Tuesday, October 17, 2017

REMY AND LOGAN




We had lots of visitors this past weekend and among some of those visitors included a happy, squishy, adorable baby named Remy. Sloane and Logan were excited about friends visiting, and Sloane asked if she could hold the baby, and of course Logan immediately also claimed that she wanted to hold the baby. “ He’a so cute!” She cooed, “He likes me!” she declared, without any real evidence to support that latter assessment. She climbed onto the couch to hold the baby, and it was comical how similar in size they were, with her continuing to coo and pet the baby as if she was an experienced old soul.

I mentioned this in a previous post, but I am processing a lot of things right now and I’m taking my sweet time doing so. In addition to the new school year, I started a new job last week, which has both been really good and tiring. I also have been putting a lot of time into thinking about how to better prioritize our busy schedule, and also how to be better about getting a handle on our finances. Ken and I have been on the same page about a lot of this stuff, which is crucial and we are trying our best to not be overwhelmed. I’m trying to make space in my life so that I can be proactive rather than reactive, and part of that mean being really intentional about scheduling all of those things that are important into our daily, weekly, and monthly rhythm. 














Friday, October 13, 2017

APPLE PICKING


I’ve been meaning to write down more words here for the past couple of weeks, but it’s been the kind of busy where I have to choose whether I want to wash the dishes or respond to emails in the spare half hour I have during the week, and the words I want to write are the kind of words that require time to tease out. So for now I will share another post filled with photos that I want to document and archive, this time from yet another trip to Carter Mountain for apple picking. We made it up twice this year!...Something I try to do every year, because apple picking is my favorite thing to do in the fall, but I haven’t ever been able to pull it off before. It ended up being a really humid day, but we addressed that by consuming cold apple cider slushees (along with apples and apple pie) and appreciating the breeze as we climbed the mountain. We have been eating the apples we picked all week; they are so good!

























Monday, October 9, 2017

THE KIM'S GET TOGETHER


We have all the Kim's -who are in the States- on the East Coast currently and that means it is more likely that we can get together for important things to give each other squeezes, consume good food, and recognize ourselves in each other. That kind of thing is good for the soul. We made a day trip up to northern Virginia for such a day this past weekend and here are some photos!






















Monday, October 2, 2017

ANOTHER FALL TO DO LIST




Is everyone doing OK? 

What is happening with the world these days? What am I doing with my life? Some questions that have been keeping me up at night lately.

I’m angsty these days. Undoubtedly, some of it was brought on by Sloane starting kindergarten. Yes, I’m still processing it and for some reason this is one of those things that make me wonder if all this is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. (...but the luxury of being able to wonder! And also the annoyance! Enneagram 7, remember?) By ‘all this’ I mean being a parent of a kindergartner, who will then go on through 12th grade, and then college, and then she’s out on her own...all while I am working 8 to 10 hour days, trying to keep the house together, trying to have meaningful relationships and community, trying to keep on top of what’s happening at the school, trying to pursue my own creative endeavors, trying to raise my other child, wondering if I’m doing enough, not getting enough sleep at night, paying off the mountain that is my student loan...do you see? That kind of angst.

I finally figured it out the other day. It's not just the change that’s throwing me for a loop (I usually love change). It’s the prospect of being ‘trapped’....it’s complicated, like all of our insides are, but this has always been a thing with me that will rear up once in a while. And hey, now that I’ve identified it, I’m working through it. 

I think everything will be fine. I know it will. THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IS...defining your own success. I think it’s true because that’s when I feel the most content and at peace - when I define my own success. 

Here is me defining my own success for this fall: a very short list of things that I love and want to remember to do during this season.

1.  Go apple picking. Check! These photos are from a trip to the orchard this past weekend. We are hoping to do it again next weekend.
2. Eat a lot of apples. 
3. Spend as much time outside as possible.
4. Make fires in the fire pit, frequently. 
5. Go to Narnia!