Thursday, March 14, 2013

In other Birthday news....

Gus turned 13--on Monday, and I am, thus far, enjoying being a mother of a teenager!
Several times a day, Big Guy says 'Happy Birthday Mama!'  It's everyone's birthday, isn't it?  I usually respond with 'A very merry unbirthday to you!' He sort of gets it.  All the birthday and unbirthday wishes make for a rather festive air around here.
Right at this moment, four big boys are sleeping out in a tent they set up by themselves.  I have a walkie-talkie just in case they need me.  I'm not sure any of them would ever admit to needing me.
I successfully baked and frosted a hobbit-hole gluten and egg free cake.  It actually tasted good, too.
I managed to lock my keys in the car which is not a good thing, but it meant that I had time to actually make the cake instead of taking Eleanor to her piano lesson--which wasn't great for her, either, but she just took it calmly and practiced for that time instead.  What a trooper.
I danced like a crazy mama in Nia today.  It rocked.
Daffodils are blooming!
We facetimed with our friend Jenny yesterday and it was so fun.  We got to show her all of the little things we were doing, many of which were directly inspired by her--Eleanor was playing the piano that Jenny scored for us.  Lucy's daffodil bunting (something Jenny would totally do) was drying on the counter.  I had just made 2 loaves of bread in prep for the influx of hungry boys.  Lucy and forest were reading together on the couch.  Gus and Forest had just finished lining up all the matchbox cars.  Jenny's influence is everywhere in our home, and it's so fun to use technology to share!  Yay

Saturday, March 09, 2013

You say it's your Birthday?

Today was Lucy Sky's 10th birthday.  She was very excited about it all week and woke up early to get her 10 kisses.
Many wonderful things happened today:
It was a gorgeous sunny spring day, reminiscent of the day Lucy was born.
Lucy's siblings made her an awesome gift and she loved it.
The kids and I went ice skating, one of Lucy's favorite activities.  Forest loved it, too.
We found the perfect pair of boots for Lucy's next riding adventures.
We ate a fabulous sushi lunch with Robert.
We got to horse-riding early (!) and got to cavort with the horses a little before Lucy's lesson.
Forest took a nap (!)
Lucy successfully took her horse, Chester, through a puddle--not the same as riding on the beach, but interesting, nevertheless.
Eleanor got nibbled on by a huge draft horse named Wyatt.
Friends and family called and wished Lucy a happy day.
We all worked together to make the birthday meal including GF Chai Spice cake with cream cheese frosting, and homemade noodles, Lucy's favorite.
Eleanor started practicing a song that I played on the piano when I was her age.  Oh the memories!
The cat curled up in the lid to the cake keeper (which somehow landed on the floor) I don't necessarily think this is good, but it was funny.
We had a sweet and lovely celebration of the birthday girl!  We're so lucky she came to live with us!
I actually managed to do my workout despite not really wanting to!
It was an excellent day!
And now, to bed!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Life is good.

Life is good and life keeps me completely occupied doing things others than blog posts.  I like writing and updating this blog and I am wanting to move some stagnant energy around in my world.  Doing the gratitude practice in November really helped with that so I think I'm going to do something else called "This is the good that happened today:

Today, I helped two siblings put the finishing touches on a birthday gift for their sister.
We spent a couple hours with friends we haven't seen for a while.
I did my workout. 
I got to scratch my twelve year old's back and head for a little bit tonight.
We solved a chore-related issue with no one getting too frantic.
I learned how the koala lost his tail (Aboriginal tale).
Everyone liked dinner (lasagne and salad)

It was a good day.  I hope you had one too.