Doing it all …

Chef. Stylist. Chauffeur. Personal assistant. Secretary. Office manager. Pick-up AND delivery girl. Banker. Travel agent. And automobile sales (new and used) consultant. I think that pretty much sums up my last four hours. I have to admit, I’m a little scared to see what my afternoon brings.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you DO IT ALL!!!

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Territorial …

We have a family room that is more like an EVERYTHING room. Reclining couches. A television. TOYS. Weights and workout equipment. A piano. Bookshelves. A desk and computer. It’s a space outside of bedrooms that I’ve always kept for the kids to JUST BE and DO things in. It’s out in the open and keeps everyone returning to the same place multiple times of day. This space was thought out even before we had children. I wanted our home to feel like kids lived here and that their STUFF was welcome. I think it’s been pretty successful too. But it’s funny. Now that two of my kids are off in college you would think our EVERYTHING room would feel even bigger to the two that remain.

NOPE.

I have to say that there is nothing quite like witnessing an 8 year old and a 15 year old negotiate space … in a place where there is PLENTY of room for both of them. Oy!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t territorial!!!

Getting a handle on things (again) …

Thank goodness we managed to put Christmas away before the plague hit our home. For me, it’s bad enough having to let the little things go around the house when we are all under the weather. But if Christmas was still out I might have lost my marbles by now, HA! Anyway, today is another day when the kids and I are feeling pretty good. YAY! So I’m hoping this day gets us back on track mind, body and home!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get a handle on things (again)!!!

Home … 

Traveling is a wonderful. Having the opportunity to get away from your daily routine and responsibilities is like a miraculous healing. But the excitement you see on your 7 year old’s face after having been gone is absolutely priceless. That tight hug that you get is the best feeling in the world. THE. BEST. It reminds you of what is truly important in life … love and the people you share it with. No matter how great one’s travels may be, there is no better place to be than with the people you love most and where your heart feels like belongs.

Well, I hope you all have a day where it feels like home!!!

Where you belong …

As loud as our house is during the day there is this amazing quiet that falls over it in the early mornings. Don’t get me wrong. I love the hustle and bustle of our house. The busyness is energizing. Having the sound of all four of my kids home is one of the best things I could ever hear. But this early morning calm is somehow reassuring to me. It is the sound of safety and tranquility. Coziness and warmth. Rest. Contentment. Family. Like everyone is where they should be and they feel it … and I love it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you fell like you belong!!!

Unicorns … 

Even before I had children I had always said that I wanted a home where people knew, when they walked in, that children lived there. I don’t get upset seeing toys or books around. This is their home too and I want it to always feel that way.

Reese has three stuffed unicorns. They are honestly adorable. I find them in random places around the house. Always together. The past few days they have found themselves a spot on the couch in our family room.

This morning Libs was taking a load of clothes out of the dryer for me and asked where I wanted her to put them. I told her I was going to fold them right away and to put them on the couch … next to the unicorns. I just about died laughing.

Life can be pretty ups and downs-y. And I am definitely in that “season”. But moments like this are part of why I continue to love my life so much. Random moments in time spent with the ones I love most, sharing seemingly meaningless encounters is where I have found some of my greatest joys in life. I can’t be anything but grateful for that.

Well, I hope you all have a day where life gives you a little treasure (or 3) !!!

  

A homebody …

I will be the first to admit that I have been going a bit stir crazy having been home so much this year. First with Sid for almost the entire month of January and now with Reese, who’s recovery is taking a little longer than first anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, I would do this a million times over to make sure that my babies were happy and healthy. But some days the down time makes this active mama a little bonkers.

 Except today.

Today was chilly, cloudy and rainy. Being at home was perfect. I felt like we were nesting, all cozy and warm. I loved it!

Well, I hope you all had a day where you enjoyed being a homebody!!!