Weekly Diary – January 18 2015

Still not taking any photos. Let’s see if I can rectify that starting this week. I’d like to say week two was all about getting back into routine but I’d so totally be lying. This week was possibly busier than last week. Meetings, teaching, middle school trips, personal projects and of course lots and lots of work.

And in a continuing saga, Nathaniel now has a double-ear infection. Yum.

All in all, everything ended okay and we’re still chugging along here but I can’t say we’re in any kind of a consistent, reliable routine yet. Here’s to hoping we make it there before the end of the month.

In the spirit of keeping tabs on my priorities and goals weekly, here’s some of what worked and didn’t work this week so far:

Worked Well:

  • I am still sketching my daily girls.
  • I worked on all my My Mind’s Eye work for February.
  • I managed to complete all my weekly projects relatively painlessly.
  • Still doing well with the skin cream.
  • I’ve managed the 5-2 this week without pain, too.
  • Didn’t do as well on veggies but still eating a bunch.
  • I spent a lot of time with David and Nathaniel, working and playing.
  • Started teaching math weekly to David and a classmate
  • Started Nathaniel’s gratitude journal
  • Took Nathaniel to the movies with a bunch of his friends.
  • Went to two middle schools this week to kickoff our research/process.
  • I’ve been really good at saying yes to my boys.
Needs more Work:
  • I only journaled one time all week.
  • I still didn’t start Mommy reading to Nathaniel.
  • I only exercised once this week.
  • I didn’t drink enough water or take my vitamins.
  • Still lacking on the sleep.
  • I want to be more organized about how I spend my time.

So for this upcoming week, the two i want to focus on changing the most are the same two I had last week: blocking my times and exercising. I still think both are crucial and will help me get the other ones on my list done more effectively. Until I get those rolling, I don’t want to pick others.

Here are a few more photos from this week:

Nathaniel working on his gratitude journal.

Family photos.

I love looking at these photos.

silly faces all around.

and lots of laughter.

we loved percy jackson this week. and had to keep reminding nathaniel to look at the camera.

and my very favorite: tickle time!

and here we are. A busy but productive and amazing week. I am so grateful for my life.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – January 11 2015

I don’t know if this is because I take so many photos during December as part of December Daily, but I realized that I didn’t really take any photos in the first week of the year. I had nothing to weed through when doing this week’s update.

This was a long and busy week. The boys and I had to work on going back to our routines of getting up early, preparing lunches, doing daily chores, etc. I am cochairing their school Benefit so work for that ramped up starting this week, too. And over the course of this week we’ve also committed to a big project David’s going to work on that will be taking up a good chunk of his time during the week with regular trips over the weekend. And, as if that wasn’t enough, I also committed to doing math with David and one other boy every week for an hour. All this happened in a span of two days, making my life a bit more frenzied than I like. And all this will make for a very busy winter and spring.

Not to mention my actual work. Which is all new to me and I waver between being really excited and really scared.

On top of all this, Nathaniel woke up with a fever of 102.7 Thursday night which then climbed up to 103.4 by the time he made it to the doctor. This meant that our plans for going skiing this weekend had to be canceled at the very last minute. The little boy is all better now, thankfully. And, as it worked out, this weekend was a good one to be in town. The universe always works in magical ways.

I also thought it might be interesting to keep an ongoing tab of what worked well each week and what might need a bit more shifting so I can keep myself more aware of my priorities and goals and not evaluate them only at the end of the year. Here’s some of what worked and didn’t work this week so far:

Worked Well:

  • I managed to sketch almost every morning.
  • I started a monthly project and worked on it daily.
  • I managed to complete all my weekly projects relatively painlessly.
  • I’ve been putting skin cream on almost every single night and morning.
  • I’ve managed the 5-2 this week without pain.
  • Every weekday I ate at least one if not two servings of vegetables.
  • I took my required vitamins almost every day.
  • I’ve been really good at saying yes to my boys.
Needs more Work:
  • I only journaled one time all week.
  • I didn’t read to Nathaniel.
  • I did no exercise all week. I need to come up with a plan and execute it.
  • I didn’t drink enough water.
  • I did okay on the sleep but need to get more consistent with it.
  • Now that I am overly committed, the weekly blocking is even more crucial.

