May Moments

Hi there!  Long time no chat!  May is turning into a very, very busy month.  School is winding down in one way, but it is full steam ahead in another!  Tonight is “SOL Eve” for our standardized state testing.  Let’s just say that SOL testing is grueling for everyone…students…teachers…even the primary-age students and teachers!  This testing period really extends until about the last day of school.  Ick.  However, {and this is a big HOWEVER}, SOL season does mean that we are this.close to the end of the school year and a well-deserved summer break for students and teachers.  Hallelujah!  I’m dreaming of hanging out in my PJs, relaxing/doing fun stuff with Holden, and just settling into the more relaxed pace.  I even get excited about making lunch for the Mr. in the summertime.  He usually eats at home a few days a week to get to spend more time with us.  Oh, summer.  Hurry along!

We’ve been trying to savor every moment of this summer-like weather with lots of outside time.  We even got another beach trip in already!

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The weather was just perfect for a beachy picnic.  Holden has been so well-behaved at the beach recently that I’m even contemplating “brining a char to SIT in.”  Be still my heart!  No more barely sitting on a sandy towel!  This is the thing dreams are made of!

In fitness news, I’ve discontinued running for the time being in favor of longer walks with Roscadoo.  We hit the 50 minute walk, and I think it’s safe to say R is very much in favor of my new cardio routine.  IMG_1575

I decided to scale back a bit on the exercises that are “harder” on my body like lots of strength training and regular runs.  Instead, I’m doing more walking and more yoga.  I’m still using the elliptical at the gym and my regular weights routine 2-3 times per week.  I am not trying to up my weight or really push myself in these departments.  Just trying some new to see how my body reacts to it.  I must admit that a yoga workout is a STRENGTH workout as well!  Wow!  I love using the http://www.doyogawithme.com website to switch it up and change routines.

This past week was teacher appreciation week at school.  I was showered with flowers, gift cards, thoughtful gifts, thank you notes, lunches, and plants.  Can’t forget all the chocolate too!  It was quite a week, and I was writing thank you notes until my hand went numb!  It’s so nice to be appreciated!

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The weekend before last we had our friends over for dinner.  It included steak, tuna for an appetizer, zucchini squash and cheese casserole, and barley.  For dessert, I made a strawberry balsamic glazed pastry.  I would share the recipe, but I wasn’t impressed with the dessert.  As it was my 2nd attempt at it, I’m officially trashing it as a repeat recipe.  Before we could enjoy all this delicious food, the Mr. had to remove a snake who was sunning himself on our grill.  Gives me the chills thinking about it!  I just hate snakes.

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Like that snake charmer’s moves???  😉

This past weekend I traveled up to Maryland for a friend’s baby shower.  I didn’t get any pictures, but the host assured me that she would share some she took with me.  I’ll post those when I can.  Here’s Holden all prepared to do some work with Poppy.  This was during our ride over.  He actually wore the goggles for about 30 minutes!

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He wasn’t as dazed/mad as he looked in this picture.  Please disregard the “look.”

After the shower, I returned to my parents’ house and got to enjoy time with family the rest of the weekend.  My sister, sister-in-law, and I came together to make a Mother’s Day breakfast for Moochie.  My monkey bread came out undercooked, but everything else was delicious!  The monkey bread wasn’t bad as long as you picked around the doughy parts.

This past weekend gave me a lot of time for thinking as I was driving for literally nine hours total from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.  I am so very thankful for my extended family and our little family.  Being a mom has already been so challenging and rewarding.  I know it will continue to mold me as well as Holden.  Looking back on my life before him, I’m startled to realize how lacking it was.  I know that might not be “PC” to say, but it is true.  The Mr. and I comment all the time on how striving to be a “good” parent and set a “good” example has motivated us to do and say things we may have never until Holden.  It even makes us think differently.  Total game changer!  Saying I’m thankful for him seems so trite, but I don’t know any other words.

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Psalm 127:3

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Psalm 139:13-16

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Natalie

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