Around Here Right Now

Right now, I’m loving…

Her shirts tucked in (always!!!!)

shirtAt first, I tried to talk her out of it, but she was so insistent, I gave up, and now it’s just the way it’s done!:)

Fresh strawberries with Greek yogurt

strawberries

Reading fiction again!

I’ve stayed away from it for years, because it usually results in me staying up far too late at night to finish a book, or getting grumpy at my family because I don’t want to talk to people – I just want to read my book!!!

But after my entertainment fast ended, I watched TV every night for a week, and Ben said, “Can we please do something other than watch TV? Let’s sit on the couch and read!” I have a hard time spending an entire evening reading nonfiction – I like doing that in one-chapter-at-a-time chunks. So for the love of my husband, I went and got some fiction to read. It’s a lesson in self-control and getting to bed at a decent hour, but it is very nice to sit with Ben on the couch, reading our books.:)

books

Individual snack-size hummus!

hummusSomeone out there completely understands my snacking needs! We’ve bought many, many tubs of hummus that don’t get finished before the expiry date, and have to get chucked. But these are perfect.

hummusOrganizing my new homeschool cupboard:

cupboardWe’ve tried to jam all of our supplies into one little kitchen cupboard for much too long. We could never find what we were looking for. Now everything has a place, and we don’t have to use the “cram-it-all-in-and-slam-the-door-shut-really-quickly-before-it-all-falls-out” method.:)

markers

These articles on happiness, and why making our children happy should not be our goal:

Happiness is Not a Goal:

“Happiness is not a goal. Happiness is a natural response to a well-ordered life.

It’s better to ask the question, when in your life have you felt most happy?

For me, it was often when I felt I was being used in some good and powerful way, beyond myself – which was always connected to feeling like I was in the service of love.”

Happiness is not a goal. Happiness is the natural response to a well-ordered life.

It’s better to ask the question, when in your life have you felt most happy?

For me it was often when I felt I was being used in some good and powerful way, beyond myself- which always was connected to feeling like I was in service of love.

– See more at: http://www.wellgroundedsite.com/2014/04/happiness-not-a-goal/#sthash.e0YQdGfI.dpuf

Happiness is not a goal. Happiness is the natural response to a well-ordered life.

It’s better to ask the question, when in your life have you felt most happy?

For me it was often when I felt I was being used in some good and powerful way, beyond myself- which always was connected to feeling like I was in service of love.

– See more at: http://www.wellgroundedsite.com/2014/04/happiness-not-a-goal/#sthash.e0YQdGfI.dpuf

I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical:

“Parents do not make childhood magical. Abuse and gross neglect can mar it, of course, but for the average child, the magic is something inherent to the age. Seeing the world through innocent eyes is magical. Experiencing winter and playing in the snow as a 5-year-old is magical. Getting lost in your toys on the floor of your family room is magical. Collecting rocks and keeping them in your pockets is magical. Walking with a branch is magical….

A childhood without Pinterest crafts can be magical. A childhood without a single vacation can be magical. The magic we speak of and so desperately want our children to taste isn’t of our creation, and therefore is not ours to dole out as we please. It is discovered in quiet moments by a brook or under the slide at the park, and in the innocent laughter of a life just beginning.”

I wish you many simple, enjoyable moments in your day!

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