Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Easter 2015

I really wanted to start some fun Easter traditions this year, but they fell through. Life has been a bit of a roller coaster lately, and I threw my back out this week on top of things, so we just kind of went with the flow. I was determined to at least dye eggs and make an Easter basket. 

D and I had a fun dying eggs while AJ worked on a house project. We talked about colors and eggs having a permeable shell and that is why if we leave the eggs in the dye longer they get darker. I tried to show him that drawing on the eggs in crayon will keep the dye from sticking, but he didn't care about that at all. He was way more interested in dunking the eggs and watching them. We did do a couple of double colors, namely an orange and blue one for AJ.

On Sunday we went to AJ's grandparents house, also known as Big Humma and Big Humpa's house. We had Easter lunch there. Drew got a very small Easter basket that had bubbles in it. So, we spent a good chunk of time watching him play with his bubbles outside.

There was also a lot of rolling down the small hill between the houses. This boy is constant motion and I am always surprised when I do get good pictures even using the sports mode on my camera. I have tried to use the manual settings to capture him, but I can't fine tune them enough to get as good as the sports mode.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I Spy - High in the Sky

Sometimes it isn't the perfect picture, but it is the perfect moment and that makes it a perfect picture,  I missed the bright lights of sunset and the light had faded to a muted purple. But what made it special was that even over all the normal theme park noise and clatter of the ride I could hear D laughing and his hair flying in the breeze. He is our little thrill ride junkie and as soon as he got off he insisted that they go again. It was his first dark/ night ride on this ride. Needless to say, he loved it.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Again, In Florida... No Snow

This year is another year that the rest of the country is covered in snow and central Florida isn't.  I don't know why this surprises me almost every year, but it does. I think because we get cold for here, but it is only for a couple of days and snow isn't really an option.

So, since we don't have snow we have happy little squirrels playing in our front yard. They were cute. I have seen them several times in the last couple of days. I think they are very happy that AJ raked most of the leaves up last weekend so that they don't have to dig to hunt ALL the acorns. We have a lot of acorns under that tree... and all over the front yard... and the driveway.... and stuck in our shoes... So, I am happy the squirrels are eating some of them.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Getting Ready for 2015

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2015 is already starting out on an odd note for me. I have been getting certain things ready for the new year for the last couple of weeks, but in other areas my wheels are still spinning. I know the direction I want to head in this year, but I don't have a road map yet, I think that is one reason this picture really stood out to me. 

It feels weird to me to not have a set list to look at, but instead a swirling mass of ideas. The bad part to me is that when I try to categorize those ideas they come out sounding like general resolutions - get more organized, get healthier, get... and that is hard for me to deal with. The good of it is that most of what I am wanting to do is a continuation of what I was working towards last year so I know what it kind of looks like.

  1. Homeschooling - Pick back up on homeschooling with Drew. I have spent the last week pulling curriculum, projects, and supply list. I am really excited to dive back into everything with him. He seems like he is ready for it, and is really excited about everything, too.
  2. Decluttering and Purging -  We spent a good chunk of last year clearing out stuff last year. We made huge progress, but the house still isn't the way I want it and it still has some stuff left to get rid of. 
  3. Organization - A continuation of #2. Once everything is cleaned out setting up a method that works for me to keep it clean and organized.
  4. Budget - This is something we go round and round with all the time with, nothing major normally, but there are some big projects we have coming up this year and really need the budget under control.
  5. Projects - Everything from painting to flooring are in the game plan this year.
  6. Cooking - I really want to get back into cooking more often. 
  7. Life - In some ways I feel like life forgot to happen last year. This year I really want to be more focused on the people in my life and what is going on. I have everything ready to start doing a basic version of Project Life.
    1. Traveling - This year was fun that we got to go some places we had never been before, and I want to repeat that again.
    2. Camping - I want to go camping more with our camping group.
    3. Friends and Family - I want to see the people who mean so much to me more.
    4. New Experiences - I just want to experience life.
  8. Faith - I want to dig deeper and grow. 

While I didn't pick a focus/ inspiration word for the year, I did pick a theme: 

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