back to blogging

It is February and I am back to more regular posting. It was weird and wonderful to take so much time off in January. Initially, I wondered if I would miss it or not. I did miss it. It was good to be away though. I spent a lot of time thinking about this year. Thinking about where and how I want to invest the time I’ve been given. Blogging is a great joy for me. I spend time in this little online corner because I enjoy it. Blogging provides me an outlet for creativity: photography, diy, writing, family.

With that being said, having time away made me realize things I wasn’t so aware of before. For instance, at night if I got the kids to bed and I wanted to just sit and read or hang out with Chris – I did. Usually, kids get to bed and if I don’t have a blog post ready for the next day I take time in the evenings to write one. I have decided to give myself permission to not post everyday. If the kids are in bed and I haven’t had quality time with Chris or I want to read a book – well I am going to make sure that happens instead of getting a post together. I’ll still be posting regularly, but I might miss a weekday here and there. I know you guys don’t care, but I realized I need to not care too.

So, I am not sure what the posting schedule will look like. Some weeks I might post everyday. Some weeks maybe three times. I’ll just start today and see where it goes.

Just fyi – hese photos have no rhyme or reason to them.

This girl loves to sing. And sing LOUDLY. And sing ALL THE TIME. Barbie Princess & the Popstar….”Here I am!” (anyone know my pain?)

We’ve been keeping our bird seed out and to my surprise we’ve attracted a whole bunch of birds. Chickadees, Robins, Blue Jays, Sparrows, Cardinals. Late in the afternoon the boys keep Poppy (our cat) inside and they wait for the birds to come fluttering down for a meal. My parents got the boys binoculars for Christmas and I hung a hook by the window in the studio, so they’d be easy to grab for bird watching.

Little toes in the sunlight. She is running now. And racing up the stairs with a giggle and a glance back at me.

I had a giftcard to Target and splurged on this cookie jar and 5 coordinating mugs. I am so tired of plastic cups. We threw out all the sippy cup lids long ago, but the cups still linger. I was also tired of the kids using several cups a day. Now they each have their own mug and they use it all day – everyday. (No Little One doesn’t use hers – yet). If one gets left out, I know who it belongs to. I know a lot of moms that color coordinate everything…cups, plates, towels, blankets, etc. We do it with a couple of things and is sure helps knowing who to remind regarding picking things up.

We are still talking a lot about ‘seeds of kindness‘ around here. This guy came up with the idea on his own to make ‘spiders’ for his basketball team. Oreos, frosting, pretzels, and M&Ms….not the healthiest of snacks, but totally worth it to see him work so hard to surprise his friends.  Obviously he went out to play basketball before changing out of his pj pants…at least he got on a shirt though.

an announcement for those interested:

Fearless Conference

Do you read Jen Hatmaker’s blog? Several of you have sent me her posts related to adoption over the last year. She is coming to the Tulsa area in March and I am so looking forward to hearing her speak. If you come, look for me and say ‘hi”!

“Join Jen Hatmaker, Dr. Barbara Sorrels, Dr. Alex Himaya, and the ADOPT(ED) Ministry at The Church at Battlecreek on March 2, 2013 from 8am – 3:30 pm to Explore fears associated with foster care and adoption; Connect with other families, experience opportunities to care for vulnerable children, and ultimately celebrate God’s faithfulness. Whether you are a current adoptive or foster family or are now considering your role in caring for orphans and vulnerable children, you will not want to miss this amazing day.” click here for info

Cost: $20.00 individual, $35.00 couple

 

 

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  • Valerie L - Love that first picture! It will make a great album cover for her first release!! :)

  • Andy - welcome back. enjoy your time that you take off. let us know what books you are enjoying. love the pics as always. i don’t read Jen H.’s blog regurally but i read her book se7en and loved it. i’m sure i would love her blog too :)

  • Tonya - Welcome back. I kept up with all your pictures on Instagram :)….it helped fill the void I felt without my daily dose of the blog!

  • Andrea - Oh boy I sure can relate to princess and the popstar – or “Barbie rockstar” as my daughter calls it. Welcome back :)

  • Steph Griffin - Rofl. Just think! You may have a future Broadway star! The moments you capture never fail to brighten my day:)

  • Jenny L. - So glad you are back. Put some peanuts in the shell out for the birds and the blue jays will give you quite a show flying around burying them.

  • Annie - Our little gal LOVES to sing. She is going to be a horse vet by day, singer by night. If you ask her. She received a karaoke machine for Christmas last year. Let me tell you- best gift ever! (With the door closed) ????Enjoy being serenaded!

