Friday, January 03, 2014

This Moment

:: This Moment ::

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. 

Inspired by Soulemama

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Organizing and Planning

:: Organizing and Planning ::

I love the beginning of a new year. It feels like a fresh start and I love being able to push the "reset" button on things in our life. I break out the new ledger for our finances, a new journal a day for myself, new calendars for the year, a new lesson plan calendar for schooling, and all kinds of charts. Admittedly, all of them probably won't last the whole year through because life takes over and we get crazy busy but it is exciting to think of the prospect of a highly organized life. ( I am a planner if you couldn't tell.)  This might just be the year that I stick with all my charts, journals, and whatnot. It is very exciting to think about what the year will bring and the plans we make for making memories.

The best part is that today while I sit and make up all these little things to organize our life, the snow is falling in fat powdery flakes. Even Mother Earth thinks it is time to cover the earth with a cleansing blanket of white snow to start the year. 

Do you have any planners you like to use throughout the year? 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

:: Happy New Year ::

Happy New Year to you, my friends. This past year has been a series of ups and downs but we are continually blessed with good fortune and happiness. Our little family will once again grow in February and we are looking forward to getting another year of fulfilling dreams. 

In this new year, I hope to....

read more good books

spend less time worrying about housework 

spend more time just being 

eat more wholesome, home-grown foods 

love and live a little more slowly. 

Here's to 2014! 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Time Festivities

:: Christmas Time Festivities ::

We had a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of baked goods, gifts, time with family and friends. Christmas Eve we enjoyed a beautiful Mass and dinner at my parent's. Christmas morning was very good to our girls with lots of fun gift opening and brunch with grandparents, great grandparents, and uncles. The traveling to visit with family started Christmas night with my mother's family, then my father's family at the family farm, and ending last night with a quiet dinner at our home. We have had our fill of goodies and fun. To me it is one of the best times of the year to spend with loved ones because the days are short and nights are long. We are looking forward to a quiet New Years Eve at home and 2014. It is a big year for us! 

Two days before Christmas we always take a drive to look at lights. 

Our sweet pup enjoying a quiet moment

My brother made the girls a wonderful looking and very fun kitchen play center.