2017 Stories – 17 – A Day in the Life

I was intending to do a Week in the Life this week, but after the day I had on Tuesday, I just decided I didn’t want to do it. So the only day I took a lot of photos ended up being Monday. So I figured it could be a Day in the Life even though it wasn’t really an ordinary day because David had no school and so we let Nathaniel skip it, too. And I took the day off work. None of these are typical. But still here are snippets from our day.

I wake up to find Nathaniel reading on the couch. This is very typical for just about every morning. He’s since started reading the Percy Jackson series.

He also turns on all my shiny lights. I think this is because he wakes up when it’s still dark (and also he loves the lights just like I do.)

A quick early morning shot together. David’s still sleeping.

It’s time to wake up David because Nathaniel and I are very hungry. David got this from HarryPotter land and it’s one of his favorite things to sleep with, it’s extremely soft. The other blue/pink one is his favorite Pokemon which was handmade by a wonderful lady on etsy.

I told Nathaniel that he always has his mouth open in all my photos. Here’s what I got in return. You’ll see he made me live to regret mentioning it.

We went to Cafe Borrone for breakfast, one of our favorite places. His mouth is still open and you can see David didn’t think it’s funny either.

We’re back home and while the kids played, I checked out the new Facebook group for my wonderful Life Restoration class.

Then it was time to do some painting while listening to a book.

During the camp, one of the ladies was wearing LuLaroe and it was so soft that I decided I had to get one (I have since bought one more.)


While Nathaniel played in mine room, David watched some movies on the stairs.


I decided these rocks would be my June art project. I loved the ones I saw at Melody’s ranch.


Shine cards are my May project and my homework for One Little Word in April. I took the time to journal a few.

Then it was time to go out again so we went to Palo Alto for some super yummy food. We love the waffles with nutella and bananas and strawberries at Coupa Cafe.

And I love the cappuccinos, too.

Then we went to Rocket Fizz which sells just about any candy you can imagine. David got a chocolate bar with cake batter and Nathaniel got gummy roulettes.

We dropped David off at his Tech Challenge session and got back home. I love how the tree is so big right now.

While Nathaniel read, I spent some time working on my Life Restoration work.

And planned the rest of my week.

Then it was time to go to Kepler’s to see one of Nathaniel’s favorite authors. The first three rows were full of his classmates.

He spent time chatting with all of them.

And then got to have his books signed and we loved listening to Andy Griffiths again. He is absolutely amazing and if you have little kids and he comes to your town, you must must go see him. He’s amazing.


Then it was time to go home, shower and go to bed. David was also home from his session. He listened to a bit of music while I made lunches for the next day and listened to more of my book. It was an unusual day but also a magical one.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 16 – Meeting Kathy and Melody

I spent last week at Life Restoration Camp. This is a multi-part story. I need to write about this one for a few weeks but I first need to digest everything so I can write about it. But one of the highlights of the week was meeting Melody and Kathy in person. I’ve worked with these two amazing women for quite some time and it’s been a dream of mine to get to meet them, hug them, and hug them some more. I got to do all that and more this week. 

To say that I am grateful would be the understatement of the year. 

There are thousands of words I will write about Life Restoration Camp. But this week’s story is dedicated to honoring the two women (and many others who work with them) who have changed my life permanently. 

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 15 – The yard

I don’t have a story this week but I have this lovely photo as the weather finally got a bit warmer for a little while (it’s cold again now.) and we decided to take out the hammock and enjoy the warmish days. I love sitting in the yard and so do the kids. i love watching them sit together, laugh together and be together. may they have each other forever.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 14 – Nathaniel’s New Adventure

At the beginning of this school year, Nathaniel decided he wanted to apply to the same school David started this year. He kept seeing how engaged David was and how much he was thriving and he wanted it for himself. I too wanted that for him. I also would love to have both my kids at the same school again (assuming it’s a proper fit for each, of course.)

So Nathaniel applied, we wrote a bunch of essays, he went to a Shadow day which he loved and to an Activity day, which he also loved. And then we waited. 

