Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Creative One...

Mark and I have been blown away by Maggie's artwork recently. Not just the art itself, but the stories that go along with them, or the stories she tells when she's creating something. There are a lot of stories and in that little girl's head!

Recently, at preschool, her class talked about the story of David and Goliath. Maggie came home from school very excited saying "Mommy, do you that big giant Goliath?!". That afternoon, she drew this picture:

David and Goliath

It probably doesn't need much of an explanation, but the big guy on the left is Goliath. And of course that's David on the right standing on the "5 stones". I'm not quite sure if Goliath is holding a stone or catching one that David threw...a little deviation from the story there. But, I know that I was totally impressed when I saw this. Usually when she's drawing a picture like this, she tells a story as she's drawing and often merges characters from her real life into the story. Like "Hey, Caroline, do you know David?....Yeah (Caroline responding), I know that guy...". Cracks me up!

She can get lost in artwork and her own conversations for hours. It is definitely her outlet. Sometimes I have to peel her away to go outside and get some fresh air.

Maggie Coloring

Dragonfly House

I can't help but admit that I would love for her to grow up and be a "creative type". It is fun to think of going to her first art show one day, reading her short stories, or maybe seeing her in a play. Of course, all I want is for her to be happy!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Spring!

A new season, a new look here on my blog. I think I change my blog header more than I actually post, but I hope to change that trend soon. I've been trying to come up with a new blog "name" for a while now. I wanted something more abstract, yet meaningful and symbolic. This morning, I was listening to some music and a line in a song randomly caught my interest..."Sing all you want". I loved it immediately. I like to think of it as living a full life, making your voice heard. Mark, Maggie, Joe and I sing a lot in our lives, in this house...literally and figuratively. And, I want to remember those moments!

So, here we go...let's start with the singing of Hallelujah Mark and I did when we FINALLY had our kitchen countertops, sink and faucet replaced last week. I think I mentioned a year ago that we began upgrading our kitchen, including painting the walls and cabinets. Last week we finally ditched the old laminate countertops, grimy sink and just about to snap off faucet. I believe a few before and after shots are in order...

Before:

Kitchen Before

Sink Before

After, ahhhhhh:

Kitchen After 1

Kitchen After 2

Kitchen After 1

I cannot tell you how happy these countertops have made me. And the faucet that doesn't wobble when I turn it on. And, the shiny sparkly sink....ahhhhh! We spent the weekend eating every meal in, enjoying our new space and fighting over who got to clean up the kitchen (kidding, that'll never happen). We have one more step to essentially finish our kitchen...the floors, which we hope will be done in a couple of weeks!!

Amidst the home improvements, we've been enjoying some really beautiful Spring weather. It's been so warm, Maggie has taken to ditching her shoes outside. And, consequently, we are going through bandaids like nobody's business.

Barefoot Again

Joe has taken to wearing backwards baseball caps. Wolfpack, of course. And, helping Daddy practice softball (since he's playing on the church team this year).

Baseball Boy

Both kids love to play on this giant log pile we have in the woods. They pretend they're on a pirate ship, and search for animals to save. They have pretend telescopes and cameras to seek and find the animals. All this on a pile of wood!

On Log Mountain

In other news, my back is about the same. I'm anxious to start physical therapy this week. With my lack of exercise, I've found some other things to fill my time, namely knitting and sewing...hope to share some of that here this week! Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Perspective

Last week I really hurt my back. For about 24 hrs I couldn't stand up without Mark helping me...it was brutal. A subtle pain in my back followed by a coughing attack led to me spasming around on the floor like a wet seal. I'm pretty sure (and Mark assured me) that it was extremely entertaining to watch and I have laughed thinking about it since. I'm doing fine now. Well, I have an issue with my back that is still bothering me and might for a while, but in reality I'm fine.

Yellow

This incident has put things in perspective for me, something that I think I've been needing. So far, I have found 2011 to be kind of frustrating. For no particular reason, I've found myself having a harder time getting up and going, pondering things for way too long instead of doing, staying up way to late and not sleeping well, just feeling unbalanced.

Mags in the Light

Perspective started to hit me last week when Mark went back to work. The kids were so, so, so awesome all day, every day. They played together all day, on their own...more or less happily. One day they covered our large kitchen windows with yellow sticky notes with little scribbles on them...messages to people, they said. They planted sugar snap peas in our garden for me (since I didn't want to bend down). Even though I was laying down a LOT and not really playing with them, they seemed to like the fact that they had my full attention and that I was relaxed. I wasn't running around trying to clean up the house, take care of things, doing who knows what on the computer (ahem).

Threesome

Perspective also hit me when I slowed down my own life. I started stretching a couple of times a day. I went to bed early. I didn't go many places in the car because it bothered me to drive. I took my time doing everything.

Toes Boy

I also got more organized than usual. I made lists, ordered my groceries online, and tried to tackle as little as possible in the most efficient manner.

Happy Girl

And, I asked for help...a LOT. I couldn't believe how giddy Maggie was to retrieve things for me. Mark, maybe not giddy, but well beyond supportive.

Dirty Feet Boy

I feel so much better having put a lot of big things in perspective. Mark and I accomplished so much over the weekend, without really doing a lot. I feel like I finally cleared whatever has been clouding my mind for the past couple of months. Here's hoping I can keep things in perspective.

Yellow Focus

Mark took these pictures today and I just loved them all.