Uninhibited

I envy the ability of my children to be bold in their actions and forthright in their words without the social fear that holds me back so often.

They will instantly hug a friend.

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Tell them they are cute.

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And play party games while people snap photos. 

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Beauty

Sometimes I catch myself staring intensely at a man I fell in love with over a decade ago. I had no idea that feeling would intensify itself exponentially as I watch him raise our children. The frustration I felt about perfectly edible leftovers tossed out or a house littered with laundry melts into a gratitude that is immense. I have a husband who stays home and serves our children tirelessly. He bike carts them for miles at a time, cooks their meals, and yes…sometimes takes them out in their jammies. At night when I am tired from work or being pregnant, he steps in for story time. It is a beauty that can’t be contained in pictures, only attempted.

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Another type of beauty is the soft, tender toes of my Mr. Henry peeking out of blankets. They are in seemingly constant motion of wiggling and my nick name for them is “tic tac toes” because they make me want to eat them.

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Up Close

Henry is looking at the low tide

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while our oldest learns about chores.

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He is incredibly helpful while being cheerful.

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Pancakes

The boys love to help with Sunday breakfast.

They pour, mix, and carefully heed my warnings about how hot the skillet gets.

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Paul is also able to flip the pancakes

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and do a little cutting of our fresh from the farmer’s market strawberries.

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While Henry insists on being close to the action but busied himself with quickly peeling, then devouring Satsuma Tangerines.

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Barefoot

Spending an afternoon exploring tidepools.

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There were sea slugs and anenomes to touch.

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Mini pools to splash in.

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Rocks to climb and squeeze through.

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We also had time for getting to know cousin Lauren’s kitty- Kevin

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We had rosy cheeks and tired bodies by the end.

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Deep Breath

I survived the first week back to work after break. An always difficult transition that involves guilt, excitement, sadness, and joy. A lovely dinner of pasta and salad helped to finish off this week.

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I came home most days later than I wanted and found the boys were often sleeping: sometimes in their own beds, sometimes piled in our bed, or even scattered on the couch.

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But I missed crazy hair at the park.

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Motorcycle riding down the street.

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Or the afternoon this week where the boys found a real rainbow in their room.

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They could touch it and see it and even put in on their faces!

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That is magical.

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Some nights

I love the smell of lemongrass eucalyptus candles in my home.

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I appreciate a father who can multi task.

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I supress the need to clean up toys.

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I pray these boys will enjoy eachother often in life, like they do tonight.

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Happy New Year

A celebration of all that awaits us in the coming year.

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We have so much to look forward to: like the new addition to our family-Baby Girl.

Then there are the milestones with the boys, finishing a master’s program, road trips in our new car, and all the unexpected surprises.

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Not being big fans of new year’s resolutions, we have agreed to live as simply as we can. This includes turning our recycling into an adventure and trying to save money as much as possible. We could definitely be more frugal which means we have a revised budget that demands for more homecooked meals, taking pleasure in the free outdoors, and enjoying the true gift of being together as a family.  

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