Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I have GOALS

some things I want to do in 2014:

Learn to crochet
How to Crochet Sea Pennies
See Thor's Well
Finish painting the hutch
Ride a steamboat
Go to the Portland Zoo
Learn to bind a quilt
Binding a Quilt
Read a non-fiction book every other month

What are you going to do in 2014?

Monday, January 27, 2014


I made myself a calendar this year. I wanted each month to remind me to be a better mom. Some of these sayings I heard or read somewhere and some are ones that I came up with myself. Just thought I would share. 












Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Progress Report

I can't believe how much progress I have made since the beginning of the year. And most of it came from tweaking our routines to better fit our needs. It's amazing to me that just rearranging a few things in our schedule can make life SO MUCH EASIER. My house has been cleaner, I feel like have time to do things that I need to do and WANT to do, and I feel calmer.

And that's the goal. I want to be a calm mom. An intentional mom. A proactive mom. For too long, I have been frazzled and reactive.

But just setting up a better routine has changed a bunch of that.

That and I am participating in a 21 day Purge. I made a list of 21 areas (like cupboards, toy boxes, drawers, etc.) that need to be cleaned out. Each day, I tackle one area, and get rid of a bunch stuff, and then I organize what is left. It feels so good to purge.

So something I have learned thus far on my journey to CALM is:

A place for everything, and everything in its place.
A time for everything and everything it its time.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Favorite Reads of 2013

These were my favorite books I read in 2013. I would recommend any of them. 

Happier at Home


How to Talk so Kids Will Listen

Adventures is Gentle Discipline

Ramona the Brave

Raising the Spirited Child

Heaven is Here

Books I have on my list for 2014:
Sink Reflections
I am about half way through this book now, and it is already changing the way I do lots of things around my house. It's helping me gain balance in my life. Highly recommend it.


Deliberate Motherhood 12 Key Powers

Siblings Without Rivalry

The Out of Sync Child has Fun

Monday, January 6, 2014

Welcome 2014

I love New Year because I love new beginnings. I love the chance to start fresh and new...but I must say I was sad to say goodbye to 2013. It was a happy year for us. Quiet, uneventful, and relatively healthy. And I'm kind of scared to move on because 2013 was so good, maybe 2014 won't?

Not to be pessimistic...I am hoping and planning on 2014 to be the best year yet.
Don't mountains inspire you?

 Mountains fill my spirit in so many ways.

There is pretty much nothing that can't be cured by a good walk in the mountains

 Doesn't this make you long to be there? I see this picture and automatically try to breathe in the mountain air. These pictures are from our trip to Yosemite National Park. It was love at first sight. So grateful we took the time to go there. It filled me up to the brim with mountain goodness.

More Inspiration. Isn't it beautiful? 

I know a lot of people out in the blogosphere pick one word each year to focus on and that is definitely my cup of tea. Last year I picked the word "EDIFY" I tried to limit the kinds of media that came into our home to only things that edify...not just make you feel good or entertain you, but instruct, lift, and change you. I also tried to edify. I tried to not complain too much or criticize too much. I certainly changed over the year and I am ready to head into 2014 with a new word. It took me along time to come up with my word this year. But I have finally decided on the word "CALM". Often my days are NOT calm. I feel frantic trying to keep up with housework and kids. But I want balance, discipline, order, routine, structure, and peace. 

I have made lots of lists and plans in preparation for my pursuit of "CALM," and I am excited to get working on it. I know that things can't be calm all the time, but I can aim for it always. wish me luck.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Amelia Turns One

How does this

 and this
change to this so quickly?  

Sweet, Baby Girl! You are growing too fast.

Amelia has such a fun spirit. So sweet and tender yet adventurous and teasing. she loves to wrestle and growl, but can be still as can be all snuggled up to you. So playful.
A very observant baby, catches on so quickly to things. And don't you even think of leaving her out! She wants to be in the thick of things, and doing what everyone else is doing. And she better get her own of whatever is being handed out. That is for sure. 

The other day I heard her in the kitchen whining, so I went to see what was wrong. I found her next to the shoe basket, trying to put her little shoes on. I put them on, then she grabbed my hand and led me to the back door. 
"Out! Out!" I couldn't resist that little plea so we went for a walk. And I must say it was a good idea. Anytime she sees her older sisters getting coats and shoes on, she hustles over to get hers too so she doesn't get left behind.

talking on the phone
"Hi Daddy!"
always in the dish detergent packets
ring around the rosies
rides her little car
never left out or left behind
lots of spunk
little hugs
slobbery kisses
determined to feed herself

I love this little girl so much. She has brought so much fun and energy into my life. Not that we were lacking any of that... But I sure do appreciate what she adds to our family.