Sunday, June 30, 2013

Our Sunday


Since arriving here we have celebrated Mass on Saturday vigil . Weekends have been super crazy so far and this Sunday we got to not be crazy.







Before I had these 6 kids I would often wonder what a day as a family , my family, would look like...

To have everyday look like this one...dream!!

Our first Sunday as a family in our new home.  Last weekend Pete had to fly all weekend..but this Sunday he was all ours...

So what did this day look like...

7:00:  I got up...No running today..YIPPY
got right in the shower. Pete was already upstairs having coffee.

8:00: Came upstairs.  It takes me 60 full minutes to get me all waste of time that I can't seem to live without...
I sat myself down and read a Southern Living magazine while Pete made breakfast.  I then started to think about wanting to visit all the small Southern towns they write about in that I closed the magazine.

9:00: Ran up to the store to get flour for Lucy to make cookies (her day in the baking rotation that we have established here)

9:30-:10:30...made cookies with Lucy and gravy by myself...

Pete took kids to lake to fish.  Emily and Molly went with him so they could walk  into town for a "pooh bear"..which is sweetened steamed milk.  They did a little shopping before returning to the lake to meet up with Pete

10:30 after I finished cleaning up kitchen Drew and I walked into town to see the kids fish.  We basically walked there, said hi and walked back home.  Drew by the lake was not exactly relaxing.

12:00- 1:00..fed kids on the deck

1:00-3:00:  Pete and I had a date ...we went back into town where he got a few things he needed and I got some knitting needles...because Praise God there is a knitting store on this lovely little island

3:00-5:00 Just did STUFF...picked up laundry, played with Drew, chatted with Emily...laughed with Pete. Sat outside with Pete chatting and drinking a Coors Lite trying to plan our fire pit outside.

5:30-6:30 Ate dinner....

Pete had to leave with Jack to take him to the shooting range with his buddy to let Jack start to learn to shoot a gun.  Pete is taking Jack on a moose hunt in the fall.  First time for Pete..... and Jack gets to go.

I stayed behind and bathed kids, swept the floor and said Rosary with girls....

For some reason I just felt so lucky today...lucky to live here...with these people this moment..

I just wanted to freeze this day.  Feel this joy for long last.

And now I write this while Pete just put on Lincoln.  We will go to bed in the bright light...The light will finally fade about 12:00 and begin to rise at 3:30.  There is light all day and most of the night.  And as glorious as the light is..sometimes we would like it to stay darker longer.






Friday, June 28, 2013

What To Wear???

I can not tell you how long it has taken me to get dressed lately.  I first have to review a few things about me and my way of dressing.

I like to be dressed EVERYDAY.  I run most mornings and then I immediately come home and shower.  I NEVER STAY IN MY WORKOUT CLOTHES!!  I CAN not do it.  First, I am super gross...second I get nothing done.  I just feel  l.a.z.y when I have on yoga pants and a tank!!


That is not to say I think those who wear those  clothes are lazy...not at all.  I just feel lazy in them when I wear them.  I try not to ...but when I do not get"dressed" I feel like sitting around on the floor wondering why I don't feel like myself.

I have come to discover that staying in workout clothes is NOT MYSELF...but that is not to say that I don't give in to to being lazy on an occasion!!


Anyway...I happen to be living in a place where looking cute all day with cute shoes and cute earrings can be a challenge.  Most of what we do here is outside.  We hike, walk, beach comb MOST days...and there is a great chance it will be raining during most of that time.  Plus we live on a island that is really just a huge bunch of let's just say there is a TON OR GRAVEL AND ROCKS EVERYWHERE...which makes shoe selection kinda hard.


Anyway ... I have changed clothes no less than 3 times a day since I have been here.  Sometimes I start with a cute skirt, tank and cardigan, sweet little earrings  and a fun necklace...after breakfast my friend calls..."Wanna hike up Indian River?"...yes...I change into yoga pants, sneakers and a t-shirt..which remind me...I HATE t-shirts.  I own like 3 of them.  We hike...I come home and change .  Sometimes I put the skirt back on and sometimes I decide that I might want to go walking later into town so maybe jeans would be better...


But my issue right now is I want to embrace wearing more things that allow me to hike...look adorable...and not feel lazy.  I looked on pintrest for "Cute Hiking Outfits"...but they all were just cute yoga pants with different hoodies ....

I am not sure what I am looking for. I just want to find what works for me right now...

I would love to show you pictures of this dilemma I am in..but really???


I know this is not the question to spend a lot of time on...I agree.  But I do know that my appearance has an effect on the way I feel...or even the I feel effects my appearance.  I want to honor my body and mind as a temple of the Holy Spirit.  I want to feel like I am treasuring the treasure God has given me with my appearance.  I just want to be practical for my new surrounding and my on going life of stay at home  mom.....

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Me, My Faith, My Home




I made a visit to Sitka in March and thanks be to God I found this house...This house was meant to be our home.  I laugh with Pete, who was not with me when I came up here in March, that when I opened the front door I almost backed right out, went to the car to call him and tell him that I had just found OUR NEW HOUSE!!  I did not really think I needed to see the rest...I was good with the hallway!!


I loved this house from just looking down the well lite hallway.  I just felt like it was home...and the funny thing is the actual owners were the ones showing me around.  I did not feel any hesitation...I knew !!

When we got in on the Ferry at 2:00 in the morning 2 weeks ago we drove right to our house.  As the house got closer I got more and more nervous..."What if Pete hated it?" That would have been a major bummer...cause' he kinda already paid for it.


But he, like me, fell in love at first glance. I have bought and lived in several homes since Pete and I began 17  years ago (we got married when I was 20...we just had our 17th wedding anniversary....umm...that is SO weird!!!) and I have never felt so at home so quickly.


As with any house there are a few things that are not EXACTLY the way I would have chosen...but I refuse to even mention or acknowledge they exist.  I am home.  I am happy. The End.

My Faith:

It is GREAT to be Catholic...

The End!!














I am cooking dinner. I am  knitting sweaters.  I am taking walks.  I am folding laundry.  I am me...just with a new address.

The End.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Survival Skills

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Last time I lived here we spent a lot of time outside with other families. We cooked food, popped popcorn, picked berries.  All of these things I MISSED DESPERATELY once we left Sitka.  And now that I get another shot at this glorious life I am ALL ABOUT GETTING IT DONE!!!

My first attempt at "getting it done" may have gone ...less than successful the eyes of some observers.  

Pete had his first night flight so the kids and I were on our own.  I decided I wanted to head out, make a fire, cook some hot dogs and take a hike.  I must admit to eating LOTS of fire roasted hot dogs....which lead me to believe I could make this happen on my own .  But after I thought about it....I remembered that I usually just showed up to an already ready to cook in fire.

So I brought 1 sheet of paper, 3 HEAVY logs, one pack of matches, 1 pack of hot dogs and a few buns.  And then I proceeded to literally burn through the matches and paper before the logs even got warm.  I was kinda bummed.  I texted my friend to tell her I was going home in shame...I could not make fire....

But...she had mercy on me and sent her son to "help" ....3 minutes later we had blazing. beautiful. FIRE!!

Once I watched him I realized I did know how to make a fire I just ran out of supplies and ...surprise...surprise...patience!!

By the next time I blog I hope to be a proud maker of my very own fire...I am determined!!