for a first time for everyone. Then the newest Jungle Book for an after-dark viewing on the porch, another first. (We're not a movie family, but really trying to get in the Disney Spirit over here!)
Colby deserted me with some of his high school friends for a poker night, leaving my absolutely content on my couch after the kids were in bed doing some spring break shopping from my computer.

Sunday routine still on repeat, with a guest appearance from Nana while Papa was out of town for lunch.

Our church is finishing their new sanctuary by the end of the month. We got a preview of the finished stained glass window after service!
We had a really great weekend over here. We're on the countdown to Spring Break now!