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On planning

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I’ve decided that there are two types of planners: macro-planners and micro-planners. By nature, I am a macro-planner. I can picture my happiness project and plan topics for six months from now, but the details evade me until, suddenly, I have two days left to get together my June plans and resolutions. I finally made time to call about dog training classes today, and the next set of courses at my chosen location don’t start until July 28 😦 … SO I’m switching my months. I hate to put off focusing on my furry family (for what feels like the umpteenth time), but I want to be prepared. This of course leaves me unprepared for June, but maybe I’ll be more prepared for August (the new animal month). June will now be dedicated to community. I think.

Community is a big topic for me, and one that I feel requires a lot of thought and preparation. However, June seems like the right time. Here’s what the rest of my year looks like:

June: Community
July: Dance, Dance, Dance (American Dance Festival month)
August: Animals
September: Simplicity
October: Spirituality and presence
November: Writing

I may end up changing these topics a bit still, but right now I’m diving into the idea of community, and I could probably use some help. As for May, I have finished my first real sewing project (7 produce bags!), and my other resolutions are working out fairly well. I still feel a little behind, but that’s generally how I feel these days. It might have something to do with being the mother of a two year old…

Health and Vitality – Half Check
Parenting – Half Check (STILL really working on my presence)
Rhythm and Ritual – Check (We’ve actually fallen into a nice beach rhythm)
Marriage – Half Check (Hard to connect a hundred miles apart…)

Learn to sew – CHECK!
Make it yourself – Half Check
Maximize gardening potential – Check (Put canning supplies in cart on Amazon)
Become a master of oils – No Check
Simplify and sanctify – Half Check (Trying to maintain simplicity here)
Think green – Check (Hard to be green here, but I’m saving recycling, etc.)

I am learning more about myself through reading.

I am thankful to be on the beach.

Today, J and I made it to the sand. We brought down an umbrella and bought him some pink, sparkly sunglasses (his choice!), a blow-up alligator, a kite, and a toy locomotive. He sat under the umbrella with me and built sandcastles. 🙂 The kid just doesn’t like the sun. I can’t really blame him, it is blaring here! He even let me walk with him to the water, and I stuck my feet in while holding him. If only we had two weeks here. He would be a water child by next Friday. Tonight, we went mini golfing again (at a new, and more awesome location), and then J and I had an epic rough-housing session full of connection before he fell asleep on the couch with me. All in all, I’d say we had a beautiful day. (OH, and I managed to sneak downstairs yesterday while he was napping to play in the water! Muahaha. I felt a little deceitful, but it was worth it.)

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Sunning and sewing

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Today, I learned how to sew! I had been looking forward to testing out my new machine, and it’s just as awesome as I had hoped. I got such a thrill from stitching my first project (a bag for J),

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and my second project (produce bags!).

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We also went mini golfing today, and I made quite a bit of progress on my crocheted iPad case. It’s amazing how productive I can be with creative projects when I’m not spending all day vacuuming and washing dishes. I know that vacation days differ from reality, but I hope to change my reality so that it feels a bit more relaxed. I don’t yet know how to do that, but I have a feeling it involves simplifying, de-cluttering, organizing, and delegating.

I’ve begun reading Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project sequel, and I’m feeling inspired. Gretchen and I are different in so many ways, but for some reason, her writing motivates me more than anything else these days. I am re-engaged in my project and excited about the months to come. June (which is just around the corner!) is my animal-focused month, and I have a feeling my experiences will be somewhat transformative. My love of animals has been put on the back-burner, and even ignored, for the past few years. It’s something that is so deeply a part of me and my past, and I hope that re-connecting with my furry friends will lead to healing and growth.

Before I get to June though, I have plenty of Home and Hearth related ideas left to focus on. I don’t believe I’ll complete my entire DIY list before June 1, but that’s OK. I am embracing imperfection. All my projects and resolutions are ongoing.

More tomorrow. I acquired a keyboard! My mom brought hers, so I simply paired it with my device :).

Health and Vitality – Check
Parenting – Half Check (STILL really working on my presence)
Rhythm and Ritual – Half Check (I’m still battling rhythm…)
Marriage – Half Check (Hard to connect a hundred miles apart…)

Learn to sew – CHECK!
Make it yourself – CHECK
Maximize gardening potential – Half-Check (Asked Husband to harvest the rest of the strawberries – don’t think he did tho…)
Become a master of oils – No Check
Simplify and sanctify – Half Check (Trying to maintain simplicity here)
Think green – Check (Hard to
be green here, but I’m saving recycling, etc.)

I am learning how to sew!!

I am thankful that my mom is an awesome seamstress. 🙂

Today was a perfect beach day. It was sunny and warm, but not too hot, but J wanted nothing to do with it. He was terrified of the ocean, and didn’t want to even set foot on the sand. In what was not my best mama moment, I threw a bit of a tantrum about not being able to play in the water. I apologized afterward and remembered why I don’t want to push J past his comfort zone or cause him to feel guilty or anything but right. I will have many years to play on the beach as I wish. This time is short. Mimi eventually convinced him to come down, and we played on the sand for a few minutes, but that was all he wanted. He really is more of a mountain guy. Maybe tomorrow, he’ll stay a little longer. I’m craving the sun and surf.

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Yesterday, I launched from chaos and landed in paradise. Don’t get me wrong, I tend to enjoy the chaos that comes from a full house, but I must say that I’m enjoying the sound of waves crashing below me immensely. It’s much more peaceful than the whir of my Dyson.

