we put together a little slideshow of aidan's first 10 years. making it was a lot like parenting. a lot of late, late nights, a lot of early mornings, hours of research, calling on friends and family for support and trial and error, all for something that seems so simple. it would never have been completed if tony hadn't have helped.
and in the end it is not perfect, but it is perfect for us...just like our boy.
happy birthday aidan. our life is wonderful because of you.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
and that same waft brings the sweet smell of fresh grass and newly cut wood...
wood that will be your dreamy butcher block countertop.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
and aidan running out to see if it is a double...then explaining the science behind it.
and nadia wrapping her arms around mine and sighing because it is just so beautiful.
this summer has been an adjustment for me. if you have been around me for more than 2 1/2 minutes you probably know why. i have shared with anyone and everyone- for accountability and out of sheer nervousness- that i am cutting back.
prioritizing and simplifying.
i have put my irons in too many fires (and obviously it has warped me because that sounded just plain wrong in my head). i am sure there is some underlying reason why i feel the need to say yes to every committee, every program, every club...why i worry i am going to be left behind if i don't. this summer i have started sloughing off some of those extra jobs. i am paring down because my children asked me to.
i am not saying that i just woke up one morning and my lovelies said, 'hey mom, do you think maybe you could work a little less?' and i just stopped doing all of the extras. change is not easy, even if it is change for the better-the feel good kind of change. i am a second-guesser, an over-thinker, a weigher of the greater good and so this transition has left my blood pressure a little high more times than i would like to admit. but, ...i am happier... the days are fuller. we find more reasons to laugh and less reasons to rush. we have spent more time with people we care about. i am enjoying running around with my people instead of running around for people.
i am enjoying all of the little things, and i hope my lovelies are learning to enjoy them too.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
probably because that is exactly how i would have spent a saturday morning when i was her age.
i have always been a patsy for a kitten face.