Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wrapping up August

For me, the end of August signals the end of summer.  I know that fall does not officially start on Sept. 1, but it might as well.  Fall and spring are my favorite times of year, times of great change in nature and exciting newness.'s not September yet!  So here's what's been going on these last few weeks of August:

First Annual Man Trip!
 Keanan, Zac, Grandpa John (and Nip the dog), Grandpa Phil, and Uncle Brian all hiked in to the Bertha May Lakes near Mt. Rainier for 2 nights of man camping.  Keanan had such a great time!  This was an annual tradition when Zac was growing up, and he has been waiting for Keanan to be old enough to start it with him.  Love this!

Birth!  I've been quiet on the blogging front this last week because Wednesday/Thursday I attended the sweet 2nd homebirth of our friends and doula clients.  It was an honor to witness the entrance of Mr. Benjamin into the world!


We are now the proud owners of Rocky, Pepples, Coffee, Kyla (named by Kyla). and Chicken Soup (named by Keanan)!  These girls are about 2 years old and so far, after only a day of ownership, we have collected 1 egg!  The kids and I are excited about being chicken farmers.  Zac is excited about eating eggs. :)


We have been studying I for insects, and G for goats the last few weeks.  School time is still one of my favorite parts of our day!

Bring on Fall!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wired or Un-Wired?

I've been struggling lately.  More and more it seems.  I'll get it under control for a few days, and then something happens (kids making me crazy, avoiding cleaning bathrooms...) and I run right back to it.  The internet.  For a stay-at-home / work-at-home mom the internet can be a great escape from being constantly needed.  It's easy to hop onto facebook/pinterest/reddit... for "just a second" to get away from the whining or chores.  But that "just a second" can quickly turn into way more.

I don't want to waste my day away on the computer.  I don't want my kids to hear "not right now", "just a second", "I'll be right there" all the time.  I want to invest in my children, in real relationships, in this home God has blessed us with.    I recently found an e-book that speaks to these very issues: The UnWired Mom by Sarah Mae.  Here's the gist of it: "The premise of The UnWired Mom is not that the Internet is bad; it is that we can enjoy it and use it without losing our lives to it. The UnWired Mom is about keeping our lives full and whole and allowing technology to be a healthy part of that life instead of an unhealthy, consuming one. The UnWired Mom, at its core, is about freedom."

So being aware that the internet can be an issue for me, what am I going to do about it?

First thing: facebook is blocked on my computer - I can only access it on my phone, through the web browser, not the app.  This makes is a bit tedious to do.  My goal is to limit my time on facebook to twice a day.

Second: unless I am using it for school or cooking, the computer stays off while the kids are up.  I can read blogs and the news during rest time or when they are sleeping.  During the day I want to invest in my kids.

Third:  all notifications are turned off on my phone.  The only sound it makes is if someone actually calls me.  No icons pop up for email or anything else.  My email does not automatically sync to my phone, I have to manually update it.  I have a problem with constantly checking my email.

Fourth:  I will have people over for dinner, call and hang out with my friends weekly.  Real face-to-face relationships.  Like what people did before the internet!

I want to use the internet as a tool (which is very helpful in running my business!), not let it use me.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

VBS Jungle Jaunt!

The kids had a blast at our church's VBS last week!  The theme was Jungle Jaunt and our verse was Psalm 145: 1-2
I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.

Every day I will praise you

    and extol your name for ever and ever.

We had the special treat of cousins Lucy and Kate staying with us for the whole week as well!  So much fun!

I was the "registration master" for VBS, doing all the behind the scenes paper work.  By Friday afternoon I was EXHAUSTED!  Not to mention that Zac had to fly to Arizona on Thursday to be with his dying Grandma (please keep his whole family in your prayers).  But we all had so much fun at VBS - I will not hesitate to do it again!

Cousins on the last day

The kids singing one of their songs at church (Keanan's in the hat)