So for this upcoming week, the two i want to focus on changing the most are blocking my times and exercising. I think both are crucial and will help me get the other ones on my list done more effectively. Then, the next week I can work on journaling and water, etc.

Here are a few more photos from this week:

Little sick boy who’s such a good sport even when he’s sick.

My three wonderful boys, giggling and having a fun time.

They always know how to have fun.

And how to make me laugh.

and smile.

This week’s we loves were: We love the Patriots, we love the tech challenge, we love plants vs zombies 2.

and my very favorite: tickle time!

and here we are. A crazy but lovely week. I am so grateful for my life.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Merry Christmas!

From our home to yours. I hope your day is as magical as ours.

Weekly Diary - November 9 2014

It’s been over 4 months since I last posted photos of us. I have no excuse. It’s mostly due to laziness. I will probably eventually backfill but who knows when. I figured in the meantime I can at least start again.

Here are my boys in halloween gear.

David was Boba Fett.

my wonderful boy.

and Nathaniel was a storm trooper.

Nathaniel just got a new bed. It’s one of those beds that has a sliding ben under it so Halloween night David spent the night in his room. Here they are playing games with Daddy.

that Sunday morning, we ended up in the ER. Nathaniel had an ear infection.

Here he’s playing something really quietly.

Monday night my good friend Rebi whom I haven’t seen in years and years calls to tell me she’s in town so she came down to spend the day with me on Tuesday and it was awesome. We also didn’t forget to vote.

On Thursday I was invited to an all day event with several other moms from my kids’ school so I took the day off and it was quite lovely. And then Friday was my last day on the Chrome team. Coincidentally, we had an offsite at Great America. This is me with two of my coworkers.

On Saturday, David got his breaststroke ribbon which means he only has one more stroke to learn: butterfly.

Daddy and Nathaniel playing with magnets.

as David practices his guitar.

little boy coloring with watercolors.

and my three awesome men. The light has been awful so there’s a lot of noise.

but i don’t care.

because i cherish these photos no matter what.

we still have tickle time.

but we’ve recently begun making funny faces, too.

the kids really get into it.

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – June 15 2014

I am finally catching up on my photos i think this should be the last of them:

we went strawberry picking

it was quite windy and cold, which is actually nice

since it’s usually really hot.

the boys had a wonderful time. the berries were delicious.

and they were so happy.

we intended to pick just a bit.

but we couldn’t stop.

it was just too much fun.

David performed “Demons” for his school Talent Show. He was really awesome and it was such a brave thing to do. We were very proud of him.

Nathaniel finished Preschool and one of the classmates’ mom had a little graduation ceremony.

they got to make cap and gowns.

and waited in line for their little package.

he looks unhappy but he was really happy the whole day.

when we went back for his portfolio we snapped a photo with his teachers.

and then it was family photo time.

we made lots of funny faces.

nathaniel’s “blankie” made an appearance.

and then it’s tickle time.

my favorite!!

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – June 8 2014

I am trying to play catch up again:

the light lately seems to be even worse in early morning.

my hair is all gray in these photos.

but we are all still full of joy

and laughter.

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – June 1 2014

I am trying to play catch up again. I will get better about these:

the light lately seems to be bad here so these are blurry.

these were right after N’s party at school so he’s covered with hair paint.

face paint.

and tattoos. 19 of them.

doesn’t he look fierce?.

even while laughing.

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – May 25 2014

I haven’t posted in three weeks so there are a lot of photos here, feel free to ignore them:

boys playing in the backyard.

nathaniel spent a lot of time in his Pjs and in boxes.

quite happy.

his little mother’s day card. i love it.

and the cover.

drawing in his time machine.

so very content. i love this boy.

some more art.

