Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dance Confidence

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”

-William Purkey

"With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights."

Marianne Williamson

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Moment

We're looking a bit disheveled in this photo, but it's us, in the moment.

It's been a bit of a rough week around here and I'm pretty much ready for it to end so we can start again. I'm looking forward to Friday.

This weekend is recital weekend. Little Miss will be doing a ballet number to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". I'm going to try not to cry. E will be doing acrobats to the Phineas and Ferb theme song...I'm going to try not to jump up on stage and save him from breaking his neck. I'm so excited to see them perform.

Today, I'm linking up with Emily for Embrace the Camera.

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Siblings and Feasting on a Pumpkin

The gap is closing...the 3 year age span between Little Miss and E no longer seems so big. And, it's probably risky to say it aloud, never mind put it in writing, but they really do adore each other and have been playing really well together. The reality is they still have their sibling moments (several times a day), but overall it's been so fun to see them interacting so well with one another. To steal my mom's favorite latest quote, "it makes my heart sing."

and, to quickly change the subject, something has been eating our pumpkins. Apparently the culprit is a squirrel (says E). It even took this pumpkin from the front step and brought it to the deck in the back yard.
E couldn't resist climbing this tree at the park today. After all, it has steps!

"Of all the joys my life brings, a child's smile makes my heart sing."

Friday, October 14, 2011


We're going to go with pure coincidence on the picture below. (the middle finger)

E tested for his high red belt today, the last belt before Bo Dan (which gets really serious)

He was very proud of himself for breaking the boards on the first try. Nice work E!

This is actually my first time embedding a video; I am pretty proud of myself.

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Every single moment is a coincidence.
Doug Coupland

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Does anyone else find it weird (or uncomfortable really) to photography yourself? I see people doing it all the time on their blogs and I think they look fine. ME? I tried to take lots of pictures of myself and they are all too strange to post. It's just weird smiling at yourself in the mirror. The only one I can deal with is this one...

...yes, I know, you can't see me...that's why I can deal with it. I was actually trying to get a decent photo of myself because I was happy with my new haircut and wanted to remember it for the next time. Successful in that respect I guess.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

One of those days....

...the kind where you think of all the ways it could have been better.
Well, if I'm being honest, the entire day was really fine, up until about 8:30 when we were leaving my in-laws' house. We were merely 30 seconds away when the effects of staying up too late and running around like "crazies" became evident....and then 90 minutes later, we were still feeling the after shocks. You see Mr. E needs structure and routine, as all kids do, but for him, he craves even more. When we let our guard down and go off the routine, it isn't good...for any of us.

The good news....tomorrow we get to start again and for that I am grateful. AND, if I'm being COMPLETELY honest, there are so many things that did make today a great day.

"Start a new day with a clean heart. No doubt, no tears, no fear, no worry."

Thursday, October 6, 2011


We had such a fun Sunday visiting Thomas at Edaville Railroad .
How cute is this picture of Little Miss and her cousin? They are such good friends, and I hope they always will be.

These two adore each other as well...never one peep or arguing between the two of them.

..and I am lucky enough to have not one, but two photos with me and each of my beauties!

Linking up with Emily today at The Anderson Crew

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How Full is Your Bucket?

If you haven't read this book, you should, especially if you have kids, but even if you don't. The book talks about how everyone has an "invisible bucket" on their heads Our buckets get full of drops with giving and receiving acts of kindness, accomplishing a difficult task, doing our favorite things, etc. When we're not feeling so great, our bucket gets empty and drips...

It's a great message for both children and adults. We all feel great when our buckets our full. What helps to fill yours? For me, it's accomplishing something at work, hearing my kids laugh, reading them a story, taking pictures, donating to a worthy cause, having a date night with my hubby and spending time with loved ones.

My co-teacher and I read this story to our 5th grade language arts class and wrote our classroom rules based on it.

In our house, we have a whole reward system based on this book and the kids love it. More on that in another post.

For now, go help to fill someone's bucket and, in turn, you may help to fill your own.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~Aesop