“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.” ― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Christmas break hasn't been too relaxing around here.
We've taken our turns with the standard respiratory flu. We're finally at the tail end of it, hopefully the kids don't catch anything new when they go back this week.
We have the snowiest winter since I moved here. It's beautiful, but I won't lie, I'd love to feel some warm sunshine on my skin right now. School already got cancelled for tomorrow and it will likely be cancelled Tuesday as well.
Our bird feeder was a busy place today.
I saw chickadees, a tufted titmouse, bluebirds, and cedar waxwings.
These pictures aren't very crisp because they were taken through the window screen.
One of my goals this year is to slow down and do more of the things I love, including posting here.
Since 2007 I've been choosing a word each year to focus on.
I chose the word breathe in 2008 and as I've been trying to decide on a new word this week, I kept going back to that word. So breathe it is.
In the last couple of health classes I've taken, I have realized just how stressed out and tense I have become. At the beginning of my current class, Stress Management, I scored in the range that indicates I'm at a higher risk for heart problems. Something has to change.
It's been interesting to have to try different stress management techniques and honestly, the one that I need to work on the most is breathing deeply.
I have to admit I teared up today after I dropped these kids off at school. We have had such a wonderful, fun packed summer and I was sad to see it end! Thankfully they were both really excited for school to start back up!
I love that they wore their matching shoes to school for the first day.
Earlier this week Sage and I got to meet up with my friend Kristin and her cute family who were visiting from Arizona! Carter is SO stinking cute! They had a fun time exploring the GRCM. I'm bummed Kristin and I didn't get a picture together, but here are quite a few I took with my phone.
This is part of a gorgeous tile mural outside of the museum.
The bubbles were so fun. Sage made some HUGE ones!
If you click on this pictures it should play through a quick series of pics.
Sage had been waiting since first grade to be old enough to participate in the Girls on the Run program and she was thrilled that this was finally her year!
She loves running 5K's now! She has done 5 of them since the beginning of May. And she's already signed up for 2 more this summer along with a mud run!
Finishing her first 5K at the 5/3 River Bank run.
Her Aunt Jennie ran with her and finished her first 5K too!
Next up was the Girls on the Run celebration 5K.
The next morning she ran with my friend Melissa in an Allegan 5K.
The following Saturday she ran with her friend Sydney (along with some of my friends from Allegan!) in the Color Me Rad race!
And this past weekend she ran with her friend Sydney and our favorite librarian Rita (along with some great Allegan folks again) in the Cheetah Chase.
I was so proud of her for being the top fundraiser for the Cheetah Chase. I didn't tell her that there was a prize at all, because I didn't want that to be her motivator. She was THRILLED with her prize! I am so grateful to everyone who supported her.
I am looking forward to rooting her on at many more 5K's!
Polar bears have always been one of my favorite animals.
They are gorgeous and strong and magical to watch.
I was thrilled to get to watch this beauty at the Lincoln Park Zoo last week.
I have always found them to be incredible animals, but lately I have been even more enamored with them as I follow Kal Barteski's blog and Instagram feed. She is one of my favorite artists and her paintings of polar bears evoke so much emotion.