Saturday, January 21, 2017

Today, I Marched

Today, I marched.

Today, I stood up for my beliefs, publicly and peacefully.

Today, I walked side by side with some of my best friends and my mama - as well as thousands of people locally and millions of people world wide.

Today, I took for the first step for action.

Let me be clear: I DID NOT MARCH BECAUSE I AM A SORE LOSER.  I don't care that "my side" lost.  There was nowhere near this kind of outpouring of protests when ANY OTHER president was elected in history.  I have a great deal of respect for many of the GOP leaders, even when our beliefs don't align. 

I marched because I believe that bluntness, tactlessness, bullying, and name-calling is unacceptable behavior for a president.  I marched because boasting of sexual assault is unacceptable, no matter who you are.  I marched because science and facts should always trump opinion.  I marched because kindness and respectful language matters.  I marched because America is already great - and building walls, insulting nations, ruining our environment, and destroying the public school system will not make our country stronger, more successful, and better.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Isla's First Snowfall

Isla experienced her first snowfall.  She wasn't too sure what to think about it - just took it all in in her classic quiet observing way.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow Day!

This week has been CRAZY!  School was supposed to resume for Cole on Tuesday, but we had a small storm (and around here, ANY amount of snow flurries equals canceled school!), then a HUGE storm Tuesday night into Wednesday.  It was spectacular! And since Medford owns zero plows, the snow turned to packed ice and schools canceled for Thursday and Friday as well.  A whole extra week of Christmas break!

 Playing in the snow is SO much fun - even more exciting and special when we never have it!

 And even though I'm pretty sure I've spent the majority of this week putting on and taking off snow gear off various children, it's been worth it to see these happy cold faces!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Serious Miss

Isla is currently my favorite photo subject - partly because she is so incredibly adorable and partly because she can't run away from me like my other favorite subjects!

While she's often super serious, occasionally she'll light up with the brightest, gummiest, most adorable grin ever!

Oh my heart, this sweet, serious little miss!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Patience in the Season

we're wrapping presents at the counter.  Cole wants to choose the wrapping paper.  Chase wants to choose the ribbon.  Cole wants to choose the gift tag.

it take twice as long, because Cole wants to help me cut the paper, Chase is asking me "why" questions, and Cole wants to help by tearing off the pieces of tape. 

they are soaking up my attention, even if it's divided.  they are like glue, wanting to be near me.  they want to help.

decorating the Christmas tree was the same way.  an exercise in patience.  Chase hung seven ornaments on one branch, and looked up at me beaming.  Cole wanted to hear every story about every ornament, and find every ornament with his name on it.

baking is their very favorite.  they both love mixing, cracking eggs, pouring in the ingredients.  Cole painstakingly sounds out the words of the recipe that he knows - it takes forever, but its worth it, because he's so proud afterward.  it's messy and crazy and loud.  I have to remind them (and myself) to be patient for each of the steps.  but when we're all done and ready to deliver the bread to the neighbors, they walk with me - Cole running (why walk when you can run?) and Chase with his toddling steps, his hand thrust trustingly in mine - to the neighbors, and Cole declares, "The neighbors will love the bread we made!"

every step.  every bit of Christmas preparation.  every bit of ANY preparation.  it takes longer, more patience, more planning, more effort on my part.  some days, I'm frustrated.  can't I just once fully concentrate on a single activity at a time?  not have to corral littles and direct and pay extra attention and clean up extra messes? 

but then I remember how valuable this time spent with them is.  how I am modeling patience and grace for them, so they will in turn model it with each other and others.  and I remember what a privilege, what an absolute privilege it is that they WANT to be with me.  someday they won't want to talk to me, bake with me, decorate the tree, help.  and that day will arrive sooner if I'm impatient, rushed, frustrated, or controlling.  I want to teach them to be capable, confident, helpful young men - so I put forth the patience now.

more than it matters to have a perfectly decorated tree; to have flour spilled all over the floor; to have mismatched name tags and ribbon and wrapping paper; what matters most is their beautiful, helpful, loving hearts - and I'll use every ounce of patience I have to make sure their spirits aren't crushed.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Lights Trolley Ride

There is just no end to fun adventures to be had in our valley!  This year I discovered a trolley ride tour that goes around looking at Christmas lights.  It was SO fun - I'm positive this is going to become a yearly tradition!

Chase was absolutely enthralled the entire time! 

Isla loved the lights too!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Tree Hunting!

The seventh year in a row we've gone to cut down our Christmas tree!  The rain stopped just exactly long enough for us to pick out the best tree!

 Chase even helped with the saw this year :)

 The official start to the Christmas season! Let the holidays commence!

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