Macro in the Garden

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I keep dabbling with my extension tubes and pondering the purchase of an actual macro lens.

Science Experiments for Toddlers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sensory play is big in our house, and using it as a way to work on communication skills is even better.  We used food coloring, vinegar and baking soda to conduct the famous "volcano experiment" at home.  We talked about what would happen when we put the vinegar in with the baking soda, we talked about what color the liquid was, we talked about what types of sounds it was making and then we talked about how it felt to play with.  And even if the little guy only imitated some of the sounds and answered only some of the questions, he was learning and processing the entire time.

Weekend Adventure: Aurora Reservoir with the Family

Monday, July 28, 2014

We've talked about taking the canoe out to the res for weeks now, and finally committed to a date.  We packed up life vests, sunscreen and plenty of snacks.  Jason rented a SUP from the boat rental desk for $10/hour and really enjoyed paddle boarding.  The little guy loved cruising in the canoe, touching the water, and of course splashing on the beach.  It was such a beautiful morning to just spend enjoying the sun.  I had never seen the reservoir so crowded, but it was still just nice watching other families laugh and have fun too.

Kids Were Here - July

Sunday, July 27, 2014

At the end of each month I'll be taking part in a "Kids Were Here" blog circle.  The goal is to capture a childhood well lived without little AB actually being in the photo.


The windows never stay clean long before little hands are drawn like magnets.

The table seems never to be free of dishes or spilt milk.

Books seem to jump off shelves by themselves littering our living room floor.

Backyard toys seem to linger on the grass unless the lawn is being mowed.

And, with the routine of cleaning up, picking up and putting away, my heart is never empty.  It is full of moments of the life we are living and loving.


Now, please continue on with the circle and visit Tracey | Our365.Wordpress.Com to see what she captured this month.

Learning to Fly

Friday, July 25, 2014

A few ramblings written on Wednesday.

I used to always take a journal on the plane with me when I traveled.  Now that I tend to spend flights working on some upcoming presentation, client report, or last minute deadline I spend less time ideal time  looking out the window at the patchwork quilt endless farms create when you are 30,000 feet above the earth.  You can't disconnect anymore – the wifi connection is always available.  And it even seems like we reach 10,000 feet even more quickly than when I was a teenager waiting to turn on my disc man once we reached an appropriate altitude.

Today I watched the sunrise on a flight south to Houston on my way to Austin, and watched the sunset on the same side of the plane as a I headed home in the opposite direction back to my family.  Fortunately, on this flight I was able to push off those looming deadlines and catch up on some thinking time.  As I plugged in my head phones and listened to Jason Mraz strum along to the thoughts swimming around in my mind, his song Love is a Four Letter Word came on and it is as if he was singing right to me…"In life your gonna go far. If you do it right, you'll love where you are."

As I think of my little family that will be sleeping as I walk into the house tonight, I think I must be doing something right.  I can envision my sweet boy, from those softly closed eyes with long lashes to chubby toes sticking out from underneath a favorite blanket, and sticky sweat creating baby ringlets form along his forehead, covered in a thin veil of shadows cut by the contrasting hallway lights.  He and his daddy are my people.  They humble me, they make me stronger, they push me, they pull me back in.  They are who I dream for, they are who I work for, and they are who love me just as fiercely in return.

It feels our little family is at a crossroads in many different ways as we decide our next course and path and begin to navigating new journeys.  There are new dreams waiting to be discovered, new bucket lists to be created, and overall it feels that a new season is waiting to take flight.  From the girl that is so typically change adverse, I feel that there is something so exciting ahead.  I'm ready to fly.  

Watching Daddy Play Ball

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Daddy plays softball every Monday night.  We finally made it over to a game and little man was so excited.  He cheered, he clapped, he yelled, he heckled.  He loves his daddy and is his #1 fan.  We only stayed long enough to see Daddy bat before we needed to leave for bedtime.

When Temps Rise

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We love going to the pool and splashing about.  We typically go to the pool during the hottest hours of the day, but with long hours, and hot sun, a trip to the pool after dinner typically proves to be most refreshing.  The little guy is getting more and more brave in the water and with stands bigger splashes and the occasional under water dunk.

Redneck Swimming Pool

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The temperature soared past 100 while we up celebrating Jason's Mom's Birthday, so what's a family to do other than pull out a drink bucket to serve as a toddler pool and splash pad?  The little guy was delighted, and screamed with glee, making us egg him on more with our laughter.  The shade from the large trees in the yard kept us all at least a little cool and his icy splashes that would speckle our legs helped to beat the heat.  We didn't take a swim diaper with us, and I just laughed at how incredibly water logged his normal diaper got from his fun.  He couldn't help but waddle as his tiny bum turned into a huge bubble butt.