Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Soccer Man

With multiple events always scheduled for the first weekend of November, this year we did the "divide and conquer" thing.  I took three of the kids to the annual cider press put on by our dentist, and Brian went to Noah's soccer tournament since he hasn't been able to make most of the games due to conflict with Awana.  It's always something it seems!


Anyway, Noah's team has had quite the winning season this year and the tournament was no different.  After tying the first game, they went on to win the next two, facing the first team again in the final and winning that one as well.


It's been fun to watch Noah gain confidence and really go after the ball.  Some of his teammates have a LOT more ball control, but he's getting there.  He definitely has the kick down, when he connects with the ball, now to work on aiming for a teammate!


Noah is playing up, to stay with his classmates, but since the national soccer league changed the rules to calendar year rather than school year he's actually still playing with a few boys that are behind him in school.  So I think it's a pretty good fit.  He's neither the smallest nor the biggest on the team and keeps up pretty well.


Number One Team!


Unfortunately he's been sick and home from school the last three days so he'll miss his game tonight.  But there's one more next Saturday to finish out the season.  No matter what, they've had a winning record.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Exhaustion Cycle

Hey look, three more days before I post again.  Some days I'm not sure if this is a symptom of my busy life or if this just isn't a priority anymore.  This blog used to be about keeping a record of my life and I'm SO thankful that I can look back on when the kids were little.  But now that I have Instagram for so much of it and Facebook does the daily memories thing I get it in bits and pieces.  I do miss the depth though and those other platforms are just not as searchable.

Anyway, I caught a cold last week that I am just finally recovering from.  It's amazing how much you don't feel up to doing when you are even slightly run down.  I feel like I've been in the "slightly-run-down" phase for about 6 years now, ever since I was pregnant with the twins.  And now that I am totally out of the baby stage (Hallelujah!) it's different.  I can let them be unsupervised, but we have so many more activities to do now that I feel like I'm hardly ever home.  Which would be great if my house actually looked like we were never home... but it doesn't.

Then the cycle is, I stay up late because I crave alone time, I don't get enough sleep so I'm tired again, I don't get as much done without as much energy, and I stay up late again.  Even when I manage to break the cycle for a few days, I'm such a night owl that it creeps in on me again.  And don't even think about having motivation to exercise or eat healthier when you're tired because that requires more energy!

Something's going to have to give before I break though because we are getting up earlier and earlier (hello 7:10am strings practice!) and I have to be ready to go for the day when I take the girls to school.  I know some of you are going "boo hoo" because I have to leave my house at 8am, but this is not normal for me in the last 10 years, at least on a daily basis!

I'm slowly working on some changes.  We've started to shift our going to bed habits a little earlier.  I'm trying to gain some self control and not eat all.the.sugar whenever it's available.  It's crazy how much food, and especially treats, we have in our society.  I realized how much we revolve around food when we found Cory's gluten allergy.  Can you imagine a social gathering without some kind of food? It almost never happens!  I am seeing a slight shift in what's available now though, more fruits and at least not straight sugar usually.  (thanks church!)

Basically, I'm trying to learn to take care of me.  With all of my "free time" now that the girls are in school half days I've gotten an eye appointment

new glasses coming my way

And today I actually went to the doctor for myself.  I've been putting that off for awhile too, but after I got SO sick a year and a half ago and accidentally overdosed on Sudafed my heart likes to do this lovely slow beat thing.  So EKG's for everyone.

Little changes over time, hopefully they will add up to a healthier mom, with less stress, that makes for a happier and calmer family.  We'll see if we get calm though, my kids are wild.


Monday, October 02, 2017

On Writing Again

My friend Kristi is doing this write every day thing in October.  I think I did that once upon a time in November... something about NaBloPoMo*... oh look, there it is in 2008.  Wow, talk about a trip down memory lane!

And so, since I sometimes feel like all the thoughts get caught up in my head, and I'm also kind of sad that my blog has been SO neglected since I finally got on Instagram, I'm going to write again.

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All yesterday I was thinking about what I might want to write and why.  Life is ever so busy and tiring and I didn't get around to it last night.  Feels like the story of my life, always a day late and a dollar short.

And then this morning when I woke up to the news from Las Vegas I thought, how appropriate, all the things I was thinking about were yesterday.

Loneliness.  Busyness.  Isolation.  Anger.  Division.  It seems this is the way the world works these days and it's not pretty.  I have lamented lately that I have no real friends.  It doesn't feel that people reach out to each other anymore.  Are we all expected to put ourselves out there and hope that someone will respond?  If they happen to see it on social media?  What if they don't?

What's gone wrong in our world that we all live in our little bubbles of isolation and feel like it's us against the world?  I can't be the only mom current or past, that ends up at home every afternoon with her kids napping or waiting for the bus.  I can't be the only mom that has a few evenings a week where she could go out, but no one willing to go out with her. 

