Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Falls Creek Camp Trip

Last week we loaded everything up and drove up to the mountains. We found a nice spot tucked back in the trees and set up camp. We have been waiting all winter to be able to do this. This trip is number two and I think our summer is calling for many more trips.

The people that were here before us set up a really nice fire pit which made the girls really excited about the campfire...or maybe it was the marshmallows. I forget. We got everything put up while the girls played with odds and ends that they found around camp. Sticks, rocks, you name it.

Sitting around the camp and listening to the sounds of nature is by far one of my favorite things. This camp site is surrounded by a few more trees than the last one we were at. They had faces in the trunks and branches which has proved great conversation between the girls and I. Some of them look as if they're laughing at each other.

The creek beside the camp was low enough this time so the girls could play in it a bit. It was so cold still that it made their feet numb. There were butterflies everywhere! Big yellow and orange ones. They fluttered all around the waters edge and created this magical feeling. The girls even managed to catch a few of them. I do believe that was the highlight of this trip.

I'm looking forward to this summer, even though we're in the thick of it already. I am tickled that the girls enjoy camping and nature as much as I did when I was little. Heck, I still love it. I like being able to share such a love for something with them. It makes making memories even more special. They see how simple it is and can appreciate just being together as a family without the added distractions.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kitchen Sink Thinking

I do my best thinking when I'm cooking supper. Probably because that is where my mind and heart becomes inspired the most these days. Hence the reason I'm standing over the husband's laptop next to the stove, secretly saying a prayer that nothing splatters over on the screen. It never fails though, when I sit down to record all of those ideas after I'm out of the kitchen...they've gone missing. No where to be found. Does this happen to you? Do you have a place in your home or life in general where you feel the most inspired?  Just wondering if I'm the only one this happens to.

The sun came out today after two solid days of rain. Not that I'm complaining about it. It sure beats a snow storm any day, but I'm happy to feel the warmth on my legs. I'm also enjoying listening to the happiness that is being carried this way from the swing-set. Number 12,456 I'm so happy to be a Moma. I get the chance to witness the bond that is being created between my girls.  Talk about a daily dose of blessings. I tell you what I really love about this place, the sunsets. Man they are literally like fire in the sky. The show usually starts right as I'm cleaning the kitchen. This was last nights show. It was breathtaking. Always is. God will never cease to amaze me.

There has been a steady breeze today. I've had the windows open and the curtains have been blowing with each gust that makes it way through the house. Days like this make me wish to stay here, then I remember the snow. Oh the snow. Then I begin to think of the humidity at home in Florida...not sure how these things balance out but that's not for me to worry about. "For I know I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

I took the girls to the library this morning where they proceeded to gather all books visible to bring home. My shoulder may or may not be broken. I think next time we'll set a limit on how many to check out. Three girls + three library cards = LOTS of books. I'm loving the time they're spending in their books though. I even managed to pick one up with high hopes of reading it, or maybe putting myself to sleep. I'll keep you posted. I was looking for a particular book and even after looking it up on the computer, it wasn't on the shelf. I really despise it when that happens. Even though, I looked over a few books and picked another. Try try again...that's what I teach my girls. It's all about being an example, am I right?

Well, it's time to pull supper together. I think I've managed to write out all of my thoughts before they disappear  and before I drop the laptop into the sink.  We're having cajun pork tenderloin, green beans and potatoes and cornbread. Simple and good.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Lately and More

Summertime is in full form around here. The last day of school was last Friday, so we're well into a weeks worth of endless amount of "whatever." And while it might not officially be summer, we are taking advantage of the warm weather during this awfully short window (at least to this southern gal).  And just so it's clear, we did buy another pool for the kids.

The girls have been busy playing in the sprinklers and enjoying splashing around with Moose in the little pool. He loves playing in the water just as much as they do, and if they're not careful he might just push them out of the pool. Legos have been brought out of hibernation and I have been enjoying a daily dose of high pitched voices and conversations. It's been lovely.

 We went on our first camping trip Memorial Day weekend. We found a little spot tucked back in the trees and set up shop. This was the first time the girls camped without the park type amenities and they did great! It was so nice to get away from the daily grind. To just sit and listen to nothing loud and obnoxious. To be able to watch nature in action and enjoy seeing my girls light up over it like I used to. To come back to grips with what is real and pure. It was amazing and beautiful. The perfect recharge.

The girls have slowly been sleeping in later each morning. I've been able to enjoy coffee out on the back patio with Moose's company. I have also been able to reconnect with the slow of things and take joy in slipping back in to my bible readings. I'm appreciating the grounded feeling that I have long since missed. 

We have so much we want to do this summer. There are more camp trips on the horizons, fishing adventures and as always, soaking up the joy of being with those we love. How is your summer so far?

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14