Thursday, August 21, 2014

High School Mixed CDs

Dear all high school students, past/present/future, there is no other music as good as the music you discover(ed) in high school. Due to the time of year and the back to school everything, I'm feeling nostalgic for my music. Instead of listening for my songs to come on the radio and dashing to the tape player to hit PLAY and RECORD, I simply browsed my iTunes Library. I wanted a quick mixed CD, but ended up with too much to fit on just one. I divided into guys and girls: 

Dreams by The Cranberries
Linger by The Cranberries
Cowboy Take Me Away by Dixie Chicks
Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks
I'm the Only One by Melissa Etheridge
Come To My Window by Melissa Etheridge
Wonder by Natalie Merchant
Jealousy by Natalie Merchant
Sweet Surrender by Sarah McLachlan
Adia by Sarah McLachlan
My Favorite Mistake by Sheryl Crow
If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow
Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow
Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
These Are The Days by 10,000 Maniacs

She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes
No Rain by Blind Melon
Run-Around Blues Traveler
Round Here by Counting Crows
A Long December by Counting Crows
Hanginaround by Counting Crows
Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
Satellite by Dave Matthews Band
Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms
Wild Night by John Mellencamp
Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam
Jeremy by Pearl Jam
Black by Pearly Jam
Better Man by Pearl Jam
Daughter by Pearl Jam
Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root

If I had to pick one song as my high school anthem it would be These Are The Days by 10,000 Maniacs. It takes me back to senior year when I played it 49209885 times in a row; worked on end of the year projects (mainly, journal pages for English class); and felt like the world was mine. Class of '99!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Being Around Our House

We've been spending more time at home lately. There's no particular reason, but we're all finding the slow pace to be refreshing. Our days are filled with white space to slowly fill as we want and visitors coming and going. We have extremely slow mornings of coffee, juice cups, stoop time, TV, and that beautiful magic we call kids playing. This unscheduled time feels slow and calm but also full and lively-and I believe those things can happen at once. Last week, in particular, we had several friends, family, and babies come by. Out of 26 people, half of those were invited and scheduled visits and the other half were just drop-ins. A few of those people came by more than once. Let me be the first to say it--I love it.

This pace feels like an adventure. Instead of exploring waterfalls and woods, our adventure is exploring 
vacancy and availability.  For this season, it's treating our little family well.

Friday, August 15, 2014

This Week's Menu

We've been enjoying more salads lately, so the kids are getting accustomed to eating them more frequently. I've noticed a trend that the more I offer salad or eat them myself, the more they are willing to try them and enjoy them. Hopefully salads become normal, daily food options and not something that we bring out every so often and stare at. So, here is what we're eating this week:

5-bean chili, salad
Loaded baked potato, blue cheese lettuce wedge
Sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, squash, beet/goat cheese salad, bread
BLTs, grilled corn on the cob

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Save The Drawing Spot

I tend to celebrate a few of the cliche frustrations of being a mother, because they make me feel like I am REALLY a mom. Throwing up when pregnant (experienced) and child cutting their own hair (not yet experienced) seem so exciting to me, because I'm actually experiencing them first hand. When Burl was younger, he had a spot in the dining room where he would sneak away and draw on the walls. Magical. While I don't allow drawing on the walls, I still cherished the spot. (Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me several times, and START PAYING BETTER ATTENTION, MAMA!) The spot grew and so did my awareness, and eventually he didn't draw there anymore. 

When I painted my blue dining room white, I wanted to save the spot. I didn't save the whole spot, just an 8x10 section that I taped off. It's special to me. I nailed a frame around it. Somewhere between respecting our house and taking care of our things and children actually live here and we value their messes, is me and my little framed artwork. I like to decorate and make things pretty, but I love whimsy and sweet character that my kids have created. 

I remember feeling a little bit excited when I saw the spot for the first time. It was a little "ohmygosh, this actually does happen. I'm a mom!" I'm just not ready to let that spot go.
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