And waited.

For him to get in, someone had to leave the school because third grade is not a year where they expand the class. I tried to explain this to him but he was still so excited, and he was counting down all the days. 

When I finally got the call that he was the only boy they accepted to the third grade class, I cried and cried and then got home and gave Nathaniel the very best news and hugged him so tight.

And then two days later, he finally got his envelope in the mail. This particular school puts wonderful confetti into their acceptance envelopes (which Nathaniel knew from David’s one last year.) so he opened his very carefully and saved every single confetti. 

I love you my sweet boy. Here’s to the beginning of a new and wonderful adventure.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 13 – STEM Fair


Last weekend was the STEM fair in David’s school. It’s a K-12 event and like most things this school does, it was absolutely mind-blowing. The sixth graders had 3 displays. One on ooblecks, one on making little drawing robots, and one on general relativity as in the photo above (oh and something cool with play dough and electricity you can see in the last photo.) Jake tells me the demo above demonstrates Einstein’s theory of how gravity is actually a stretching of space and time, not a “force” and the lycra shows how this works. I had to copy his exact words because I still don’t get it. Science was never my strong suit and I so so wish it were because the sixth grade was a tiny tiny fraction of this incredible day. They had robots, a whole math section, research papers, amazing chemistry demos and on and on. Professors from Stanford. I can’t even tell you because I don’t appreciate the awesomeness due to my lack of science education. But the kids did appreciate it. They walked around, they learned, they loved it. So did Jake who knows a lot more science than I do. 

I decided I needed to take a lot more science classes so I can actually understand next year.

So grateful that my sons get to experience all this!

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 12 – Nathaniel’s Valentine Too

A few weeks ago I posted the Valentine Nathaniel made for Paige, I wanted to make sure to also post the Valentine he received from his friend Emerson. It says: Dear Nathaniel, you are a sweet, awesome, fantastic friend. I like it when you smile because it makes me feel happy when you do it. I like your creative imagination because you can figure things out easily. From, Emerson.

Gotta love second graders. 

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 11 – Inspiration Board

The March prompt for One Little Word 2017 was to put together an inspiration board. This is one of my favorite projects each year and this year was no exception. I love love love looking at this board. I love how shiny, mindful, love-filled, bold and open it feels to me. 

I use these boards as my computer background, i glue them to my notebooks, and i even use them as a wallpaper on my phone. A constant reminder of my inspiration for 2017.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 10 – Two Days in Los Angeles

Up until last week, my kids had never been to Disneyland. Or Disney-anything. When I was in sixth grade, my family went on this wonderful trip from Paris to New York to Orlando to Miami. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I still remember it vividly. It was my first time in the United States. My first time in Disney World. And I loved every moment of it.

My parents did a similar trip with my sister’s kids a few years ago but Nathaniel had just been born so I couldn’t join. Almost eight years later, I still hadn’t taken either kid to a Disney Park and I really wanted to change that. I really wanted to go myself. I still find it all magical.

So I decided we would spend part of our Winter Break there. We drove down to Los Angeles and spent one day in Disneyland and one day at Universal Studios. It was an insane amount of walking and standing and just a lot of chaos in 48 hours but we did it!

David liked parts of Disneyland but on the whole preferred Universal. Nathaniel liked Harry Potterland and some of the rides at Universal but on the whole liked Disneyland better because it had a lot more rides. So I feel it was worth going to both (for our family.)

I wish I’d gone when the kids were a bit younger and might have found it a bit more magical. I will say that the highlight for both of the kids was the Electric Light Parade at the end of the Disneyland day. So there’s some magic left in both of them after all.

Here are some other photos from our adventure:

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 09 – Nathaniel’s Valentine

Nathaniel’s class only did one valentine per kid this year. (woohooo!) which gave each kid time to personalize his valentines. Nathaniel got Paige. The night before, it was clear that he lost the one he’d been working on so we sat together and did an impromptu one! Here’s the cute little card he did. And I love what he wrote in the back.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 08 – 100 Equations that equal 100

Two weeks ago, Nathaniel’s class celebrated 100th day of school.

