Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

Week in Review, 10/4

It’s late, so I think I’ll try a list of the high points, or just things to remember, from the the week just passed: It was homecoming week at school, which meant the kids dressed up every single day. When you wear uniforms all the time, a week of choosing your clothes was exciting! And exhausting. I’m so glad we are back to uniforms tomorrow. I painted! These were my.. Read More

Keep the Biggest Picture in Mind

It’s okay, really, that every single trip and activity isn’t accommodated on a vacation. Decide on your “what,” and then look for other ways to accommodate interests throughout the year. We’ve found that if we think of vacation planning holistically–all the stuff everyone in the family likes to do throughout the year–the big trips feel less make-or-break. We manage expectations and actually have a lot more fun. Matthew loves to.. Read More

Competing Interests

It’s great if you’ve figured out your “what,” but it’s likely that everyone else’s “what” is different from yours! How to handle that? I’ll tell you what we do. Mom and Dad decide. Really!  When we start thinking about our next vacation, everyone chimes in. “I want to go see [insert historic site here].” “We haven’t been scuba diving in ages.” “Let’s go hiking.” “That last place was TOO HOT… Read More

The first question isn’t “Where.”

We used to say that all the time–“Where are we going this year?” But in fact, the real first question is “What?” As in: What do we want to do? What’s been going on at home? What do we need a break from? What do we want to EAT? (seriously. We ask that.) Here’s a great example of how important the “what” is. A couple of years ago, we decided.. Read More

On our way!

Who doesn’t love a vacation? When I think of our favorite family memories, a ton of them seem to be made away from home. We’ve taken some great, and some less great, trips over the years and we have learned a LOT about how to make a good vacation great. For this series, I want to share some of our vacation “lessons” that have helped us over the years. The.. Read More

Week in review…9/29!

Oops, a week in review in the middle of the week.  We are deep into the fall routine, and I actually had to check the pictures on my phone to help me remember what we did! Construction continues in dribs and drabs, as it is wont to do. Except I had a huge problem with my covered arena! I’m not sure if I’ve talked about the fact that we have.. Read More

Week(end) in Review, 9/20

My heavens. This has been one crazy weekend, and I don’t remember one quite like it for a while. I checked the girls out of school at 1 p.m. on Friday to go to Columbus for a horse show and watched them along with other girls from our barn school cross-country. That is the fancy term for practicing the cross-country course before the show. I hopped back in my minivan.. Read More

Worse than writer’s block…

That’s what a sleeping blog is. The mere idea of posting again, no matter how small, becomes daunting. But I’m waking this blog up! So here’s where we are right now. Summer was fun but FAST. I mean, I blinked and it was over. Tons of traveling for all of us, some together and some independent. It changed how we viewed our summer, not as a series of warm, lazy.. Read More

What’s Saving Me Right Now

I was in a muddle most of January. In the whirl of wrapping up loose ends from 2014, and deciding on new things for 2015, and getting on with life and four busy kids, I’ve felt a little lost. The weather has been unpleasantly unpredictable, to boot. Add the stress of a new home that I just want to start building already (but keeps getting held up by silly things.. Read More

Whole30 on Day 20

Hey! I think it’s time I summarized our Whole30 experience. We are on Day 20, going strong. Here’s a summary of what we’ve been eating, with some random thoughts about how it’s going. I’ve tried to link to the recipes I found on the internet. I’m also using Well Fed 2, and I really like that cookbook. I have to say that between this book and NomNom Paleo we have.. Read More