  • serioulsy sassy mama - My seven year is always singing. Usually it is Pat Benatar. This morning it was Jesse’s Girl by Rick Springfield. Love that girl. Between her singing and her ensembles for school. Constant entertainment.

  • Crystal Prychidko - I am so happy that you are blogging again!!! But, I am over the moon happy that you are giving yourself the allowance to not blog all the time! Although it’s always an inspiration, I’m excited for you and your family!!

    Love the cups and cookie jar!!! Thanks for posting Jen’s blog, I’m going to check it out. I’ve heard her story and she’s coming by me this summer so I hope to hear her too!!!

    Enjoy your day :)

  • Angie Webb - Barbie Princess and the Popstar… boy, do I ever understand your pain! And 12 Dancing Princesses… all.the.time. Haha.

  • Sarah - Welcome back! and know that it is ok not to post every day! give yourself time for other things that are important to you. keep us updated on the books you are reading please. I’m always looking for the next good book!

  • Rebecca - I do know your pain with Barbie and the Popstar. I get screamed/sung all the great songs by my daughter.

  • JenW - Firstly, we DO care! I’ve missed your daily posts. However, pushing blogging to the background a bit is completely the right thing to do if it enables you to connect more in the “here and now”. Time with Chris, the kids, or just yourself is IMPORTANT. And your readers get that.

    I do want to say that I appreciate the time you take to blog. Your thoughts and posts often remind me of the type of person I want to be and the kinds of things I want to involve my child in. Seeds of kindness, indeed.

  • Sharon @ Discovering Blog - Color coding is brilliant! I only have 2 kids, but I can see how it is a perfect solution for many kids. Also? I’m a sucker for a pallet of colors like that.

  • Robin - Oh, I totally feel you on the Barbie Princess and The Popstar! Both of my daughters rock out to that song daily! And one is only 20 months old! We have the microphone and guitar and it’s hilarious! And loud! “Here I am…” Sometimes I wake up with that song in my head. HAHA! I love your blog by the way, the style of it, ideas and colors make me so happy. Thank you for sharing!

  • Amy @ Fig Milkshakes - Thank you for the idea to color coordinate. It seems like I should have thought/heard/read about this before, but I hadn’t. I saw an idea to make a tray with different colored blocks painted on it (or a tray out of different coasters, what have you…) where the kids put their cup on the tray in their assigned color. Then they can pick it up and reuse it throughout the day. I think this is a little more practical. Methinks we may have to try this. :)

    We are glad to have you blogging more often again, and I’m sure your readers support your sentiments on blogging less often to make time for the fam. For what it’s worth, I know I sure do! In a weird way, we come to love and support one another in this blogging community, and when you say you must make time for your family I care about that and know you must. I can only assume you have many other readers that feel the same.

  • Amy @ Fig Milkshakes - Thank you for the idea to color coordinate. It seems like I should have thought/heard/read about this before, but I hadn’t. I saw an idea to make a tray with different colored blocks painted on it (or a tray out of different coasters, what have you…) where the kids put their cup on the tray in their assigned color. Then they can pick it up and reuse it throughout the day. I think this is a little more practical. Methinks we may have to try this. :)

    We are glad to have you blogging more often again, and I’m sure your readers support your sentiments on blogging less often to make time for the fam. For what it’s worth, I know I sure do! In a weird way, we come to love and support one another in this blogging community, and when you say you must make time for your family I care about that and know you must. I can only assume you have many other readers that feel the same.

    Bless you.

  • Amy @ Fig Milkshakes - Oops! Sorry about the duplicate comment…

  • becky - i feel your pain. my charlie girl watched it on loop all through the fall. she even took over our stacks of old encyclopedias (lots and lots of them destined for another project) and built this insane tiered stage that she could walk up as she kept singing THAT SONG over and over again.

  • Amanda H - So glad you are back! :)

  • Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst - I did miss your posts! I’m glad it was a good month with time spent with family and reflecting, but I’m also glad you’re back! :-)

  • Seamingly Sarah - I love seeing aspects of my daughter in FireCracker. You should try the Veggie Tale movie “Princess and the Popstar.” It’s got some good music to sing along to. =)

  • Amy - I’m pretty sure I have a picture exactly like that of my 3 year old with her guitar singing “here I go, burning like a spark, light up the dark againnnnnnnn!” It’s in my head all the time. So yes, I feel your pain!

  • Melinda T - LOL! I feel you! My two girls both bust out their guitars and sing at the top of their lungs to Barbie and the Popstar, heck, to any thing! Awesome photo of Little One’s toes and love the concentration on your son’s face as he was making his spiders! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos (& family)with us!

