Nov 28, 2014

This Moment

A beautiful and fun Friday ritual. Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Amanda Soule


Nov 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Tots and Me

I went back to late June 2010 for my Throwback Thursday Post today.  Little Prince wasn't even born yet and Princess Snifflefritz was the adorable baby of our family.  Princess Belle was a sweet big sister and Princess Magpie was the cutest little toddler you ever did see!










#TBT 

Nov 25, 2014

A Little Sad

As I was riding the bus yesterday, I looked out the window at this city that we have made our home.  I was remembering the way it was when I fell in love with Prince Charming 14 years ago.  It felt so shiny and new.  While I am aware that part of it was because I was in love and the whole world was wonderful, there were tangible changes that are plain to see.

There are areas of this lovely city that used to be so full of history and striking architecture.  And while even in the older areas of town, the architecture is technically still there, some of it is masked by urban decay.  It is spoiled by vandalism and broken, boarded windows. It is hidden behind an air of poverty, sadness, hopelessness, and indifference.


I walk by the old bookstores we used to love to wander through that are now abandoned and I wonder if I could peak in behind the boards in the windows, would I see the walls still lined with the thousands book spines that had been attached to them in the stores previous  life.  I wonder what became of the thousands of books that were like a cluttered treasure hunt, with so many wonders there to discover.


As I walk by the former cute little vegan cafe, with it's darkened windows and it's graffiti covered doors, I wonder if the owners have moved to another location or whether they gave up their dream as so many of the people sitting on the sidewalk with downcast eyes seem to have done.  It is simply so sad to me.


I LOVE history.  I love to learn about the story of the neighborhoods, and while there are parts of the city that are taken care of and are still rich in historical beauty, it seems so many places are just fading away, historical wonders simply lost in the race to move on to something new and wonderful.






Nov 24, 2014

The View

I have certain pictures that I like.  I take variations of them again and again.  One of those pictures is the sight of my kids in the window.  I don't know why, but I like how it looks, the framing, the lighting, the subject, everything. Now pictures with Little Prince are harder.  He is constantly in motion, rocking so pictures of him tend to be a little blurry.  (Prince Charming jokes it isn't the pictures, he is just a blurry child LOL) But even with those limitations, here are some I took this month and some I took today.









Three Nights

Three nights in a row Little Prince has woken up hysterical.  I don't know why he is waking up and I wish I could fix it for him.  The only good thing is that it is getting easier to make him feel better and to distract him from his troubles.  On the other hand, I feel like I am an extra on "The Walking Dead" or some other Zombie movie.  I am so tired, I am stumbling around, blindly reaching for more caffeine and yawning until my eyes water.  SOOOO TIRED!

Nov 23, 2014

Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday
Sunday's heart felt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.

Here are some things I am grateful for this week:

1. Quiet moments with this little man, catching his beautiful eyes on camera

2. This sweet girl who wants to spend all her time with her mommy.  I am so lucky to be so loved.

3. Sisters who adore each other.  Little girls who look up to their big sister, and a big sister who is sweet to her little sisters.

4. This quiet moment when Princess Magpie is looking down at her sleeping little sister, Princess Snifflefritz.

5.  Princess Belle taking advantage of her limited computer time to show stuff to her little sisters.

6. The colors of fall

7. Princess Magpie spontaneously starting a yoga class to 'teach' it to her sisters.
 

9. Catching a half a smile from Little Prince on camera

Nov 22, 2014

Seven

  1. I LOVE that when Prince Charming sees things on the computer, when he is out, or when I am out, he puts them aside to share with me.  So that when we are back together, he has a whole list of things he wants to share with me.

  2. Why on earth would Greco pizza not deliver to downtown.  It isn't the neighborhood, they just said they don't deliver downtown!  One of the benefits I thought the city would have is that you could get inexpensive delivery whenever you wanted it!

  3. Little Prince woke up screaming again last night.  He was up for hours, clinging to me, his little fingers tightly gripping my nightdress, clearly upset even after I finally got him to stop screaming.  As I have said before, it is those minutes when he is upset and can't tell me why that I would give every penny I have ever had in order to just know what he needs from me. 


  4. Two of my girls are chatterboxes.  They love to talk to me, to share every thought that comes into their heads.  And as tiring as that can be when I have a headache, I make it a point to listen, to responding, and really hearing them.  Because I want them to want to talk to me.  When things on their minds, I want to know.  Right now, it is little things, fairy princesses and Monster High stuff.  But as they get older, it will be bigger things like bullies, self esteem and boys and I want to hear about about that stuff too.  So I figure all this chatter is laying the groundwork for the future.  Every single, "Right Mama?" and "Watch video I made mama!" is special because they are special.  

  5. I was talking to Princess Belle last night about Christmas.  How we have had a few lean ones over the years but we have NEVER had a bad one.  There wasn't one where I woke up Christmas morning anything less than grateful and happy with my family and my life.  Christmas has always been about enjoying my family and making it special no matter how much or how little we have.  It is about love, togetherness and fun.  It is special because we choose to make it special.   



  6. I love Christmas.  I love the decorations, I love the food, I love the movies, the togetherness . . . all of it!  I think maybe a part of it is that for the 28 years I never had Christmas.  I watched the other kids have it, I would sneak chances to spend time watching movies about Christmas.  I was the little girl with my nose pressed against the glass watching it and wanting it but not admitting that I felt left out of it.  So now, I make up for it with my kids.  I want to make the whole month of December special for them.  I want it to be a month of love and joy and special for them.  I don't want them to ever feel left out of it.  




  7. Looking at my relationship with my parents, I have another thing I want my kids to know and that is that no matter what they do in their lives, they can always talk to me.  I will always love them.  I will always accept them.  I will never make them feel like they are a disappointment to me just because they are being the best version of themselves and living a life that makes them happy.  I don't want them to dread calls from me.  I have no wishes for them other than for them to live happy, fulfilling lives and if they make a mistake, I will always be here for them.  My love has no expiry date and no strings.  
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