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A couple of months ago we were trying to decide if we should go somewhere for Maya’s spring break. After much discussion and research we decided to take the kids to Disneyland. The girls were super excited and I heard “I’m so excited to go to Disneyland!!” every day for weeks :) Anna had no idea what “going to Disneyland” meant but she was excited any way. Maya spent the weeks and days leading up to our trip planning out what rides she wanted to go on.

We arrived late last Monday and headed to the park first thing Tuesday morning. We all had so much fun. Maya and Lorne spent much of their time going from ride to ride. Anna loved the rides she could go on, especially the carousel. The girls got to meet a few characters, including a few princesses. Maya wasn’t as into the meeting characters this time, she preferred the rides. Anna loved it and was such a ham every time she posed with a character. Some friends of ours were also at Disneyland last week and we met up with them several times throughout the trip. Maya and Anna loved getting to explore the park and go on rides with some of their best buds.

After four days of fun at Disneyland we headed home. The girls were sad to say goodbye. They would have loved to stay longer. Anna has asked me at least a dozen times today when we are going to Disneyland again!

It was a great way to spend spring break. I always love going to Disneyland with the girls, it is so fun to see it all through their eyes. Looking forward to our next trip.

I love Christmas jammies. Maya loves Christmas jammies. Every year she gets super excited about the pajamas she gets to wear on Christmas Eve. I also love giving the girls new Christmas books. New books to add to our collection that we can read every year when the Christmas stuff gets brought out. However, giving the girls their Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve means they don’t get to wear them much. And, giving them a new Christmas book as one of their Christmas gifts means they don’t get to read it much before it all gets put away. So, I decided to remedy that.

This year I am starting a new Christmas tradition. Saturday morning, the first day of Maya’s Christmas break, the girls will come downstairs to find a very special present under the tree addressed to them. They will open a letter attached to that gift and find a special note from Santa saying that he sent one of his elves on a very special mission to deliver this package to them so they could begin Christmas break by getting cozy and reading Christmas stories as a family. Inside the girls will find a special pair of Christmas jammies for each of them along with a new Christmas book!

I can’t wait to see Maya and Anna’s faces when they see that gift under the tree. I can’t wait to curl up in our warm, cozy jammies and read them their new book. This is a new tradition I’m really looking forward to :)

I learned early on as a parent that time changes, or at least your perception of time changes, when you become a parent. I think this especially true for stay at home parents. One day blends into the next and before you know it weeks, or months, have gone by and it all seems a blur. Each subsequent child has altered time a little more. The hours in each day feel like they are less than before. The time you once had to spend in some quiet activity with your child, or relaxing on your own for some much needed alone time, seems to have all but disappeared.

I remember when Anna was born I struggled to make everything fit into my old schedule, the schedule I kept when I only had one little one to worry about. It didn’t work out, it was never going to work out no matter how hard I tried. But, it took me a while to figure that out. It took me a while to realize that I needed to alter my schedule and make adjustments with my time so that everything could get done. Once I figured that out we got into a really nice little routine. Each child got their much needed time, the housework, etc. all got done and I even had a little time leftover for myself (occasionally). So, when Nora was born I already knew from the get go that the old schedule wasn’t going to work anymore. I started early on altering my schedule, making slight shifts in how I allotted my time. The transition has been much smoother. The only problem is that no matter how much shifting I do, how much altering happens to the schedule, there just never seems to be quite enough time.

Do we ever stop looking for more time? More hours in the day to get to all the things on our to-do list. A way to slow down time so our children don’t seem to grow up in the blink of an eye. A way to stretch out the hours in a day so that each child and our spouse gets their fair share leaving just a little at the end for ourselves. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. This here little blog of mine has suffered lately. I can barely seems to post once a week. One day I’ll have more time. My kids will be busy with their own lives and I’ll have all the time in the world. I’ll look back on these days when time was often my enemy, and I’ll wish I was back here trying to make it all fit.

 

As I enjoy this holiday weekend with my friends and family I have much to reflect on and be thankful for. My life is good and that in and of itself is something to be thankful for. Life is good, what more could I ask for.

When I sit down to enjoy a wonderful meal with our dear friends tomorrow I’ll quietly give thanks for many things in my life that help make it such a good life.

I’ll give thanks for my three beautiful, healthy girls. Through all the madness and chaos that comes with raising three young children they bring so much joy. My life is full of smiles, laughter and love thanks to my three girls and I’m so grateful to be their mom.

I’ll give thanks for the wonderful friends I have filled my life with. Whether near or far they mean so much to me and help make life so much more enjoyable. My daily doses of laughter thanks to my great friends help keep me sane.

Most of all I’ll give thanks for my dear husband. We’ve shared our life together for nearly 20 years now and there isn’t anyone I would rather be on this wild and crazy ride called life with.

Thanksgiving gives us all a chance to reflect on those things we are grateful for, those things that bring us joy in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope get to spend it with those who matter most in your life and between good food and good company you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Last weekend we finally had family photos taken.

 

In St. Louis we were so incredibly lucky to have a dear friend who also happened to be an amazing photographer. She captured our family so perfectly in family photos every year. She knew us, know our kids’ personalities and always managed to snap the perfect shots of them, shots I will always treasure. When we moved to Seattle I began to keep my eye out for a new photographer. I wasn’t searching incredibly hard, but I would ask around to see who others used for their family photos. Then one day, while talking with a friend, she mentioned that she had a good friend who was just starting a photography business. She showed me some of her work and I was sold. Her photos were beautiful, and I loved the idea of helping build the business of a stay at home mom who is just starting out. After a few failed attempts and some pretty crappy weather we finally had a gem of a day Saturday morning. We all donned our sweaters and headed to a Christmas tree farm. The weather was chilly but beautiful and Brenda did an amazing job capturing our little family. We ended up with some great photos, including a few perfect shots that I will cherish forever.

Thank you so much Brenda Joy Photograpy!