finding joy ::2

Taking joy in pulling out all the Christmas decorations and piling them on the dining room table. Then trying to remember where I put them all last year when I felt that I had finally stumbled upon the perfect place for everything. I love decorating the house for Christmas. But, you know, I think I enjoy putting all away in January just as much- the fresh uncluttered feeling you get when you put it all away. But for now, I am loving the all the special things that are reserved for just this time of year.

I also find joy in the kids helping to “deck the halls”. The smiles and looks on their faces when they pull out all the ornaments with their names on them. One for each year of their lives. The way they remember where we put certain treasured items, in what order we hang the stockings (I didn’t even know there was on order!). All the little traditions that we have made knowingly or unknowingly each year that make this time of year special for our family.

finding joy ::1

I’m finding it difficult in this busy season to take the time to post in this space. But I realize that I’ve missed it. I’ve missed the noticing and photographing what we do here everyday. It occurred to me that I am making too hard on myself. So, taking the lead from Denise and Maria, I’ve decided to just simply find the joy in everyday- especially in this season where there is so much to delight in and be thankful for. So, as often as I can, I am going to post little tidbits of my day that have brought joy to this very busy mom.

Today, green tea in my Christmas china. A dear friend gave me this set when we were in college and I love taking it out each year and using it daily. Joy.

happy thanksgiving

I know I’ve been absent from this space for a couple of weeks. Life gets busy and a little overwhelming sometimes, you know? But I’ve got so much to be thankful for this year. The first thing that comes to mind is health. On Thanksgiving Day nine years ago, I had just found out that I had breast cancer. I had a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and an 8 week old baby. So, health is always at the top of my list of things to be thankful for. The Husbands job, smart, healthy kids, friends, family, a wonderful town to live in, three sweet pets, the list goes on and on. I am also thankful that my dad is here to celebrate with us. Especially because four years ago after he came for Thanksgiving, he had a heart attack driving back home. Drove himself right to an ER and lived to tell the tale. So glad that he is still able to make the trip to visit us.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The girl and I are going to brave the mall here on Black Friday. Not even for Christmas shopping, she just needs some long-sleeved shirts now that winter is finally arriving here in southern California. No crazy shopping times, just whenever we are up and dressed. I haven’t been out in the craziness for so many years, it will be like an adventure!


Halloween. A year of firsts. The boys designed and carved their own pumpkins completely by themselves.

The Girl went trick-or-treating with a friend this year instead of with the family. (sigh) She’s growing up. But she still wants to be a princess. (smile)

The boys were a caveman and a vampire hobo (you knew they existed, right?). This was a  “make up a costume out of the dress up box” year. Simple and cheap.

A wonderful time was had by all as we were joined for trick-or-treating by one of Boy 2’s friends that had moved away.

Hope your Halloween was delightful as well.

thinking about the weekend

I know it’s Wednesday, but my mind is still back at the weekend. It was lovely and fairly slow-paced and has me looking forward to this coming weekend as well.

We did a little Halloween decorating- always fun when you have helpers.

Boy 2 spend a good part of the day Sunday working on this:

Then spent the rest of the afternoon with Boy 1 making music together. They sound amazingly good together.

After a wonderfully successful Kids Cook Night, it was on to the dishes with “many hands make light work”.

And what better way to end a weekend than with a it’s-bedtime-I-told-you-we-weren’t-going-to-finish game of Monopoly. Has anyone ever finished a game of Monopoly? I know I haven’t.

Here’s one tough neighborhood. Stopping here will cost you about $1000. It was the end of me.

Hope your weekend was delightful as well.