Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Simple, Special, Ordinary Moments

Summer Family Favorites 2

We are printing some of our special family photos from this season to hang on a new photo wall in our living room.  And as I narrowed it down to my top few shots, I couldn't help but notice that the simpler, ordinary moments tend to be my favorites.  Swinging, picking berries, evening walks to the garden, lying on a blanket under the summer sun...  

Here is a glimpse at some of the fun we've been up to.

Summer Family Favorites
Summer Family Favorites 3
In between the sunscreen, the laughter, the meltdowns and picking corn, pees and watermelon off the kitchen floor, I am working on a summer newsletter that will go out next week.  If you haven't already, take a moment to sign-up.  (psst...You'll be the first to learn about early bird registration for my next Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery e-course in the newsletter, too.)

Your Personal Reflection:  What's one of your simple, special, ordinary family moments that have become one of your favorites?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Days

Family Photo Summer 2011

I like these kind of days.  
Let's have these kind of days forever. 
-Kestan, age 3 1/2

I haven't been blogging much because summer activities with the family are taking up most of my days and by the time the boys heads finally hit the pillow my energy is zapped.  I'm having a blast reading, playing, making art and going on adventures, but as any mom knows, the heat and long days of summer can be downright draining.  Walking, running, a bike ride or two (alone!), massage, restorative yoga and planning an art night out with my friends, have all helped me clear my thoughts and regain some much needed nourishment.

And taking time for my own personal wellness helps me wake up with a smile on my face and ready to do it all over again each and every day.  My boys make me laugh. They amaze me.  They remind me to not take life so seriously.  And they are just so dang fun to be around.

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.
-William D. Tammeus

This quote made me tear up because Ashton has learned "bye bye" and repeating this action with him over and over brings us the greatest amount of joy!  He is changing so fast and I just don't want to miss a second of it.

So I'm taking a quick break to let you know that registration for Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery e-course opens August 1st (course runs September 12 - October 14th).  And Mothering with heART e-course creation is fully underway (course runs October 17th - December 2).  I'll share more details about both courses very soon.

Also, my site is undergoing a new look with help from A Girl Named Fred and I'll be sharing those changes with you this fall.

I gotta run.  The boys are calling me back to the merry-go-round!  Until next time...

Your Personal Reflection:  What fun things have you been doing this summer (or winter depending on what part of the world you live in)!

*Photo taken by Matt Weiss
*Photo editing by Chris Duh