In preparation for this, each student was told to bring 100 of an item and then sort/group them in a way they chose. A few days before the assignment was due, Nathaniel asked me if I could email his teacher and ask if it would be ok for him to do something different. I asked him what he wanted to do and he said he’d like to do 100 equations that equal to a 100.

Teachers said it was ok (after they talked to him about how he planned to group it.) So this little boy and I wrote down 100 formulas which he grouped and put on a lovely poster.

I love my boy so much!

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017?here.

2017 Stories – 07 – White Ribbon

Even though David stopped a while ago, Nathaniel is still continuing to go to swimming class. Despite a long lull last year, he’s been excitedly earning his ribbons. He earned his freestyle one just a few months ago and then the backstroke one just last week. My little boy is happy, joyous and now learning how to swim breast stroke.

I love you my sunshine.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 06 – Working on Lunch

For the last five years, my kids have been bringing lunch to school every day. My kids are picky with what they eat so our lunch was the exact same thing every day:

  • A danimal yogurt
  • A cheese stick (mozzarella for N and cheddar for D)
  • a few ritz or graham crackers
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich on white bread for D and just a jelly one for N
  • a banana for N and an apple for D
I know that doesn’t sound super-terrible but now that i’ve been reading up on food, here’s how I am breaking this down:
  • danimals has no actual yogurt in it, mostly chemicals
  • cheese stick is ok
  • ritz or graham crackers have no nutritional value and likely make my kids hungrier
  • PB&J – white bread I use has pretty much no nutritional value and a lot of scary stuff in it, both the PB and J is similar with tons of added sugar.
  • fruit is ok 🙂
They used to eat oatmeal (packaged) for breakfast and sandwiches and fruit for dinner.
Sooooo… as part of the work I started last summer, I’ve been working with my kids to eat better and more variety of foods. When the school year started we did a big makeover and bought some salad containers and my kids began eating salads. After reading Michael Pollan’s book last week, I decided that wasn’t enough and did an overhaul of all of their lunches. They still need a bit of work but I think we’re in a much better place. Here’s what they have now:
  • for main lunch:
    • spinach salad + shredded carrots
    • corn for N and goat cheese for D
    • strawberries+raspberries+black berries – i buy these at the farmer’s market weekly
    • organic turkey deli meat  – likely not good enough but not sure what else i can do at the moment
    • jelly sandwich on Dave’s Killer Bread – 21 Grains Thin Sliced
  •  for snacks:
    • grapes
    • cheese stick
    • an egg and peanuts for N
    • raisins for D (his school is nut free)
We’ve also changed up dinner to be broccoli, fruit, chicken, and then they can have their favorite dessert.  Breakfast is yogurt and bananas and granola for N.
This is not perfect in any way. Here are some issues I see with it:
  • it lacks variety. I have signed up for CSA and I will slowly introduce different things.
  • it’s high on fruits. this is not ideal but i’ve replaced all simple carbs with fruits. i think it’s ok for now. slowly we can increase the veggie to fruit ratio.
  • the deli meat is not ideal, i’d rather they have chicken or fish or some other protein (we already have a lot of dairy so i’d rather not add that.) they are still a bit too prickly with meat/fish so i am taking my time on that.
  • i’d like to find at least one more snack for David
  • i’m not fond of the jelly. it has a ton of added sugar, i’d like to find an alternative that’s healthier even if it’s still jelly.
These are the core things I’d like to work on at the moment. If we can increase the veggie variety to 5-6 instead of just spinach, carrots and broccoli (and corn for N), I’d be happier. I’d like to add zucchini, squash, green beans to the list at a minimum. I’d also like to do better on protein. Just those two would already make me happier.
Considering the fact that I don’t cook at all, I think this isn’t terrible. For every meal now, my kids are eating some fruit and they have dairy at breakfast and lunch and veggies at lunch and dinner. A marked improvement from last year.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.