A Mayflower's Musings

Friday, May 22, 2015

A "grand" haven for this mama....




Last night was the talent show at Grandhaven elementary school and all the girls had an act in the show.  I couldn't help but reflect about the relationships the girls and I have made in that community.

Whether the friendships I've made have come from volunteering,  sports,  Missoula children's theater plays,  neighborhood life,  pick-up time,  or substitute teaching -  there are many with parents,  teachers and kids alike.

I just couldn't live life in isolation-  I thrive by reaching out,  pulling in and often asking for help.  And through it all I've found that by seeking relationships -  I've stayed afloat.  

Last night as almost each student approached the mic I could say I knew them-  and a lot of them have been in my home.  I could also look around and give their parents a cheerful smile or encouraging knowing-ful look...

They've been the ones I've texted and emailed and called and waved and laughed and cried with month after month.

So many friends-  good years!!  

As Daphne says goodbye to Grandhaven I will be sad that those six years of her life flew by so fast but mindful of the growth and love provided in a nurturing school.

So grateful for all the teachers and friends we've met along the way.  This mother could never had done it without you all!!!




Saturday, May 9, 2015

This is how I feel loved...

Last year on Mother's Day and it happened to be my birthday as well... I spent the whole day removing nits from maisie's hair,  treating everyone's hair,  washing all the bedding and freezing stuffed animals!

This year is completely the opposite.  

I know some of you fellow mothers want a massage or new dress or manicure etc etc but if I have my choice I always ask for alone time!  I need it like air.  

I asked for a wee little bit and mike blew that request outta de water-- he decided to take the kids to the beach for Friday night through Sunday morning!

I'm.all.alone!  Well there's Tate....  

But anyway it's Harry Potter #7, my favorite shows and actually enjoying some house chores needing done!

My hero.  Thanks honey.  He just sent me this picture and there's nothin like stepping aside from your blessings and seeing them from a distance to realize how stinkin rich you are....my babies-  my husband.  That's all I need.



And I feel like I can do it again -another week.  I can fight the depression that is real in my body and the constant pressures of the world on females and moms and the high expectations I put on myself.  

Don't be afraid to ask for help fellow mamas when you need it!  I did-  I do- and I have lots of helpers -  love to all my blog followers.

Chances are if you are reading this I consider you my village.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The real victories



I think we talk a lot about academics and sports when it comes to our kids' achievements but isn't it true that it's some of the behind the scenes victories that us mamas breathe the biggest reliefs about....

For example-  it only took 6 therapy sessions at 80 dollars a pop but daphne is now able to sleep without her TV on all night long!  Move over backhand springs and spelling contests-  this took some big guts believe it or not!  And she's doing it and I'm so thankful she is able to feel more peace at bedtime!

Also,  for years maisie and I battled every morning over baths and hair and socks and clothes and real sensory issues that paralyzed her and made mornings and getting ready so stressful!  She now wakes up before me,  showers,  gets dressed and is ready before the rest of us with little tears!  This is new this year and its huge!

I'm so thankful for these little victories and praying for their continued success in these areas!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Travel journal 6-- on the road again (in oregon)



Daddy and I got our coffees and we are heading your direction super frogs!

We didn't get to our hotel til 11:30 and I didn't sleep til midnight so my eyes are a little tired!  But excited for the next leg of he journey- don't get to see southern oregon very often.

Text me today and let me know how you all are doing-  I heard you all made it into the talent show!!  Yay!  

Love you all-  mom

Friday, April 17, 2015

Travel journal 5???- Driving

We are driving through some really pretty Californian rural landscapes tonight!  The sun is down and we are trying to keep our eyes open because we still have awhile to go to our hotel!

We had a nice dinner in a tiny farm town called Williams!  I won't lie-  daddy and I had a hard time deciding on where to stop and there may have been some grouchy parents for awhile.

But mostly we were hungry and tired and we have since made up!  I think I'll take over for daddy soon!  

Get some good rest and so your best in your game tomorrow maisie and your beam try outs doodle bug!

Mom


Travel journal 4- it's ours guys!

We finally finally finally made it to the dealership and took our new suburban for a spin!!!  

It's awesome! You will love it!  We are both sooooo sleepy but ready to head outta on the next leg of our journey!

Here's some pics-  start thinking of a good name!  

Travel journal 4- it's ours guys!

We finally finally finally made it to the dealership and took our new suburban for a spin!!!  

It's awesome! You will love it!  We are both sooooo sleepy but ready to head outta on the next leg of our journey!

Here's some pics-  start thinking of a good name!