Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Postcards from Summer

{My intention for this summer is relaxed & slow & intentional: to take more pictures with the big camera; to be outside as much as possible; for my girls to have as many fond memories of summer; and to capture some of that here.
So postcards it will be. A picture or two of our day, with a few words written. Just like an old fashioned postcard!}

The sound of the waves and the salt wind whipping around calmed my over sensitive heart tonight ���� 86/100 #the100dayproject #my100daysofeverydaymoments Tonight I want to remember: bare feet in fresh cut grass; quiet time outside just past sunset; cuddled on Marie-Therese's bed reading before bed; Veronica's hair in a pony tail dressed as a princess 85/100 #the100dayproject #my100daysofeverydaymoments #ju Close to the earth. Bare feet in the grass & picking onions from the garden for our supper #summersoul2015

Postcards from the past few days!! An evening spent at the ocean; watching the last of the sunset & harvesting some onions from the garden (the only thing this year. We didn't get anything planted in time). 

I can't believe it is July already! I have made a challenge for myself: to get me outside for at least five minutes of momma time a day and to get the girls outside for much more than five minutes each day! We have been doing pretty good but it could always be better!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Postcards from Summer

{My intention for this summer is relaxed & slow & intentional: to take more pictures with the big camera; to be outside as much as possible; for my girls to have as many fond memories of summer; and to capture some of that here.
So postcards it will be. A picture or two of our day, with a few words written. Just like an old fashioned postcard!}
Strawberry-blueberry crisp.....I think this may be what's for lunch! ���� Right now: open window with birds singing & lawn mowers humming; empty page; yoga mat waiting; laundry needing to be put away; strawberry-blueberry crisp: a little too sweet & juicy but oh so yummy! 82/100 #the100dayproject #my100daysofeverydaymoments

Yesterday I turned some of those strawberries we picked the other night into a strawberry-blueberry crisp thanks to a recipe I found on Pinterest. It was a little too sweet and juicy but still delicious! And I have plenty of strawberries left to experiment with the recipe and make it again!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend full of fun, family & relaxtion!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Postcards from Summer

{My intention for this summer is relaxed & slow & intentional: to take more pictures with the big camera; to be outside as much as possible; for my girls to have as many fond memories of summer; and to capture some of that here.
So postcards it will be. A picture or two of our day, with a few words written. Just like an old fashioned postcard!}

IMG_3819 We went strawberry picking tonight!! 81/100 #the100dayproject #my100daysofeverydaymoments ����

Strawberry picking last night! It wasn't until the very end that two little girls realized they could eat some too. We had very sticky little one's when we got home! Today will be all about making some strawberry rhubarb crisps!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Postcards from Summer

{My intention for this summer is relaxed & slow & intentional: to take more pictures with the big camera; to be outside as much as possible; for my girls to have as many fond memories of summer; and to capture some of that here.
So postcards it will be. A picture or two of our day, with a few words written. Just like an old fashioned postcard!}

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The supper I had in mind last night wouldn't cooperate with me (pizza dough & humidity don't mix!)

My husband suggested we order a pizza, pick it up and head to our favorite beach to eat and collect sea shells. So that's what we did. A perfect end to the first full day of summer!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Postcards from Summer

Summer solstice sunset 77/100 #the100dayproject #my100daysofeverydaymoments

::Summer solstice sunset last night::

My intention for this summer is relaxed & slow & intentional.

I want to take more pictures with the big girl girl camera. 

I want to be outside as much as possible.

I want my girls to have as many fond memories of summer as I have from when I was little.

I also want to capture some of that here.

So postcards it will be. A picture or two of our day, with a few words written. Just like an old fashioned postcard (I want to send more real post cards too! I love receiving & sending snail mail!)


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Today Radical Self-Care Looks Like....

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**slow morning
** no early morning writing
** deciding to cancel today's plans 
** (trying to) practice patience
** lots of cuddles
** watching a movie
** letting go of expectations
** doing the bare minimum around the house
** allowing myself to simply be

Allergies have hit all three of us girls hard today. It's not horrible and if we wanted to we could push through. But we all are sleepy and a tad bit cranky. So I decided to cancel our plans for today and allow Marie-Therese to watch a movie and relax on the couch. I decided to allow myself to not worry about laundry or errands. The baby is doing her usual....making a mess of everything she comes in contact with. A little tornado she is these days, leaving destruction in her path!

But for today I am trying to just let it all go. Allergies are not the end of the world, thankful that's *all* we have, I am taking a little bit extra care of us. Thankful for the opportunity to be able to do that. To baby us all a little more than usual. 

There is a bit of guilt, the thoughts of "We could have done our usual stuff. I should be cleaning. I should be doing some project. I should......" so the radical self-care needs to also be "Allowing myself to simply be in the moment of not feeling 100% and going with what my body says it needs.

How are you practicing radical self-care today? 

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Cultivating Creativity begins this coming Monday! For a chance to win a spot in the course share in the comments how you are practicing radical self-care today. I will pick a winner on Friday!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Get outside

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The siren call of new bubbles called her. All through lunch she repeated, as if she was afraid that I would forget, "We can go outside for a few minutes before rest time, right? Remember you said we can blow bubbles for just a few minutes?"

These weren't just any bubbles though....they were PINK bubbles. And to my pink loving, bubble loving girl these were the most magnificent things in the world. She was disappointed at first that they didn't look too pink, until they landed on the grass and she could get up close and personal with them. "Momma!! They are REALLY pink. This is the best day ever!"

(They most decidedly are pink too, as the pink streak of bubble solution in her hair proved).

As usually happens she got tired quickly of blowing and asked me to take over so that she could chase them down to pop them. 

As I stood in the middle of the lawn blowing bubbles I was transported back to childhood. THIS is what it is all about. Bare feet in the grass, uncontrollable giggles from little girls who have the best of times running from one end of the yard to the other chasing and popping bubbles. 

My heart about overflowed as I stood there and blew & blew bubbles until I couldn't anymore. This is  the childhood I want for my girls. One of slow summer days, blowing bubbles, time outside to do what they wish, sidewalk chalk, swings, barefoot and giggles and playing tag. Less time inside, less time in front of screens. More time in imagination and the world of little girls. 

These lessons are for me too. Slow down and enjoy the summer days. I can enter childhood again right alongside of them. There is nothing to say that just because I am a "grown-up" I can't enjoy blowing bubbles and running barefoot through the grass. 

(And then taking advil for that one time that I tripped on a rock and fell. All to the sound of my little girls giggling as they both ran over to pig pile on top of me).