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“Stop buying unnecessary things. Toss half your stuff, learn contentedness. Reduce half again. List 4 essential things in your life, stop doing non-essential things. Do these essentials first each day, clear distractions focus on each moment. Let go of attachment to doing, having more. Fall in love with less.”

Clutter really is a silent killer.  It creeps up on you unoticed.  and you finally notice it when…you MOVE!  (and pack boxes)

 

I see this move as a very beneficial and cleansing process.  We are sorting out so much stuff, I feel like I am nesting again!  I cannot wait to be done, and live simpli-er then we used to.

Off to packing more boxes, that will, at any rate, be un-packed by the end of the day!  Moving with young kids is oh so much more exciting!

 

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Well, I sure can say this morning that I do!

I was hoping for a relaxing weekend, and it has been nothing like that!  After finally putting the kids to bed, Dh and I thought we would have a little time on our own.  But the phone rang, and it was nothing we were expecting.

A real estate agent was calling, because she was looking for a house in our area for sale, and ours meet ALL the criterias her client was looking for.  We agreed for a showing the following day at 1 o’clock, and 1 hour later, we had an offer on the table, with a closing date of novembre 20th!

So we spend all weekend trying to find a new home.

We started looking in this town a little far away, the one we were planning to move to for our kid’s sake, and also to bring me closer to my job.  But I have been having a feeling that was wrong about this.  It was a logical decision, and on paper everything made sense.  But something had been bugging me.  We looked, but found nothing, and somehow I was releived.  But I still thought that was the logical and good thing to do.  I went to bed saturday, asking god to tell me waht to do.  I got my answer at 3 am.  When I woke up, I talked to Dh about my new plan, one that deep down inside, I felt better about, and after being done rolling his eyes at my new 180 degree turn about our plan, were got going.  We printed some inscription, including one that I really liked.  We called for a showing, and when we arrived, we were told that the asking price had dropped by 20 000$ and the decision had been taken an hour earlier.  So the house was not available for other realtors to see until the new asking price was officialised.  So that left us time to make an offer, and have our offer accepted before the house reappered on the market.  Talk about timing!  There has been sevral calls since, but it is too late 🙂  We only have to go through the inspection, and then this new house is ours to make a home in!

I really feel like this was meant to be.  The stars aligned for this (absolutely crazy fast) decision.  And now that it is all done, I can see how there is a master plan behind this.  I have been asking for long to be able to provide to my family a good home, and the best life we can: being home often together, having a home we feel good in, and a schooling method that I agree upon for my children.  I have stuggled, a lot in the recent years, about my job, my calling as a professional and a mother,  but all these struggles seems to be paying off now, and they also seem to have been  wisely organised by faith, God, or call it what you want.  THings are all falling in place, and what I asked for, although it does not seem exactly like I pictured, are arriving in their own way.

I think faith really do exist as long as you have an open mind, and that you really believe.

Thank you for the good lucks, I guess they really paied off.

And now, stay tune for some real homemaking 🙂

And you, do you believe in faith?

You never know what life will throw at you.  But I have come to understand over the years is that no matter how painful, sad, bad or unhoped for these events are, there is usually a grand scheme behind it, and a couple of months, years or decade later, you finally understand why this particular even took place.

We are right now in one of these turmoil of life.  And this time, I have decided to have a fresh and new look on everything that is happening to us.  I want to change my focus from half empty to half full, and right now, it makes a hell of a difference in how things are going!

This whole process and all of these changes makes us have to leave house and our beloved town.  We are thus right now in the process of finding a new one.    When we bought this house, we knew that it was for a limited amount of time, and although we were happy with our choice at the time, we are finding ourselves longing for something else, something that has a little bit more space now that we are a family of 5, but also something else that I couldn’t put my finger on until I read this book:

What has been lacking in this place is a soul.  We never managed to make a home out of this house.  I have no idea why, maybe because we never infused it, or maybe because this is not what we were looking for at the time.  But whatever the reason, I am now ready and most of all excited to be on our quest to find a place we’ll call home.

Reading this book was the perfect start to our journey, as it really inspired me to really search for specific things that we want to have in our new home. While I didn’t really learn any new concepts in this book, I really loved the fresh ideas, and seeing the process of a family making their nest, and what nooks and crannies are important to them and why.  It really made me think and analyse what is important to us in this next house, and also made me really imagine the kind of life I want to have going in there.

