Today…

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{Listening} to my girls play house with 1980’s Battle Beasts, too cute!

{Watching} Lilo & Stitch (for the 1,000th time) with Moira

{Eating} leftover cilantro-lime pork tacos… yummo….

{Wearing} my DIY bird’s nest necklace and loving it!

{Feeling} excited to substitute some upper level jazz classes tonight

{Playing} Bollywood music to choreograph to

{Reading} gardening blogs, websites, and books for inspiration

{Hoping} that I can find some new recipes to use all our awesome produce

{Smelling} my Scentsy Hello Yellow candle warmer… if I was a smell this would be it!

{Counting} the days until the garden sale near my house, we need flowers asap =)

{Loving} the warmer temps and all the fresh green outside… bring on the sun!

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Happy Monday friends!

The Importance of Sisters

I have sisters, lots of sisters in fact. They are wonderful ladies who are there for me no matter how much time has passed, no matter how far apart we live, and no matter how busy their lives are. They are my family and they are very important to me. They are my sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha.

It is no secret that I have had a less than great childhood. Even today my blood-related family gives me enough grief to remind me why I  prefer a couple states in between me and them. It wasn’t until college that I started to let my guard down, when I joined ZTA and became part of something that really is forever. And I am lucky enough to have three daughters that understand that all these ladies are their “aunties” and that they are also part of this awesome organization.

Two year ago!

In the past week I have seen a couple of sisters whom I haven’t seen in years. Even though we don’t live too far from one another our lives are busy, we all work in and out of the home, and time seems to fly by. But the stars seemed to align and I have gotten together with them three times in one week… and it is like we just saw each other yesterday. We just picked up where we left off, our kids played happily, and we got to talk and catch up. It was lovely to say the least.

Yesterday at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Four Zetas and a lot of kids, lol!

I am so lucky to have these ladies in my life. I don’t have to pretend that my life is picture perfect, I can be real. I don’t have to be super-mom, have perfectly polite kids, and I don’t expect any of them to be that either. We are family. It is refreshing to be with gals who get me and know where I am coming from. And the fact that all of our kids get along despite not seeing each other often is icing on the cake.

My philosophy is that life is all about balance and fate’s way of making up for my lack of a blood-related family is to give me my Zeta sisters. When I feel down about how things are going I remember that, call up a sister to talk, and keep moving forward. And I would do the same for any of them, no questions asked. Love my sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha! ZLAM ladies! 

 

 

My Weekend

34This weekend has been calm, quiet, and pretty low key. Outside it looks like the inside of a snow globe, huge flakes drifting everywhere, all day long. I have been busy choreographing for the dance recital, teaching my little ones their routines, and taking my daily photos for my 365 project. I went to Trader Joe’s and picked up some gorgeous white tulips to brighten the dining room table and have been making batches of scones (which get gobbled up before I can take photos). All in all it has been pretty nice.

My goal is to get back into the habit of blogging everyday or every other day, even if it is just a quick hello. I had forgotten how nice it was to de-stress by writing more about what is happening in my life. =)

26Well, back to working on dance stuff, have a great night and see you back here tomorrow!!

 

Happy Little Things

happyI am sitting here typing, hands freezing, listening to the happy sounds of little girls frolicking upstairs. They have tried to go out and play in the snow but it is just too cold for their little fingers. So I entertained them with Brain Pop, You Tube, and Pinterest…. they loooooove Pinterest. Above are some pretty things that caught their eyes, especially that adorable kitten. Gabby wants to make arrows, Amelia wants that doll and to paint her nails. Moira is really into princesses so I am definitely checking this book out from the library along with a few others from this board.

I’ve really enjoyed my girls lately, taking more time to ignore the messes and pay more attention to the imagination. It is a struggle, especially when Moira decides that practicing scooping is way more fun with sugar than plain noodles. But then I catch moments like this and it is all worth it.

32This little girl…. she parties hard until midnight, has all these opinions, and has replaced the word “no” with “NO WAY!”. She tells me to go away, insists on watching movies while nursing, and follows her sisters around with big adoring eyes.

We have been enjoying our snowed in days, I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Stomach Bugs

For the last week we were infest (again) with the stomach bug. We all got it in mid December pretty badly so I figured that we were all good for the rest of the winter… wrong! I woke up to poor Miss Moira throwing up on me (again) and also got a text from Klint that we was also getting sick at work. Yuck! A day or so later and poor Amelia was really ill with it, poor thing. And now it seems that I am hit…. ugh!

I am a fan of the TV show The Neighbors, a cute show about a family who moves into a townhouse community of aliens pretending to be people. The latest episode is one where the humans get a cold and explain to the aliens about getting sick. It is funny when the poor mom, who is also sick, is taking care of everyone and yells at her husband for not being helpful in the caring of the sick kids. It is how I, and many other moms, feel- when everyone is sick we are expected to care, attend to, and help our family. But when we are sick, well the world keeps turning and we must soldier on.

We are typically a very healthy family, rarely getting even normal colds. But this stomach bug sucks! Everyone I know has it or has had it recently, most more than once. Hopefully it will die down as the days get warmer… and I am hoping that everyone is better for my birthday on Monday.

So I leave you with this adorable photo of Miss Moira, who sorely needed a bath after getting sick all over me and chasing me around the halls wailing when I went to get new sheets. =) Here’s wishing you all very VERY healthy thoughts!

Miss Moira