#4 Special day with my girl

So first, I apologize for my tech inability.  I uploaded the below images from my phone and don’t know how to rotate them without going through the process of saving them separately….and I have no patience for that.  So I should be apologizing for my impatience rather than my technological shortcomings.  Anyhoo.  The pictures are sideways, tilt your head to the right for the full effect.

I wrote briefly about #4 Have a Special Day with Maren in my 35 things to do when I am 35.  I feel now, after this phenomenal artwork was sent home from school that I want to pause upon it one more time.   The class assignment was to draw a picture of your favorite place, and you can see below (if you tilt your head to the right) that it is a picture of a very colorful Tacoma Dome and written by her teacher her rational.

Mommy heart swell!!!!

I’m impressed too because the cupcakes following didn’t make the cut of the important part of the memory.

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Creating a New List

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about making a new list for my upcoming birthday to carry on the tradition of last years 35 things to do when I am 35. Creating this list last year was inspired by seeing someone I admire do this and share her accomplishments throughout the year, as well as a bit of a birthday panic of not really remembering where the last year went. Creating the list this past year has forced me out of my comfort zone and to pursue things that I would not have otherwise. I look at this past year with pride and a sense of accomplishment and am excited how I can take the foundation that I created this past year forward into the next.

Some of the items on my list in hindsight are more of a ‘to do’ list – which I STILL HAVEN’T DONE. Goes to show the power of dislike of sitting in Government offices like the County Building to fix Lulu’s birth certificate (#20) in which they managed to completely and utterly misspell my name – to the point of not even being recognizable (its actually quite impressive how they thought of how to add g’s and n’s to my first name…very creative). Or sitting in the DMV, Social Security Office, and others to make sure my name is listed correctly on official documents (#19). The sheer thought makes me groan, but I know that it needs to be taken care of.

To start thinking about making my new list and wanting to make a good list for myself I checked out from the library “Creating Your Best Live: The Ultimate Life List Guide“. Reading it makes me feel a bit mid-life crisis self-help bookie – but so far it’s been a good inspiration point to start thinking holistically and reinforcing the power of list making.

I’ve always been a list maker as a way to organize my thoughts, to-do lists, as well as the ever satisfying “check” in the box once an item is complete (and yes I draw the little boxes too). I’ve extended this to my kids as well – when we are all home and want to give them an idea of what to expect for the day and empowerment to choose we create an illustrated list that we create together and cross off as we go through our day. This is today’s list for example – we’ve been cooped up for the past few days with one and then all of us with strep. I feel great besides the burning throat and being completely contagious. So on the docket for today:

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35 things to do in a hurry!

My birthday is just a little over 1month away and it has been a year since writing my 35 things to do when I’m 35. I need to start making my list of 36 things for my 36th year of life as well as see if there is any more “things” that I can accomplish without driving myself crazy.

There are a few items that settled themselves and were out of my control. For instance #15 that i wanted to can summer bounty from our garden. Well rainy and cold summer last year resulted in a tiny crop of all that we planted and cherished the few fresh tomatoes. So no where near the amount to allow any canning.

Also there were some items that I had several examples such as spend a special day alone with Maren (#4) – but was waiting for a day that I actually had pictures to post. I am kicking myself for not taking any photos of the psychedelic Yo Gabba Gabba performance at the Tacoma Dome and cupcakes following and a trainride in-between the two.  Super fun day.

My #35 “laugh until I cry”  story makes me sad that there weren’t more to choose from –  was the only one time in a whole year?!? It is one of those “you had to be there” stories so don’t think I’ll go into it  but had to do with one of the kids, a piece of ham and a slide.

I am so glad that I did this – for so many reasons. It forced me to do things that are completely out of my comfort zone and it made me really pay attention and take note of small little accomplishments and goals.

Over thus next month I hope to checkoff some outstanding ones that aren’t too involved and take the time to reflect on this past year as well as think about this upcoming year.

Spring!

Today was the first weekend day with actual sunshine since what feels like last fall. The high was a balmy 50 degrees- but the sunshine made it feel like the tropics.  We went a bit weekend warrior crazy and managed to cram a ton into one day. It has been so rainy for so long a glimmer of summer makes me giddy happy.

The girls were up right around 7 and so had a leisurely breakfast. Hubs got the girls ready when I was out in the garden weeding and starting some more seedlings inside. I made the mistake of letting the girls a few weeks ago pick and plant from seed packets – so have a bevy of very healthy who knows what.  So managed to plant some of them strategically around the yard – the weather tonight is supposed to plummet into the high 20’s so will probably freeze everything out there.

So first stop was the Zoo which is a lovely location that has a view of commencent bay and if you get there right when it opens not crowded at all. Polar bears, carousel and lots of special activities because of earth day. We all had a blast.

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Back home for the little ones naptime and with Maren outside – gardening, chalk drawing, and smashing up various plants to see if we could make a paint that would dye paper.

Then after nap, dug out the bikes from the garage and headed for the playground. That had it’s ups and downs – literally – and was obvious it was time to go home after a bit.

Chinese take-out for dinner and now all snuggled in our bed in pjs watching a movie.

Ahhh I love weekends and I love spring!