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{ah, today} #sol15

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today:  i breathe and enjoy this little life of mine
today:is yet another amazing day that I am thankful for as life has slowed down want to be:  focused and disciplined to take care of me - mind, body, and spiritually blessings:my daughters who provide me with so much happiness thinking:  i may just kinda sorta stumbled upon my one little word for 2016

{welcome december and ...} #sol15

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I happily  welcomed December and all the holiday joys. In less than seven days busy with life and events  visiting many crowded places ...
School Tired eyes Ice hockey Sore throat School holiday shop Itchy red rash  Crafts at the Bethlehem Market Stomach ache A visit to the doctor
Yep, strep throat for one.   Waiting on the second. Welcome, again December  and all your germs. (But don't plan on sticking around.)

{hello, december} #sol15

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And just like that ... December arrives.


The decorations were retrieved from storage. Bins and boxes full of red and silver and sparkling lights.  The tree is standing tall and the mantle is dressed.  Little touches of the holiday sprinkled around the house.

Ella, our little elf, arrived in style today.  She arrived with a letter from Santa reminding our girls the reason for this season: to be kind to all, especially yo

{a writing battle) #sol15

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I have rarely missed a Tuesday Slice of Life over the last five years ... until this school year.  This year has provided many bumps in the road, ups and downs, straight up exhaustion.  Time, energy, and the balance of life have not been friendly.  I have not lived the writerly life.  Nor visited old and new friends to hear their stories each week.

Tuesdays would come and go.

Of course I would think about writing.  I would miss writing.  I would wonder about you.  I would ache not reading your stories.  Eventually I would open my laptop briefly. Then fight the tapping of my fingertips on my keyboard -- wondering where my story was hiding.  I have stories, just like all of you.  But my stories were captured inside me and silent.

And then Tuesday would come and go.

For me, I'm fig

{today i write} sol#15

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It's been a very busy start  to the school year. 
And nothing about it  has been the usual.  
Priorities shifted and  time has been limited.

I have not had the
thoughts or energy to share.

{a slice of humor} #sol15

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At dinner the other night, just like every night, we talked about kindergarten.  I try my various ways of pulling out information from my twin daughters.  Some days there isn't much to share.  And some days ... well, I'm quite surprised what they share.

Me: So, how was school today?

M and P: (Silence.)

Me: What was your favorite part of the day? Share a "good" with me.

M and P: (Nothing but shrugs.)

Me (trying again to start a conversation): Oh, I received an email from your teacher today. She sent a letter to all the parents about some new rules.

I grabbed my phone to pull up the email and shared the first new rule.

Me:  Do you keep your hands and feet to yourself?

M: Yes, we always follow the rules.

Me: Oh, what about talking when the teacher is talking?  Do you talk when the teacher is talking, P?

P: No, but ...

Me:  Do y…

{some days} #sol15

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Some days ...
... are long and tiring and I can't wait to fall  into bed at the end of the day.
Some days ... ... are busy and quick and I'm hoping to find an extra hour in the day.
Some days ... ... are full and exciting and my brain is ready to explode.
Some days ... ... are just a day to cross off the quickly changing calendar.

(a BIG help} #sol15

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Many things have changed as we opened this new chapter in our lives.  Beginning kindergarten is a BIG step, and my two daughters have made this transition with ease. (Me? That's another chapter in this story!)

One BIG difference this year is lunch. We must provide lunch on a daily basis. In years past, lunch was provided by our day care provider during the school year. But this year, we have doubled our lunch making from two to four lunches every day.

I prepared myself for the BIG feat. I purchased the best little lunch bags to provide a healthy lunch with room for lots of variety and options. (I learned about this from a first grade friend from my school after having lunch with her last year!) I printed and laminated little lunch notes with sweet little messages. I scoured Pinterest for lunch ideas and suggestions.

I was ready to g…