Friday, March 20, 2015

March/April Goals

To begin.... I'll answer the question, "how did I do with my February goals?"

1. Continue doing "The Divine Mentor" - That was going great until the last couple weeks - I've only gotten to it a few days a week and it's rarely been at my preferred time (early morning), so I'd like to get back into that routine - not because I feel I "have to", but because I really miss it and want to get back into that habit.

2. Create a more structured day - I think this is going pretty well. Obviously spring "break" was all over the place and the girls were pretty worn down by the end, so that was a good reminder of how important a structured day is for my girls. We've pretty much gotten into a routine of being out and about all morning - coming home for lunch, naps, and then staying close to home the rest of the day (the neighborhood park is considered close to home because we can walk there). I've also branched out a little and come up with some creative activities to pass the afternoon time if it's going to slowly for us.

3. Read more to Burrow - this one is the goal I feel I met the best of all. In the past couple of months she has really started to take an interest in books and it's become much easier to read to her. She'll even flip through a book on her own now and point to the pictures.

4. Be intentional with my marriage - um... can I move this goal to next month? Why oh why does my husband always get the last of me? I give more energy, thought and consideration into perfectly loading the dishwasher (so there is no wasted space!!) - than I do to my kind and patient husband. Ugh. Ok. Well. These are goals for a reason (because I haven't perfected them yet!).


On to my March/April goals:

It's half way through March, so I'm just being realistic here and giving myself some extra time to meet these goals. 

1. Husband. Husband. Husband. Love him. Listen to him. Serve him. And think positive thoughts about him. 

2. Get back into my early morning routine of waking before the girls and spending some time in God's word so that my mindset and attitude are correctly focused for the day.

3. Celebrate Easter with my girls in a meaningful and memorable way. Easter is my absolute favorite day/celebration/feast/holiday of the year. Jesus rose from the grave! Death and sin have been conquered! God's redemption and renewal of our broken world officially began on that day. There is so much to celebrate. So much hope and joy embodied in that day - and yet our culture and our churches seem to gloss over it so quickly (with much less anticipation and excitement compared to Christmas). So I want to be intentional in our home about reflecting and commemorating this happy happy day!

4. Write more. I'm not talking about blogging specifically. I'm just talking about writing in general.. I've been reading a book about writing and the writing process and it's renewed in me so many of the feelings (love and hate) about the writing process that I possess. So, just like with anything you want to improve at - I want to practice writing more - even if (especially if) it's writing that no one else will ever see. 


Alright, that seems enough goals for now. :) I'll leave you with this:

Two of my favorite pictures of each of the girls at 8 months old. :) Can you tell who is who? 

The Pampered Bird

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring "Break"

Last week was our Spring "Break". I'm using quotes because stay-at-home moms whose children do not attend school yet, have a dramatically different interpretation of "spring break" than say... less encumbered blessed college students.

I didn't see a beach.

I didn't have a fruity beverage (come on, you know I'm not talking about apple juice here)

I didn't even leave the city limits.

But you know what, it ended up being a pretty fantastic week anyway.

We ended up having some beautiful spring days - the kind that make you feel all light and airy on the inside, and plaster a smile to your slightly sunburned face, but you don't care about the sunburn because at least you're finally seeing the sun again, and you want to soak up every possible moment so you drag your kids all over town so they can have life changing experiences and you over stimulate them so much they end up running low grade fevers and begging you to please put a movie on so they can get some rest inside away from all that spring time sun and flowers and joy.


I don't mess around with "vacations" or "breaks"... so the Friday before the week of spring break I took the girls to the zoo in the afternoon (we rarely leave the house post-naps unless we're headed to the neighborhood park so this was a big deal). And let me tell you - it was probably the best zoo day we've ever had. You can see from the hat that it was chilly, but the sun was shining and the zoo was EMPTY. Because, who goes to the zoo the day before spring break??? It was just us and the zoo employees who were busy planting flowers, watering trees, and preparing the park for the huge crowds what would start arriving the next day.

Rufflebum always loves to climb on the lion statue at the entrance to the zoo. And you can see the gardeners working behind her.

At the end of our excursion I let them go into the tiny tot area and play with the toys. 

"Hello... my name is Claire, can I help you? Yes, I'm at the zoo..."

When we got home Burrow was sound asleep in the car so I let Rufflebum climb up front with me and "drive". 


The next morning (because I was raring to go and didn't want to let one single moment of Spring "Break" pass me by) we met my parents at the Pearl Farmer's Market. The girls love to feed the ducks and watch the river boats go by. I'm terrified of the ducks (see here), but I love eating breakfast crepes and muffins at the market - so I pretend to play nice. 

