Tuesday, August 27, 2013

List of Lists

I am a listmaker. I have been for as long as I can remember. Even when everything else seems really crazy and hectic, I feel somehow centered by making a list. I have been inspired by a couple of other blogs to create a list of lists. A go-to menu of lists, if you will. The items on my list of lists are a combination of brain exercises (how many presidents can you list?), soul seeking reflections, and lists just for fun. You can complete them in any particular order, and there are just enough to complete one each week for a year if you want. Are there any other list makers out there?

My List of Lists:

1.) Things that make you calm
2.) Your favorite childhood books
3.) Things to do in your backyard (activities - not chores)
4.) Household projects you want to complete
5.) New restaurants you want to try
6.) Date ideas
7.) Free family outing ideas
8.) Things that feel like fall
9.) Christmas traditions
10.) Movies you want to see
11.) A history of your favorite t.v. shows
12.) Things that remind you of your family
13.) Ways you can save money and/or reduce your carbon footprint
14.) Summer bucket list
15.) Your guilty pleasures
16.) Places in the U.S. you'd like to visit
17.) Free parks and events in your area
18.) The top 10 things you would do at the zoo
19.) Items in your house that bring you  joy
20.) Your favorite blogs
21.) What you are thankful for
22.) Your favorite childhood toys
23.) Things to do on a campout
24.) Fears you have overcome or want to overcome
25.) All the presidents you can think of
26.) All the countries in Africa you can think of
27.) Ways to pass time in the car
28.) All of the NFL (NBA, MLB, NHL) teams you can think of
29.) The things you never want to try (bungee jumping, anyone?)
30.) All the places you have lived (or pets you have owned)
31.) The countries you would like to visit
32.) Your favorite quotes/verses
33.) How you stay healthy
34.) Go-to recipes/meals
35.) Dreams for the future
36.) Your favorite things to do on the first chilly night of the season
37.) Ways you (and your children) can make guests feel welcome
38.) Simple gifts/acts that can cheer up those around you
39.) Causes you believe in
40.) How you spend the day of the season's first snowfall
41.) Your husband's (or partner or kids) favorite things
42.) Things you are really good at
43.) Organization tips you use in your home and life
44.) Your favorite summertime things
45.) Things you learned from your parents
46.) Projects or crafts you want to create
47.) Things you would pack in a carry-on an overseas trip
48.) Values you want to instill in your children (or want to see instilledin our nation's children)
49.) Foods/drinks that warm you when it's cold outside
50.) Your favorite signs of spring
51.) Things you admire about your grandparents (or other extended family)
52.) Things that energize you

Happy, creative writing to you!

Feel free to share your lists or list ideas!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wrapping Up Summer

Oh my simple little blog, I had such high hopes for you back in July when I had outlined a different post for each week. Well... summer happened and here I am with a summary of what we've been up to for the past couple of months.

We had a couple of birthdays around here.

In July, Eli turned the big 02!

Eli's current favorite word is otay (okay) and his favorite thing to do is push his dump truck around the back yard. His favorite food is meat (Yes, I know that's a food group and not a food, but it really is his favorite).

Lex also had a birthday and celebrated the big 04. This is seriously a conversation that I had with Lex recently:

Lex: I need to play on the ipad when we get home.
Mommy: First you need to do your chores. Then you can plan on the ipad.
Lex: First chores, then play on the ipad?!?! That’s impossible! I need to talk to daddy.
Are you kidding me? His debate skills have become so refined that I often need to remind myself that I'm talking to a 4 year old. 
Here's a pic of his special day.

In mid July, we took Lex on his first camping trip with some friends. One night was the just right amount of time for his first trip. Here he is hiking with his friend on the trail behind our campsite.

We took a trip this summer to Ohio to visit family and enjoy some  much needed R&R. Here is my absolutely favorite picture from the trip. Cousins in a row. Can you guess which one is NOT a happy camper?  Since I traveled by myself with the boys on this trip, I became eternally grateful for 2 boys that are happy car riders. The secret was rest stops with play grounds to wear them out along the way.

We had some firsts and new things this summer as well:

A new tire swing in the backyard.

Our first successful little garden that gave us yellow squash, zuchinni, tomatoes, and several varieties of peppers. We are still enoying a regular harvest of tomatoes and already look forward to a larger garden next year.
Our first family outing to a nearby lake to check out the playground, camping amenities, and the views (for the record, we didn't camp - we just looked at the campground).
Our first trip to Missouri State Fair, where the boys enjoyed looking at the petting zoo and......
 Lex rode his first roller coaster like a champ!
To end the summer, the boys began a new daycare center, and Lex started preschool.
It has been a great, fulfilling summer, even if I didn't get all the blog posts that I wanted to. I will try to do more frequent posts as we settle into a new school routine. With fall approaching, I'm eager to share my favorite recipes and some footbally party ideas. Go Colts! I hope everyone feels refreshed and revived from the summer months!