less loud

my fuse was short last night.

super short.

i ignited like a bomb.

yelling.

sending kids to rooms.

answering the phone when ryan called to check in {when i should have just let it go to voicemail} and choosing to be rude and vent.

silence over everything.

then, it turned into a rescue effort.

tears.

hugs.

apologies.

today is a new day, but i still feel guilty for turning into a “mean mommy”.


friday: field day at the elementary school (with baby girl, too), a trip to the pool afterwards, and a return to a home full of repairmen.

saturday: early baseball game, trip to grocery store to get food to prepare for the afternoon end of season party.

sunday: the first day of a 5 day stint of single parenting

monday: first grade field trip…a walk to a local park (with baby girl, too)

not a lot of quiet for this introvert.

being an introvert is not an excuse for a short fuse because, truthfully, i am the only person responsible for my behavior, and i need to make the choice to not raise my voice and be rude.

however, being a parent who really wants to be involved in their children’s activities and being an introvert is really tough sometimes. {check out this post that sums it up pretty well}

today, i get a break.

no school volunteering today.

no baseball or lacrosse.

baby girl is home with me, so it won’t be quiet, but it will be quieter.

less loud.


one and a half days of school left for the little guy and then we are on full-fledged summer break.

both kids will be home with me all day…all summer long.

other than some travel…central oregon, new york, idaho, the oregon coast…we don’t have plans {although we are working on our summer list}.

it won’t be quiet, but it will be quieter.

less loud.

i am really looking forward to less loud.

home is…quieter. less loud.

the return of the summer list

it’s been a few years since we did an official summer list.

there is always one in my mind, but i thought it would be fun to have one in writing somewhere in the house since the kids can read (well, the little guy can and baby girl wants to learn this summer)!!

i was originally inspired by meg’s summer list

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in 2011, our summer list it looked like this…

Scan 28in 2012, our list looked like this…

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in 2013, i didn’t make a list because our summer was so busy we didn’t need one!

in 2014, i just didn’t make it happen.

this year, the summer list is making a return!

while baby girl is already on summer break we have a couple of days to work on the list before the little guy gets out of school for the summer.

we will need to come up with a list…and a fun way to display it!

until then, i know i would like to implement these summertime rules

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stay tuned…

home is…planning fun!

 

spring baseball

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The little guy is playing in his 3rd baseball season this spring and it is a whole new ballgame. 

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Single A Little League is the real deal.

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Playing by the almost real rules means that sometimes the players pitch.

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He’s learning when to swing and when not to.

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And, sometimes you don’t get a hit or get on base because they are actually calling strikes and outs.

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He’ll learn a lot this season, and it’s not all going to be about baseball.

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Baby girl is learning how to be patient while she watches her brothers games again.

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She’s already a pro at looking cute!

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home is…another baseball season.

{spring break} operation bigger clubhouse

My parents came out to visit us over Spring Break. It was the first time my mom was able to travel on an airplane after having BOTH of her knees replaced last year! She has recovered amazingly and we had so much fun being active over the break!

One of the main highlights of the trip began after we all went to watch the little guys baseball practice on the morning after my parents arrived. Shortly after we got home, there were multiple trips to Home Depot to get supplies…to fix our large deck near the house…and upgrade where the old playhouse used to sit into a new “clubhouse” for the kids!

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We removed the railing from around the existing deck between the trees and started building walls on Saturday afternoon!

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Between Ryan’s deck project on our large deck and the project my dad and I were working on it was a flurry of activity in the backyard. My mom was helping out by keeping the kids entertained…which was so amazingly helpful.

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By the end of the day on Saturday, the walls were framed.

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By Monday morning, the roof supports were taking shape and we were measuring and cutting cedar fence boards to put on as siding!

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By Tuesday, Topher was putting the roof on and nailing the last finish pieces of trim onto the clubhouse.

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It was so much fun to work with my dad on this project for the kids.

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We made fires in the firepit almost everyday as we worked through the changing Oregon weather.

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We celebrated and played in the clubhouse the rest of the week after we returned from our other adventures.

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I have plans to paint the interior ceiling white and the interior walls a turquoise color.

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I will also add canvas curtains to the front entry and to cover the windows and the slide door.

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Until then, it’s ready for play!

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I am not going to write up a post about how we built this…it was a labor of love. However, I will say that I was inspired by and The Handmade Home’s Handmade Hideaway. Their posts were invaluable in showing my dad what I wanted to accomplish and helpful for us to figure out how to get it done.

Thank you, Topher, for helping me bring my dreams into reality. It was so awesome to work on this project with you!!

I will be sharing more details in the next weeks as I add more finishing touches…in fact, Ryan added an awesome touch last night that I will need to share with you!

home is…a labor of love.

march madness

the adorable bunny garland below {i know it’s blurry in the photo…but it is awesome}, my friend kelly made it. she has an etsy shop and you should go check it out! {she also made some awesome tooth fairy pillows that the kids LOVE}
IMG_9380 we are looking forward to a visit from my parents over spring break…hoping we get some dry weather for some fun adventures! IMG_9333 these monkeys sit in a tree in our neighborhood. no, they are not real. someday, it would be interesting to find out the story behind why they are there. IMG_9336 the grass is free, trees are getting leaves, and flowers are blooming! IMG_9362 baby girl loves her puppies. IMG_9368 i was privileged to sew a special birthday shirt for a little boy who turned one year old yesterday. {you can see more about the baby shower i co-hosted for him here} IMG_9398 the little guy started baseball this month…single a baseball. this year he will also play lacrosse…he’ll have to pick one spring sport eventually. IMG_9424 i made lip balm with organic coconut oil,  organic beeswax, and young living essential oils. i made 21 tubes…and still have tons of supplies (beeswax and coconut oil) leftover to make more! thinking i might host a “make and take”  with young living products at my house…anybody local interested?! IMG_9449 rainbow definitely adds a lot to our lives…fun and messes! she is the first to wake up every morning and when she hears the kids voices she races up the stairs whining for them. she adores these kids…and they adore her. it is so awesome to think that she will be the dog that they grow up with.  IMG_9477 ryan brought home jelly beans, and i thought they looked pretty in my vintage chicken bowl. IMG_9496 baby girl and i set up an elaborate leprechaun trap the other night, but he was a sneaky leprechaun… IMG_9497 he tried to get away with the gold, played with the play dough we left, and brought the bunny and turtle into the trap with him! IMG_9498 he also made himself some hot chocolate! IMG_9499 we made a ladder out of xylophones…we figured he would like the rainbows and think there was gold at the end! IMG_9500 he did leave breakfast and goodies for the kiddos, though! we hope to get to the coast, mt. hood, and the tulip farm next week! stay tuned… home is…an update with blurry photos from my iPhone.

for the love of the world

ryan’s mom is great at sending the kids postcards.

most recently, she sent a postcard to lorelai with a beautiful poem.

yesterday, lorelai drew a fabulous self portrait with rainy and hobbes.

i felt like the poem and the self portrait belonged together.

for the love of the world

home is…kids artwork.

pinning for love

This morning I’ve been pinning ideas for valentine’s day crafts and homemade valentines for the kids to give to their friends.

I am not sure what we will end up going with this year, but I thought I would share the ideas we used the last two years…

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2013

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You can also visit my valentines day pinterest board for more no candy valentines ideas.

home is…getting the creative juices flowing.