Day 73: windmill on a sunny day

windmill on a sunny day

Gorgeous day along the Amstel River

white walled shoes and tires


I wrote a post for today and lost it while trying to post the above picture! UGH!! That part I don’t like.

So now I’ll share an abbreviated version – because it’s late and the pictures say it all. Thanks to the Holzers for inviting us to go on a ride with them. So much better than furniture shopping! They knew the way along the Amstel River and into Amsterdam, and we had a blast. Luckily for their weather app that predicted good weather from 1 – 7 pm too, because this morning, was rainy, breezy and cold! Who knew the sun would come out and stay out, especially since it was raining on us as we began?

I love days like today – where you don’t really have plans but have tentative plans, and then things just fall into place. We were supposed to meet some friends of Juliana’s, but Jeff wasn’t feeling well, so I had cancelled. Then Patti had mentioned the idea of going for a bike ride, and I was thrilled when Jeff felt up to it. We probably rode for 3 – 4 hours with a couple breaks in between.  The sun was shining and it was absolutely gorgeous and crisp out. So glad we didn’t stay indoors!!

We made thai curry and homemade pizzas for the kids as an impromptu dinner. I love when a short visit leads to hours of shared time together. Good times!  xo

gardening lady along our ride today.

Paying Attention

Tulips, Wooden Shoes, Hagel Slag?

These are the tulips I noticed on my walk in the neighborhood on the rainy weekend. I seem to be noticing things much more vividly lately – things I normally wouldn’t pay much attention to like getting gas for my car, driving the kids to school, running into friends on the playground – you know, the normal stuff you just do… Dropping in at Trader Joe’s, eating ice cream, cold baseball games, the rain… what’s going on? I’m slowing down and paying attention to my routines and am hyper aware that they will soon change. I like this awareness thing – I like noticing and being present and in the moment – seeing  and feeling the rain and playing in it vs. running inside to stay dry. And letting the kids play outside, letting kids be kids. And when the time changed last week, I let them stay outside longer than I normally would so they can shoot hoops after dinner instead of rushing through the normal nightly routine.  It’s good to slow down and pay attention and to enjoy what is. Life is good.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Kimmy helped me clean out my closets and drawers today and we found this t-shirt. We had so much fun, laughing at all my old clothes that brought back memories, and why do I still have them?!? Thank you Kimmy for helping to let go and to throw away the frump-alicious, but comfy pants that made my a** look huge, but they’re just so comfy though clothes!! Every one needs a Wonder Woman. Love and miss you already. Come back soon. xo