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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Wonder Boys {Part II}

Hope you are all having a lovely Sunday!

How great to see some of you over following us over on FB
as we create content for our new blog.

I have asked so many random  different questions this week!
Thank you for your answers!

I just have to say that it feels good to write again.

Back when I was blogging regularly-ish I met so 
many wonderful friends out there in my computer {grin}.
I still try to keep up with them as I can, even though
it's not through my blog or commenting.
Reading is fun in itself.

I also found a lukewarm {and that's being positive} 
welcome to writing a blog that others already seemed to be doing.
Like this blogging loyalty thing, which I do understand
as a very loyal person {ahem, virgo}, but I am also big on not excluding.
Huge on it actually.

I am really "sensitive" to not stepping on others,
but I have something to say and I have always enjoyed writing.

These boys give me so much material.
{said lovingly}

So I have processed this all, here and there,
not often, just the right amount I think.
That is hard for me, taking time with something.

Now, now I just feel inspired.
Sundays have that affect on me.

I can write about all the things I want to.
Just because I love it.

I know this seems simple, but I learned the hard way.
Kind of like when they interview someone famous in a magazine
and they say all the right things, like a blogger would say,
"I do it because I love it, I don't look at the fame numbers."
But they do.

I hope I can stay true to this,
the before.  

It feels good to in the words of the philosopher NIKE
just do it.

:: michelle ::

If you haven't stopped by, come on over and help a mama out!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Announcing...The Wonder Boys

Hello Lovely Friends!

We are thrilled to be working on a new venture here.  It's been in the works for more than a year, well in my head for nearly all of those ramblings about a new blog were true.  I have learned it just takes time, and it was not the right time before. One of my resolutions this year was to put blogging on hold until I reached out of my computer to build and rebuild friendships.  The social area of our lives took a bit of a hit, you know living in survival mode and all {smile} which we were glad to do, but it felt strange to not develop and build relationships here first.  We also just needed some time as a family to regroup.  I didn't want to be continually thinking about what I was going to write about.  I wanted to live our moments {out loud} and take these boys in...these preschool boys now {believe it!} and of course the special moments with our oldest that we treasure so much.

I am also pulling in Super Dad to help me {he is a tech developer/manager/engineer for a living} plus he has a perspective I value so much in this team we are...together...raising our little men.

 I just may have a few more tricks up my sleeve as well! 

We have been working with the very talented {and patient} Jamie Townsend.  You must check out her site, girl is on fire!!  Seriously way talented, super clever, and oh yeah, she's also gorgeous and has the sweetest little girl whose first birthday brought us together.

So why tell you about it before we launch?

Well, I want your help and input as I refine our content.  
If you follow us on Facebook, you'll find me asking questions and 
really listening to your answers.  

See you over there!
:: michelle ::

{And yes I will update here too once I get some sort of blogging schedule down.}

Saturday, July 27, 2013

When all else

Why hello friends, it has been some time. 
I think I could write for days and not be able to
do justice to the life lived since I last wrote in this precious space.

Not that our life is SO interesting, we are just doing a lot of growing around here!

The little crew coming up on FOUR! 
The oldest turned EIGHT!

I hope to share soon some of what we've been up to this summer.
It does not include a summer-to-do or bucket list,
we opted to be completely wild and free. 

Six of us were born in summer months {yes September is summer technically}
 so the season runs in our veins, 
this by far our most favorite and treasured time.
In the meantime you can see all is well from our instagram feed.

Well yes, it is nearly 4am and I am writing, what what??!
In as much as I could not catch you up on the past year adequately here,
I also could not do this day justice.
Let me say it included {and in some cases still includes}
no gas, no electricity, our house alarm going off when said electricity came back on for two.minutes.straight at 3am,
a husband working 24 of the past 30 hours, oh just a regular day.

It is good though to feel like I want to write again.
These past few months have been tough, I should clarify not because of my kids
{and good, always good}.
I will leave it at that.
In addition I lost my outlet here, my passion for sharing us,
and I am figuring out something I am more comfortable with, 
which means you will be hearing more from me {grin}.

And yes the new project is still coming along in our very little spare time.

Lately though I feel inspired and discouraged both.
I know strange.
I want to change it or at least talk about it.

In working on myself, aside from trying to have a better
self-dialogue throughout the day, phew I can be critical;
I am also trying to sort out what I am responsible for and what I am not.

It is no secret I try to give control to God, yet I usually sabotage myself.
Shame has had so much to do with it,
and I am working so hard at it because I do not want to pass this on to my boys.

I see it
People trying to distance themselves from others because they don't want to
catch the "bad" happening in someone else's life.

Christians who wouldn't recognize Jesus if he walked into church.

The workhorses trying to work harder and harder because that is how you get ahead,
and those who have financial issues, health issues, {insert issue here} just don't do enough.
They just don't.
How hard one works = How successful one is.

We have to stop.
We are not in control.
The shame I have felt is because I feel like I have done something wrong -
let myself and my family down when I can't control whatever "it" is, and the storm does hit.

Now let me say, I have worked hard my entire life,
those who really know me, know this, no martyr just a hard worker.
I do believe it is important...

Yet that is not just it.
I have to surrender.
I am not in control.
It is not about me.

