Monday, March 24, 2014

Project Life: Week 10

A wonderful visit to Roanoke was the main story this particular week.  It was my sister's birthday and we were supposed to meet for a girl's weekend at the lake, but at the last minute plans were changed and we still had such a lovely visit.

Book love

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We had to go back to Roanoke again this past weekend and I just have to share the book that the kids and I listened to while driving.

First of all, who knew the library has books on little MP3 players???  You just supply a AAA battery and then attach your own headphones (or earbuds).  We  just used an auxiliary cable so the book on tape came through the speakers for us all to listen to.  The benefit is that fumbling with the CDs/DVDs can be a pain.

I loved this book!  The kids loved this book!  We laughed and it was really so sweet!  Davis is in 2nd grade and Mary Fowler is in 5th- I found it completely appropriate for them both.  The main character is in 7th grade.  Davis was just as engaged as we were.  It made the trip fly by.

So often, the books for this age group are SO dramatic.  I have diagnosed myself as overly-sensitive so I haven't even read the Hunger Games series!

Liar & Spy is good and interesting, light and easy, not traumatic or depressing.  I highly recommend.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Menu

I am hosting book group on Monday, March 17th so my theme is going be green!  How original!

I really enjoyed Lee Smith's Guests on Earth although I still have a lot of questions.  Mental illness is so fascinating... but there seems to be little black and white... mostly gray and vague.  What is "normal"?

Here are some green menu ideas:

Always love sparkling water

And my aunt Debbie ordered this bottle of Prickly Reisling at dinner the other night.  I loved its light and festive bubbles!

Spinach Dip

Tortilla Roll Ups

Some kind of dessert with green icing:)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Before you were a mom

Big Picture Classes

Last year when my resolution was to organize my photos, I started by separating all old, printed photos into decades: 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, and anything older.

That was pretty much as far as I got with the printed ones.  Each decade is housed in a tupperware container no, they don't match and I keep them in a storage closet in our bedroom.

When I signed up for the Before Your Story class, I knew I could do it because I wouldn't have to look through crazy amounts of photos.  My story before children can be found in just a few of those boxes.  So I've been sorting through and just taking out the ones that speak to me and putting them in a large baggie.

As I complete the worksheets, I am starting to see some stories take shape.  I know I ask my mom all the time about her life before us, before my dad.  And I'm hoping this project will give my kids some answers.  What I didn't expect was that I would make so many connections.  I can't wait to tell those stories.

Documenting really is one of my passions.  The instructor Jennifer is keeping everything organized and not overwhelming.  If you click on the caption link and watch the video, just try not to get teary :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

31 Things about Me Project

Only pages 12 and 13 of 31... but I will be so sad when I get to page 31!

How amazing that I felt such passion writing about "watch" and had so little interest in writing about "chores."  Adam probably does not understand that.

For any psychological professionals reading, feel free to offer your advice for my anxiety-ridden rant on the "watch" side.  Seriously, I can't be normal.  Why can't I just watch TV??

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Birthday Girl

I love seeing snapshots of the kids through the years.  Mary Fowler just turned 11 so she and I gathered her favorite pictures (just dragged them to the desktop from iPhoto) and I placed them in a Cathy Zielske photoshop template.  She is at the age where she loves birthday attention.  I posted it on my Facebook account because I truly have posted very few pictures since our move 3 years ago.  (It seems most of my Richmond friends are not on Facebook- I can think of two who are).  

She received so many sweet well-wishes.  I would love to compile the comments somehow and place on a 12x12 sheet beside the photo montage.

Of course then I quickly made one for Davis, adding the years since it worked out perfectly with his age- so cute!

Project Life

I'm a little behind with my "project life" and "31 Things 2014" projects.  Not only do we have a master bathroom reno going on, plus I added a little part-time work to the schedule, but I also came down with a mild case of pneumonia!  February has been a short, but busy month!  Crazy!

I wasn't feeling well and was very worried I had the flu (I do always get the flue vaccine) but luckily it was treatable with antibiotics and I am feeling so much better.