25 March 2019

Mr. Skeleton

Crew is our ringleader in the holiday decor category. He presses me to pull out the Halloween decorations well before October. I usually find myself agreeing because he's so persistent. However, the final product of spider webs and orange mini lights never seems to fully satisfy him. The minimalist in me wants to haul out (and put away and store) less and less each year but Crew is disappointed that our house isn't as spooky as our neighbors. 

We agreed to add one new item each year and this year we wound up with Mr. Skeleton. The boys loved sitting next to him on the porch while waiting for preschool carpools. Mr. Skeleton even temporarily satisfied Crew's desire for more spooky decor. 
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23 March 2019

Golden Hour Light

There are so many things we love about our new street, but I think my very favorite part is how every evening, the golden hour light streams across the cul-de-sac before the sun sets behind the hills. Something about the warm light and long shadows takes my breath away every single day. 

I point it out to my boys day after day with dramatic gasps and expressions like, "Look at that light!" and "Do you see that sky?" They typically roll their eyes at me or respond, "Every single day mom!" But despite their teasing, sometimes they beat me to it. When the light is warm, streaming through the trees, everything is glowing and the clouds are shades of pink and orange, they'll say, "Mom, I bet you're going to tell us to look at the sky." 

It makes my heart happy to think that someday, when they are off living their own lives, they will think of me when they absorb a stunning golden hour.

Thank goodness that day isn't anytime soon and for now, I can capture them playing in breathtaking slanting light just by walking out our front door.
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22 March 2019

Fun Run

The annual school Fun Run is something we all look forward to. 

It has typically been held in the spring, right before Spring Break. But this year, it was moved to the fall so that the money raised would benefit the entire school year. That means we had a Fun Run in the spring and in the fall in 2017, so we have lots of 2017 t-shirts around the house now.

We started out bright and early to show our support for second grade Nash.
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Crew of course had to wear one of the many Fun Run t-shirts we own just like his big brothers. He settled right in to high-fiving duty.
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It wasn't long before he gave that up and just ran with all the second graders. 
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We knew it might rain and before the race was over, it started drizzling.
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Crew shielded himself with my backpack cover.
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Nash, however, didn't mind finishing out that race in the rain one bit.
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We came back a few hours later to watch fourth grade Blake run.
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Crew didn't waste any time jumping in this time around.
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Finn stuck to cheerleader duty.
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There were dark clouds looming but we made it through Blake's race with no rainfall.
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Blake and Nash ran 70 laps between them and Crew added in some more. The fundraiser was a huge success as always. And there's something about the whole town being out for an event that just makes me happy.


21 March 2019

Fall Swim

Blake made it past the one year mark of year round swimming and he really started to find his stride. He advanced into a higher level which meant his practice time increased to 1.5 hours, three days a week. Each practice consisted of swimming well over 1000 meters. Practice was definitely not easy but Blake was incredibly loyal to his team and pushed through a lot of discomfort. 

I rarely stayed for practice because I was usually running the other boys in three different directions, but occasionally I'd sneak in early and admire the golden light shining across the lanes.
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I happened to catch a balancing game they were playing at the end of practice one day.
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Blake's hard work paid off during swim meets. His times consistently dropped. It's amazing how much excitement there is over a drop of a few seconds.
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Blake's friends came to support him at one of his particularly scorching hot meets. 
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He beamed from all that love and support.
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10 March 2019

Feeling the Seasons

I'm not sure if you can call it fall when it's still close to 100 degrees, so we have to go to Disneyland to "feel" the seasons. It transforms from Americana at the beginning of September...
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...to full on Halloween a few weeks later. I am reminded that it is indeed fall even if the temperature outside doesn't feel like it.
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