I really only have one complaint right now – I forgot my wireless keyboard. I had planned to write as much as possible this week, but I think I will now keep the blogging to a minimum. I get very annoyed with iDevice keyboards, and I’d like to keep my inner peace. Maybe the universe had other plans for me. I will also be learning to sew this week, focusing on connecting with J, and finishing my crochet project. This morning, I took a solo run on the sand, and it was heavenly. I love the feeling of sand between my toes.

Health and Vitality – Half Check (awesome except for a very sugary vegan/GF cupcake!)
Parenting – Half Check (Still really working on my presence)
Rhythm and Ritual – Half Check (I’m still battling rhythm…)
Marriage – Half Check (Hard to connect a hundred miles apart…)

Learn to sew – Check (I’m set up and ready!)
Make it yourself – Check (Crocheting an iPad case!)
Maximize gardening potential – Check (Reading about preserving my harvests)
Become a master of oils – Check (Lavender oil for itchy bug bites!)
Simplify and sanctify – Half Check (Trying to maintain simplicity here)
Think green – Check (Hard to
be green here, but I’m saving recycling, etc.)

Every time I write, I am reminded how much writing helps me process life.

I am thankful to have such loving and supportive family here with me.

Tonight at dinner, J looked at me and said, “Mom?… You drive me nuts.” We all broke out in hysterical laughter. 🙂 J has been enjoying our stay here, I believe, but he has had a few homesick moments. The trip over was amazing, and I will insist that Mimi come on all future Davis family car trips. It was the first long ride (2.5 hours) during which J was happy for the entire trip. There was not one moment of upset. It was utterly amazing.

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Upside down

20130524-001441.jpgLife is a bit upside down at the moment, but we had a lovely evening tonight. We had family and friends over for dinner, and life felt unusually full and joyous. J and I leave for the beach on Saturday, leaving Husband here to take care of Ba. 😦 I’m sad to say that it will be easier for all involved if we are away for a bit. I’m excited about the break, but I feel a little useless and self-indulgent heading out of town. Hopefully, I’ll at least have the chance to write more.

Health and Vitality – Half Check
Parenting – Half Check
Rhythm and Ritual – Half Check
Marriage – Half Check

Learn to sew – Check
Make it yourself – Check
Maximize gardening potential – Half Check
Become a master of oils – Half Check
Simplify and sanctify – Half Check
Think green – Half Check

I am re-learning how to blow dry my hair. (And I’m not sure it’s worth the 30 second effort). 🙂

I am thankful for our new bed!! (Which we are still waiting to test).

J is so so excited to have his Nana and Uncle Jesse here visiting. I love seeing him so happy.

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Wild ride

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Well, I missed a couple of days. Working on embracing imperfection and trying to decide why I’m writing here every day. Is it purposeful? Does it improve my life? Or am I just doing it because I said I was going to?

Ba is still in the hospital recovering from emergency hip surgery, so we’ve all been on a wild ride this week. He’s getting better every day, but he has a long way to go.

It is 11:20 here and J has just decided to close his eyes. I am exhausted.

Health and Vitality – Half Check
Parenting – Half Check
Rhythm and Ritual – Half Check
Marriage – Half Check

Learn to sew – No Check
Make it yourself – Check
Maximize gardening potential – Check
Become a master of oils – Check
Simplify and sanctify – Half Check
Think green – Half Check

I am learning my way around Rex hospital.

I am thankful I have a friend who is a nurse.

Yesterday, Julian got an excavator that he can sit on and move to dig in the sandbox. Mimi rocks. He has done almost nothing else since.

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Love and light

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Tonight all I have is love and light for my grandpa-in-law, who is in the hospital recovering from hip surgery tonight. He fell this morning trying to walk up the stairs to our front porch. It’s been a long day, and he needs a positive energy force field surrounding him.

Health and Vitality – Half Check
Parenting – Half Check
Rhythm and Ritual – Half Check
Marriage – Half Check

Learn to sew – No Check
Make it yourself – Half Check
Maximize gardening potential – No check
Become a master of oils – Check
Simplify and sanctify – Half Check
Think green – No Check

I seem to be forever learning how to let go of control.

I am thankful Ba is in recovery.

J has been so sweet today, it’s almost unreal. He’s always sweet and aware, but he’s been so empathetic. This morning, he threw a toy airplane down the stairs and I gasped and shrieked a little because I wasn’t expecting it at all. I stood still for a minute to collect myself, and J looked at me and said, “Next time, I’ll do that differently.”

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Lame post #347

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J skipped his nap today, and fell asleep after 9:00 pm! I can’t figure out when to write, if he doesn’t sleep! So this is lame post #347. We picked strawberries today, and “Ba” is here (my grandfather-in-law), so we had quite a beautiful day, but it’s late and my brain is now done functioning. More tomorrow. Hopefully.

Health and Vitality – Half Check (too many cupcakes…)
Parenting – Half Check
Rhythm and Ritual – Half Check
Marriage – Half Check

Learn to sew – No Check
Make it yourself – Half Check
Maximize gardening potential – Check (picked and froze strawberries!)
Become a master of oils – Check (used diffuser!)
Simplify and sanctify – Half Check
Think green – Half Check

Today I re-learned the value of an afternoon siesta.

I am thankful to have “Ba” here to keep us company.

It’s such a delight to watch Julian with his great-granpa. There’s nothing quite like your child’s child’s child, is there? I feel lucky J has such a supportive and present elder in his life (and I’m happy to have him in mine!).

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