Wednesday, July 1, 2015

happy little lunch.

i'm remembering the time liam had one pick and he chose finn.
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he'd been working for weeks toward a special lunch at school. his prize would be fancy foods and a friend to join his class. he could pick anyone he wanted from any class. most of his classmates picked their friends or parents.
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when liam presented finn with his handmade invitation my mamma heart soared. finn looked as if he'd won a trip to disneyland.
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as the days get hotter, the unstructured time together becomes longer, and sibling turmoil abounds, i try to remember that happy little lunch.

Monday, June 29, 2015

ossi is seven, whaaaat?

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pop rock brownies! big, big hit. make sure they are completely cooled before you put the pop-rocks on or they will melt and fuse to the roof of your mouth (sorry aunt katie!) this was round three so luckily we knew!
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we made light sabers out of pool noodles and duct tape, too. i felt like a human whack-a-mole as i walked through the room to help them.
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after a while all of the guests were playing in the back yard together and my four babies naturally congregated in the living room together. i thought it was so sweet the way they gravitated toward one another like that. today i witnessed ossi picking finn for his red-rover team over a giant group of friends. things like that make me feel good. like, even though they squabble a lot, there's so much love there.

one of my major goals as a mother is to teach them love and concern for their siblings. at times it feels like we're going for the impossible. ideal, yes. difficult, sometimes. worth the effort, surely.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

sweet family.

I love families. Especially mine. In church one Sunday someone did a word association exercise and asked us to say the first thing that came to mind when we heard the word family. "Mine." I was surprised that another woman thought the very same word.

I love pictures of families. I like to spy the ways they show love through touch. Playing with hair or snuggling. Grabbing onto clothes or leaning on one another. Just so sweet.

Enjoy and pardon my leotard, ha. I was just back from ballet (more one that some other time). Now to the family love.
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