Magical Monday

Apr 14, 2014 by

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This Magical Monday I’m grateful for:

* A really wonderful 50th birthday party for a Dear Friend yesterday. This woman knows how to party ~ there was a band, belly-dancing, wide-open fields and trampolines for the kids to play with, and a really great group of people. We were there all day and it was so nice to step out of our usual day and CELEBRATE!

* Belly-dancing with my Sister Friends! Nothing brings out the Goddess in a woman like belly-dancing!

* My kids were so happy to be home after a long day away.

* GORGEOUS weather! Oh, hallelujah, Spring is here to stay!!!

* I totally cleaned out my garden shed on Saturday. That place was a sty and you couldn’t even step foot in it because it was so crammed full of stuff. I love how spacious everything feels once I clean the crap out!

Magical Monday

Apr 7, 2014 by

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This Magical Monday I’m grateful for:

* Tacos. Seriously, without taco dinners there would be very few meals that everyone in my family would enjoy eating. That and I make about 4 pounds of meat, so my kids can eat many, many leftovers. (Yes, they had tacos for breakfast this morning.)

* It finally felt like Spring this past weekend. Hallelujah! My boys and I planted many spring bulbs and are excited to see what comes up in a few weeks. (And a true confession: I had no idea there were bulbs you could plant in the spring. I thought all bulbs were only for planting in fall. Spring bulbs may be the best things that’s happened to my garden!)

Magical Monday

Mar 31, 2014 by

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This Magical Monday I’m grateful for:

* The appreciation list I made about my 2 year old last week. I definitely experienced a shift in my perspective since then and we are back in harmony. Even my 9 year old said “Kai isn’t being annoying anymore,” and I agreed saying “He just needed more love.” I tell ya, this exercise works like a charm.

* It has rained so much that we have a waterfall and small river in the woods in our front yard. This has only happened twice in the seven years we’ve lived here. I love running water so much that my boys and I immediately went out to play in it first thing yesterday morning.  It was magical. Oh, how I wish it were there all year round in all seasons!

* Burgers and fries for dinner ~ a meal that my whole family looks forward to.

Magical Monday: Top Ten Things About My Two Year Old

Mar 24, 2014 by

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Ahhhh, two year olds. This is the third time I’ve had to go through the “terrible two’s,” and while I will attest that it’s really the three year old that gives us the biggest run for our money, two year olds certainly aren’t a walk in the park either. It’s not easy to see all the sweetness give way to endless “NO’s!” and endless whining, but I really don’t want to stop enjoying my Kai’s presence. He has been such an easy child and such a blessing~ so full of light and joy. I have often said he’s the best thing that’s happen to all of us as a family, as he had the ability to light all of us up, no matter how we were feeling. And while his behavior and temperament is…undergoing construction…I do want to honor him and let him be who he needs to be right now. Even if it’s a dictator and primadonna. So I need to change my perspective a bit.

Magical Monday: Acts of Self-Love and My Pleasure Account

Mar 17, 2014 by

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Ever since my little honeymoon with myself 2 months ago, I’ve been doing what I can to nurture and love myself on a daily basis.  Taking care of myself first has almost become a ritual, although it does take some discipline. It’s just so EASY to neglect ourselves…why is that?! Making myself a priority is not an easy habit, but I can see how the benefits are starting to steep in ~ for me and in turn, my family. Here’s some of self-love practices I’ve been putting into action the last 8 weeks:

* Instead of watching TV after dinner (’cause really there is NOTHING on that I want to watch EVER) I’ve been taking a candlelight bubble-bath. I ask the boys to give me some alone time for about 20 minutes and then I let them come in the bath with me or talk to me. We’ve had some really great conversations while I’m in the bath. I come out a relaxed Mama and they are happy with the undivided attention I’ve given them. (Drinking hubby’s homebrew while in the tub makes the experience even sweeter!)

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