Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{sol} let it fall


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It was the most magnificent fall weekend.
Sunshine.
Blue skies.
Seventy (!) degrees.
Orange.  Red.  Yellow.
Lots and lOts and loTs of leaves.
Raking and piling and raking and piling.
Ready for one-two-three jumping!  
Singing loudly 
"Let it 
f
       a
   l
                l ..."
It was the most magnificent fall weekend.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{sol} flashing lights


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It happened like that.  Not slowly.  Not gradually.  It just happened.  I was completely blindsided.

The blinking bright lights caught their eyes first.  They were immediately mesmerized.

As we were getting situated into the double cart, one of my four and a half year olds asked, "Momma, can we go over that way?"

Reindeer and snowmen.  Trees and icicles.  Flashing lights and decorations.  Yep, Christmas.  We were surrounded by Christmas.  In October.  Just like that.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas .... during the Christmas season!

And along with all the decor ... T.O.Y.S.  Every aisle thereafter was filled with different games, dolls, gadgets, and toys, followed by, "Ohhh!  Ahhh!  Look!  Look!"  and the never ending, "I want ... I want ... I want ..."

We don't buy toys just to buy toys (of course, there are always times of exceptions -- just not today), so we had conversations about needs and wants.  We talked about starting a Christmas list.  I even suggested taking a picture of the most special gifts they wanted.

I soon became the paparazzi.  Flash!  Snap!  Mommy, over here!  Look at this!  Flash!  Click!  More flashing lights.

We finally made it out of the store with our typical less than ten items for over a hundred dollars.  But no toys.

I'm not sure if I should be upset and avoid the stores until January with my girls, or if I should be thankful for the gift ideas.  Let me go check the photo list.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

{sols} excuses


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Another week goes by ...

I have plenty of excuses
for not writing.
Or even wanting to write.

I'm tired
and it's late --
I just don't feel it.

I've been testing
and scoring 
and grouping.

I had two late nights
connecting with families
at goal setting conferences.

I took one daughter
back to the doctor with
yet another ear infection.

It's raining and yucky
and not creating
that right writing mood.

I just don't feel it.
It's late
and I'm tired.

There are plenty more excuses
for not writing.
Or even wanting to write.

Another week goes by ...