April UNadventures

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oh April.  April, April, you sly month.  Probably the biggest thing to happen to our little family in April was Emmitt's 5th birthday.  And I'm gonna tell ya, I had been prepping myself for months that this was no big deal.  Don't make it a thing, Grace.  He has a birthday every year, and every year birthdays are kind of hard for you and every year you make it through and it's lovely and blah blah blah.  So it wasn't going to be a thing, guys.  So what, 5 is just a number, it's no big deal.  I was strong, I wasn't feeling sad or weepy or anything about the upcoming birthday, and I made it through the party just fine, and then BAM.  There is no escaping myself, and myself said, "Listen, 5 really is a big deal."  So I had a moment... or a weekend, I had a weekend... okay maybe it was pushing a week... and I had the feelings and remembered Emmitt's wee self and then remembered how he's a giant, kind, funny, and wildly and wonderfully weird boy now.  I had all the feelings about how our family has moved into a new era that includes two big kids and no babies.  It's all just right, but it's a big deal to me, and trying to avoid the inevitable really just made the feelings come on stronger and all at once.  So no more of that.  Oh Emmitt, Happy 5th Birthday!  You started the grandest adventure of them all when you made me a mama.  You are forever my very favorite boy.  

The last two UNadventures posts I've said it, and I'm going to say it again.  We keep getting outside more and more because the weather keeps letting us.  And it is good for the soul.  Besides the birthday and the party, which I'll share more pics of in a separate post, this month included seeing out of town friends, a quick trip to Tulsa with some of our favorites, Thunder basketball, the Arts Festival, a little Game of Thrones season premiere celebration, tree climbing, zoo trips, coloring, and good food and good drink (always and forever).  April, over and out.

March UNadventures

See, now here's the problem with getting this far behind on these posts.  Here it is more than halfway through May and I'm just now writing and sharing pictures from March.  And now March is blurring into April a bit, and April into May.  Blurred.  That's how I feel lately.  Blurred and a bit dulled.  I don't mean that in a bad way.  Just a life-y sort of way.  You know how life can be good, and busy, and blurry.  And sometimes it can be a little hard... and busy, and blurry.  Life has been so good, and if I'm honest, a little hard too.  But mostly good.  The pictures remind me that March was really good.  Thank goodness for the pictures.  The thing is, Spring is such a nice time of year because the weather is getting warmer, lots of activities are getting started, Summer is in sight, and yet it's a very full time for us.  It's full of stuff to do, but also I'm just full of all the feelings because lots of big things in my life have happened in the Spring, so regardless of how strong I feel emotionally, this time of year hits my sensitive soul hard.

But enough of that sappy talk, 'cause don't you remember how the pictures told me life is good?!  Life is full and love wins.  March included Spring Break in Texas, Easter with family, and evenings outside.  I'm hoping to post more pictures from Spring Break in a separate post, because that was a fun time.  But for now, this is a glimpse of what our days looked like in March.  Ordinary unadventures, but wonderfully grand nonetheless, because man oh man, we have the best people in our life.   The very best.

February UNadventures

Thursday, April 7, 2016

February.  Already two months ago.  February felt full.  A good kind of full.  Busy, but with fun stuff, like the St. John's Auction and a dinner date out with friends to celebrate Valentine's Day.  February included the prettiest flowers and yummiest sweet treats.  Maybe it was February when I remember realizing that just a handful of simple dinners with some friends (who are like family) had turned into a tradition.  Yes, I think it was February, I named it as a new tradition and felt happiness spread throughout me. It was a reminder that most of my favorite things in this life revolve around good people and good food.  I started repeating this little phrase to myself: "Put a dinner on it."  It's of course a shoutout to Portlandia's "put a bird on it" skit.  I was more amused with myself about this than I should have been, I'll admit it.  But this new mantra might be the key to my eternal happiness within my village.  The theory is a work in progress though, so we'll just have to see how it goes.  We relaxed at home, but also ventured outside more as the days started showing signs of warmer weather.  We explored the Plaza District.  Then the kids got to spend time in Texas with their grandparents, while Jaron and I visited New Orleans for a weekend and had the best time.  We ended the month, gathered together with loved ones to remember and celebrate a brave boy.  February was good, filled just right with adventures and unadventures that overshadowed life's difficulties.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016."
(10/52, Canon)

(11/52, Canon)

(12/52, iphone)

(13/52, Canon)

And here we are, mostly finished with March.  How can it be?  It was a good month, being able to get outside more and get a taste of Spring.  I keep saying it, because it keeps being true:  these kids are growing like crazy.  They're the sweetest and the rottenest, and our very favorite almost all of the time ;).  I'm working on finishing up the February UNadventures post.  Hope you all are well!  Happy Almost April, friends!