I used to say that social media saved my life when I became a stay at home mom 11 years ago, but now I'm not so sure.  The actual community we had back then is gone, replaced with product placement and a race to be the most noticed and liked in the feed (you choose the medium).  When did we stop sharing our actual lives, all of it, and start to compete with each other on yet another playing field?

I don't have the answers to any of this.  I'm still tired, still trying to make healthy choices that will help me get out of this (5 years long) tired.  I'm hoping that writing will be another healthy outlet for me.  We'll see.


*National Blog Posting Month

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tea Collection Friends and Family Sale!

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Fall caught me off guard this year, it went from 90 degree days to 60 degree days last week and I wasn't ready with warmer clothes to fit my kiddos!

If you're like me and need to get ready for fall (and winter!) now is a great time with the new Friends and Family sale at Tea Collection.  This week only take 25% off almost everything* on their site with code LOCHNESS.

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There are some straight up awesome prints from Scotland this season and the sale works on things that are already marked down too (double bonus!).



But seriously, how lovely are these McKenna Flutter Dress (above) and Islay Henley Dress (below).  They just say Scotland to me!


My girls are getting more interested in colors other than pink and purple and this lovely green Faileas Graphic Dress got their attention.  It fits like a tunic top and works great with tights or leggings.

Don't forget the boys with this Heeland Coo Graphic tee that says he's so serious about whatever he's up to!


There are lots of fun graphic tees for girls too, we have the McHamish cat tee, and the tail is on the back!



Whatever you're shopping for, get your shop on this week while the sale lasts!

Sale runs from September 25th through October 2nd.

Does not apply to items labeled "Global Archive", Everyday Playsets, Patagonia, Livie & Luca, and Saltwater.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tea Collection: Destination Scotland! Sale!

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The new fall collection of children's clothes from Tea Collection is here and I couldn't be more excited! Tea went to Scotland for this line and their patterns and colors are just so fun for kids!

There's a Labor Day sale going on this week, 20% off and free shipping over $50.  With all the adorable mix and match options it's not hard to get the best deal on styles for fall and winter.

Use code HALOFALL at checkout for your sale now through Tuesday.


My girls are going to love these bright prints and look at the most adorable cat,
with a tail on the back! *finally in stock!


The boys will not be left out with lots of fun animals and designs too.


The Tea designers have really hit this line out of the park!


Cute little kilt skirts, perfect for fall!



This sale runs through September 5th.  

*Does not Everyday Playsets, Global Archive pieces, or anything by another brand, but sold at the Tea website.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Double Digits

Some people say, "oh my goodness, 10!" as if they can't believe 10 years have gone by, but I have [most of] the memories to prove it!  As of the end of March my oldest child is now 10.


He still loves that chartreuse green, but wears other colors and looks good in all of them.  His shoes are officially as big as mine and he's over 5 feet tall already.  I imagine well before high school he'll be taller than me at this rate!


He wanted to play the cello this year in strings at school and has done really well.  The all district orchestra festival last month was so neat to hear.


As I missed last year's update due to being very ill, it's even more of a difference to look back two years.


I did get to be in his classroom a little bit this year, but 4th graders don't need as much outside help so I mostly did projects for his teacher.  He was always happy to see me though and give me hugs so I'll take it.


I totally failed on the birthday treat front and ended up sending Snickers to school instead.  And we had special cupcakes for the painting party so ice cream sundaes were had on his actual birthday.


Yes, I filled the bag with pretzels because he mostly already knew what he was getting and I am a silly mom.


This spring at school every kid in his class got an iPad so he's starting to learn his way around the digital world.  Time for lots of conversations about how life works, but thankfully he still talks to us most of the time.


He got to go on a special trip with Dad and he picked Seattle.  I'll try to get some pictures up (that he took!) sooner rather than later.

Buddy, I'm happy that you're doing well in school and always curious about how things work.  I can see a scientist or an engineer (or whatever you want to be) in your future!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Tea Collection Half Off Swim Sale

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The pool we frequent opened last weekend and my girls were first in line! Needless to say I think we'll be spending a lot of time in the water this summer. Which is why it's a good thing Tea Collection is having a half off swim sale this weekend. I think we may need a second swimsuit for each of them.

Use code SPLASH for 50% off ALL swim on Tea Collection from now through Sunday 6/4.


With our pale skin we love the long sleeve rash guards Tea has available for boys and girls.


But there are certainly cute one piece suits that my girls like too!

And don't forget the boys, sharks and jellyfish galore are sure to be big hits with the little guys.


What kind of swimwear do you and your kids prefer?

This sale runs June 1st through the 4th.