Hi everyone! Thanks for your comments on my last post. The summer to-do list was so much fun to make. My girls loved helping me come up with our summer plans. I’ve seen such a variety of fun summer lists in blog land so it was fun to finally make our own. When we were brainstorming ideas Addison told me that all she wanted to do this summer was to “play with mommy.” Then she said she wished it could be like it used to be before Kole when I would play with her and not just take care of Kole all day. Ouch. Dagger to the heart! She has really been struggling with that lately. And it’s true. Kole occupies so much of my time – as most one year olds do – and I’ve felt stretched a bit thin lately. So, after feeling some major mom guilt in that little moment, we wrote “play with mommy” on our summer to-do list and I vowed to myself to focus on spending some one on one time with each of my girls each day this summer. Even it it’s just for twenty minutes.
Yesterday during Kole’s nap Addison and I played soccer together in the back yard and today we did some puzzles.
Guilt is slowly melting…
In other news – Kole has learned how to do laundry. He is incredibly helpful as you can imagine.
This first picture is blurry but the expression on his face is one of my favorites. He sits in the hallway and anxiously waits for me to take the warm clothes out of the dryer and throw them on him. A fun little routine I’ve done with all three of my kids. My girls still love it and come running whenever they hear the dryer stop. Oh the anticipation! Who knew a load of darks could be so much fun!!
Wheee!!! Do it again mom!
Then we sort together. Kole is a master sorter.
Dad’s socks? Not so much. I’ll save those for my sisters.
Ellie has completely taken over our guest room and decided to spruce it up and make it her own. I went to wake her up for school one morning and found the walls covered in her artwork.
Hmm… maybe I’m putting her to bed just a tad too early? My favorite is the bumpy picture of her and her friend on the left which she clearly drew and colored AFTER it was taped to the wall. Classic!
I also get a kick out the way she neatly places her little house shoes to the side of the bed so they are ready to slip on each morning when she wakes up. Little things like this always make me smile.
And as for me, I’ve become even more lazy with food preparation – if that was at all possible. Lately I’ve been buying a Spring Mix of lettuce already washed…
and just tossing a few things right in the plastic container to make my summer salad
. That’s right. I don’t even take the lettuce out and put it in a bowl. I can just see my grandma (who was an amazing cook) up in heaven shaking her head at me. This pre-washed lettuce is as cool as pre-cooked chicken. I’m a fan.
Following Ellie’s lead, I too have decided to do some sprucing up. Last week I took down most of our living room decor. I want to move the clock too, but I need to glance at it each morning when I come down the stairs to see how late we’re running this time.
Ahhh. Nice and empty. My neighbor stopped by and thought we were moving. Nope. Just ready for out with the old – in with the new.
And until I find “the new” I just want to keep things a bit bare for a while.
Think I’ll keep this picture up though. It’s a favorite.
BTW – is it so weird to see ads on my blog!? It’s weird to me. I have to say that when I started this blog I never intended to monetize it. (I am more than content to let Kenny take full responsibility for bringing in the bucks!) I started this blog thinking it would be read only by close friends and family. Hopefully my mom and sister would check in each day. Maybe my dad and brother once in a while? A friend or two would certainly check in once a week. Maybe a total of eight people? I feel honored (and a bit surprised!) every day when I see how many people are reading. I feel even more honored when I hear from some of you. I get the sweetest e-mails and comments that truly do make my day. I love blogging. I love everything about it. The pictures, the journaling, creating friendships. I got a sweet e-mail today from a friend who I knew in High School. We danced together on the drill team and spent hours together in practice every day. Now we live in different states and never see each other. But we read each others blogs and because of this we know each other so much better than we ever did in High School! And it’s so true. People who read my blog know me better than people I see and talk to every day. I kind of put it all out there. It’s exciting and to be honest, sometimes it’s a little scary! And intimidating. Sometimes I think about the fact that more than eight people are reading this blog and I feel pressure to post something amazing! But all I have to post is a cleaned out cupboard, a scrapbook page, or maybe just Kole folding my laundry. Nothing amazing. Just my life. I’ve had several opportunities lately to monetize this blog and to be honest, nothing has felt right. I don’t ever want to change this blog into something it isn’t and I don’t ever want blogging to stop being fun for me. When I was given the opportunity to join the Blogher Publishing Network, it just felt like a good fit. I like Blogher ads. I use a lot of the stuff they advertise! (Hello 2011 Honda Odyssey) And a lot of great bloggers who I admire have chosen to go with Blogher. But the best part is that my blog doesn’t have to change. I can keep posting pictures of a cleaned out cupboard, a scrapbook page, or just Kole sorting my laundry. So I went for it! And it’s exciting to think I could make a little money doing something I love so much and will always do regardless. Maybe just enough money to support my weekly Container Store shopping sprees, but still, I’ll take it! :) Kenny loves to tease me about it. He’ll say at night “hey – get a post up! I’m ready to retire.” And then we laugh. Because there is NO WAY that’s happening anytime soon. :) So I know I’m TOTALLY rambling right now but I guess I just feel a connection with you – my readers – and wanted to well, be an open book again and share why I now have ads on my blog. And to also say, thanks for reading.
Tomorrow is Ellie’s last day of school and our summer officially begins! I love summer in San Diego! Even though the weather doesn’t change much, I can just smell summer time. It’s a mix of the Jasmine vines in my yard and the neighbors BBQ. Love it!
I received a phone call and some text messages today from parents of friends in Ellie’s class wondering about the end of the year party I was having at my house tomorrow after school? According to Ellie, it’s going to be quite the par-tay! Only problem is that she forgot to tell mom about it. HA! Our summer is off to a great start! :)
Hope yours is too!