We have the four seasons, Thanksgiving/Christmas season, and in our family, soccer season. This last weekend our daughter's soccer team went to Arizona for a soccer tournament. It was a fun, albeit adventurous weekend, with a couple of girls catching the stomach flu. Thankfully, the team won all their games in shut-outs, becoming Champions in their division.
(I love the shadows in the picture above.)
As a busy family with 3 kids in sports, sitting together for a meal during the week is difficult. I'm trying to be proactive this year and preparing meals ahead of time. Any great ideas?
Hello - it's been a long time. I've been slowly picking up the paint brush again. The painting above is based on our kids when we were in Vail seven years ago. With the help from my mom, they made 3 snowmen just like above.
My mom spent hours out in the snow rolling those big snowballs out to help the kids make the snowmen.
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and holiday season. It will be difficult without my mom around, but I am trying to make the best of the "new normal". I want to create more fun memories for my kids, and just enjoy the little experiences that come our way.
It's been about 2 months since my mom's passing. Some days are easier than others. There are days when I've accepted her death, knowing she's in heaven, that she's at peace, and I will see her again.
Then there are days that when I am overcome by the knowledge that she is gone, and I am just so sad. Often, for a split second, I forget she is gone. When the phone rings, I think it's her, then I remember.
A few weeks ago, a friend suggested I paint a picture to let some of my feelings for my mom out. To be honest, I hadn't picked up a brush for at least 6 months. I could not find one ounce of motivation.
However, the other day, on one of my "weepy" days, I picked up a brush, pried open the stuck-on, paint dried, caps to my tubes of paint, and painted. "In My Mother's Arms" is a small, simple, and raw painting of how I felt sitting in my mom's lap as a child. It was a release of some pent-up emotion, and I felt better afterwards.