Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for the laughter in my life. These two people crack me up daily. I’m so thankful I get to laugh my way through life with them!

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She was going for painting tape super hero and he was going for let’s interrupt this photo shoot.

For real I don’t even try to keep a strait face any more. Sky thought I was laughing in delight at her poses…it wasn’t until I showed her the pics that she realized what was really going on. She doesn’t always find him as funny as I do.

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Only two of about 20 pics she insist I take of her posing all kinds of different ways.

What are you thankful for today?

The Simple Things

Sky and I were picking blackberries at the park and all of a sudden I hear “Mommy get over here right now!”

With an 8 year old you really never know what your going to get as you round the corner to the other side of the blackberry bush, had she fallen in and scratched from head to toe, was there a snake, was Ruthie hurt…I was instantly thinking of all the bad things it could be.

Turns out it was none of those things…”I made a new friend, and I think it wants to come home with me, look!”

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There truly is nothing like a simple, every day adventure, with your kiddo to help you find joy in something like a lady bug.

P.S. I don’t recommend picking blackberries with polarized sunglasses on…they all looked very ripe, and some were, but most of what we brought home was very tart and could have used another week or so on the vine. Lesson learned I guess…also, I guess that’s what a sprinkle of sugar is for.

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for the volunteers that make VBS at Sky’s old preschool happen. She is having so much fun, and comes home with interesting, and sometimes intense questions…which I love. Also, I’m loving the art projects!

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Crazy Hair day at VBS today. She picked the style that made her laugh the most. 🙂 

I always thought I’d be the super involved, volunteer for as much as possible mom, and turns out I’m not. I do what I can here and there, but frankly I’m an introvert who craves alone time, and I take it where and when I can get it. Which, tends to be when Sky’s at camp/participating in activities that other parents have volunteered to make happen. 

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I’m super thankful there at those that are able to make things like VBS (and various school activities during the year) happen. I support the events when I can, and in the way that I’m able. In the meantime Sky, and the other kiddos, are having so much fun, and for that I’m grateful!

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One of the art projects she did at VBS. It’s a Safari theme this year, she was going for a Savannah sunset look.

What are you thankful for today?

P.S. Yes I know it’s been like 500 years since I last posted. Life – it’s busy, and I try really hard not to use my phone when I’m with Sky, so that means less picture taking, which means less posting since picture-less posts are boring. But, I’m working on it, I miss blogging. I have a lot to say and share. 

 

My Favorite Workout Partner

I can’t tell you how much I love hearing “Mommy can I do Pilates with you”, or “Can we do Yoga together”?

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I hope the years she spent in the jogging stroller, while I was training for race after race, has instilled a desire to be active. We talk about how important being active is. It helps maintain a healthy body and mind, and enables participation in lot’s of outdoor activities/adventures.

Sky has really started see how Yoga in particular has helped with her flexibility in dance. When she has trouble with balance or flexibility related dance stuff she always asks if there is a Yoga video for that…and there usually is something that will help.

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Crow…look at her fly!

My goal was to keep running so I could do races with her, and that hasn’t worked out…my knee just won’t support it sadly. But, we have found mat time to be a pretty great replacement. The best part is sometimes we just lay there at the end of a practice and have the best/silliest conversations.

 

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for teachers who have faith in what our kiddos can accomplish when we as parents might not.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe Sky can do whatever she wants. Olympic Swimmer…yes! Win Chopped Jr…heck yeah! Be on Naked and Afraid…but of  course. However, when she came home from school on a Thursday saying she was going to sew a dress for her doll so it could be in the 2nd grade art show on Tuesday I had big doubts.

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She informed me her teacher got her fabric, needle and thread and now she needed me to teach her how to use said needle and thread to sew a dress…umm I don’t sew. I mean basic needle and thread skills to sew on a button sure, but make a dress…not so much. To be clear Sky does not know how to sew either, or cut a pattern, or any of it really. Who decides to sew a dress when they don’t know how to sew and have it ready in four days…my kid that’s who! Lesson learned, it’s ok not to play it safe all the time.

Her latest kick is to be a fashion designer and I’m fine with that, but I was a little panicked thinking this dress wasn’t going to happen and if it did it would be a hot mess. Inside my head I was trying to think of a supportive way to redirect the project like do a mock-up or idea board with fabric and embellishment samples etc. But, Sky wasn’t having it, she wanted to sew a dress. So I teach her how to do a basic stitch and off she goes to school.

Turns out her classroom and art teacher had a plan, because her doll ended up fully clothed in a dress complete with sparkly glitter. Granted it’s held together with a lot of hot glue and fabric ties, but they heard her dream and found a way to make it happen.

I’d like to think I can give her all the support and encouragement she’ll ever need, but  that’s not reality. I’m always going to land on the side of practicality, and being realistic, I try to tamp it down and support her dreams, but sometimes I need help with that.

Sky loves her teacher this year and she has been so supportive of all Sky’s goals and ideas. We have been lucky to have the same art teacher for three years now and Sky truly has a heart for art. I’m so thankful she has these two amazing ladies in her life this year to support her and find ways to make things happen when I’m stuck in the reality of it all.

Thankful for awesome teacher and lessons learned from my kiddo.

What are you thankful for?

 

 

 

 

Love Your Stylist!

If you don’t love your stylist I have a good one for you! Sky loves her too! Once again Eleanor at Embellish Salon worked her magic on Sky’s hair.

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m good about hair upkeep. I get the cuts and the colors regularly, and I keep heat styling to a minimum.

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Oh you can tell she’s feeling it! 

You would think I would be better at maintaining Sky’s hair, but I kind fall down on the job with her. She has enough hair on her head for 3 people at least, and while it has beautiful brown curls, it does sometimes border on wild frizz. She’s just not there yet when it comes to taking care of it like it needs, and frankly I’m struggling to get out of the house for work on time, so she is left to her own devices when it comes to weekday hair.

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Guys, it kinda got out of control, and I didn’t even realize how out of control it was until Sky asked Eleanor to cut it off. I feel bad now looking back, but am so thankful that Sky wanted to get it cut short. It looks so healthy and is an adorable style on Sky. Bonus, so much easier to get the tangles out which means way less mother/daughter heartache!

Thank you Eleanor for giving Sky’s hair new life, we adore you!