05 August, 2015

Disney World

Will's favorite part: digging in the "sand" at the resort
KJ's favorite part: Making sand castles 
Gage's favorite part: Big Thunder Mountain
Brooke's favorite part: Exploring Epcot early, before the crowds came
Steven's favorite part: Going on Space Mountain with Gage

04 August, 2015

Exploring & Molecules

Lots has happened since I last posted: Gage finished kindergarten, we closed on a house, spent a week in Florida, Azure moved in with us for the summer, and we have been painting/updating the new house non-stop. 

A tad overwhelming. Which is why we really needed a weekend of simplicity, and going to Chittenango Falls for a little exploring was everything we hoped for and more.

Azure and Gage --- Another big improvement on my end as a Mom, I finally surrendered and am letting Gage pick out his own outfits. Freeing but a tad terrifying on his more "exciting" outfit days. Eek. Future Brooke: Don't judge me! 

This summer I've really had to step back and prioritize the important over everything, including the "urgent". It's been humbling but really, really good. It's cliche, but life isn't a race. I was so silly that I thought I didn't think it was, but now I realize that I actually have always felt in competition with myself and others and oy, well, let's not delve too deeply into my psyche, but end this weird paragraph with this: Neal A. Maxwell said, "Moments are the molecules that make up eternity." I don't want to miss the most important moments, and I don't want to include "moments" that ultimately don't do any good for me or my family. Helping Gage and Kjel navigate slippery rocks while watching Steven hop around lithely on fallen logs -- those are moments that matter.

04 June, 2015

Conversations about Dead Skin with Gage

"Dust is disgusting because it's our dead skin. It's the skin we used to have. Like probably my skin when I was four. That was a long time ago. It's all dead skin particles, like when you shave your feet. And also I can spell 'together'."

(I use a scouring grate on my feet because they crack really bad.)

Gage took this picture of his new shoes.

I love being a mom.
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