And we all need to stop looking around and thinking when someone has a misfortune,
or illness, that it cannot happen to us because XYZ.

We are all one step away from anything.
We are no better, no worse.
No layers of protection, no free pass for being the best.

Perhaps you know this better than I do,
I am still learning.

Here are some ways I remember...
Inspiration Words Board

It was good to chat.
Let's do it again soon.
Maybe not at 4am.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

24 Simple Advent Activities

Fear not friends!
 While today is December 1st, if you have yet to fill 
your advent calendar, you are not alone.  
I am putting the finishing touches on ours this evening.  

I found that most of our activities fell within 6 categories:


tree trimming, ornament decorating,  snowglobe making 

check out ABC Family's 25 days of Christmas programming guide

zoo lights, polar express train ride, holiday town celebration

one of our favorites...
and another.

baking Christmas cookies, making Jesus a birthday cake,
celebrating any half birthdays during advent

simple acts of kindness 

The organization of this list two dozen things just made it easier on me to add in our favorites and traditions, but also include some new things for the year.  

For us the events usually fall on the weekend and the rest during the week, movies often on Friday nights.  I also use the silly day on our busiest schedule day of the week, i.e. every Wednesday is silly day.    

1.   zoo holiday lights celebration
2.  mail letters to Santa 
3.   read about the candy cane and enjoy one as a special treat
4.  {movie night} jack frost and ice cream sundaes for dessert
5.   do something special for someone in our family to say "I love you"
6.  make and decorate ornaments
7.   town christmas celebration and tree lighting
8.  polar express to the north pole
9.  make snowglobes
10. spreed some cheer to our neighbors
11. find mom for a silly break 
12.  gaze at the same stars and moon as they did on the night of Jesus' birth
13.  make candy cane playdough
14.  holiday lights drive and slumber party by the christmas tree
15.  family bowling
16.  half birthday treat and church christmas pageant
17.  {movie night} gather all the Whos in Whoville to watch how the grinch stole christmas
18.  a silly surprise will appear before your very eyes, say frosty 3 times!
19.  {movie night} polar express and hot! hot! hot! chocolate bar
20. write down your gift to Jesus this year and place in our special box
21.  dinner by candlelight to mark the longest night of the year
22.  make your favorite cookie for santa
23.  bake Jesus' birthday cake
24.  Christmas Eve! open your WEAR present

In addition to this family focused advent calendar, 
we will have our Jesse Tree and devotionals to follow along with daily.  
We also do a Christmas book advent every night like this one.

While my boys are not quite ready for a full on 
charitable advent calendar I love these 25 ways to pay it forward.  

What are some of your family's favorite advent traditions?

:: michelle ::

Monday, October 15, 2012

Let them Play Ball {Inside}


Since we have been back from Disney I haven't felt well.  
Really it started before, but I just wanted to have this 
special vacation for us, and we did, it was magical.

I bet you thought this post was going to be about something else {grin}.

I woke up and headed to the ER this morning,
I will spare all of the details, but with my symptoms, 
the ER doctor told me {thankfully} later that he thought
I may have had a mass in my abdomen.
My CT came back clear.  

I still have yet to have all of the answers I need,
but I do know at that moment, Matt and I reaching for each other's hands,
that all that mattered was us and getting home to hug my loves.


Tonight I read a Facebook post from a well known author 
{ahem, Mrs. Emily Giffin} and there are over one-thousand comments
about whether one should allow their children to play ball in the house.

Hot topic.

Overwhelmingly the answers were no, never, under no circumstance, 
something could be broken, someone could be hurt...even with a Nerf ball....
it's the absolute worst thing you could let your child do.

OK, made that last one up, but some were close.

I say let them play ball.  Nerf ok, whatever you decide.
Here no shoes inside, no baseballs indoors, 
but we hung a basketball  hoop {not talking the Nerf kind}
in our oldest's room and he is regularly found kicking his 
soccer ball {used indoors only} around.  

I might add his ball control skills have really improved.  

I am sure you get my point.

It's not one of respect or injury, it's one of letting the little 
stuff that doesn't matter go once in awhile.
Something I am reminded of often, like today,
most of you know our story.

Yes set boundaries, set rules, designate areas,
it isn't a free-for-all here.

Don't you love once you disagree with the majority they think you're
filming the next Animal House with your toddlers?  

{Griffin could totally pass for John Belushi}.

I guess what I am saying is lighten up once in awhile.
I say this to my rule-following self.
Live a little.  

Whatever is "the thing" ease up a bit.
It feels good, I promise.  And it's hard for me too.

Maybe I just don't have a home filled with super expensive stuff,
no china to destroy, no massive flat screen tv to ruin.

Our floors and walls are dinged by life.

Would I love to have it differently?
In my mind I think so, but not in my heart.

We LIVE here.

Go long I'm open! 

Night friends,
:: michelle ::

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes...

When You're Fast Asleep....

More Disney pics to come,
aren't these precious?!!

:: michelle ::

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Almost Three...

In one short week, this little group of handsome men will be 


Crazy isn't it?!

We have some magical fun planned for their big day! 

For now, I am going to take in the last days of two

{lovely reminder from Lay Baby Lay}

Wishing you all beautiful moments together 
squeezing out the last bits of summer before it bids us farewell!

:: michelle ::

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