I love September. I love the beginning of a new school year, and not just for the fresh stationery. Every year, I blog the same details about how I dream of returning to class with my bouquet of sharpened pencils, side ponytail and new set of used books, covered carefully with cut up brown paper bag! It never gets old.
We’ve spent the last couple of weeks adjusting out of summer into fall mode. Kids tired from new schedules, trying to stay on top of chores, school supplies, laundry, side projects and beyond! I suppose I just didn’t realize how much re-establishing would be required, the kids missed their summer daddy time and taking each day as it comes.
They’ve done so well at the same time. Being in preschool is hard work, following a teacher all day, learning so many new motor skills and social skills.. I’m acutely aware that it’s wise to let this all take its time, especially for our preschooler Luke, keep honest expectations and celebrate each milestone. Kate has been missing her brother but is pleased to lead around sweet little Emma. Continue reading “Bits and pieces”
We’ve kept so busy this summer and as a result, my photography has been so quiet! More kiddo time will do that too 🙂 We’ve has so many beach days, many a strawberry stained lip, Continue reading “Bits and pieces”
I’ve been a little less wordy lately, and no news is good news, or so they say! But in this case it really is.. we are having the best summer break so far!!—taking little trips all over, forgetting what time it is, naps in the car taking, lots of sun and splashing at the water park and the beach. Continue reading “Summer I love you”
Well, the colder days have brought us inside a bit more in the afternoons. Well, I should add that by cold I mean around 50 degrees (we Californians are embarrassing really). Though, it did drop into the low thirties the last few nights. Most afternoons, we can be found tromping through the grass, Continue reading “Bits and pieces”
I promise this won’t be a photo dump. But it sort of is a photo dump. Doh. There’s been much afoot in the lives of the Mastrianna fam! We have had some really amazing memories logged together these last few weeks.
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This Christmas season was filled with so many non material gifts for our family–so much quality time being near the top of the list. We started off break with a great end to James’ school semester and a fog of sickness. Whilst recovering, we did day trips to local spots, an evening at a fun light show over the hill from us, had drinks with friends and spent some time catching ourselves up on life and looking at the upcoming year. Continue reading “Christmas bits and pieces”
I hope you had a wonderful New Years! So typically, I find myself at home in jammies with popcorn and a movie, all topped off by a sensibly early bedtime. But this year! This year we spent our evening with friends chatting, trying the occasional sip of moonshine, playing games and rocking my fussy baby (I mean, the ONE night she decides to fuss.. :)).
This year already feels as if it’s signifying major changes in our personal world. We are experiencing a wave of new things in many facets of life and 2018 already feels like a huge gift that I’m about to unwrap. I am looking forward to pursuing things that are important to me.. in my writing, my personal faith, enriching my kids’ worlds as much as I’m able, enriching my own mind and understanding, connecting with friends, old and new, baking bread more, running to offset said bread, hobbies, etc 😉 Can’t wait to see what this year holds for you as well—happy New Years!
On Sunday afternoon, I decided I had my last frustrated attempt at reaching and grabbing the ridiculous amount of toys that had built up under our bed! While the little girl population in our family slept, I shlepped our furniture around and found a new arrangement, cleaned and literally used my entire being and body to shimmy our stuff around, and it feels so much better! Continue reading “Bits and pieces”
Hope you enjoy being with loved ones today. I kind of feel that this is my season of thanks, rather than just one day! Either way, I can say one hundred percent that being thankful everyday as a family has flipped our entire family life on its head. When I start my day out with recognizing what a gift life is, I feel like nothing is standing in my way.
It’s not always easy and lack of sleep certain nights can be quite unhelpful, but being grateful and avoiding my thoughts natural lean towards complaints or grumbling has been one huge of JOY. Happy season of thanks!!
We are so excited for the Christmas season arriving! And a week early at that since thanksgiving is this week—woop woop! Last year Luke began to understand better but this year Kate will take her turn and I’m so excited for her. We started listening Continue reading “Bits and pieces”