fall is here

Well, almost. It’s still pretty warm here and the leaves have just started to turn colors. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take the dudes out for some pre-fall photos, right? It was time for some nice new photos that can go up on the wall πŸ™‚ And, as you can probably tell, they were more concerned with giggling and having fun with each other πŸ™‚

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tell me a story | april 2014

We had a few warm days this month, lots of rain, but no snow. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow, but I also love seeing nature wake up and kids outside. Definitely the kids outside. It’s so nice to be able to open the back door and they can play outside the whole afternoon.

Here’s one of those afternoons πŸ™‚

And please don’t forget to check out what the wonderful Julie was up to this month πŸ™‚

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take a seat

I have thought about posting about this for quite a while. Then we went out to dinner on the weekend and I saw something in the restaurant that helped me make up my mind. There was a family with two daughters, teenagers. The grandparents came along too. As soon as they sat down the girls took out their cell phones and started texting, facebooking, instagramming or something of that nature. The grandparents were obviously taken aback by this but didn’t say anything, probably because they had before and it was ignored. The parents however didn’t care at all. They addressed the girls here and there, got a short answer, without any eye contact and were satisfied with that. Within 10 minutes the girls got up twice and went to the bathroom together. With their phones and lots of giggles. I watched this family for a good 20 minutes until I had to force myself not to anymore. Then I took a look around. There was a young couple eating together, except he was talking on the phone and she was mesmerized by something on her phone. And they were no exception. Everywhere I looked there were people staring at their phones instead of the people they were sitting at the table with. When did this become normal? When did people start being ok with not having eye contact while talking to each other?

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I remember growing up it was considered rude when somebody called your house phone (!) around dinner time. I was raised to ignore the ringing phone and stay seated. There was no TV in the background, there was no getting up until everybody had finished and obviously, there were no cell phones. What was happening were conversations about how our day went, what we wanted to do the next day, when the next test in school would be, how my dad’s day at work went, what was new with the neighbors, who had a game or a tournament on the weekend. What was happening was family time. And dinner time. Every day. We took our time, nothing was wolfed down in 10 minutes so we don’t miss that TV show we wanted to watch. That wasn’t even up for discussion. What was up for discussion was our lives, being a family. Knowing how to carry a conversation over hours (!) without staring at a phone screen or talking calls because it’s so important to be available at all times.

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I enforce these rules in my house. Every day. It’s important. You can’t let your children forget who their family is and what’s really important in life. And you teenagers, let me tell you, the latest status update or newest photo of somebody in front of a bathroom mirror is absolutely not important. It can wait. Make the time and get to know your family. Really get to know them. Talk. Look into their eyes. Put the phones away and turn off the TV. Refuse to be available at all times. It will make you and your family more balanced and connected. It will teach everybody some almost forgotten social skills. It will make your children a respectful adult. Can we try to get back to that? Promise?

Now let’s have some dinner!

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living in the moment | May edition

My baby turned 4. School is done until August. We went to the pool. We’re eating lots of ice cream. The kids are sick now, you gotta kick off summer break the right way, right? We also found out we’re not moving until the end of the year. Thanks Army. So, what am I gonna do with these dudes for the whole summer? It’s gonna be interesting…so wish me luck πŸ™‚ Oh, and by the way, who knew they made ipad apps for cats???

Go check out the wonderful Susan and see what she has been up to πŸ™‚

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family time

Oh, how much fun did I have photographing this little family! Such easy going and relaxed parents and a little girl that’s just a joy to be around. Happy and squeely and absolutely adorable πŸ™‚ We went from getting ready in their home to the park and then to grab a coffee. I have to say, it was a pretty awesome way to spend a Sunday morningΒ  πŸ™‚

You guys, thank you for letting me spend a morning with you and have a peek into your life β™₯

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The dudes got up extra early today. I forgot I promised big dude that he could have a banana muffin for breakfast. Apparently he didn’t. He woke up little dude at 5.23am and they sneaked downstairs. Well, as much as a 3 and a 5 year old can sneak. I heard them, checked the clock and turned around and pulled the blanket over my head. Yes, I’m that mom. But anyways, they decided to help themselves. That means, the 7 left over muffins from yesterday were gone, but what magically appeared all over my floors was sprinkles. Lots of them. Oh yeah, a few seem to have made it to the plate. Don’t ask me why they needed them, the muffins didn’t have frosting. But it looks like they really needed those sprinkles.



a package from the past

I received a package last week from my Dad and his wife. I thought it was something for Christmas for the boys and the package was just late. Boy, was I wrong. It was for me. They found my Grandmothers old recipes, handwritten and almost lost. I was the only grandchild that learned baking from her and shared the same love for it. There are also two different handwriting in these books which means, that my grandfather was probably writing down some for her too. I’m sure she made him do it πŸ™‚ The crazy part about her “cookbooks” is, that she mostly just wrote down ingredients and no instructions. I’m going to have to figure this out by myself, I guess.

They also sent me my folder from Kindergarten. All my pictures I made as a 4-5 year old. I didn’t even know these existed! I may have cried a little over this box.

And BTW, there was something for the dudes. A box of homemade brownies and my Great grandmother’s cinnamon waffles. Even if I had the recipe for those I couldn’t make them because you need a specific waffle maker for these, and I don’t have one. Maybe one day I will. Until then, I will just eat some more. Oh wait, the dudes ate them all already…