Thursday, May 20, 2010

Another quick trip back in time

How cute are these two toddlers (now big grown up 9 year olds)??  I was sorting through picture folders (organization makes me happy!) and came across such fun pictures from this trip. 
One of my favorite things about this trip is how attached Spencer and Em were to each other.  She tried to hide him when it was time for us to leave so he wouldn't have to go.  Cutie kids!
We DO NOT see this family nearly often enough and we need to remedy that!
We miss you guys Evans clan!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pack, sort, blah

Or sort, sort, sort, toss, pack, blah.  So many changes are coming for us and this month is turning into our "go through everything with a fine tooth comb" month.  We're analyzing our reason behind everything we own.  We don't want to pack and move things that don't need to go with us anymore.  I'm accepting that just because someone gave me something doesn't mean I have to keep moving it with us from place to place if I don't use it and love it and need it and want it (or any combo of these).  So it feels like we're getting rid of as much as we're packing away to the storage unit we've rented.  (The 'keep' pile of boxes tells a different story though).
In fact, that wonderful, fabulous stash of boxes we had from John's brother's recent move into our neighborhood?  We used them all.  Luckily we have more connections.  Yesterday I went to my mother-in-law's house then to my mom's house (no boxes) but on the way back to my house I pass a liquor store.  Liquor stores have great strong boxes!  (Many of my moves would have you thinking I'm a raging alcoholic if you were just to look at the stack of boxes...) So I stopped to see if they'd save me some and what do you know?  They had a pile right there at the front door ready for me!  Then later yesterday afternoon I was at the grocery store with Spencer and Mak and we went to say howdy to John's brother 'uncle boone'.  While we were chatting with him I inquired about boxes, he took us to a magical room FULL of them.  And they were good boxes!  Before when moving I've kind of hated grocery store boxes because they have been squashed, and ripped, and water damaged and such.  But these were good ones.  So I took a few.  Daniel asked if we'd need more because he could take more at the end of his shift, (of course we did!). 

So last night my garage magically filled with boxes again!  Now we have all we need to make it through the whole move!  (if not then it is simply a sign that we haven't gotten rid of enough stuff!).

Back to analyzing our real reason to keep any and everything we own, I find that a lot of my 'keeps' are for sentimental reasons.  I've kept baby clothes of Spencer's (down to one small box now, it gets smaller every time I go through it).  I've kept baby books of Spencer's (down to a few select must keeps like "Little Sheep Time to Sleep" and "What Do You Do With a Kangaroo?" and ones that have inscriptions from his parents, grandparents etc.).  These are manageable keeps.  But I also have his first tricycle, a larger, not as manageable keep if we aren't using it. And then there are things I've kept that just stay in a box or sit on a shelf that are a bit sentimental to me because of where they came from but not really my I've decided I'm going to take pictures of these and maybe make a little book of items with a little story about each, keep the book and part with the clutter of the actual items.

And the tricycle (and mouse ears) and a huge box of books found a home with this girl and her little sister.

It is easier to let things go when you know they'll be loved!

Jen keeps asking "aren't you sad? doesn't this make you sad?, is leaving this house going to be sad?" in regards to our moving, our parting with so much 'stuff' etc.  Yep, it does. But oh so happy too!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother's Day Flowers

On Saturday we took the kids to plant Mother's Day flowers.  I love little things like this available in the community to go participate in.  This was followed by a trip into the store to "just look" at toys.  That was followed by leaving the store with a crying 4 year old whose heart was broken that we were really just looking and not buying.  Happily he was asleep by the time we got home!
We hope all you mommies out there had a Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New bookbag

I had an urge to be at my sewing machine the other day.  But no urge at all to be very inventive or to measure and cut.  So, I made these matchy bookbags out of already cut up scraps of fabric.  Start to finish about a half hour, satisfied my desire to sew for now and I know some girls who just may like these.

Friday, May 07, 2010

A little Honey

How fantastic is it that these cute girls live just down the street now and we can see them more often?  Very, we think.
Even though for the most part Karissa calls me "Aunt Liza" (because Aunties are pretty interchangeable right? haha)  We love having them here.  I wish I'd gotten some pictures of the 'before' of this yarn.  Lexi loved it and carried it around for almost an hour just cuddling with it.  Then Karissa must have noticed that Lexi was holding it and she wasn't, and these pictures show how she remedied that! 
There was much singing of Little Mermaid songs, I loved it!
When I told Karissa her picture looked great she said "I know, because I'm a little Honey!".  Cutie girl!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

My Favorite Bus

I have a favorite bus, that's right.  A favorite bus.  Do you?  There is this fantastic old broken down bus near this fantastic old broken down building, in this great field with a bunch of trees that I pass on my way to work. Someday I'll find out who owns it because I want to ask permission to go take more pictures.  For now, here is this one.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Side by Side

Last week there was a day like this.  I wish I'd had a better camera with me at the moment, since these pictures do not do it justice but I didn't, so I'll have to make due with these.  
It was one of those magical days that you almost can't believe.  In one direction it is sunny and bright and clear and on the other side of a very straight line, like it was drawn with a ruler, it is dark and gray and black and heavy.  Like two very different days sitting side by side and somehow I'm there and able to see them both. I drove from what felt like one day right into the next.  It makes you want to look a little further and see if yesterday's yesterday or tomorrow's tomorrow is sitting there in plain view too, if you just take time to look.  Magical. 

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Less stuff, I want less stuff

As we continue in the 'rid ourselves of clutter' mode and continue cleaning up and preparing to move out of this house I'm fighting feeling overwhelmed.  Actually I'm teetering on the fence between overwhelmed and just addicted to getting rid of more stuff! It feels so good to 'lighten the load'.  I know it has been said again and again but truly I feel lighter emotionally as I get rid of stuff.  Less baggage all the way around.  I love it.

I have downsized my book collection by at least half.  I still have about a billion, maybe on my next time through them I'll be able to part with more.  Books are heavy, boxes of books are no fun to move!  I'm trying to adopt the philosophy that I can part with them and if I'm supposed to read them again they'll find their way into my life one way or another later on.  Trust the universe right?

The more we get rid of the more I want to get rid of.  I want much less stuff.  Moving would be so pleasant (as pleasant as moving can be) with only stuff I need/use/want instead of all this extra that I don't really know why we've held on to.  It is a big job in front of me.  Wish me luck!

We have found a great source for boxes!  John's brother and sister-in-law just moved in just down the street from us so as they unpack they're passing their boxes on to us.  See how I'm focusing on the positive instead of how sad sad sad it is that they live so close now and we're moving?  Really though we're quite sad that we'll only be neighbors for a few weeks.  We'll just have to find a way to make the most of the next few weeks!