It was so amazing to join my voice with so many others. And to sing with that amazing organ. Its richness cannot be felt through the recording. Sitting so close to the pipes and to feel their reverberation was exhilarating.
The speakers were amazing. Some changed my outlook on life. Feel free to watch it.
So, my hubby is from Seattle. I went to high school there and lived there a total of 7 years.
We go back to the Northwest
We ache for the beach.
It means something to us.
Our home has some beach elements in it.
And I've been editing beach photos of our family.
I want to fill a wall with them. All different sizes, with uniform frames.
Hopefully it will get done soon.
This pic is precious because these two are 5 years apart. And now that they are 12 and 7, they don't do much together. But at the beach they did.
I once even got to dress them almost matching. Not quite, but almost.
I have over 55 pictures that I've edited to go on my wall.
But my wall is very small.
So, I may have to pick and chose.
I love all of these pictures.
They each tell a story.
Grandpa taught the kids lots of secrets at the beach.
Little L has no fear of cold. She loves the water.
This pic is precious. My mother-in-law, Beckee, passed away 4 years ago while waiting for a lung transplant. I have very few pics of her. (I think I take so many pictures now because once someone is gone you can't go back and recapture those moments.)
I love my new haircut. I've had it for a bit now (maybe a month, ooh I am bad--more on that later*). And I just love how versatile it is.
I can do a nice 1970's sweep.
Or I can do the fun up-do's
I can also after swimming (and washing it at the pool) throw some gel in it and have a fun summer do. Plus I love what the Salt Water Spray does for it. YUM!
So, there you have it. I love what my hair is up to these days. How about you? How's your summer hair?
*Now, why I am bad: I traded a hair cut and color for a maxi dress. And I haven't delivered my end of the bargain. Next week, 2/3 of my kids are gone at camp and I am making that maxi dress.
Now for the fun (and it is fun and my kids love doing it):
Set your timer for 7 minutes. Everyone starts. (One of the keys to this success is that I am a team with the littlest one, L) When the times goes off, if that job isn't finished, leave it. That job's paper goes back in the bowl. If the job is finished leave it out. (Originally I said rip it up, but then you couldn't play again without a lot of work)
Keep playing till all the jobs are done.
Now, kids need rewards and incentives. In my house we use a merit system, each merit worth ten cents. For each job completed they get 5 merits. If they finish on the first round, they get a bonus merit. We've never had a job that hasn't been finished in the first round. I go and inspect and they have the chance to fix it without penalty if they don't complain. :) We're able to get the whole house clean in under an hour and the kids love it.
To me, it is totally worth the money I pay them. They clean and don't complain. And we somehow have fun in the middle of it all.