Thursday, September 29, 2011

laughing their granny panties off

I went on my first roller coaster in years this summer and went back again for more. I laughed so hard nothing came out. What a thrill! 
The thrill is more thrilling after you've had a baby (or 3) and your scars have healed enough to ride safely, but you can feel them enough to know the miracle of life.
It feels reckless in the very best way. I highly recommend this roller coaster, it will rend you breathless from the beginning when you are up 205 feet in the air & the ride STOPS. It hangs you there & you cannot see the track below you! That's just the beginning.

My first ride got my mind spinning about having fun and how little I have. I take the responsible, grown-up road to a fault.(see the 3rd row above. ok. sometimes 2nd row).
Since then I'm letting my kids chase me and jumping on the trampoline with them instead of watching from my grown-up chair, glancing at my iPhone every few seconds.
The concert and a few other things we did to celebrate my birthday last weekend were all a part of my quest to act my age. 
Come on, I'm 31. This is the time of my life! Look at those ladies up there! Laughing their granny panties off...
Do you live like the 1st row or the 2nd?
"Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.


You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? 
Do you dare to go in? 
How much can you lose? 
How much can you win?"
-Oh the Places You'll Go Dr. Seuss

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

rejoice always, pray continually, He will do it


We've rounded the 1 year anniversary of this enormous step of faith.
The only security we had for nearly every step was that God gave us His word & He is faithful.
We continue to reap the rewards of trusting Him
and have taken full advantage of the bounty here on this step.
While our minds were set on it being more of a "landing", it became clear almost immediately that it was just a "step", shedding more light on values & dreams.
That's the thing about this journey that is life, it's a journey; each step having a purpose (sometimes unknown until you've moved on); each step requiring sufficient grace for it's trials & contentment for it's benefits.
If you need a little push toward the next step, read this.


We cling to the first part of the scripture above to remain faithful where we are now
and the second part as we look toward what is ahead.
Hope you're clinging to it too!
Because that means you're brave enough to believe that 
there is One bigger than you
who loves you 
& died to grace you with forgiveness you when you fall short
& has called you to a life greater than your human resources.




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Monday, September 26, 2011

31 is fun! Jason Mraz, who knew?

Birthdays aren't so overrated afterall. Celebrating this one was right up there with 11 year old sleepover/choreographing dance parties!
A whole weekend of celebrating & "whatever you want to do, it's your birthday" kicked off when I walked in the door Friday afternoon to a kitchen full of vibrant bouquets & dark chocolate! (Good Lord, I hit the jackpot with this man!)
My mom is in town and my kids are crazy about her and I'm crazy about the spontaneous grown up outings with my husband (& sneaking out when the kids don't see her leaving with just me {heaven forbid} for a mani/pedi).
We indulged in movies (SJP plus NYC & Boston brownstones? YES! smart & funny; go see it.),
midnight bowling, coffee & dinner,
and a night alone at the local Westin (where we were upgraded to a HEAVENLY suite; the bathtub, the double-headed shower, the beds...oh...the beds. We've been hooked on the Heavenly beds since our honeymoon. You simply must try it. Be ware. You'll never be satisfied with another hotel bed again.)
The best of the best was the Jason Mraz concert down in VA Beach!
What a musical adventure!!
Colbie Calliat opened & as expected, she was pitch perfect with her smoky voice singing her cotton candy love songs. (She did a nice cover of The Script's Breakeven too).
BUT, 
JASON. Holy bananas! I had no idea! 
Radio hits just don't capture this guy's talent. 
He & his band were sensational!
He got the party started with Pennies from Heaven (Elf style) certainly sending me the message that this wouldn't just be a night of silly love songs, although he did sing that song & his own,  Remedy and I'm Yours and Colbie joined him for crowd-pleasing, Lucky.

I shimmied til my shoulders hurt & danced my hips off when I wasn't stilled by his wide-ranged talent. Seriously; the radio just doesn't capture it. Did I already say that?
He set spanned fun covers of In Other Words, Signed Sealed Delivered, even Won't You Be My Neighbor to his own emotionally-charged Beautiful Mess and I Won't Give Up On You. (he had me at "when i look into your eyes it's like watching the night sky or a beautiful sunrise; so much they hold" um. yes. please. continue.)
I love him for his clever songwriting and like most fans, his charming melodies. 
"You know what to do to turn me on til I write a song about you..Sister, You've Got It All" from Butterfly among my favorites (which it can be because I'm married. just saying.)
My first download after the concert: What Mama Say 
LOVE IT! Get it. Especially if you're married with kids. (gotta get past the opening-it really only works live. you'll know what i mean)

It was wildly entertaining. Take it from this surprised fan, if he comes nearby, get yourself a ticket. And like he said when he took the stage, the night isn't for the grumpy. 
I had a great weekend. Thank you for the thoughtful messages, flowers, and mom & Dan for making me feel so special. Pin It

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mid-Kid is loving all the attention

Guess who's having no trouble adjusting to big brother off at Kindergarten all day? 
Spur of the moment snack craving? Indulged
Sparkly new shoes? You got it
We've made these delicious pumpkin cupcakes floating around Pinterest. 
With just 2 ingredients: pumpkin & yellow cake mix, they're the perfect baking project for a soon-to-be 3 year old.
And yes, they are delicious. (I add a splash of canola oil whenever I do these box cake plus pumpkin recipes, just because I like throwing things into the Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. Okay. I added dashes of cinnamon & nutmeg too.).

And made this adorable owl also found on Pinterest.
We've been to Chick-fil-A, the library, Target, and the gym.
And that was just the first week!
Today, we signed up for ballet/introduction to dance. Oh. My.
I think I'm going to LOVE this new phase with Mid-Kid and her charming little sister all day long.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

all the proverbial "like it was yesterdays" apply

all the proverbial "like it was yesterdays" apply this week as i drop my boy off for his first of many days spent more with strangers than with me. 

what really got me as i drove away was: i hope they know how special he is.

he's a superstar: fast-learning & obedient, creative & sensitive and truth be told i want him to get loads of special attention and favoritism. 
i want his questions answers, so he keeps asking and learning. 
i want his potential recognized and encouraged.

he's not just another kindergartener.

but, he is.
to them, 
he is. 
now, that's what gets me. 
i can't be there to answer the question they don't hear just like i can't be there to protect him from ill-intentioned strangers.
perhaps this is when faith in a Being higher, bigger, stronger than myself is vital.
the night before his first day, i prayed with such intensity you'd think his life depended on it. 

besides protection, my prayers boil down to this one: 
that he will make good choices. 
that he'll choose friends wisely and carefully. 
that he'll choose obedience over rebellion.
that he'll choose creativity and not uniformity.
that he'll choose caution and trust his instincts.
that he'll choose Christ, and Christ-likeness.

what got you when you said good-bye to your first time Kindergartener?



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