Tuesday, June 24, 2014

a few things learned {in list form}

I've been learning/have been introduced to a few things recently that I'd love to share with you.
Some are fun, some are more serious, and some are down right delicious. Enjoy!

As a mom:

- It's worth the few minutes of planning, potential meltdowns, and sweat that it takes to get out of the house with both boys. (Sometimes I get sweaty when I'm juggling a diaper bag, Nicholas' backpack, toddler, baby, and car keys. It's just the truth.) Outings to the playground, the waterfront, or just to Starbucks are part of making fun memories with the boys, and getting out keeps me sane. Plus nap time is usually more successful when we get out :)

- It's hard to make a thumbs up. According to Nicholas.
"I don't know how to make one!"

- Some preemptive learning about vacationing with kids, from Kristi. We head to Montana next week (yippee!), and I know I will really appreciate her perspective on vacationing as a family - it's worth it, even if we don't get to sit by a pool sans children sipping mojitos all day.

As a person:

- Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is still as bad-A and intense as he's ever been, even though in real life he's a grandfather. And maybe he's had plastic surgery? But we love us the new season of "24."

- Fried egg over spinach quinoa. EASY and YUM. I add sliced zucchini, some garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. Husband approved. And lest you think I'm uber healthy: watermelon mojitos, and Samoas ice cream. I heart summer.

As a believer:

- I'm continuing to learn that "flash in the pan" faith is easy, and steadfast, long-haul faith is not - but I'd much rather the latter. Jesus is worthy of the hard stuff and He never wastes the waiting seasons.

- I want to believe more that God is ABLE. "Do you continually regard God as able? Do you stand in His name? Our victory rests not on faith in our spirituality. Our victory rests on faith in our God."
- Beth Moore, from her book that I mention below.

As a reader:

- There's hope for having a great relationship with strong-willed kiddos! I've been reading You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded), and I've been laughing, and saying "thank you" prayers. There's loads of wisdom in here, for kids of all ages - even toddlers!

- I am loving this study on David by Beth Moore, A Heart Like His. It's easy to read and holds so much TRUTH. I read a chapter or two at a time, and then have a lot to think about and process.

As a Seattle-ite:

- Whether you have kids or not, you gotta get yourself to the Woodland Park Zoo this summer. Before we even got out of the parking lot and into the zoo, Nicholas declared our zoo day as "the best day ever!" I've never seen so many smiles on a kid, and as an adult, I stinkin' loved it. It surprised me how giddy I was over seeing giraffes and peacocks. But our favorite was the penguins!

As a blogger:

- Free, gorgeous stock photos from Unsplash and Death to Stock Photo are rocking my world.
(The picture in my title photo is from Death to Stock.)

- The Influence Network just keeps getting more fun, creative, and helpful.
I cannot wait for the conference in September, they recently came out with a self-paced blogging course, and I love receiving their monthly newsletters. And the member forums will be back up really soon, and even better than before!

What pieces of wisdom, or helpful hints, or recipes have been rocking your world lately?

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