Tuesday, October 18, 2016

thankful tuesday, 10/18

i was driving around this afternoon,
with the windows down, sunroof open, jamming out with the kids.
it was awesome.
i honestly thought there might be a movie camera following us.
that maybe we were on a movie set.
the scene, the falling leaves, the autumn glow,
happy kids, rockin' out mama, sibling kindness, joys of motherhood.
man o' man it was pretty magical.
thankful moment.
thankful tuesday.

  • a date night back in new braintree
  • ringing the camp putnam bell with the girls
  • wonderful babysitters
  • ashland farm pumpkins
  • raw, honest tears with my boss
  • a rescued wallet
  • soccer day and this community
  • friday night lights and jane's moves to the marching band
  • our football family
  • our soccer family
  • spanish vocab around the dinner table (kinda)
  • fever snuggles with b
  • walks that fill your soul
  • toddler leaf jumping
  • a page turner
  • apple cider and treats stand
  • gus' 1st birthday and that we are his family
  • clean water bottles
  • jane's 1st letters
  • good morning songs
  • braids for the win
  • harvest moon
breath in. breath out.
 before the movie producer yells "cuuuuutttt"
and the yelling, crying, showers, laundry, dishes, emails starts up again.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

neighbor's advice

our next door neighbors are pretty wonderful.
kelly and mike.
mike and kelly.
like us, they have 3 kiddos.
but their 3 are all grown up.

they tell us often how seeing our family do life brings them back,
how fast it goes, and how much we need to remember that.

a few weeks ago during a mailbox chat,
kelly sweetly asked how the start of school was.
i shared it was going well,
though the calendar on the kitchen wall was a wee full.

she said she remembered those calendars.
then she said, "save your calendar pages".
that she did this.
that she has a box of them in her attic.
she said that when i look back, i won't be able believe what we did,
what life looked like week to week and month to month.
that i would miss it crazy like she does.

i meant to do that.
to save the september big wall calendar.
it was a good one for sure.
but we were away for the weekend,
and while away my eager helpful kids ripped it down.
maybe in anticipation of what october holds.
maybe just because ripping something off the wall feels pretty darn good.
especially if it's mommy's.

so i will hold on to the october one i think.
and along the way capture and hold on to more of the bits and bobs like these one here.

final golden hour ice cream outings
and warm golden hour walks
morning walks to the bus

ella loving middle school
and bennett loving 2nd grade
even if phonics is soooo booorrriiinnggg
and janie loving pre-school...riding the bus on her 1st field trip
and loving time with her friends so much, she barely eats her lunch
anniversary outing to the apple orchard...grateful to be his mrs.
our little apple crisp bakers
last of our backyard farm tomato haul
ella and her cuddle buddy george
boys who are bonded
chicken chores in her chucks and nightie
a piece of the farm coming to practice...soft touch girls, soft touch
coach mom and coach dad who maybe wish they could use whistles at home too
shorter days with lights out for practice
cheering for the home team
packing for san francisco, thanks to dear fashionista friend
wedding weekend get away to san francisco / berkley
a beautiful wedding
and the beautiful couple
happy bridesmaid, happy couple
and time with the redwoods
and an afternoon in wine country
we heart you san francisco
then back to wrangling kiddos...mama headlocks and lots of LOVE
living, wrangling, adventuring, loving.
yes, kelly it sure does go so so fast.

here's to gratitude
and how it turns everything into enough.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

welcome in

we got a new front door this week.
so here you have little jane saying tonight at the beginning of a new week...
"welcome in, here's a little peek at life in the defoyd home these last few days."

i admit this weekend i may have given a little "high-five" to my kids, husband and some mama friends as we took a breath and celebrated making it through the first full run at fall schedules.
a little, woot woot. 
we did it.
we got this.
no harm. 
no fowl. 
lots of smiles.
lots of good.
lots of feeling truly blessed.
oh yes.

and as our pastor preached this morning
"not to us, oh lord, not to us but to your name be the glory."
psalm 115:1

2nd grade curriculum night treasures
homework matchy matchy pretty moment
pre-practice fuel
cooking up some fuel for her babes
football season underway
soccer season kick-off party
after football he runs off to soccer with coach dad
soccer smiles
ballet for our little dancer
smiley gus
make that fresh gus...1 of more than 10 things he destroyed this week
not so smiley opening game for the cowboys
but a w for the pats
sadness when big sis goes off to the bus
but jane's off to school now too...1st day at little lambs
church but also now pre-school
shadows and flowers for her teachers
telling daddy about her big day
work from home "office"
and a day trip to the new york office
dell / emc merger for wes
special backyard barn gatherings
and some where we had so much love we broke the dreamy barn swing
but made sure a new swing was back-up for the next gathering
friends, family and twinkle lights
and a bit more practice
and equipment on every surface (not shown...cup too)
fantasy football lineups
sideline sister
ultimate chick snuggled
a bumper september tomato crop
a visit to the dahlia farm with the girls
sips, mags and golden hour...taking it all in.

here's to gratitude and how it turns
everything into enough.