New Orleans

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Jaron and I went on a little adventure a few weekends ago.  Okay fine, it was a grand adventure.  It was New Orleans.

My daily UNadventures will include the small and the big moments that string together and tug me through the days, but mostly the small because I'm mostly boring.  But every once in a while I get brave and do something that makes my soul want to leap out of my body from sheer happiness, like walk down streets with pink and blue buildings, with jazz in my ears and my eyes wide open, busily taking in all the movement and color, darting this way and that.  Anywhere is an adventure with Jaron by my side.  He is my travel guide and the perfect partner.  He makes traveling fun rather than overwhelming.  He helps turn UNadventures into real adventures.

I loved New Orleans.  Jaron and I are food people.  I'm sure this is brand new information for all of you, but we're good eaters.  And one of my very favorite things to do with him is go out to eat for a good meal and time to talk and laugh and dream.  So New Orleans was right up our alley, because it just so happens that it has pretty good food.  Also pink houses (and buildings as I mentioned above).  People who paint their houses pink or mint green or pastel blue, are good people.  I feel like these could be my people.  Good food, old yet loved (pink!) houses, art and photographs, cracked sidewalks, mysterious graveyards, friendly faces, beautiful weather, and just the best people watching opportunities around.  Gosh, I've been doing lots of daydreaming about all we saw and already wondering when we can go back.  So grateful for this little vacation.  Yes, New Orleans was a grand adventure.  I loved New Orleans.

Lots of pictures after the jump!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

E&C:  Delighted with the candy from their school Valentine's Day parties.  (7/52, Canon)

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

E&C:  We took a walk with friends to the Plaza District a few weeks ago.  It was a beautiful day, but a little too windy for outdoor eating.  Unfortunately we discovered this after we had already sat down and ordered outside.  We shivered all through lunch, but luckily with great company and delicious food, a good time was still had by all.  (Also, Super Why came to lunch.)  (8/52, iPhone)

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

E&C:  I was trying to quickly grab my phone because Cora was standing and watching TV in the funniest little way.  Right as I took it, E bent down and puckered up in front of her just as she was turning her head.  These kids are sweet and weird, and they make me smile.  A lot.  (9/52, iPhone)  

Can you even believe it's March?  Happy Super Tuesday!

January UNadventures

Friday, February 12, 2016

January was just what I might expect from the first month of the year, but also surprisingly not.  And although there was nothing extraordinary about the month, it was good to our family.

What I mean by saying it was just what I might expect is that sometimes January can be the worst.  It's cold and gray.  The fun of Christmas is done and gone, and the exhaustion of Christmas remains as we all try to get back into a normal routine.  Also, it's cold.  And gray.  I have a tendency toward the winter blues, but a couple weeks into the new year I thought that maybe, just maybe I would escape them this year.  I felt chipper and motivated and even though it was cold, I didn't hate it yet.  I was excited for the newness of 2016.  However, right after thinking this, I noticed that some anxiety had been creeping in and up.  It quickly rose to the worst it's been in quite awhile, so I tapped into many of my old resources, desperately trying to keep it in check.  I planned more exercise, talked to some understanding friends, tried to address the source of the anxiety, and got more sleep.  Luckily I was able to get it under control, and January went back to being ordinary, which was grand.

The daily UNadventures were a good way for me to stop and notice, despite my periods of anxiety.  They kept me focused on things I enjoy:  my kids and Jaron, taking pictures, getting together with friends, good food, finding odd places where light creeps (literally and figuratively).  They made me practice what I had preached about finding adventure in the everyday, and that made me keep moving and keep looking.  Sometimes adventure is dressed with excitement and sometimes it's dressed with contentment and the thought of "thank goodness, we got through it!"  

As this January was coming to a close and I was looking for an appropriate way to sum it up, I thought to myself that maybe the key to January is balance.  I know this is a completely obnoxious thing to say, and I even rolled my eyes at myself (Liz Lemon style) when the words popped into my head.  But really, maybe it's just knowing that January is going to be hard because it's right after the holidays (yikes) and there's so much pressure with the new year (double yikes), but it's also the chance for a new beginning and the reality that Spring is just around the corner.  The main part to this idea of balance though is being kind to ourselves, and allowing time to get the new year figured out.

I meant it that January was both ordinary and grand for us.  We were silly in our home, we talked and laughed and dined with the dearest of friends and family, we went on field trips and to birthday parties, made target runs and actual exercise runs, enjoyed the zoo and some beautiful weather, had the nicest date night, and we worked together to manage the more difficult parts of life.  And whew, one of the best parts is that we made it to February!  (Click below to see a billion pictures of January's daily UNadventures.)


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