Moments

“You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, mama, it will be over before you know it.” – Jen Hatmaker

Things I love Thursday

Once again…a “thursday” post, posted on Friday. Such is life. 
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Sleeping babies simultaneous naps. woohoo!

Birthdays! I turned 26 this year. Wow! 10 years ago I was probably driving around, listening to Switchfoot, headed to someone’s house for a bonfire & birthday cake, worried about that darn Biology test tomorrow… oh, the good old days! 😉 Instead, I spent my day listening to my new record, enjoying some quiet (read: ALONE) time at Starbucks, and then ending my day with my 3 favorite people – eating pizza & watching The Lorax. Perfect.

Summertime recipes roasted beets, ratatouille, tomato pie, grilled zucchini – oh my!

Books, sweet books I love snuggling up with my nursing or sleeping newborn to just gaze at her in wonder. It is almost too good to be true – she is so peaceful, sweet, all mine. Then there are other moments when all I want to do is sleep or (really) ANYTHING other than nurse. It’s just true. No one tells you that breast-feeding can be a very lonely endeavor. So on those nights when I feel like I’m the only person awake on the planet…or in the afternoon when my toddler is eating a snack or (on rare occasion) playing happily by herself, I always keep a good novel nearby. I have read through quite a few already in the few short weeks I’ve been home from the hospital and here are some of my faves:

Almost Amish & 7: both of these were sort of “skim” reads. They are both about considering our faith in the midst of a culture that is obsessed with self & stuff.
Trapeze: an historical-fiction account of a young woman who becomes a spy in nazi-occupied France. Not one of my favorite book club choice, but still very interesting.
Peter Pan: I love love love YA fiction…and this one’s a classic!
Lion Among Men: loved Wicked, pushed my way through to the end of Son of a Witch, and not quite sure if I’m going to be able to finish this one…

Sesame Street I’m so glad my toddler is in love with Elmo because then I don’t have to force her to watch it with me! 😉 Just kidding. But I seriously do love everything about it and this week we even discovered the music! (Bonus: you can stream it on spotify!) Maybe it is the warm-fuzzy memories of my own childhood…or just the awesome, creative AND educational genius of Jim Henson. I’m not sure, but it melts my heart to hear my 2-year old singing, “…on my way to where the air, is, sweeeeeet!”

Happy Friday!

Things I love Thursday

I started this post yesterday, so I’m still going to consider it a “things I love THURSDAY” post! 🙂 It’s finally summer – there are lots of things to LOVE!

Cutting for Stone this was our book club pick for the month of June and seriously, it is my top read of 2012 so far! The novel follows many different story lines (characters) but is mostly about a young surgeon working in a mission hospital in Ethiopia – the story of his birth mother, his identical twin brother, his adoptive family, and his journey of studying medicine are all interwoven with a backdrop of cultural and historical Ethiopia – something I knew little to nothing about. It was such an incredible story (I’m still remember scenes and conversations weeks later!) and the characters (even some of the most fringe characters) had a depth and richness that you are sometimes challenged to find in a popular novel. With so many books out there to waste your time, this one is worth every minute.

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Things I love Thursday

This weekend we enjoyed a 4-day STAYcation…and it was glorious. The house was clean, the baby was with grandparents (for some of the time), and we filled the weekend with good books, quiet evenings, movies, pizza, and beautiful together-ness. We’ve also enjoyed some of the most incredible weather of the season this week, so watch out – there are a lot of things I’m LOVING!

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Things I love Thursday

Homemade Play-Doh!
Seriously, this stuff is amazing. So fluffy & soft…AND doesn’t make your hands smell weird after. I asked the little one what color she wanted and she said “Boo!” 🙂 The recipe I found came from HowDoesShe? and I had all the ingredients in my pantry. If you’re thinking of making multiple colors I would suggest maybe cutting the recipe in half or else you will end up with a LOT of play-do. Our batch lasted 2 weeks (before it started sprouting mold**) and it was still soft & wonderful! Give ’em a plastic knife and some pipe cleaners and let them go to town. **I didn’t think about it before, but maybe it should be kept in the fridge?

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Mason Jars
When I was pregnant the first time around I had a thing for straws. I couldn’t drink without them. There was a perpetual plastic panera/starbucks/etc cup filled to the brim with ICE on my dresser, in the car, on the end table, in the refrigerator…! This time around it’s Mason Jars. I just love them…icy drinks, hot drinks, it doesn’t matter. Wide-mouth Mason Jars. I can’t explain it. And have you seen these?!?!?!? Yes, please.

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