My scout took first place in the pinewood derby for his den and second place for districts. He's been a happy cub! Way to go buddy!
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Easter day was nice. The kids enjoyed a big basket from grandma and an egg search in the back yard. When we first started doing easter, we would fill the plastic eggs with yogurt covered raisins and assorted nuts. They loved it, but somehow over the past couple years we ended up with nothing but sugar. Maybe next year we'll have better balance.
Big sis took all the pics and they were so excited because this was their first PEZ. Cute little duckie!
Getting a little water~slide action!
HAHAHA! Captured a great expression on our buddy!
Awww Mom! Do you gotta?!
A happy camper livin it up!
Lots of dads hanging with the little ones. My favorite of this though, is the lifeguard.
Someone's in trouble!
We had a wonderful spring break this year. Spent time in Poulsbo WA on the bay, exploring Seattle more, hanging out in Bellavue and lounging at home. Here are some pics we got.
Collecting Sea Shells and digging for clams.
The ferry to Seattle. The wind was trying to throw us overboard. My hair as always making a scene.
The kids having seen the Space Needle before, but got to go to the top for the first time.
Windy at the top as usual.
Lounging with my man.
Played at the museum. Started with the dung. Ha!
Loved the butterfly room. Healthy little buggers.
Now he's ready to rule the world.
These two could have sat in this craft and forgot the rest of the museum.
We hope everyone had a wonderful spring break as well and now we are looking forward to summer activities and trips!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
NOW THAT'S MY KIND OF A DOG!!!
(This is NOT a picture I took myself, but had I seen a dog doing this, I would have gladly taken a hundred pictures... and posted them all!)
So life is just moving right along these days. The busy-ness of it all is somewhat crazy, but until we get a regular, steady flow going with our business, that's just the way it's gonna be. A couple days ago I was wondering if I am valid in my feelings and expression to others about current times being almost over-the-top busy and according to my inventory... I think I am. I have been over and over apologizing to people for the fact that I can't add more to my social schedule. I have to say "no" and as far as me reaching out, it has been rare. My guilt gets to me almost daily, but then I remind myself that my priorities just take a lot of time and effort, and I feel that there will be a day when I'll be able to slow down and let all my ground work carry me so I can add more social time to life.
I do see progress being made so that helps. Some days I feel like giving up till I remember that there is purpose in what I am trying to accomplish. Also, I want to give something to this life. I want to create change and that's something that takes work. A lot of hard work. So priority #1 is making sure that I'm staying in touch with my source of inspiration so that I can best take care of my other priorities. Taking time out for me is very hard and there is improvement to be made in this area. We all know that taking care of ourselves takes a certain amount of time.
Priority #2 is my family. Thankfully the Mr. and I work pretty good together when it comes to supporting each other in our jobs and with the children. Supporting our children is the bigger job. High school studies and drama. Weekly scouting events. Tri-weekly basketball. "Did you take your vitamins?" Lots of driving. One on one time. Teaching life lessons. Setting goals. "No you can't have $400.00 to buy that toy." Check ups. Lots of hugs and kisses. Meltdowns and pickups. Haircuts. Baths. Laundry. Etc. etc. etc. (If you're a parent, you know.)
Priority #3 is business because it provides for my family and is an expression of who I am individually. Hours of the actual services I provide. Time for research of the four services. I hate marketing. (Ugh!) Phone calls. Bookwork. Lots of kinks to get out. Always feeling like I can be more efficient. When's vacation???
I miss my siblings. Pass the chocolate.
Friday, November 18, 2011
We were trying to get a flying snowball, but it was hard.
Then finally we got it and it looks like a ball of snow sitting on the railing. It's the clump to the right of the little light pole next to his head. It's actually flying through the air. Sounds like we will have plenty of opportunities to get the perfect shot this winter.
This one is for all the yogis out there.
Today I got frustrated (But Courtney! Yogis don't get frustrated!) when I noticed a big dark mark on the wall. I noticed it because it's eye level. My eye. So as I was having a little verbal rant to my honey about WHO made the mark on the wall and HOW did it get there, and WHY what it so high up, when I realized... it was me. I put it there. OOPS! You know how after you have been doing yoga for so long, you just have those times where you want to do a stretch or pose on or against something to get a little deeper into the stretch, or pose? Well that was me yesterday... between these two walls... in dancer... with my SHOES on. Shame on me! However I did have to laugh at the fact that I wouldn't have guessed that it was my foot that made the mark had I not done the deed. It was a good stretch, but next time... NO SHOES!