Twilight Run

   

The weather and lighting has been gorgeous and I’ve been busy working inside, longing to go outside and play.

I decided to put on my running shoes and to get outside before the sun was completely set and to  enjoy the last hour of the day.

Even though I ran like a slug, I was just happy to be moving outside and feeling my lungs working hard to breathe. I loved letting my hair down and seeing and feeling it bounce it around.

I don’t normally exercise at night and I’m enjoying the change in routine and a refreshing night time shower.

Shaking it up!

Ahhhh…life is good.

Have you shaken up your routine lately? It’s invigorating!

 

Playing in the Park

We celebrated Halloween all month, culminating in a big party last night and lots of candy and clutter. We’ve had decorations all over our house and in our yard the entire month too. This morning we deconstructed Halloween and stored everything back in the attic. I love that everything is back in balance again, at least until the next holiday.

After cleaning up all day, we had a couple things to do this afternoon and we found ourselves with an hour to spare while waiting for Juliana and decided to stop at the park, which was a great idea!!!

When was the last time you strolled through a park? I forget how great they are, now that the kids are older. I loved seeing all the families and dogs, kids and squirrels, and just breathing in the fresh air and getting some simple exercise.

Charlie loves to go geocaching and knew there were two caches to find in this park. We followed along to discover the treasures with him. It was really fun searching and uncovering the secret loot and watching Charlie sign the logs, showing that he was there. 

As we walked through the park, we saw a family having portraits taken as the sun was setting. The lighting was gorgeous and it was the best time of days for photos. I teased Jeff and asked him to come pretend with me that we were taking holiday photos. The more selfies we took, the more I laughed and cracked myself up. I actually liked a couple of them and wished I had all 3 kids with us to snap a family selfie. Next time!!

As we were getting ready to leave, I loved listening to and watching these little ones riding their scooters up and down this little hill. I was scared for them, speeding down so quickly without helmets on and so close to each other, but they were so happy! I just watched and prayed that they would be safe, marveling in their lack of fear and pure, repetitive joy.

Today was a perfect day to go outside and play. How did you rest and play on your Sunday?

Hope you have a good week. xo

They All Grow Up

Please slow down time.  I’m loving this life right now.

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One of the coolest things about having three kids, is that as I watch the oldest move through his high school years, the youngest one reminds me that the oldest was once his age and I can see time passing. It makes me be more mindful of the moments.

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Tonight we stopped at the park between appointments because we had 30 minutes to spare.  We went to Las Palmas park, which was closed for remodeling for sometime.  When Juliana and Christian were little, I used to spend almost every week there watching them play with their friends and spending time with other mamas.

Coming back tonight, I admired the young mamas with their babies and reflected on that stage being over for me. I’m ok with that and happy to be where I am now, but every so often I remember what used to be as I look back with fond memories.

But tonight I was there to make new memories with Charlie. I LOVED watching him run around and exploring the new digs. He climbed to the top of the climbing wall, over and back, over and back, three times, without touching the ground, making sure I was watching. He climbed to the top of the highest slide and ran all around figuring out the new environment.

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And I sat and watched him and loved him and got up to tease him and tickle him and was so very happy that we thought to spontaneously stop at the park to play.

This moment made my day. And tonight during prayers, he said, “I love you mama” and pulled his arms from under the covers to wrap around my neck to give me a good, tight hug. And then he said, “Let’s do roses and thorns” and he let me go first.

I told him my rose of the day was playing with him at the park and luckily I didn’t have any thorns today.

He said his rose was playing at the park with me too and that his thorn was missing out on serving at lunch duty today because he thought he had a newspaper meeting when he actually didn’t. He wished he could have worked with his friend Mark, and instead said he’ll have to wait to serve until Friday. We have to remember to do this every night and day.

These are the days.  

Go outside and PLAY and plant some roses, BeLoveRs. xo

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Namaste.

TGIF – Carmel

Today I got to have a mini-vacation.

Suzi and I drove to Carmel to visit our BFF, Michele. She moved away this summer and we miss her so much.  Luckily she still lives within driving distance so we can still see each other, even though we can’t go on our weekly hikes and BMWs.

Carmel is about an 1 1/2 hour drive from Silicon Valley and is a dream destination. After we dropped the kids off at school, we began the reverse commute to see our friend.

Suzi and I enjoyed the beautiful drive and chat along the way, while anticipating our arrival. We were so happy to see our friend again.

We made the best of our time by going on a 6 mile hike in a new place, just like we used to do.

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I loved every minute of it.

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I was so bummed when we had to leave.

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We enjoyed walking through the hills, taking in the sites and nature and animals, and enjoyed a small lunch together out in M’s backyard before heading back over the hill again.  We didn’t want to leave!!

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We miss her so much!

Life is good.  So glad that we took the time to play and to enjoy the moment. Laundry can wait. Go outside and play, my BeLovers!! xoxo

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