A Week in the Life – Friday Photos

Friday was good. Busy and full and fun.

I made sure to get a picture of Ben leaving for work, as I’ve missed doing that all week. I think part of me is still getting used to the idea of him “leaving for work”. I miss seeing him walk out the door and down the path to the lodge, and running back and forth a few times a day, whenever he needed papers or a snack or whatever.

Now he officially “leaves for work”.

After Ben left, I had breakfast with the girls, and they spent a little time playing while I got ready for the day.

Then we headed off for the city with my friend Sarah and her two little girls, Cadence and Lexi. We went on a field trip for homeschoolers.

 We attended a Science event which was all about toys and the scientific explanation for how they work, like bouncing balls or wind-up toys.

While Anika and Cadence were having their science lesson, Lexi was educating Kaylia on the uses of an iPhone. Equally educational.

We went to McDonald’s for lunch after, and the girls played for awhile before we came home.

Later in the afternoon, my friend Nikki came over with her girls, for our weekly piano lesson and play time. I’m teaching her daughter Calli, and we all enjoy the excuse to spend time together every week.

But I completely forgot to take any pictures! I’ll have to stage some photos next week.:)

After they left, I got supper ready, which was leftovers. I don’t get it when people say they don’t like leftovers. Of course, food doesn’t taste as good as on the day it was made. But it’s so fast and convenient! We love leftovers around here.

After leftovers, it was time to clean up the house and get the girls ready for bed. Anika wanted a special movie night, so after Kaylia went to sleep, Anika and I watched “High School Musical 2”. It’s been awhile since we’ve watched that one! Ben and I had forgotten exactly¬†how cheesy it is, and how catchy the music is! Ben kept joining us on the couch for his favorite songs.:)

And that was our Friday.

Just the weekend to go! Almost there! I’m taking less pictures as the week goes by, so we’ll see what happens with Saturday and Sunday!

This is My Moment

I’ve been thinking a lot about trying to intentionally recognize the joy of a moment.

I recently read this post by Ann Voskamp, and it’s just stayed with me. She tells an amazing story about how one man decided to help people realize they were living in a joyful moment.

It’s funny how easy it is to get so busy, we miss the joy in the moment.

The other afternoon, I took the girls outside for a walk. We went exploring in the bush, and they just wanted to keep going and going. They were so excited to see where the path would lead.

It was one of those perfect afternoons. It was beautiful and sunny, and that thick snow was covering absolutely everything.

And suddenly, I realized, this is one of those perfectly joyful moments.

For right now, everything is just right, and I wouldn’t change one single thing.

But it seems as though every moment of enjoying beauty out here is quickly followed by sadness for me, because the end is coming so soon.This is our very last winter living in this wonderland, being surrounded by all this beauty every single day.

And that thought completely killed my moment.

Which led me to realize the foolishness in thinking that way. Why would I allow worries about the future cloud the joy of this moment right now?

 

Take it and run with it! Don’t worry about tomorrow. Or next year. Even if it means a winter apart from all this beauty.

Soak in the smiles, and the flopping into soft snow, and the excitement of the next bend in the snowy path.

This is my joyful moment. I will choose to let it linger, and remember it forever.

Buckle Up For Landing

We made it.

My word, travelling with a two-year-old can be interesting at times. For the most part, we had a good trip, but when it was time to buckle up for landing, Kaylia lost it.

From the moment the seat belt sign went on till the second it went off and I released her, she was screeching,

“I’M STUCK!! Get me out! This is not mine! There is nothing in here for me!!! I don’t want this!!!”

I’d say she’s a fairly effective communicator, for a two-year-old.

Here’s a few pictures from our day of travel:

Running loose and free while she has the chance.

Having lunch with our travel companion, Auntie Kim.

Doing her fake smile for the camera.

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So thankful that we’re here, and that the sun is shining! My hubby’s sitting in an airport, waiting for his flight to Belize. Thank goodness my girls are so wildly active that I’ve had no time to think about missing him!