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.
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 “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”
Luke told me he dreamt of frogs a few nights ago. I guess there’s not much more to say about it except I thought it was cute. And amazing that he’s beginning to remember his dreams, or at least describe them to us 🙂 Also, his three favorite animals to sleep with are a Swiss cow, a turtle from the Target dollar section a few years ago and a big Batman. They are all named Austin or Eddie depending on the day (two of his favorite young adults lol). Continue reading “Bits and pieces”
It has been so hot! Last week, the leaves began to fall and the other day I had to rake them all away so I could break out the pool. Kate and I have spent a few afternoons playing in the water. She loves it. This girl.. Continue reading “Bits + pieces”
Septembers in Santa Cruz are usually lovely. It has felt a little too hot still for my bones but the mornings and evenings are becoming the slightest bit cooler and breezier, a sort of haphazard breeze that throws leaves around in our yard as the sunsets Continue reading “Bits and pieces”
I used to do “bits and pieces” when I first started blogging (in 2011, where’s my cane?! okay okay that’s not THAT long ago now that I think about it..), but I miss doing that so here’s my 2017 take on it. I should add, I physically—almost painfully—cringe when I read some of my blog entries from back then, but then also laugh hysterically because well, that’s all you can do! Continue reading “Bits and pieces”