Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Saturday 7

One day late...

1. This week we have had 12 members of Dan's family here for the holiday week/ weekend. I'm a "more -the-merrier!" type of person when it comes to hosting friends and family so it's been dreamy. We've had intellectual family discussions/debates, played lots of games, gone for several walks, done a family tabata session and eaten so much good food (and desserts!) Boring life/ diet resumes later this week.

2. I'm reading fairly consistently these days. I'm 95% done with  my "Bible  in a  year" plan (that I started  in December of last year). I'm hoping to be done by the  31st but most likely will finish in early April. Better  late than never, right?

3. I have 4 podcasts that I love: Serial, RadioLab, Freakonomics and What Should I Read Next? I often (always?) listen while folding laundry or doing embroidery... sometimes while cooking or cleaning (depending  on the ambient noise level of the house around me, haha.) I've gotten several recent reads off the Read podcast, including What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

4. As noted above, I've started getting back into embroidery again. I made Olivia a pillowcase, so naturally Hallie wanted one as well. I also made a name hoop for my cousin's baby which I am very happy with! It's fun to get back into crafty things.

5. We heat our house with wood and since this winter has been so mild, we (that is, Dan) have our woodshed completely jammed full of wood, which is entirely unusual for us going into the spring. We have been able  to cut and stack wood all winter which is great!

6. We have had 10 kids between 4-12 here for the past few days and it's been so great. They're all at the great "middles" stage where they are independent and self-occupy and play all kinds of creative adventurous games together. I loved growing up with all my cousins and am so happy that my kiddos get to do the same.

7. It's Easter today ...and I am just so grateful for everything Jesus did for me. So grateful. The kind of bone-deep, wide-eyed gratitude that you can't really put into words but you just FEEL deep inside, so strongly.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Saturday 7

1. I've decided to write a weekly update of seven items, so one day when I'm old and grey I can look back and read about  all the minutiae of my life in my 30's.

2. Speaking of grey... 50 shades! Haha, JK. Speaking of grey, I'm starting to get some grey hair! It doesn't bother me so I'm just going with it. Some of the ladies I most love went grey at my age and just rocked it, so I figure what the hey. I like challenging societal norms! That's not to  say I won't change my mind in a few years and dye it. I know I'll start to look older as it goes on... but what's wrong with looking older anyway?! It is what it is... and I'm all about being keeping' it real. :)

3. March Madness! I'm stoked that my long-shot pick of Syracuse paid off. There's not much about not having satellite TV that I miss, but the Olympics and sports are the biggies. It's so annoying that there's not a "pay-per" option for streaming online yet. One day...

4. The kids are in theater, scouts, music, art, various sports (soccer, basketball, karate, gymnastics, spending on the season) and due to Dan's variable work schedule (and my SAHM status) I'm the resident taxi driver. I try to cram as many kid activities into as few nights as possible. I'd rather run for 5 hours on two day and get two to stay home than run a little all week long.

5. I'm making a list of all the "big projects" that I never get to. (Organizing the basement. Making photo albums. Etc.) I read somewhere that if you break projects down into small bites, then work on one "bite" every day for seven minutes, it is an effective way to break down those projects that you (I) never get around to (in my case, literally for years.) Sorting through old adoption paperwork?! Ugh. Who has time for that? Well I will soon... as soon as I start tackling it seven minutes at a time. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

6. Dan and I were married 15 years last fall, and we said that we would go backpacking this spring to celebrate. Now "this spring" has arrived and I guess it's time to start planning. Moab? Monument National Park? Arches? I feel like the northwest quadrant of the US has so much to offer... how do you even pick.

7. Related to the above, a friend and I are trying to hike all of the Appalachian Trail in PA (and maybe NJ if we get around to it.) We go for 2 days/1 night twice a year and try to knock out as much as we can. We are heading out again next month (thankfully spring has come early here!) and I'm already mapping out parking spots and mileage. I feel like my personality is equal parts "WING IT!" and "PLAN IT!" but hiking is one area (I have learned the hard way) that it is best NOT to wing it.

See you next week. :)