Jake’s parents visited for grandparents day.

and i took the opportunity to snap photos of course.

it had been such a long time.

since i took anything with them.

and i love these.

my sweet inlaws.

jake’s mom totally redid out front yard.

the boys loved helping.

he had promised the boys, so jake got a diet coke and some mentos.

he’s dropping them into the soda here.

and boom!!

david loved it.

the next day, we went hiking.

nathaniel made funny faces

and then some more.

he made us laugh and laugh.

then they left and a few days later my sister came to town.

we took the boys to swim class.

and snapped photos of course.

we walked around and the boys played on her phone

and i snapped shots.

and more

they ate it up.

then Jake took some of us.

and we laughed.

and hugged.

and laughed more.

and she took some of Jake and me too.

then we took the kids to the park.

where they had fun.

and i snapped photos.

i love seeing them so happy.

and jake took photos of us, too.

it was so very joyful.

then it was family photo time.

nathaniel was entertained.

we love video games.

and tickle time!!

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – May 18 2014

one more week of backfill:

nathaniel’s face has a red blotch.

and i have no idea why.

but i love the photos anyway.

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – May 11 2014

these are family photos just to back fill because we did take them:

they are blurry i know

but they were our only chance this week

and so we went with it.

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – May 4 2014

Here are some photos from this week.This week was mostly about Nathaniel’s Fifth Birthday.:

We got back from Yosemite in time for our local easter celebration but N’s eye was still hurting and he had a fever so he only got to go out for 10 minutes.

Thankfully on his birthday he was back to being fully healthy.

like his brother he got a big balloon and a cupcake when he woke up.

which he blew out in one whiff.

David got to go spend time with him at school a bit.

they are looking up where Turkey is.

then Nathaniel got to do his celebration at school. Here he’s telling his teacher how big he was at birth.

and the earth is going around the sun one more time.

nathaniel wanted his brother to be the sun with him this year.

and finally he’s five and gets to blow out the candle. I love the way they celebrate at his school.

He got some Mo Willems books because he’s our favorite author!

and some legos and magnets.

and the Mo Willems Pigeon activity book (which I think he liked, don’t you think so?)

that weekend, we did a small celebration in our little park as we’ve done every year since we lived here.

it’s been nice to see all the kids grow up over the years.

Nathaniel was so happy to be there.

it is so lovely to see his smiling face

and here’s the cake he picked. it was quite delicious.

then it was photo time.

love my family so much.

especially that they put up with my photos.

and smile when i ask (or threaten no video games if they don’t.)

and let me tickle despite not liking it.

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – April 27 2014

Here are some photos from this week. We went to Yosemite for a few days so most of my shots are from there but I changed to my wide angle which I don’t think is as good (or I don’t know how to use it as well.):

The first thing we did was to get ice cream of course.

they weren’t thrilled to pose for photos, they wanted to run around.

per my goal for 2014, I asked Jake to take pictures of us.

even though the boys weren’t so excited about it.

but they did it to make me happy.

and happy i was.

love having photos with my boys.

and I snapped some of the boys with their dad, too!

nathaniel insisted I take some photos on top of the rocks.

then i got in one more shot with my boys.

and we were back to rock posing.

he had a whole routine planned.

then it was David’s turn.

and one with both boys.

that afternoon, the boys took a bike tour and Nathaniel was in a trailer and he got something in his eye. We thought it would go away but when he was still hurting the next morning (and he was burning up, too.), so we decided to drive back home in time to make it to the doctor’s office. When we got there, he didn’t seem to have anything wrong with his eye but he gave Nathaniel a patch in case it would help relax him and sent us on our way.

The next day was easter celebration in our little complex. I knew Nathaniel really wanted to go but he was still pretty sick. So we stopped for about 5 minutes, got a few eggs and I snapped one photo.

and that was it for Easter. He was sick for 3 more days but he’s back to his wonderful self, now.

we took these on his 5th birthday! (photos from that coming next week.)

there was much tickling.

and so much laughter.

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.