I was thus able to make a good criteria list, and put them in order of importance for me, and our family.  I sure hope this will help the process.  I try every night to see this home, and the faces that will live within it’s walls, and I hope that my dreams will come true, because we would have a heck of a good life 🙂

wish us luck!

We have been some feeling of autumn recently around here.  A light chill in the air, a shorter day with the arrival of mister night earlier then a few weeks ago, havest time slowly starting at the farms, and the swimming pool that is getting cooler (not to say colder…).

But before we let go of summer, we wanted to enjoy it a little more, and see it’s splendor.

We went to a favorite spot of ours, a field of lavander that is not so far aways from our home.

It is always a pleasure to go and picnic over there amongst the bumblebees

and the delicate smell of lavander.

It was Pumpkin’s first outing, and although we usually try to push this as far as possible not to carry him around while he is still tiny, this place is such a haven and a delight for the eyes, the nose and the soul that he actually seemed to enjoy it as much as the rest of us.

I can see myself years from now (when I have a lot more sleep into me…) just lounging into a place like that and just look enjoy the view.

in the meantime…I shall keep myself busy with my 3 loves.

We have been in a celebrating mode since the weekend.  First, my nephew’s christening, and today was DD’s bday 🙂

It was a beautiful day full of activities and new and old traditions.

The new ones

Her crown that I managed to finish last night while listening to a Waldorf expo workshop!

She loved the crown, and waking up to this table.  I loved how it unfolded the day, and for sure this will be carried on to the following years!

The old traditions…family times

She wanted to go pick strawberries!

And then some quiet snuggle time

And a time to remember that she is still so little

But yet growing up…

And what better way to celebrate then with chocolate cake…and freshly picked strawberries 🙂

as well as new slippers

We ended up the day with the story of the Princess and the pea.  She was so tired that she almost fell asleep while I was reading.

I love how this day was a celebration, and yet at the same time a family time, and a peaceful time.  I felt like this day was breathing in and out, following a pattern…moving, and slowing down.  Nothing like the big birthday parties with favors and gift giving and overwhelming activities…and you know, I didn’t miss it a second.  And frankly, I don’t think DD missed it either 😉

and yet, here I am starting pumpkin’s blanket…

granted, it is organic coton, but still, it is awckward kinda to have some fiber running through my fingers when it is 30 degrees outside, and I am sweating hot sitting in my chair… Details to come when this thing starts to take shape

I wasn’t sure how this would happen.  After trying once last summer, he knew that he wasn’t ready.  And when we asked him if he wanted to try again without the small wheels this year, he was rather hesitant. But he came back home from running errands with his daddy with a brand new bike, with no extra wheels, and all ready to try it up.

Truthfully, I was already getting out the first aid kit, when DH came back home telling me that he had done it…while still being in one piece.  He was as amazed as I was to see that he made the jump so fast, and that he just got it.

Ever since, DS asks daily to go out biking.  And I see him getting better and better.  After learning how to break (whihc was a must considering at first he would just throw himself off the bike!) and getting better at really mastering his own bike, he even got the chance to go on a ride with his dad around the  block.  You should have seen then smile on his face when he got back home.  A smile of contentment, of proudness.

Sring has sprung here and I can see it’s color everywhere…

From the growing green grass to the burgeoning flowers

and even in DD’s hair.

Summer is slowly making it’s way, and so baby that is making its presence being felt!  Nesting effect is full force now…Only a week to go before the craziness tames down, and I finally find the time to get ready for him. Patience is a virtue that I get to practice daily…

Until then. 🙂

As far as I can remember, I have never seen an Easter being so hot.

It was incredibly hot, and yet, there were still some spots of ice in my swimming pool…how weird was that.  That allowed us to do a first round of BBQ in the backward, which was absolutely delish.  At some point, we even had to try to find shade, because the sun was just so darn hot.  But we enjoyed nontheless, but had to be careful that the chocolate, for the easter hunt, would not melt (a problem I never anticipated before…)

And of course, some artwork is always a good way to end an egg hunt…

I hope you had a lovely easter, whatever you did, and whatever the temperature was…