Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Art of Puttering

We live such busy lives always on the go, always something to do, somewhere to be. When we find that rare day when we have nothing on the agenda we all tend to putter our way through the day ... and no it doesn't have anything to do with golf.  I came across this article in the NYT called The Art of Puttering and I knew we weren't alone.  

Personally I have to fight the urge to add something to the agenda when nothing else is planned. It takes Dan and Olivia to remind me that it is OK to stay home and have no plans. When I let myself relax into the ease of hours passing by with no real to do list I'm mentally ticking off I find myself actually doing the things I truly enjoy - which usually has something to do with being creative.  I find that Olivia loves to play like she used to as a little girl make believing something.  Dan usually tackles some mound of paper that has been growing for months.  

Puttering isn't something you can plan, it's organic it just happens. You wake up one morning with a thrill when you realize you have nothing on the calendar and you are free ... gloriously free to putter!!  

Thursday, May 7, 2015


One of my favorite things to do lately is to walk Rosie to Starbucks in the morning and listen to one of my many podcasts. I even enjoy listening to a podcast, over music, when I exercise. Also any chance I get that I can listen while I do some mundane chore (laundry, unloading dishwasher, etc...) around the house is a bonus.  Some of my favorites lately are:  

It's truly a highlight of my day before I start work. Sometimes I even bring home some flowers!  It's the little things in life that cultivate happiness. You have to build those moments into your life .... make time around your busy day to do something for yourself .... don't forget to fill your cup.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bingo Night

We decided to try our have at bingo.  It was a fun night although a bit frustrating because we couldn't talk and gibber the whole time like usual since this was a serious game of paying attention!  Amy won one round and poor Tammy screamed a false bingo. A fun night for all. 

Dress Up

I took the girls shopping and they wanted to go into Forever 21 dressing room with some fun clothes to try on. This is what happened ..... love it 

Smooch Studio

We tool the girls to Smooch Studio to create their own custom lip glosses. The girls had a great time. Love this age ... right on the cusp of growing up. 

Make Your Bed

I read recently that making your bed first thing in the morning is a happiness habit. Actually I listened to it in Gretchin Rubin's Happiness podcast. Research showed that making your bed in the morning made people feel like they accomplished something and therefore they were more apt to be productive the rest of the day.  I have never been a fan of making my bed in the morning. I was in the camp of why bother you're just going to crawl back into it that night. Ironically even though I never told Olivia she needed to make her bed in the morning .... she always does.  She does it automatically like she knows the secret intuitively.  Well I thought maybe she and others are on to something. So that's my goal now. As soon as I leave my bed it's made.  I think I'm going to like this habit. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bible Journaling

I recently found out about bible art journaling.  It's a creative way of studying the bible - right up my ally. Lots of colored markers, highlighting, typography, stickers etc.  I love reading sections of the bible and then embellishing what speaks to me. I don't do it as often as I like, but when I find a quiet moment it fills my soul. 

The Middle School Dance.

Jen and I co-chaired the first 6th and 7th grade school dance and it was a great success. We had over 200 students come. Music, photo booth, dancing, lights, give always, pizza, snacks .... it had all the makings of a fun night. It was a beach bash theme and the kids arrived in shirts and flower dresses. 

At the end of the night in the car ride home Olivia told me how much fun she had and that all the kids would be talking about the awesome dance on Monday. She told me how much she appreciated Ms Jen and my hard work in making such a fun night for them. It was a happy mommy moment for sure - especially coming from my pre-teen daughter!  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thoughtful Trinkets

Olivia bought me this collection of erasers that signify a special meaning for Valentines Day.  She gave me the little box while we were on the plane headed to North Carolina. She took out each object and explained the message behind it. 

Pink boot - every step you take is special
Cat with wings - you can do and be anything
Frog - don't jump to conclusions let life flow
Clock - Time flies when you're with someone special
Butterfly - The sky is the limit
Dog with heart- share your love

I was pretty impressed that she came up with each of those little nuggets of 11 year old wisdom. I'm truly blessed to have such a thoughtful daughter. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Utah Ski Trip

Dan and I just returned from a Utah ski trip. We were invited by Dan's former boss to stay at her house in Park City Utah. We went with two other colleagues of Dan's and had a really good time!  We skied for two days at Park City and Deer Valley.  The slopes and views were amazing. The house was amazing as well. Here are some highlights.

The weekend we were there was also The Sundance Film Festival. We didn't end up seeing any films but walking around the town of Park City was really fun!

That evening we ate at Fireside in Deer Valley. It was amazing. It was a buffet but with gourmet food all laid out in stations by great big fireplaces in front of roaring fires. It was incredible. 

Saturday morning we all skied Park City.

On Sunday we skied Deer Valley. This is an exclusive ski resort and I loved it!!  I skied my first black diamond in a decade. I didn't fall once - very proud of myself. 

Then we went home to watch the Super Bowl. All in all we had a fabulous trip and I will definitely be back to ski out West again!!