  • MelissaM - I say good for you for taking back your evenings. As much as I enjoy your posts I love thinking that you are spending time with your family or on yourself! Also… my girls got those barbies from someone for Christmas and THEY SING! In other words – I feel your pain!

  • beth cupitt - hold up! i think you just revolutionized my life here with that color coordinating thing! oh, there’s about to be an overhaul! that’s so brilliant. i’ve never heard of it. duh. hitting target now.

  • Jolie - So glad you’re finding a blogging schedule that works for you and your family – and keeps this fun for you – as well as for us! Your pictures are – as always – divine! I managed to buy a GC for your course…now I jsut need to sign up in time before the next one fills, hahaha!

  • Jolie - …I keep meaning to ask, Ashley: have any of your kids ever gone through an anti-photo stage? My son is deep in the midst of it at the moment, and I hate not having a record of him…am wondering how I can make the process more fun for all concerned, and thought you might have some tips? Thanks!

  • eRin @ Growing Up Senge - So glad that your “time off” was restorative, and so glad to see you back! I’ll take quality over quantity any day. Your posts are so heartfelt, heaetwarming, and inspiring. You need to take the time for yourself to replenish the well you draw all that from!!

  • Kristin S - I’ve actually enjoyed a lot of bloggers slowing down and not posting every single day. I tend to read entire posts when posts aren’t overwhelming and daily.

    I know you’ll do what’s best for your family!

  • Eva - That spider treat for the basketball team is just heart melting.

    And yes, you have been missed…though I completely understand about quality time with the peeps.

  • dee - i just love the little feet photo-so simple but so wonderful-love dee x

  • Alison - My boys and I made the bird seed feeders you posted about a while ago – definitely a hit. There was bird seed EVERYWHERE in the kitchen, since my little guys are 1 and 3, and my 1 year old kept on “tasting” it. So funny. We gave some to our neighbors instead of cookies, and the kids really enjoyed watching the birds in our backyard, too. Thanks for sharing a fun family DIY!

  • ashley - What did you use to hang the coffee mugs underneath your cabinet?

  • tasha roe - 1. i know all the songs to princess and the pop star and i find myself singing them. crazy AND scary. lol

    2. i want jen hatmaker’s hair!

  • georgia Davis - The girls are in love with Princess and the Pop Star. I hear many times a day…”look at her in the mirror I love her purple hair.”

  • AshleyAnn - Ashley – I am not sure what it is called and I can’t remember its original use anymore, but I got it at a flea market. Sorry that is not much help!

  • AshleyAnn - Jolie – I need to write a post about that…I will try, try, try to remember!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Wow. That conference looks amazing! I wish we lived closer.

    And let Firecracker know, she can come over and sing anytime. My favorite is the Princess and the Pauper. And I know all the words :)

  • stepht - i’m glad to know i don’t have the only three year old that sings the SAME song…
    over, and over, and over, and over again.
    here’s my daughter’s rendition…
    “here i go! eber i want… gibin’ what i got… neber a doubt now!
    here i go! burning like a spark… light up the dark again… AGAIN… AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN..”
    she walks around with a fake microphone too.
    she IS a popstar. ;)
    xo

  • Julia Leinen - oh my goodness- we are way too into Princess and the Popstar. I have tried to fight it- anything but that! but my littliest one, Joss, is crazy about it. She loves to sing all the songs! : ) I wanted to let you know we are coming to the Fearless Conference at TCABC! We are really looking forward to it. Maybe just MAYBE I will see you there! : )

  • Jacci in Ohio - I’m behind! But so excited to spend a few minutes of Baby’s naptime catching up on this week’s posts!

    I had wondered if you saw more “eastern” or “western” birds… or a mix of both. Have you heard of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Backyard Bird Count? We’re doing our counting days later this month. It’s fun! And they send a few fun little pamphlets when you sign up.

    Our biggest surprise was seeing an Eastern Bluebird last month. He was *not* supposed to be here in January!

  • able mabel - Welcome “back”!
    I couldn’t help but grin at that first picture! My 2 yr old sings at the top of her lungs all the time while her 4 yr old sister plunks on the piano at full volume. I need ear plugs.

  • Angie - I love your mugs hannging on the pegs under your cabinets? Where did you find the peg stip to put under your cabinet?

  • Wendy - I totally feel your pain!!! My 4 year old daughter LOVES to sing too! She got a microphone for Christmas and is always singing something. One of her favorite things to do is to grab her “song book” also known as the Jesus Storybook Bible :) and make up her own songs based on the pictures…. Gotta love ‘em :)

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