Pedal Power

This summer is going down as the summer of family bike rides! Sky has gotten so much better on her bike and is taking on longer more challenging rides every time we go out.

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It’s sort of crazy to me that she’s on a bmx bike with no gears yet is riding right there along with Mark and I like a champ.

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Sky’s first serious trail ride, was very seep downhill for a good mile. She did great. Coming back up was another story, but once she has a bike with gears she will power up those hills no problem.

The other night at the park she made it up the steepest, paved, hill the park has. She had to work for it (way harder work than it was for Mark and I with our gears) but she was determined and she made it!

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Old train tunnel at the bottom of the hill, and we found a small beach that we didn’t even know was there.

So proud of her! I’m seriously loving our family bike rides. I’m already trying to figure out our schedule once school starts so we can fit in homework, dance, swimming, and bike rides. Wow…that makes me tired just typing it. But, we will make it happen!

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That view! 

Pedal on!

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Love that kid so much! 

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for Team Yeatman vacation time. We tend to do a lot of trips and long weekends with friends and family, which we love. But, I’m always thankful when the three of us go on vacation and enjoy ourselves, and enjoy each other. (Not that I’m thankful we don’t have our friends/family with us, just thankful that if they can’t be with us we are ok just being the three of us…although all we heard from Sky all week was how much fun she was going to have with her cousins during the second part of our trip…which I’m fine with because they are pretty awesome, and she only sees them every few years).

I want us to be each others best company, and even though I know we need breaks from each other, it feels good to spend a solid week just the three of us, and enjoy it! 

I’ll share more vacation stuff once all the photos are edited etc…Mark has a ton of great photos that I want to share as well!

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for honest conversations with Sky. Man I wish this “talk to Mommy and/or Daddy about anything” stage would last forever, but I know it won’t. I’m loving hearing the thoughts from her heart while it lasts though.

Last night after dinner I felt compelled to ask Sky if she was happy with how Mommy and Daddy treat her. Sometimes I know I’m hard on her, and she gets corrected a lot (she’s an only, so there are not other kiddos pulling shenanigans to take our attention off her, she really doesn’t get a break). I just really want to have a kiddo that others like being around, and want her to grow up to be the kind, loving, amazing person I know she can be. But, along the way I know it’s not always fun for her.

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So, I asked her, are you happy with Mommy and Daddy? Do you wish we treated you differently, or said no less? Her response, was a thumbs up, and “You and Daddy are the best in the world. I love you”. I am trying to remember that even though that feels like a pass, it’s ok to cut her some slack now and then. Let her be a kiddo, and find opportunities for her to do things that don’t require me saying no.

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We are in the middle of new flooring, and wrote messages on the old sub-flooring for someone to find long after we have moved on. It’s true, every word of it.

Our family life isn’t always perfect, but man I’m thankful for it. Thankful that I’m in this family with Sky and Mark. Those two make my world go round, and I just want to be the best I can be, and am thankful they still love me when I fall short.

Stop and Enjoy the View

Oh man…I’m a blog looser. Guys, life is just busy, and I’m adjusting as fast as I can, but find myself needing more and more down time the crazier things get.

Crazy in a good way. It’s just a lot of change, all at once, and some things have to slide for now.

First off, I LOVE my job. I had no idea really what I was getting into when I decided to be a para sub with the school. I knew it would match Sky’s schedule and that was pretty much good enough for me, for now. Turns out I love what I’m doing, and so does the school because it’s turned into a permanent (for now) para gig. The school is wonderful and I love all my co-workers. The job itself is challenging, heartbreaking at times, frustrating at times, and rewarding beyond measure.

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I sort of like that I don’t have cell service or internet access during the day, not going to lie I like being disconnected for 6 hours a day. I do get service here and there by certain windows, but given some of the challenging situations I can’t afford to be distracted by my phone, so I leave it locked away.

When I get home there’s Sky time/homework and all the  challenges fun of having a 5 year old. By the time bedtime rolls around all I really want is wine and football, or a movie. And, if I have to choose between getting a workout/run in or getting on the computer with the odd 45 minutes I find here and there the workouts are going to win every time.

It’s getting better though. I’m working on nailing down the mission critical stuff like homework, workouts, cooking dinner, grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning every now and then. Things are coming together, and I know I’ll work in the blog time again soon. For now I’m adding one thing back to my To Do List at a time (or shifting it to Mark’s list a now and then). It’s progress that I found 15 min to do this post, so I’m getting there! Shhhh….it could also be that I’ve moved my office from the dinning room table back into the walk-in closet so no-one knows I’m in here getting things done! 😉

In the meantime I’m taking advantage of every minute of quiet time I find during the day. The 45 minutes between dropping Sky off at school and me going to work is heavenly and I’m spending it reading, or drinking coffee, ok really I’m doing both. The 10 minutes before she gets out of school…I walk very slowly to her class and take lots of cleansing deep breaths. When I have time I stop and enjoy the changing leaves, the pretty flowers, or the beautiful clouds in the sky.

It’s only been a month and I’m giving myself some grace to settle in and get back to life running smoothly.

Little Cowgirl

Sky – I’m 5 now mommy, I’m so grown up. I want my own house, a purple one, right next to you and daddy so we can be close.

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I had the cutest cupcakes planned with pringle chips turned into cowboy hats, but it was so important to her to be able to pick out her birthday cake herself. Sky -I’m going to be 5, I know what I want.      So rainbow, chocolate, ice cream cake it was.

Me – I think you may have to wait until you’re 6 to have your own house, right next to us.

Sky – But I’m 5!

More like 5 going on 25. She thinks 5 is it. Maybe it is. Sort of the sweet spot of being old enough for big girl things, and a little more trust to be independent and make choices, but young enough that “real” school hasn’t started…the last few months before the grind of the kiddo version of “real life” starts.

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Team Yeatman! Photo: Jodi…thank you for thinking to get a pic of the 3 of us!

One of the grown up things I’m loving is how much she wants to work around the house to earn quarters. She will fold laundry, dust, do the dishes, pull weeds, water plants, cook…and I’m making it a point to take the time to slow life down so that those things getting done at her speed are ok. It may take twice as long, but the grin on her face on payday (every Friday) is so worth it!

Sky – I’m 5 now mommy, what jobs can I do now, I need quarters. Maybe they will be behind my ear.

I wonder how long we can convince her that only quarters show up behind ears and not dollar bills?

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I sort of fell in love with these pool noodle pony’s…so cute, and they were perfect for the horse race around the house!

Months ago (long enough ago that she forgot this is what she wanted for a party and it caused a little drama) she asked for a cowgirl party, and for it to be kids only. A few Pinterest ideas and a trip to Hobby Lobby & the Dollar Store later and we had a fun little cowgirl party, complete with a real pony.

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“Rainbow Dash” 

She’s asked me to show her the pictures every day…she loves seeing all her friends with their pool noodle pony’s (the group pic is adorable, but I didn’t want to post on the blog since I didn’t ask permission from all the parents) and seeing herself on the real Rainbow Dash pony.

Sky – Do you remember that Rainbow Dash came to my house mommy. I love Rainbow Dash!

It won’t be pony’s every year, but she is 5 now, and that is special after all.