Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Boo is 9...

I wrote this yesterday... but with all of the celebrating... this blog post never made it live:

I cannot believe my sweet boy turns 9 today.  The time has just flown by!  I am one lucky mom to have him for a first son!  Boo has an amazing perspective on life.  He is full of wonder, committed to learning, excited about his future and kind natured.  This has been a great year of growth for him too.  Here are some highlights for this past yeare:

* He has continued to work hard in karate and now holds a Blue with Green Stripe Belt.
* Boo loves to ride his bike abd to explore the world with his cousins and friends.
* He loves school, loves science, and loves to read!
* Video games are still his favorite hobby and I am so proud of him because he has been saving his allowance for months so he can purchase a 3 DS.  I am quite certain with the help he received from Santa this year and some birthday presents from loved ones he will be achieving his goal today!
* Boo started playing the trumpet this year and loves band.

Most of all Boo has grown as a human being.  He is more compassionate, has developed more integrity, and deepened his understanding of a living God.  I so love this kid!  Happy Birthday Boo!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Self Care

It did not take long for me to become emotionally and physically depleted as a way of life once I began my mothering journey.  The early years of caring for small children is depleting by definition, so I found  my self care habits made or broke my ability to be the kind of mom my kids need and deserve.  Once I had that third child, I needed more time away...while at the same time I had a whole lot less time in general because my older children had begun school and activities.  Finding a good balance has been tricky, but I am happy to say, I finally have some balance.

Now that my kids are all old enough, I go out of town about 4 weekends a year to get my creative juices flowing.  I've done scrapbooking retreats, spiritual conventions, and a couple of photo weekends.  This past December I had a wonderful weekend away, just before Christmas and it was amazing!  My sil... really a sister by another mother, is an awesome partner in crime when it comes to these sorts of weekends away!  We had tickets to see Tori Amos in concert, so we made a weekend of it.  We stayed at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel, walked the streets of LA doing street photography and went to MOCA.  By the end of the weekend, I was overflowing with creativity.  It has been a long, long time since I have felt an abundance of creative energy, so I am grateful for the inspiration, good times, and plain old simple rest.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Birthday my sweet girl

Another year has past and my sweet girl turns 7 today.  Sometimes it feels like just yesterday she was put in my arms and sometimes it feels like forever.  Time is like that with little ones... sometimes it seems to stand still when you'd like it to pass more quickly and then when you would like time to stand still so you can savor it just a bit, it slips by too fast.  So enough of me waxing on like the sappy mom I am... on to my sweet girl:

Baby J is this incredible energy in this world.  Most of the time her energy is used for good, she is kind, nurturing, extremely intelligent, and intuitive too.  She loves math, reading, dancing, bike riding and playing with her American girl dolls.  This year she is starting to fix her eye on the art of performance... she wants to be on stage, so I can imagine she is going to go the road of a thespian.

This is one independent and tenacious child.  Qualities so strong that she will do well in this world... yet parenting her through the rough patches is quite a ride.  She has a gracious heart and a desire to do what is right, so the discipline road has been as helpful to me as it has been for her.  Funny how that works.  

I just love this little girl.  She is amazing and every year I say this, but it's worth saying it over and over again.  I am so grateful I get to be the one with the front row center view of this girl's journey through childhood.  She helps me love deeper, resolve more firmly, be the type of woman I would love her to be someday.  She is my creative partner so much of the time always at my side in the studio and she has a good eye... the crafting bug has been passed down another generation in my mother's, mother's, mother's legacy.  Love that!  Happy Birthday sweet Big Girl J!