When we got home from the Pearl both girls had fallen asleep in the car... so we let them sleep in the driveway (are you detecting a pattern... because our neighbors have and they are wondering if we even have beds for the girls inside the house) while Mr. San Antonio and I decided that we hadn't spent enough time outside yet that day and should go on a hike at Government Canyon. 

This was how we ended up hiking... you can see we didn't plan very well. In fact - what was supposed to be a relaxing adventure started with quite a squabble between us as we were each equally convinced that our way of getting from point A to point B on the trail was the best.... 3 toddler potty stops in the wilderness, a few "dinasaur tracks", lots and lots and lots of tears, and 3+ hours later we made it back to the car and were ready to go home and relax from our "relaxing" hike. 


The next day called for some slower paced activities, plus it may have been raining... so I cut up a cardboard box we had in the back and gave Rufflebum a bunch of crayons/markers and told her to have at it. She loved it!

During the week I took the girls back down to the Missions to meet my parents and some out-of-town guests they had with them. And we did a few normal things too like grocery shopping and laundry and dishes, and basic house work etc etc. You know those boring things that no one ever blogs about doing because then it would sound like we lead normal lives like other people - and bloggers like to pretend that we're special and lead "picture perfect" lives. Ha! 

After a couple rainy days full of "normal life" I decided to buy our family a membership to the Botanical Gardens. We loved it so much we went two days in a row. The girls loved the rubber ducky pond and the rainforest maze. I loved the beautiful scenery and the peaceful atmosphere. 

Here is a photo of my baby crawling to the pretty flowers so she could rip as many of them off their stems before I could stop her. Also, this photo is before they both rolled in mud and drenched their clothes trying to climb into the pond to retrieve the rubber ducks. Wait, I told you that trip was peaceful...

Aaaah finally some quiet "me time" on our new sofa where I read a book for approximately 3 and a half minutes before....

This one's "light turned green" and she emerged from nap time and was very confused as to why on earth I'd be taking a picture of my legs on our sofa. 

But don't worry, I made up for my interrupted down time with a quick hike one morning all by myself. 

To be honest, my spring "break" wasn't much of a "break" (it was exhausting, and messy, and had arguments, and had fevers, and tantrums, and dirty floors that no one was going to wash but me) ... even with all that, it was full of sweet memories with my little family. 

Besides... I always poke myself in the face with those cute little drink umbrellas anyway. ;)

The Pampered Bird

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Some Numbered Thoughts

1. I traveled over the weekend to see some dear friends - and I did not take one single picture. How could I let that happen??? I'm kicking myself, and hoping one of them sees this and sends me some pictures. :)

(I'm feeling sentimental today. Seeing old friends will do that. Bah. How cute is she!)

2. In light of said travel, I feel like I should make a PSA. Is that how you say it? "Make a PSA." Or is it "I have a PSA", or "I'm PSAing"?

3. Now that I took up an entire bullet (or number rather) externally processing proper PSA phrasing... I'll use #3 to actually make my PSA: 

When Dramamine says "24 hour" - believe it. Even if it also says "less drowsy". Also, "less drowsy" is equivalent to "will make you fall asleep multiple times during the day while attempting to care for your two young children even though you took it the day before and got a good nights sleep."

Also - shout out to my dad who drove across town to take Rufflebum to her dance class because I had fallen asleep (again) on the sofa while my two lovely children played quietly destroyed things around me. 

(Oh. My. Word. The thighs. The hair. The cheeks.)

4. On a completely different note: I have some really awesome friends. And some of those friends are moms. And they are rock stars. And I've had several things happen in the last 24 hours that just reminded me of how important it is to have a network of supportive, loving mom friends who can cheer you on when the going gets tough. 

(sweet sister love)

5. Related to that: Shout out to my mom and my mother-in-law who are both so encouraging and supportive with this whole raising kids thing. I'm so thankful for them. And simply inserting this "thank you" as my #5 bullet doesn't really do my gratitude justice.

6. Ok, now I'm just rambling. Here is what I made for dinner last night: Colcannon Potato Soup. It was fabulous. We slurped it up. Up it we slurped. Slurped it up we did. (Trying not to end with a preposition can be so hard!!!)

7. And I'm going to try to upload a video - it's old - but I love it (P.S. listen until the end even when it goes dark - hahaha!). Let me know if it works!

Happy Tuesday!
The Pampered Bird


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