Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I Want To Remember

I realized recently, that I don't post many updated photos of our daily happenings, to this little space anymore. Social medias (Instagram, ahem ahem) have taken over, and so less of the daily grind is shared... I'm going to "try"... my hardest... to share those moments with you every few weeks. It's fun to peek into one's world... and I'm excited to one day look back at this blog, and see a younger version of myself and all my littles in these stages that have come and gone all too quickly.

The things I want to remember from these last few weeks:

- Winter in the PNW is totally wonderful when we have 50 degree days (there have been MANY of them.. and I'm not taking any of them for granted.)

- Communal baths are the BEST way to contain ALL of the littles for, at minimum, an hour! Not only do they get clean, and burn off some energy... but I can take that moment to clean the rest of the bathroom, or sneak some chocolate as I watch all the fun they're having.

- Thankful that the love the littles show each other far outweigh the times where they fight with one another.

- Flowers... do well for this Mama's heart. It's part of my self-care... and I'm not one bit ashamed to buy them for myself.

- Jo and Mable are both full up walking (Mable before Christmas, and Jo near the second week of January)... it's fun watching them explore and SO crazy keeping up with them at the same time.

- The hubby has been gone SO much these last few weeks... savoring the time we have with him when he is home, has been important.

- Preparing the flower beds and yard for the upcoming Spring season, has brought so much joy... nothing quite like digging in the dirt. I ordered a bunch of tubers from Floret Farm, as well poppy and zinnia seeds. I'm beyond EXCITED to see all the color pop up this year.

- We finally put money down for a contractor, and should break ground on building our in-law suite in the next few weeks (as soon as the permits get approved.)

- My membership at the Crossfit gym I was a part of, was up at the end of November... for the last few months I've been doing the whole Crossfit at home in our garage gym with the love of my life. It's been amazing seeing the changes/progress that I've made since. Is it a lot of work? YES. Is it tough working out at home? YES. Is it strange having your husband "coach" you along through the workouts? ummm.. YES. Has it brought joy? SO much joy. I'm so thankful for a handful of dear friends (made at the gym) that have become my people.... and come and workout with me from time to time... and step into my world and love on my world (meaning my littles). I've FINALLY been able to string together my double unders (30 is my max rep right now... I got too excited and dropped the rope when I made it)... next on the docket is getting "toes to bar" and rope climbing.

- We are settling into a beautiful rhythm of planting roots here in Washington... one of those ways, has been being a part of a community group from our church. The moments together have been so sweet, tender and encouraging. Many have children the same age as our littles, and it's beautiful watching the friendships grow between the littles as well. I've also joined a Bible study (book study) with some amazing women from my church... my heart is overflowing with joy from these newfound friendships.

- My current songs vary depending on whether or not I'm working out, relaxing or creating:
Burn by Ellie Goulding (my workout groove), To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra (for creating and relaxing).















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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Adventure Gone Awry

awry: away from the appropriate, planned, or expected course; amiss.

One of the first adventures we wanted to tackle this new year, was to Mount St. Helens. We wished to see the volcano and experience a little "snow" this winter. It's about a 1 hour 50 minute drive... and we got to about 1 hour 35 minutes before we realized we should check to make sure it was open (it was New Years Day). About 10 seconds later, I had to break the news that we needed to turn around because it was closed... sometimes you just gotta roll with it. Just like the volcano mountain, many other places along the way back (Children's Museums, Animal Parks, etc.) were closed as well. At this point we totally could have called it quits, BUT, I wasn't going to let that happen. We were set out for an adventure, and I wasn't going to settle... so we stopped for lunch, and made plans to head to our favorite zoo/aquarium (which we should have gone to in the first place).

So thankful that it was open... and that the kids weren't destroyed from our 3.5 hour round trip that led us back to an adventure that is down the street from us (just a 25 minute drive). We're NEVER disappointed at Point Defiance... it's the very best. We arrived around 2pm, and had about 2 hours of daylight before we needed to pack up. Every time we come, a different exhibit "shows off"... this time around, it was the walrus. He was HILARIOUS. The kids spent a majority of the time watching him. Giggling at the way he was making "blurping" sounds and spat out water when he came up for air.

It was definitely an adventure gone awry. We'll get to Mount St. Helens another time... I guess the zoo was where we were supposed to be that day.












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Monday, January 15, 2018

Adventuring

A new year... brings new adventures. Last year, was tough. It was filled with a lot of trial and error, navigating this whole family of 7 thing. The twins brought along a ton of fun and laughter (and of course amazing cuddles) but caring for two so little drained a lot of our energy. Getting out of the house to go anywhere takes about twice as long, and we never know which one is about to meltdown at any given point.... so 2017 was a year of being hesitant and slow, and intentionally staying near home. We didn't want to take our chances... create unnecessary challenges for ourselves. We used to EMBRACE adventure before kids... and then slowly as we added another, and another... and then boom boom two at a time... the idea of adventure, elicited more fear than excitement. But, that is no way to live.

We spent the second half of 2017 trying to figure out how to balance our health with our kids' routines. Being consistent in our working out... working out always combats stress and it's nice to keep off those extra pounds, not to mention, gives us a boost in the energy department. Forming a routine of "getting our workout in" has been great... it's encouraging and empowering... and we've been doing it together (the hubby and I) in our garage gym, for the last month. We're figuring out how to encourage one another, how to hold each other accountable, and it's a clear example for the kids to stay active. Putting that time aside to better ourselves, is also reminding me, how much adventuring plays a part in who we are. 

So this 2018... we are going to try our best to jump back into this thing called "adventuring"... because I've surely missed it. The kids have hearts for exploring, so it's time we stoke that fire that burns within them... reawaken the part of us that has been "sleeping" for the last few years... and to do it without worry or fear. 

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr. 















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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Seattle Aquarium

We ventured into the city to check out the aquarium before the year was through. It was fun to be in a place filled with tons of critters found locally. Beautiful fish found in the Puget Sound, harbor seals and otters, jelly fish and octopus... It was definitely worth the visit, at least one time... the view from the aquarium is unlike any other, surrounded by the Sound on all sides, and a view of the wharf.










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Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017

I'm pretty certain every year, I think the same thing. Christmas comes... I blink... and then it's gone. It flees all too quickly. The beauty of the season is so magical... so beautiful... and this year, we even had a "White Christmas"!




















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